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APRIL 2009
Volume Twenty-Three Number Four

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Atlanta's iconic nightclub
rocks on celebrating 30 years

by hud report staff

As Atlanta moves and shakes on into the century, it often threatens to become too big, glitzy and impersonal for its own good. And, then one rides up Roswell Road and pulls into the valet at Johnny’s Hideaway and you step into another world. It only happens to be within the perimeters of Buckhead. There nothing really Buckhead about Johnny’s. It is an all-world place filled with people from Dunwoody, Marietta, Roswell and Macon. A nightclub from the past that easily adjusted to the ‘80s, then the ‘90s, and no doubt will rock on well into the 2000s with no trouble at all, thank you. Johnny’s Hideaway is located at 3771 Roswell Road, 404.233.8026. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. www.johnnys STORY

'It's Spring in Atlanta'

by ron hudspeth

Forget about the choking traffic, the long, gray, depressing winter cold and so what if they haven’t caught Osama Bin Laden.
Get over it. It’s springtime in Atlanta. It’s as good as it gets.
This goes double for oldtime Atlantans who spend too much time complaining Atlanta isn’t what it used to be.
Sure it isn’t. But it never has been. I can truthfully confess that after a 39-year romance with this city, she is a lot like a few ladies I have known. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em, you can’t get a gauge on ‘em. Atlanta is a lot like that.
Atlanta never seems to quite know where it’s going, but one thing is certain, it never backs up. Unlike the Chicagos, New Yorks and Pittsburghs, which defined themselves long ago and remain constant, Atlanta continuously reinvents itself.
It is a city of contradictions. At one moment, the consummate party place. The next a total prude.
How else can you explain a town where it’s illegal to spend a gorgeous spring afternoon watching the ponies gallop at a local race track, but it’s perfectly legal to watch ladies dance suggestively without a stitch all over town?
If Atlanta was New Orleans we would have long ago outlawed Mardi Gras. After all, we quickly got rid of the Ramblin’ Raft Race on the Chattahoochee (300,000 folks partying), Light Up Atlanta downtown (400,000 folks partying) and allowed such a special place like Buckhead to suffer because we couldn’t get a handle on what good times really mean.
It was a more than a quarter century ago the Wall Street Journal characterized Atlanta as ‘The Big Hustle.’
That hasn’t changed.
It’s still a utopia for young, single people. They don’t remember 1970, 1985 or even 1995 Atlanta and could care less. They are the computer generation and if you want to make big money you gotta be in the big city.
In 1975, we had six bars and restaurants to choose from. They’ve got about three zillion from which to pick. In the ‘70s Taco Bell was as international as Atlanta got.
Now it is truly an international melting pot and that’s not gonna stop. Everyone wants a piece of the ‘Big Hustle.’
One thing is certain. In 1970 Atlanta, “movers and shakers” abounded with a few bucks in their pockets and rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. Not so 5 years ago in a city where no one blinked an eye at $34 steaks and $12 glasses of house wine. Although today, that has changed, some -- more than others -- are blinking twice.
Since the city has no natural barriers to growth, my guess is that it will double in size to ten million by 2020. Some of the people will live so far out, they will have to leave home the day before to attend a Braves’ game because traffic gridlock will begin somewhere around Chattanooga.
At any rate, it’s April, folks. The sky is crystal blue, it doesn’t get any better than this.
The city looks and smells good. The sun is seductive. And there are Atlanta dreams to remember and new ones to make.
Thirty nine years later, there is no place like springtime in the ‘Big Hustle.’


Calling all foodies. Enter to win a Top Chef Culinary Dream Vacation to New Orleans during the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience at This contest runs until April 16, 2009. The Experience, May 19-23, is a feast that brings together winemakers, chefs and industry insiders for a showcase of events and seminars designed to entertain, educate and inspire. Winners will receive round-trip airfare and three nights accommodations at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter. In addition to tickets to the events, winners will also be treated to a special Vintner Dinner at the world-famous Commander’s Palace restaurant, an evening cooking class with one of New Orleans’s chefs at the New Orleans Cooking Experience and transportation to and from the airport and hotel by Limousine Livery. For more info visit: STATS is kicking off the 2009 grilling season with the Downtown Grilldown on Saturday, April 18. Eight teams will step up to the grill, but only one will emerge as Atlanta’s grill master. Prizes include a large Big Green Egg for each member, photo displayed on Turner Field’s jumbotron, tickets to a Braves game and a two-night stay at the Beau Rivage with two rounds of golf and $300 resort credit. An on-air personality from Sports Radio 790 The Zone will emcee. Grilling teams who think they have what it takes should contact Mac at or call 404.885.1472


BLT Steak Atlanta sommelier John Mayfield has won first place at the Super Regional Level finals of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier Competition. As national finalist, he will test his skills again in May in Sonoma, California at The National Finals where judges scrutinize every detail of a contestant’s wine service performance through theory, practical skills and blind taste tests. BLT Steak is located at the new W Atlanta-Downtown Hotel at 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard... bon appetit has published its latest picks for Top 10 Sushi Spots around the country in the April issue and among them is MF Buckhead: "The second sushi place from brothers Chris and Alex Kinjo spans 8,000 square feet, including a 26-seat sushi bar, an omakase (chef’s choice) room, and three private dining rooms. It’s not intimate, but the sushi selection and the new robata grill menu are outstanding." MF Buckhead is at 3280 Peachtree Road NW, 404.841.1192... The James Beard Foundation recently named the nominees for the 2009 Best Chef award in the Southeast region and two Georgia chefs are among five finalists: Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta and Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens. According to the foundation’s Web site, the awards are the Oscars of the food world by Time magazine (and) are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs... The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has been named fourth in a national ranking of the Top 10 charity wine auctions in the United States by Wine Spectator Magazine in its March 2009 issue. The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction set records as the most successful live auction in its 16-year history, bringing in a net profit of more than $2.1 million, marking only the second time in its history to raise more than $2 million.

Eyester takes over 101...

Food 101 Morningside’s long-standing chef and partner, Ron Eyester, has purchased the neighborhood hotspot from current owners, 101 Concepts, and plans to reintroduce the restaurant as his own. Now, Eyester is expanding his involvement in the restaurant from a chef to a true host. “I’ve always wanted the restaurant to feel like a comfortable kitchen, like my kitchen, that guests can visit as often as they like without getting bored,” says Eyester. Over the next few months, Eyester will be finalizing a plan to freshen up the interior and give the restaurant a name more reflective of his personality. With a passion for music second only to his cooking, Eyester plans to continue offering musically-themed dinners more often than ever. Past successful dinners have included a tribute to Johnny Cash, James Brown and The Allman Brothers. Of course, the first dinner Eyester plans to offer as owner is an extended version of his annual Jerry Garcia dinner in late summer 2009.

All aboard...

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 22, as the American Liver Foundation; Georgia Chapter hosts its 11th annual Flavors of Atlanta event at Foundry at Puritan Mill. This year’s theme will allow diners to travel a gastronomic globe as 23 of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs prepare a four-course culinary feast featuring their signature cuisine, each cooking as a private chef for a table of 10. In addition to the memorable dining experience, those in attendance can enjoy a cocktail reception and a culinary auction. All proceeds will benefit the Georgia Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, and sponsorships for a tables of 10 and VIP tickets are available. Tickets are $250 a person. For tickets, 404.633.9169 or visit

What's a 'scanwich?'

You name it -- steak, maple turkey, Cuban panini, chicken Milanese -- they scan it. This website gives you a whimsical cross-section view of sandwiches and all their trimmins,' "for education and delight." Visit for a visual culinary tour.

New to town...

Covering four metro Atlanta counties (Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and DeKalb), Newly formed Atlanta Grocery Delivery will bring you your heart's desire from Kroger, Publix and Whole Foods at the click of the mouse. You can sign up free online, plan your shopping list and schedule a delivery within four hours. If you order before 2 p.m. or pay a little extra, you can get your groceries even faster. Reduce your delivery fees by opting for next-day service. All things grocery can be delivered except alcohol. AGD operates Monday-Saturday and you can check them out at

Ya don't say...

Interesting tidbit from the Baltimore Business Journal: It seems McCormick (the spice folks) actually saw an increase in these economic times in their first quarter profit. Thoughts are it was boosted by none other than consumers doing more cooking at home. In keeping with that thought, The Wall Street Journal reports that more people are turning to comfort food and that includes a number of new 'food' websites hitting the internet. Here are just a few:,,,, and Now, if you find yourself both out of time and ingredients here are three websites to help ~ List the items you have in your fridge and pantry and the site spits out a list of recipes to match what you have. Next, is that boasts the largest online network of food enthusiasts and finally, for super fast, easy options visit

Where are they now?

Local Atlanta entertainment reporter and popular Fox 5 Road Warrior from 1999 - 2007, Brett Martin, has switched mediums to begin a new career as a 'rapper' of sorts. Martin’s weekly news raps have attracted more than 5,000 viewers and continues to pick up momentum on the Internet. A long-time believer that news doesn’t have to be boring, Martin’s rap videos present a unique perspective on current events that enables viewers to laugh at the often-ridiculous media. His raps can be viewed on his You Tube channel, BretterDays,

Stimulus 'eats'...
Local eateries are offering their versions of 'stimulus packages.'

•Chef Shaun Doty has created a Sunday night promotion: Shaun’s 'Family-style Pasta Night' includes garlic bread, salad, pasta and housemade gelato for $12. Shaun’s is located in Inman Park, 1029 Edgewood Avenue. For more info call 404.577.4358 or visit
•BLT Steak in the W Hotel Downtown is offering its version of a 'value' meal including steak and fresh fish meals featuring prix fixe choices of appetizers, main courses, sides and desserts for $60 per person. BLT is located at 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, 404.577.7601,
•The Fish Market on Pharr Road if offering a wide selection of fresh seafood of 15 entrées for $15, Sunday through Thursday 5 - 7 p.m. A 16 piece sushi roll tower is also incorporated on the menu. For info, 404.262.3165 or visiting
•Introducing Daily's Special 3 for $30 Dinner Menu: a three-course dinner for $30 per-person (not including tax and gratuity). 404. 681.3303 or Daily's is locataed at 17 International Blvd., Atlanta.
•5 Seasons Brewing's 'Ale Out Plan' from April 6th to April 15th (ya know, the day to pay “The Man”), all beers at Sandy Springs will be reduced in price by $1. 5600 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 404.255.5911.
•Pricci on Pharr Road offers wine by the quartino – a mini decanter approximately one and a half glasses of wine for the price of one. Order a wood-fired 14-inch pizza,with a quartino of your favorite grape, $20.
•Share sake and sushi at Bluepointe’s contemporary bar on Peachtree for happy hour. Eight-piece sushi rolls and sake selections start at just $6 each.
•The Bureau is offering Skillet Fried Chicken Night every Wednesday, 3 courses for $12.50. Also Tuesday - Friday 4 - 7 p.m., $3.50 organic vodka martinis and .50¢ raw or smoked oysters on the half shell.The Bureau is located at 327 Edgewood Avenue, 678.732.0067.
•Silk at 919 Peachtree Street is offering $8 Rice Bowl Lunch Specials including Japanese chicken teriyaki, Hong Kong beef & black pepper and Malaysian panang curry chicken. 678.705.8888.
•Peasant Bistro located across from Centennial Park on W. ParkAvenue is celebrating their 1st Anniversary for the month of April with 'Two Entrees For The Price Of One' for lunch or dinner. 404.230.1724,
•Via Food Bar in Buckhead is offering every Sunday starting at 5 p.m. 'All-You-Can-Eat' salad and wood-fired brick oven pizza for $10. Margaritas, wine and Peroni draft are $5 each. 262 Pharr Road, 404.214.5404,
•Chow Baby's 'Chow Hour' at both locations, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday. One trip to the stir fry bar for $9.99. for details.
•Lobby at TWELVE, Room at TWELVE, 17th Street, offers lunch specials along with three entrees for $12 everyday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
•Valenza is offering every Tuesday an entree pasta with wine $15 and Wednesday 15% off entire check.
•Haven is offering every Tuesday The Haven Burger with beer or wine $15 and Wednesday 15% off entire check.
•Imperial Fez on Peachtree has introduced a new A La Carte Menu for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. It includes soup ($4.50), salads (4.50 - $12.99 for combo of three), appetizers ($7 - $10) and entrees ($15 - $21). Visit for info.
•Ted’s Montana Grill is now featuring two separate 'Real Deal' menus (a three-course meal at a discounted price). The new Real Deal lunch menu is priced at $12 - $13 per person and dinner is $15 - $16 (prices and products may vary by market), and includes choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. For more info,
•The Bureau restaurant, bar and art gallery located in the Old Fourth Ward, is now open daily for lunch and is continuing its now-famous Sunday Brunch. The popular new menu created by Consulting Chef Shaun Doty will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Bureau will continue to offer the Sunday 'Bailout Brunch' all-you-can-eat buffet from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for $7.95 per person, with $3.75 Bloody Marys and Specialty Mimosas. The Bureau is located at 327 Edgewood Avenue. For more info call 678.732.0067 or visit
•Milton’s on Mayfield Road in Alpharetta features a new kids menu, five 'Sundown Supper' specials nightly from 5 – 6:30 p.m., plus Gourmet Blue Plate specials and new featured menu items with six entrees under $15. Feed your family for under $50 with Chef Boyd’s “New Southern” cooking. Visit for deyails.
•Dogwood restaurant on Peachtree invites you to hoist 'all-you-can-eat mussels' at the bar for $20 and satisfy your thirst with a free glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, all day and night, Tuesday through Friday. Another tasty workout involves choosing three dinner courses for $35, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit for info.
•ONE.Midtown Kitchen on Dutch Valley Road is welcoming its Midtown neighbors. Present a valid driver's license to verify your Midtown residency amd enjoy 20% off your dinner. Also, dine at any Concentrics restaurant for dinner Sunday - Thursday and have 2 courses for $20 or 3 courses for $25. Visit for locations.
•Roy's is offering a Winter Prix Fixe menu through March 31 consisting of 3 courses for $35 per person. has more details.
•At Morton’s The Steakhouse, surf & turf is the 'Classic Combination' steak and lobster meal costing $75 per person and includes a single cut filet mignon, an Australian lobster tail, asparagus spears and the choice of either a Morton’s or Caesar salad. Visit for details.
•The following are offerings from the Fifth Group restaurants. Visit for addresses and details: Every Sunday night at Ecco, guests can choose a plate of pasta or a wood-fire pizza and a glass of wine or bottle of beer for only $15/person. and on Tuesday enjoy a glass of fine wine and cocido (a hearty Spanish stew) at Ecco for $24/person. Every Monday night at La Tavola, guests choose a plate of pasta and a glass of red or white wine for $15/person...FULL STORY


•Taverna Fiorentina, Lemon Risotto with Seared Scallops...RECIPE


by hud report staff

•Cafe Lapin...
It’s been many years since Cafe Lapin was located on Bennett Street in Buckhead. But recently, Jim Mosher, along with partner Mattie Hines (owner of La Lapin restaurant in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Peachtree Hills) opened a second interpretation of Cafe Lapin in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. Cafe Lapin is located at 2341 Peachtree Street, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, 404.812.9171. Hours are Monday - Saturday: Breakfast 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and dinner 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: Breakfast 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit for more info...FULL STORY

Zoes Kitchen...
Alabama-based Zoes Kitchen is an extension of Zoe Cassimus’ real-life kitchen. Founded in the mid ‘90s, the new kitchen has opened it’s first Atlanta location in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center offering recipes created from scratch by Zoë throughout her lifetime. She’s an avid garderner, so close-to-the-garden ingredients are a must. Zoes Kitchen is located at 2333 Peachtree Battle Road, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Atlanta, 404.233.ZOES (9637). Visit for more info...FULL STORY

Johnny Cakes...
Another breakfast and lunch spot, Johnny Cakes, has been opened on Walker Street in the Castleberry Hill district next door to City of Ink Tattoo. Johnny Cakes is located at 323 Walker Street, Castleberry Hills, 404.389.0707. Hours are Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Breakfast ends at 11 a.m... FULL STORY

•Pacci Ristorante & AltoRex Bar...
A new Italian steakhouse, Pacci Ristorante, is planned for the corner of W. Peachtree and 7th Street in Midtown. With an April 29th opening, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and will also feature a stylish rooftop bar and lounge area called AltoRex Terrace Bar. Pacci Ristorante will be located at 866 W. Peachtree Street, 678.412.2402, next to Hotel Palomar in Midtown. Breakfast is 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar is open til 1 a.m. For more info STORY

•30 Tables & 11 Stories...
Concentrics Restaurants (ONE.midtown kitchen, TWO urban licks, TROIS, TAP, Murphy’s, Lobby at TWELVE, Room at TWELVE, STATS and PARISH) will soon debut another concept, 30 Tables, in the recently vacated space of the Jeffery Chodorow creation, Maxim Prime Steakhouse, which opened in spring of ‘08. 30 Tables will be located in the Glenn Hotel at 110 Marietta Street, Atlanta, 404.521.2250. For details on opening date visit FULL STORY

•Noon Midotwn...
Opening soon, Noon|Midtown will be a gourmet sandwich shop located on Crescent Avenue in the heart of Midtown. Before becoming an attorney, Katie Birmingham enjoyed a seven-year professional cooking career, working with Gunther Seeger and spending three years at Bacchanalia. After moving out of the kitchen and into an office, she spent years hoping for better lunch options in Midtown. Midtown had sit-down restaurants and plenty of food court standbys, but there was no single restaurant that provided great food and great atmosphere, along with the promise of a quick lunch. Noon|Midtown will be located in the 12th & Midtown project’s 1010 Midtown Building. Visit for details on opening date... FULL STORY

•Paces 88...
The St. Regis Atlanta has announced the opening of its signature restaurant, Paces 88. The restaurant offers American dishes from chef Mark Alba with distinctive local influences. Alba most recently served as sous chef at PARISH: Foods & Goods and was the executive chef at Food Studio. Paces 88 is located in the St. Regis Atlanta Hotel at 88 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 404.563.7900. For more info visit STORY

•Spoon East Side...
Spoon East Side is now open. Co-owners Sujaree Hewitt and sister, Ain Suteeluxnaporn, have opened a second version of their popular Marietta Street Thai eatery. Located in the former Salsa Havana spot in Ormewood Park Shopping Center, the new digs are elegantly modern about the same size as Marietta Street, except there is a patio. Spoon East Side is located at 749 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, 404.624.4713. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday noon – 11 p.m. and Sunday noon- 10 p.m. The original is located at 768 Marietta Street, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404.522.5655. Visit for more info...FULL STORY

•Sprouts Green Cafe...
April 15th, Tax Day, marks the opening of Sprouts Green Café offering healthy, fresh, fast grub in the Emory Village area. Sprouts will be located at 1579 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, 404.474.2207. For opening info visit STORY

THE SCOOP - Page 5
The Research Continues...

by hud report staff

When Deanna Hamilton stopped in for a glass of wine at East Andrews Cafe in Buckhead in March, she was surprised to be much richer a few days later. Instead of an $8 credit, a bartender accidentally credited back $80,000 to her account. When she discovered the mistake she contacted the bar immediately and as a 'thank you' for being an honest customer, the bar held a 'thank you' party for Deanna and 100 of her closest friends.

In the oven...
(The following are but a small listing of the new places on our ‘Coming Soon’ radar...)

•McGowan’s Pub ~ Coming Soon in 2009: This is to be a new sister restaurant next door to Palate Wine Bar. It will be comfort food in a casual Oakhurst enclave meant to evoke the experience of a Sunday lunch or supper at home. Cozy and bright interior, accessible fare, 22 beers on draught, 100 beers in a bottle; neighborhood hangout and dining destination. Will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
•F & C Buckhead ~ Latest rumblings say this is the old Gold Club location on Piedmont Road and Jonathan L. Clay has made application for two floors with dancing & live entertainment.
•Miller Union ~ Steven Satterfield, executive sous chef at Watershed and Neal McCarthy, Sotto Sotto’s general manager, plan to open a 70 seat, ai3-designed restaurant featuring simple food. It’s expected to open this fall near the corner of 10th and Howell Mill Road.
•RARE Soul Tapas Restaurant ~ Rumblings on the street say renovations have begun on the Piedmont Avenue location that suffered a fire in early ‘08. Speculations say Rare will be reopening inside of 60 days but we haven’t confirmed yet.
•d.b.a. Barbecue ~ Going into the former Vine Restaurant location on N. Highland. This from owner Matt: “We will be called, d.b.a. Barbecue. We will be a neighborhood restaurant featuring barbecue and Southern comfort food with a full bar and full service. d.b.a. will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Look for us in late May 2009.”
•Waterhaven ~ Joe McCarthy, (formerly with Capital Grille, Houston's) has signed a lease for the former Globe space on Fifth Street downtown and is shooting for a summer debut. Althought the name is still being decided, the new stop will be, “An upscale, casual, farm-to-table American restaurant.”
•Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery ~ The original opened its doors in 2003 inside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Tilted’s claim-to-fame seems to be the waitresses who don knee-high socks and short, plaid kilts with matching halter tops under white shirts tied to show off the midriff. An Irish ‘Hooters’ of sorts?
•Fin & Fauna ~ Sister restaurant to newly opened Durty Kelly’s and Slice Restaurant in Alpharetta, Fin & Fauna is expected to open nearby in an 1892 house on Main Street.
•Livingston ~ Chef Gary Mennie will be opening Livingston April 20th at The Georgian Terrace hotel in midtown according to a hotel representative. Mennie, co-founder of Canoe, recently closed his SoBu eatery Taurus. The restaurant gets its name from former Atlanta mayor Livingston Mims.

Chef's Shuffle...

Chef Nick Melvin, who had replaced Nicholas Bour at South Fulton’s Farmhouse at Serenbe, left his position on March 22nd. Marie Nygren (who runs the Inn at Serenbe and wife of owner Steve Nygren) has taken over Melvin’s duties. Nick in the meantime, has joined Concentrics Restaurants and is now executive chef at Parish Foods & Goods on N. Highland Avenue... Former owner/chef of Vine Restaurant on N. Highland, Steven McGuffen, is the new chef at Solstice Cafe on Boulevard in Atlanta... The Ellis Hotel on Peachtree downtown has a new executive chef: Joel Young... Lenny Robinson most recently served as executive chef of Peasant Bistro downtown and is rumored to be opening Burgernuts soon in his former Les Fleurs de lis Cafe location. Peasant has recently announced that Russell Hays is the new executive chef... Executive chef and managing partner Cyrille Holota of Joël on Northside Drive has confirmed via press release that Joël Antunes will not be returning to Joël and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant. Antunes was recently let go from The Oak Room in New York’s Plaza Hotel... Calavino Donati shuttered the doors at Calavino’s on Mead Road in Decatur at the end of ‘08. The eatery reappeared on March 14th working out of the kitchen at My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta Village as Calavino’s Soul Kitchen... Wassim Takriti has joined the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View in the Westin Hotel downtown as General Manager.

Sign of times...

The folks who brought us Compound Atlanta and Thrive, Southern Hospitality Management, debuted a stir fry concept, Hot Stix Stir Fry Kitchen in late ‘07. The Lindbergh Center eatery has recently closed for good... Mambo Italiano, the Italian eatery with the Vespa motor scooter obsession, has closed the doors of its Vinings location... The brown paper in the windows of Sage on Sycamore in Decatur’s Square signals the restaurant is gone. Owner Roy Jurdak struggled through two years of renovations of the square, traversing a 10’ fence for 18 months and borrowing to stay afloat. In today’s economy, it just wasn’t enough. RIP Sage... The former Boi Na Braza location on Peachtree near Piedmont went through some $600,000 in renovations before reopening as Chima Steakhouse in early 2008. Despite best efforts, Chima quietly shuttered its doors last month... After what seems like forever to open, Athen-based Harry Bissett’s finally opened its Atlanta location in the former Spondivits on Pharr Road in December of ‘08. A few short months later, they are now closed. Originally John Durrett, President of Harry Bissett’s Atlanta, said more Atlanta locations were planned. As of print time, we haven’t heard if that’s still true.

Ch, Ch, Changes...

Saba has closed the Sycamore Street location in Decatur and will reopen in Oakhurst Village on Mead Road in the former Calavino’s spot... Shula’s 347 Grill has announced a second location that will be going into the Embassy Suites hotel planned for the Arena in Duluth... We have heard that the Decatur location of Udipi will be moving to Church Street... ‘The Streets of Buckhead’ project appears to be possibly delayed, maybe even until Fall 2010. At least two retailers have recently left the project.

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by hud report staff

•Luigi's Pizza...
Luigi’s Pizza owners, Brother & sister Rich & Donna Pesce, grew up eating authentic Italian dishes prepared by their Mom and Dad. Their parents were first generation American transplants from Italy and Sicily and were both exceptional cooks, taking great care with their ingredients and methods. Luigi’s is located at 2300 Liam Avenue, Dacula, 770.338.0808. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8 p.m. For more info visit STORY

Cha Cha Bongo...
Cha Cha Bongo Cuban Grill has opened on McGinnis Ferry bringing the festive flavors of Cuba to Johns Creek. Cha Cha Bongo Cuban Grill is located at 6955 McGinnis Ferry Road, Johns Creek, 770.559.3832. Cha Cha is open seven days a week 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more info visit STORY

Durty Kelly's Public House..
The folks over at Slice Cafe in Alpharetta have introduced another concept to the area, Durty Kelly’s Public House. Durty Kelly’s Public House is located at 488 North Main Street, Alpharetta. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. The website should be up soon at FULL STORY

•Angus McGee Steakhouse..
Just outside Atlanta proper in downtown Monroe, partners Roy Wesley, Roger Staggs and Paul Robinson, have opened Angus McGee Steakhouse & Grille on North Broad Street. Angus McGee Steakhouse & Grille is located at 11 N. Broad Street, Monroe, 770.266.6873. Parking is available in the City Hall Parking lot. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (lounge til midnight), Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (lounge til 1 a.m.) and Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more info visit STORY

•Popi Classic Italian...
This seems to be month for Italian eateries. Yet another, Popi Classic Italian has opened on Bethelview Road in Cumming. Popi Classic Italian is located at 5456 Belthelview Road, Cumming, 770.205.7573. Hours are dinner daily 5 p.m. - 10 p.m... FULL STORY

•The Viceroy Royal Indian...
The Viceroy (meaning Royalty) has opened in Dunwoody offering Royal Indian dining. The new restaurant simplifies Indian cooking back to the basics with flavor, aroma and taste, blending spices and fresh ingredients. The Viceroy Royal Indian Dining is located at 4719 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770.353.3000. Viceroy is closed everyday 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday noon - 11 p.m., Sunday noon - 10 p.m... FULL STORY


•'atlanta's best dessert'..
Vying for the title of Atlanta’s Best Dessert, local professional pastry chefs, amateurs and children alike tied on their aprons for Share Our Strength’s 2nd Annual Great American Baking Contest in March at The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown. They raised more than $5,000 in the Atlanta kickoff event for the organization’s Great American Bake Sale...FULL STORY

rit's new 'prez'...

Rita Restaurant Corp. has announced the promotion of Paul J. Seidman to the position of President and CEO...FULL STORY

hunger walk '09...
The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk/Run 2009 may have been cancelled for the first time in its 25-year history due to snowy weather, but that didn’t stop Fifth Group Restaurants from raising over $31,000 to help alleviate hunger in Georgia – more than any other corporate group raised...FULL STORY

bridging the 'hotel' gap...
Monday, March 23 marked the ribbon-cutting and official opening of the pedestrian skybridge that connects the Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta’s largest hotel, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Peachtree Center downtown...FULL STORY

dining out for life...
Dine out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner April 22 at many of Atlanta’s best restaurants and help Open Hand provide home-delivered meals and nutrition education to seniors and individuals living with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and cancer. Restaurants that participate in Open Hand’s 17th annual Dining Out for Life event donate a minimum of 20 percent of sales that day to Open Hand...FULL STORY


Euclid Avenue Yacht Club...

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Established in 1986, Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, a funky little place in Little 5 Points, turns 23 this month. The easy-going scene at this roadhouse joint has been described as Harley to hippie and punk rock to preppie. On Sundays bikers can be seen here with their hogs prominently displayed on the sidewalk outside the front door. Maritime memorabilia, road signs, beer paraphernalia and a Georgia State Patrol car door above the bar set the ‘tacky’ tone at this cozy watering hole. There are few changes here and that seems to be the secret to the bar's success. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club is located in Little Five Points at 1136 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta, 404.688.2582. Hours are Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., Friday & Saturday Noon to 3 a.m. and Sunday Noon to Midnight. For more info visit FULL STORY



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