The Atlanta restaurant openings just keep on coming, and April was no exception with over a dozen new establishments hitting the scene. This included a new Thai restaurant now open along historic Hotel Row in downtown Atlanta and a pizzeria that hit the scene in Little Five Points and remains open and serving food until 4 a.m. While the number of restaurant closures in April was thankfully much lower than in previous months this year, the city did say goodbye to longtime Midtown brewery Orpheus Brewing after nearly nine years on Dutch Valley Road.
Catch up on the latest dining stories you might have missed in April below. Cheers to the weekend, y’all!
The five biggest stories in April
- TydeTate Kitchen became the first restaurant to open in a block of revitalized century-old storefronts along history Hotel Row. What began as a catering company in 2019, sparked by their mother’s home cooking, evolved into a Thai food stall at Chattahoochee Food Works and now a restaurant for owners and siblings Sai Untachantr and Bank Bhamaraniyama.
- Moonlight Pizza, a pizzeria serving until 4 a.m., opened in the former Little 5 Pizza space in the heart of Little Five Points. Little 5 Pizza closed earlier this year after three decades in the neighborhood. It appears, however, the jury’s still out on the pizza at the newest late-night food option in L5P.
- Five food trends we are tracking in 2023 include the total domination of sandwiches, which appear to be the “It” food of the year, and the culinary tidal wave of Filipino pop-ups and restaurants hitting the Atlanta dining scene.
- Eater is highlighting some of Atlanta’s oldest restaurants and food institutions through a series of feature stories in 2023. This month Atlanta food writer Lia Picard discovered why rotating Atlanta restaurant Polaris continues to endure atop the Hyatt Regency downtown after 56 years there.
- Chefs Ean Bancroft and Ross Winecoff are taking their popular fried chicken pop-up, Mothers Best, permanent in Decatur this fall. Mothers Best is opening in the space currently home to Calle Latina after that restaurant relocates in July to East Decatur Station. Bancroft and Winecoff plan to offer buckets of fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and fried chicken tenders. A fried chicken sandwich happy hour will also include to-go cocktails served from a takeout window.
Did you miss this recent feature story on Eater Atlanta in April?
The Triumph of Black Brunch in Atlanta by EATL regular contributor Mike Jordan, who is nominated for a Jonathan Gold local voices award by the James Beard Foundation.