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10 Atlanta Restaurants to Get Excited About Opening in 2024

From an Afro-Caribbean restaurant in downtown Atlanta and eco-friendly dining and drinking district in Chamblee, to an East Lake restaurant serving Viet-Cajun-style barbecue and frozen drinks, and two wine bars

James Beard award-winning chef Terry Koval (the Deer and the Dove) is opening Fawn this spring, considered Decatur’s first wine and amaro bar.
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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Happy New Year, Atlanta! And, with the dawn of a new year, we’ve already hit the ground running and are tracking the progress of nine hotly anticipated bars and restaurants opening in and around Atlanta in 2024. This includes the openings of an Afro-Caribbean restaurant in downtown Atlanta, a sprawling eco-friendly dining and drinking district in Chamblee, an East Lake restaurant and bar serving Viet-Cajun-style barbecue and frozen drinks, and the debuts of two wine bars on the Southside Beltline trail and in Decatur

Put the following nine restaurants and bars opening around Atlanta this year on your radar.

Butter and Scotch

That Sh!T Slambing burger
That Sh!T Slambing burger
Che Butter Jonez

Location: 110 Mitchell Street, Downtown Atlanta
Who: Chef Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan
Projected opening: Winter 2024

The opening of the next Afro-Caribbean restaurant from Che Butter Jonez owners chef Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan takes place this winter at the new Origin hotel. Located on Mitchell Street in downtown Atlanta, look for an all-day menu to include breakfast and some of the Southwest Atlanta restaurant’s most popular dishes, like the That Sh!t Slambing lamb burger.

Painted Park


Location: 240 North Highland Avenue, Inman Park
Who: Justin Amick and William Stallworth
Projected opening: Winter 2024

Justin Amick and William Stallworth, the duo behind the Painted Pin, the Painted Duck, and forthcoming pickleball venue Painted Pickle, open their next gaming restaurant venture together in Inman Park this winter. Painted Park takes over the former Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish space on North Highland Avenue and will serve food and drinks, feature games inside and outside, and include an expansive outdoor seating area overlooking the Eastside Beltline trail.

Lucky Star

A rendering of the Star Metals complex on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta. Allen Morris Company

Location: 1050 Howell Mill Road, Star Metals
Who: Chef Jason Liang and John Chen
Projected opening: Winter/Early Spring 2024

Momonoki and Brush Sushi owners chef Jason Liang and John Chen open cafe and bar Lucky Star this winter at the Star Metals complex on Howell Mill Road. Located beside sushi restaurant Hayakawa, Lucky Star is an all-day cafe and bar in front during the day, with a cocktail bar pouring drinks behind it in the evenings. Look for coffee and pastries from baker ChingYao Wang and Taiwanese fried chicken sandwiches and street snacks at the cafe throughout the day. At the cocktail bar in back, expect an intimate experience featuring drinks like the New York sour, martini, and a shiso gin and tonic, along with a nightly cocktail omakase and food pairings from Liang.


A reuben stacked with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, dressing, and tender pastrami sits atop white and blue checked wax paper from Gene’s in Atlanta. Gene’s

Location: 2371 Hosea L Williams Drive, East Lake
Who: Chef Avery Cottrell and John Ward
Projected opening: Early Spring 2024

Gene’s, a Viet-Cajun barbecue and comfort food pop-up from chef Avery Cottrell and John Ward of Victory Brands restaurant group, opens this spring in the former Salaryman space at Hosea and 2nd. Located next door to Poor Hendrix in East Lake, expect Viet-Cajun-style dishes and barbecue, boudin egg rolls, marinated crab claws, and Gulf fish dip with buttered and seasoned Saltines on the menu. Cottrell says he hopes to capture the divey beach vibes of Gulf Coast institution the Flora-Bama in East Lake. With Cottrell’s ties to Kimball House, look for a drinks menu created by Miles Macquarrie of beach dive cocktails and frozen drinks and Jell-O shots.


Fawn takes over the former Sweet Seed space on East Ponce in Decatur.
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Location: 119 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Who: Chef Terry Koval
Projected opening: Spring 2024

James Beard award-winning chef Terry Koval (the Deer and the Dove) is opening Decatur’s first wine and amaro bar this spring. Located in the former Sweet Seed Salad space next door to Cafe Alsace, Fawn will be cozy, moody, and low lit—similar to the wine bars found all over Italy and Spain. Look for a tight menu of charcuterie and local cheeses, crudos, fresh breads and pitas, caviar, and desserts from Koval. The Deer and the Dove beverage director Matt Watkins plans to offer a variety of amaro at the bar, along with wines from volcanic regions, including by the glass and bottle selections from the Canary Islands, Crete, Campania in Italy, and Verne in France.

Block and Drum

Cafe and bar rendering of Block and Drum in Chamblee GA Block and Drum

Location: 5105 Peachtree Boulevard, Chamblee
Who: Justin Staples
Projected opening: Spring 2024

While food halls are nothing new for Atlanta, Block and Drum aims to be something different. Billed as an eco-friendly entertainment district, expect plentiful outdoor seating, green spaces with an outdoor stage, container restaurants, a micro-distillery and tasting room, listening bar, cafe, and hydroponic farm. Located along the Rail Trail at the corner of Clairmont Road and Peachtree Boulevard, the cafe at Block and Drum opens this winter serving coffee and a limited breakfast and brunch menu, with the entire complex and its restaurants and bars fully operational by May.


Floataway Cafe

Location: 1123 Zonolite Road, Woodland Hills
Who: Chef Kevin Gillespie
Projected opening: Spring/Summer 2024

Nàdair (nuh-DARE from the Scots Gaelic phrase “dòigh nàdair” or “the way of nature”), from chef Kevin Gillespie, opens in the former Floataway Cafe space later this year. It’s a restaurant the Top Chef alum considers “the next chapter” of Woodfire Grill and its cooking. Gillespie is keeping details on Nàdair close to the vest right now, but plans to share more on the restaurant, including the design, opening date, and menu, in the coming weeks.


Chef Brian So of Spring in Marietta, GA.
Chef Brian So of Spring in Marietta, GA.
James Beard Foundation

Location: 113 Church Street, Marietta
Who: Chef Brian So and Daniel Crawford
Projected opening: Summer 2024

Spring chef Brian So hinted at opening another restaurant in Marietta with longtime business partner Daniel Crawford back in 2022, and has made good on that promise, announcing the opening of Korean restaurant Bōm this summer. Part of the redevelopment plans for a retail strip along Church Street in downtown Marietta, Bōm (“spring” or “springtime” in Korean) taps into So’s Korean roots, serving Korean hot pots and soups and other comforting Korean dishes, along with Korean beers and soju and soju cocktails delivered on rolling carts in the dining room.

Finca to Filter coffee and dessert bar and Side Saddle Wine Saloon

Side Saddle Wine Saloon
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Finca to Filter
Finca to Filter
Brink Design LLC

Location: 680 Hamilton Avenue, Boulevard Heights
Who: Kayla Bellman
Projected opening: Summer 2024

Kayla Bellman, the owner of Finca to Filter in West End and Old Fourth Ward, brings the Southside Beltline trail an all-day coffee shop serving frozen desserts and a natural wine bar right next door. Located in two repurposed buildings part of the Penman complex on Hamilton Avenue, expect Finca to Filter to feature its coffee and signature coffee concoctions, along with breakfast burritos, egg dishes, and toasts in the morning, followed by frozen desserts like frozen bananas, chocolate bars made from fair trade chocolate and cacao, and ice cream and champagne in the afternoons. At Side Saddle Wine Saloon, the 20-seat wine bar will feature natural and low-intervention wines by the glass and bottle, many from women- and femme-owned wine producers. The latter ties in with the philosophy behind the Finca to Filter brand, which works to highlight LGBTQ+, women, and BIPOC purveyors and community members.

Yet-named restaurant and bar from Steve Palmer of Indigo Road

Spring Quarter in Midtown, which also takes over the former Patterson Funeral Home building Portman Holdings

Location: 1020 Spring Street, Midtown
Who: Steve Palmer
Projected opening: Fall 2024

Taking over the historic H.M. Patterson Home and Garden building on Spring Street, a yet-named restaurant and bar from Indigo Road restaurant group founder Steve Palmer is opening at Spring Quarter in 2024. It will encompass all 24,000-square-feet of the nearly century-old mortuary building. Offering morning-to-night dining and drinking options throughout the day, Palmer and Spring Quarter developer Portman Holdings plan to release more information on the restaurant later this winter.

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