Dash Hospitality plans to open Message in a Bottle this fall, described as a restaurant serving “superior seafood and sailor spirits.” Dash owner David Abes says in a press release that he’s fashioning Message in a Bottle after his favorite beach spots, like Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar in Santa Rosa and the Fish House in Pensacola, both in Florida, and Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Open for dinner and weekend brunch, the menu should offer a wide range of seafood dishes, from grouper sandwiches, barbecue shrimp, and Cobb salad to crab claws and fish en papillote. Look for the 100-seat seafood restaurant to feature a dining room, screened porch, and a raw bar serving oysters, poke, and ceviche and sashimi. In addition to lighter red wines and seafood-friendly white wines, expect cocktails from the bar to continue with the coastal theme at Message in a Bottle in tiki, Caribbean, and rum and tequila drinks.
Message in a Bottle opens onto the courtyard at the Dunwoody complex, which includes a large outdoor screen and a stage for live music and other events.
Message in a Bottle will become the third restaurant to open in the Village Dunwoody in the last three years, part of a revitalization project Abes began in 2020. Dash Hospitality opened indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge Barn Booze and Bites in 2021 at the complex, followed by barbecue restaurant Morty’s Meat and Supply a year later.
5515 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody. thevillagedunwoody.com.