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The blackened grouper sandwich at Fishmonger in Atlanta is topped with Florida sauce, herb salad, and pickled peppers served on a buttery toasted bun smeared with nori butter.
Fishmonger is set to open in the former La Fonda space on Howell Mill, bringing its popular blackened grouper sandwich to Atlanta’s westside.
Ryan Fleisher

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5 Big Atlanta Restaurant Stories You Might Have Missed

ICYMI here’s what went down on the Atlanta dining scene for February 27 through March 10

February was a big month for restaurant openings in Atlanta, which included the return of Holeman and Finch and a new restaurant from the team behind Banshee, who are bringing their sandwich A-game in Bona Fide Deluxe. Last month also saw more closures, like Serenidad from chef Deborah VanTrece and Revival, the Southern restaurant owned by Kevin Gillespie. With the arrival of March, restaurant openings and closings continue to dominate the news.

Catch up on the latest dining stories you might have missed over the last two weeks below. Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

The five biggest stories February 27 - March 10

  1. Three big restaurant closures dominated the dining news over the last two weeks, starting with Paces and Vine in Vinings, which is being replaced by another location of Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern this summer. Little 5 Pizza closed its doors after nearly three decades in Little Five Points. Moonlight Pizza, which plans to remain open until 4 a.m. most nights, replaces it by the end of April. The popular Tex-Mex restaurant the Original El Taco closes March 19 after 14 years to make way for a new Fifth Group restaurant this summer.
  2. Another food hall is opening in Atlanta, this time in the Peoplestown neighborhood off of the Southside Beltline trail. Part of the Terminal South complex on Ridge Avenue, Switchman Hall will feature 12 food stalls and outdoor seating on a former loading dock.
  3. Restaurateurs Skip Engelbrecht and Nhan Le and chef Bradford Forsblom are opening a third location of their wildly popular seafood restaurant Fishmonger on Atlanta’s westside. It takes over the former La Fonda space on Howell Mill, where it will reside for two years, before the building is torn down and Fishmonger moves into its new digs at Stella at Star Metals.
  4. The Inman Park location of Charleston coffee shop and cafe the Daily is finally opening its doors on March 13 in the former Proof Bakeshop space on Hurt Street.
  5. Eater is also tracking the progress of six hotly anticipated restaurants scheduled to open this spring around Atlanta, including Tal Baum’s latest restaurant, Carmel, Southern National from chef Duane Nutter and Reggie Washington, and Thai restaurant TydeTate Kitchen.

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The Southern snack tray at Whoopsie’s.
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Table for two at Whoopsie’s. Matt Wong


2317 Cascade Road, , GA 30311 (404) 343-1342 Visit Website


129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Bona Fide Deluxe

1454 La France Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 228-2391 Visit Website

Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern

1551 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 968-2288 Visit Website

The Original El Taco

1186 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 873-4656 Visit Website


1271 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (470) 428-2034 Visit Website


225 Rogers Street Northeast, , GA 30317

Paces and Vine

4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Proof Bakeshop

100 Hurt Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 705-3905 Visit Website

Holeman and Finch

1201 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Visit Website
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