Volume Twenty-Three Number Six
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COVER STORY - Page 2
Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant...
...Joins Atlanta's Midtown Mile
by hud report staff
RA Sushi, an upbeat, edgy sushi bar and restaurant, is making its Atlanta debut on June 8, 2009. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, Benihana Inc., will open its newest location on the ground floor of the 1010 Midtown condominium building at Peachtree and 12th Streets, amidst residences, hotels, restaurants and storefronts in Atlanta’s emerging Midtown Mile district. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will be located at 1080 Peachtree Street, Suite B, Atlanta, 404.267.0114. RA will be open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a late night menu available until midnight. The bar will be open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. For more info, visit www.RAsushi.com ...FULL STORY
HUD'S CORNER - Page 2
The Research Continues... (The Scoop - Page 3)
by hud report staff
In the oven...
(The following are but a small listing of the new places on our ‘Coming Soon’ radar...)
D.B.A. Barbecue was to open after Memorial Day pending final inspections in the space formerly occupied by Vine Restaurant. D.B.A., which is a take-off on “doing business as,” will be a casual neighborhood restaurant featuring barbecue and southern comfort food with a full service bar. D.B.A. will be open for dinner initially and within two months of opening will serve lunch, weekend brunch and also offer catering. Matt Coggin, who has worked in the neighborhood for over ten years, will be the managing partner. Matt has preciously worked at Harvest, La Tavola, Wisteria, Sala and Kevin Rathbun’s Steak. Matt joined forces with James Ehrlich of Eclipse di Luna to create the new concept for the Virginia-Highland dining scene. The third partner, Lee Coggin, ASID, designed and remodeled the former Vine space to give it a totally new look. Doug Morgan, previously the pit master for Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ in Birmingham, Alabama will be the creative force in the kitchen... Latest sources have CentraArchy’s Jerry Greenbaum (NY Prime, Tavern at Phipps, Joey D’s, etc...) taking over the former Clubhouse space at Lenox Square to open Lenox Square Grill serving breakfast and comfort food 24/7 sometime this fall... In Cheeseburger Bobby’s news it seems an agreement has been signed to open in Johns Creek by this summer and Acworth by next summer by brothers Rob and Eric Heidt. The Canton location (the franchises 4th metro Atlanta location to open) is owned by franchisees Bob and Carol Burton... Local blog, Repeat Atlanta, has uncovered info on the new W. Peachtree Street concept Prickly Pear Taqueria: “Prickly Pear will open this week in Plaza Midtown and will feature a menu similar to Tin Lizzy’s and slightly lower in price than The Original El Taco. The eatery is taking roughly half of the former Amore space which gives them a second level of lounge-style seating. Prickly Pear will also have an entire wall of various tequilas on the main level bar. The eatery will feature some green aspects such as refurbished Delta Air Lines seats from a decommissioned Boeing airplane. They have also utilized lettering from old airport signage, the letters “P, P and T” to represent Prickly Pear Taqueria from the rebranding of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport years ago... Tula’s Lounge on Mitchell Street downtown was waiting for its liquor license as we went to print. Tula’s is expected to open soon offering breakfast, lunch, a Saturday brunch, nightly entertainment and a tapas bar... 946 South at 946 Canton Street in Roswell has a message on the North Fulton Shops website saying they are opening a Mexican Taqueria just across the street from 946 South... Suite has applied for a license to operate a bar with customer dancing and live entertainment at 933 Peachtree Street in the Metropolis condominiums. Suite is to be a modern lounge featuring a menu of sophisticated bites and cocktails in an ultra modern setting... Restaurateur Andy England has taken over the former Saba space on Sycamore Street in Decatur and will be introducing a new concept to the space, Dick Mack’s Irish Pub... Another source has a new place going in at 33 Buford Village Way in Buford called Rick Tanner’s. You may remember Rick from Tanner’s Rotisserie many years back... We had originally reported Antica Posta might possibly be opening another location in the former SAGA, Staley Grace space on Crescent Avenue. Sources are now saying the new eatery will be Joia Restaurant & Lounge and will feature dancing and live entertainment... Evos Atlanta, a healthy version of fast food burgers, fries, etc., has two new locations opening soon, Evos Viewpoint on Peachtree Street next to the Viewpoint condos and Evos Prado in the Prado Shopping Center on Roswell Road. SKS Healthy Foods is a master developer of Evos franchises and has agreed to build a minimum of locations in North Carolina and metro Atlanta in the next five years... Vice nightclub is rumored to be going into the former Royal Nighclub location on Trinity Avenue downtown... Ria Pell (Ria’s Bluebird Diner) and partner Stephen Gannon are preparing a new Americana/dinner concept, Sauced Atlanta, for the old 11:11 Tea House space on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park... We haven’t confirmed it yet, but rumor says the 32-year-old Havana Sandwich Shop, which closed in late ‘08 due to fire, may be re-opening again in Buckhead a little further North of its original Buford Highway location. Oddly enough, a second location had opened early September ‘08 on Marietta Highway in Canton just before the original location burned... City Limit Cafe was expected to open in May in the former Lamplighter location on Connally Street in Grant Park offering wings & burgers... Another Buffalo Wild Wings is said to be opening soon in the former Ali Oli space at 3535 Peachtree Road.
Out of the oven...
The Station House Restaurant has opened in the Cumming Station mixed-use development on Tribble Gap Road in Cumming... The new Studio Bar and Lounge in the newly renovated Artmore Hotel (formerly Best Western Granada Suites) on W. Peachtree is a hip and contemporary lounge space offering wine & signature cocktails in a comfortable modern setting... Total Wine & More has launched its third Atlanta location on North Point Circle in Alpharetta with a 20,000 square foot store that carries 8,000 varieties of wine and 1,000 varieties of beer... California Pizza Kitchen has opened another location in the Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross... The Boiling Pot has opened in the former On The Rocks Tavern on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs... McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub and Wine Merchant is the new sister venue next door to Palate Cafe & Wine Bar on W. Hill Street in Decatur. Serving comfort food in a casual Oakhurst enclave meant to evoke the experience of a Sunday lunch or supper at home. McGowan’s has a cozy and bright interior, accessible fare, 22 beers on draught and 100 beers in a bottle. McGowan’s is open 11a.m. to 1a.m. For updates, visit www.palatewinebar.com.
Cha, Cha, Changes...
It’s rumored that the restaurant space across from Parish on N. Highland Avenue is leased but is under wraps as to who is coming in... It’s also rumored that Soho in Vinings may be taking over the former Zaria Cafe space in Vinings Jubilee on Paces Ferry Road and will be serving sandwiches and such... Londzell’s Jazz & Blues has moved from 2300 to 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road and is now known as Londzell’s Martini Lounge... Latest source says Buckhead Life’s new 3344 Restaurant will be called Niko’s after the director of operations, Niko Karatassos. It will be a nearly 9,000 square foot signature restaurant for the street level of the 3344 Peachtree Boulevard building which will open onto the new pedestrian-oriented Peachtree Boulevard project... Yet more rumors say a new concept is ‘coming soon’ from Andy Alibakhsh, owner of Apres Diem and Carpe Diem and Arnaud Michel, owner of Anis Cafe & Bistro to the former Allegro space on Dutch Valley Road... Latest rumblings are saying Cantina Laredo and III Forks, who were reportedly slated for the Terminus 200 building in Buckhead, may be delayed from the proposed Fall ‘09 openings. Owned by Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc., III Forks is an all-prime steakhouse and Cantina Laredo has gourmet Mexican fare. They would be joining other restaurants at Terminus, including AquaKnox, BrickTops, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, LOLA Bellini Bar & Restaurant and MF Buckhead... Sam Huff & Dave Poe of Sam & Dave’s BBQ, have decided to split up though still friends, the two have decided Huff will take BBQ1 on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta and Poe will take BBQ2 on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, calling it Dave Poe’s BBQ, but with the same menu... La Pietra Cucina, which opened late ‘08 in the former Mid City Cuisine location in Midtown, had closed briefly last month for renovations and has now reopened with a totally different look... Ann’s Snack Shack, located at 1615 Memorial Drive and home to the best burger in America (the Ghetto Burger) per the Wall Street Journal, is ‘for sale.’ 37 year owner Ann Price told the AJC that she’s ready to sell and want’s the restaurant on the market by the end of the month... There is also an online ‘for sale’ listing at $325,000 for East Side Lounge on Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta.
Kozmo Gastro Pub on Douglas Road in Johns Creek has added Denise Leighton as new sous chef... Shane Devereux (most recently with Peasant Bistro) is now the new Chef at Top Flr on Myrtle Street in Atlanta... Rumors had Adam Biderman leaving Holeman & Finch Public House on Peachtree at the end of May to move to New Orleans... Chef Tony Seichrist, formerly with Serenbe’s The Farmhouse Restaurant is now with the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island in South Georgia.
Sign of the times...
Back in April we reported Button Cakes Bakery had moved into Viola Market Cafe on W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. At print time we were waiting to hear back, but it seems Viola has shuttered their doors and Button Cakes is back online, www.buttoncakesbakery.com, only.. Lulu Blue, which opened in June of ‘08 on Virginia Avenue in a former cigar shop, serving hummingbird cupcakes, jasmine tea chocolates and other treats has closed... 4-year-old Little Alley Tapas Bar & Restaurant on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell was rumored to be closing in a couple of weeks. Little Alley is the sister restaurant to Red Salt that opened last year... Star Diner, which opened in late ‘07 in the former Goodfellas Pizza behind Garrison’s on State Bridge Road, is also closed... Au Bon Pain located at Ivan Allen Plaza is no more. Now only one remains at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The first location closed a few months back in Atlantic Station. Last month, the landlord ordered all items out of the Ivan Allen space and put on the street. The eatery was in the Southern Company building at the corner of Ivan Allen and West Peachtree... U Restaurants’ contemporary Spanish concept, Cuerno eatery, closed recently after never achieving the sales figures it needed. Founder Riccardo Ullio opened it in January of ‘08 on Juniper in midtown next door to its sister restaurant Beleza. Another of Ullio’s restaurants, Fritti, is believed by many of having the best pizza in the city... Sadly, owner Karen Bremer of downtown Atlanta dining landmarks Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants, closed the doors for good after economic conditions have worsened.
CHEFS' CORNER - Page 4
•Bold American Catering, Tuna Coronets...RECIPE
DINING OUT - Page 4
by hud report staff
The latest dining venture by chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison of Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Provisions To Go and Floataway Café, has opened in the newly renovated White Provision complex on Howell Mill. Abattoir Chophouse opened on May 21st, 2009 offering a 150-seat ‘meat-centric’ casual atmosphere. Abattoir (French for ‘slaughterhouse’) is located oddly enough in what used to be Atlanta’s old meatpacking district in a converted space of the former plant. The interior is bounded by eggshell colored brick walls with tall windows and high, open-beamed ceiling. The space is modern with understated décor, yet somehow earthy with rustic touches. A granite-topped full-service bar greets you at the entrance and there is seating in the main dining area as well as outside patio, complete with fireplace. Abattoir is located at 1170 Howell Mill Rd., Midtown, 404.892.3335. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. For more info visit www.starprovisions.com...FULL STORY
Fuego Mundo, a South American wood-fire grill concept, is expected to join the mix at the Prado on Roswell Road June 5th, 2009. It all started on a trip to Central/South America in 2008. Udi Hershkovitz and Masha Hleap-Hershkovitz stopped by a restaurant in Panama City, Panama while on a tour of the Panama Canal and that’s where it happened. The vision for Fuego Mundo was born: A place to enjoy the flavors, spices, culture and wines of South America. Fuego's eclectic interior will showcase South American art, wine tastings, rare Latin music and an international staff, including the Manager Manuel from Colombia. Fuego Mundo is located in the Prado at 5590 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404.256.4330. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more info visit www.fuegomundo.com. Evos, Genki Noodles & Sushi, Starbucks and Taco Mac are all also scheduled to open by summer in the Prado...FULL STORY
This spring, eight-year-old JOEL on Northside Parkway, bids bon voyage to a new creative concept. One of the city’s only five-star restaurants, JOEL Restaurant becomes JOEL Brasserie with a modified menu and adapted atmosphere with a chic take on upscale. Executive Chef Cyrille Holota has folded simple sophistication into French flavor fusion. As a traditional brasserie, JOEL will feature simple, hearty food and drinks in a casual setting. JOEL Brasserie is located at 3290 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, 404.233.3500. Hours are lunch Tuesday Friday 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m., dinner Tuesday Saturday 5:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday. For more info visit www.joelbrasserie.com... FULL STORY
•Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar...
Tom Catherall of Here to Serve Restaurants has opened his 10th Atlanta restaurant, Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar Vinings, on Paces Ferry Road in the former La Madeleine location. Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar is located at 2850 Paces Ferry Rd., Vinings, 770.432.3277. Noche serves dinner nightly and lunch Wednesday - Sunday. For more info visit www.heretoserverestaurants.com. Here to serve Restaurants is the parent company to Prime, Twist, Shout, Noche Virginia Highland, Goldfish, Lola, Strip, Home and Aja...FULL STORY
•Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria...
Concentrics Restaurants has announced the upcoming opening of its newest restaurant, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. The third Concentrics venture in downtown’s Luckie Marietta District, Max’s will showcase simple, authentic New York-style pizza courtesy of New York native, Chef Nick Oltarsh. Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is located next to STATS at 300 Marietta Street, Atlanta, 404.974.2941. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday - Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday. For info, on opening date, visit www.maxsATL.com... FULL STORY
•Midtown Mediterranean Diner...
Midtown Mediterranean Diner has debuted in the original Jocks n’ Jills space on 10th Street in Midtown. A makeover of the Jocks space has white-tablecloth seating throughout and an open patio facing Peachtree. The interior is accented in red with original brick walls. The bar area features flat screen TVs and there is also a couch-filled hookah lounge. The diner offers a host of classic American breakfast and mid-East items, round the clock, 24/7. The offerings are extensive and varied. Midtown Mediterranean Diner is located at 112 10th St., Midtown, 404.228.7401. Hours are 24/7... FULL STORY
•Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe...
New Orleans-based eatery, Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Café, has opened its first Georgia location at 10th & Piedmont in the old Sweet Devil Moon location. Bringing the taste, culture, food and wine of Italy to town, the Nonna Mia concept encourages dinner with the whole family. Family is everything. Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe is located at 980 Piedmont Avenue, 404.532.2815. Hours are 11 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday Thursday and 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Delivery 'coming soon.' For more info, visit nonnamiaatlanta.com...FULL STORY
•The Firkin & Lindbergh...
At press time, The Firkin & Lindbergh was preparing to open June 1, 2009 on Main Street in the Lindbergh City Center project. This is the second of five locations planned for the Atlanta area. The first opened in early ‘09 in the Avenue Forsyth in Cumming. The Firkin is a traditional English Pub that expands on dishes (less than $15) like traditional beer-battered fish and chips, cottage pie, bangers, beans & mash, Guinness steak and mushroom pie, cabbage pesto, cream pasta and shepherds pie. Not to mention American dishes like sliders, Angus burgers and half-pound hot dogs. The Pub will also have several salads and vegetarian dishes as well. The Firkin & Lindbergh is located at 565 Main Street, Lindbergh City Center, 678.984.1846. Hours are 11 a.m. 2 a.m. For more info visit thefirkinandlindbergh.com...FULL STORY
METRO - Page 5
by hud report staff
•Coldbrew's Sports Bar & Grill...
Partners Jay McClay and Eskender Getachew have opened Roswell’s newest family sports grill, Coldbrew’s Sports Bar & Grill, on Holcomb Bridge Road one mile East of Alpharetta Highway. Coldbrew’s Sports Bar & Grill is located at 880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 678.639.7297. Hours are Monday Thursday 11 a.m. Midnight and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more info visit www.coldbrewsgrill.com...FULL STORY
Back in 1994, three guys were driving around Florida in a hot car, craving burgers and fries, but dreading the aftershock the greasy, not-so-healthy burgers and fries would wreak on their systems. A few miles down the road, the idea for EVOS was born. They still didn’t have a place for lunch, but they had a new idea about low fat, fast food eating that spread like ketchup. Getting right to the low-fat meat of the matter, EVOS will open its first Georgia location in The Prado on Roswell Road on Friday, June 5. Another location is expected shortly afterwards in the Viewpoint condominiums on Peachtree Street. EVOS will be located at 5590 Roswell Road in the Prado, 404.252.4022. EVOS will be open daily 11 a.m. 10 p.m. For more info, www.evos.com...FULL STORY
Lola’s Cantina has recently entered the East Cobb market on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta. The high energy Cantina has a lot going on, from the outdoor Mercado (market) featuring fresh fruit and vegetables to the eclectic decor of the Cantina, which ranges from expensive art, antiques, chandeliers and memorabilia to, well... junk. Up-beat music is the backdrop for the enthusiastic staff serving authentic Mexican cuisine and specialty cocktails both in the dining room and on the patio deck. In addition, live music is showcased weekly. Lola’s Cantina is located at 4665 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 770.973.4747. Lola’s is open Tuesday - Sunday. For more info visit www.lolascantina.com... FULL STORY
•Qdoba Mexican Grill...
Colorado-based, Qdoba Mexican Grill, will open its fourth Atlanta area location on June 9th in Alpharetta. Qdoba is a subsidiary of Jack in the Box and other Metro locations include Suwanee, Ponce de Leon in Atlanta and Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The first unit opened in Denver in 1995. Qdoba mixes fresh ingredients with a combination of sauces, salsas and marinades to create non-traditional, fast-casual Mexican fare. All entrees are prepared in front of the customer and topped with personally selected ingredients, including one of the distinctive salsas. Qdoba Mexican Grill is located at 5540 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. For hours and phone number, visit www.qdoba.com...FULL STORY
•Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery...
With several locations rumored for the Metro Atlanta area, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, will soon be opening its first franchised location in the Johns Creek area. The original opened in 2003 inside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The idea for the modern American, Irish, Scottish, English sports pub was the brain child of Mark DiMartino who then recruited pals Shannon Reilly & John Reynaud along with restaurant developer, Ron Lynch. Tilted Kilt Johns Creek will be located at 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 678.381.0100. Check out www.tiltedkilt.com for hours and exact opening date... FULL STORY
•Uncle Vito's NY Pizza...
Uncle Vito’s NY Pizza, with locations in Marietta, Dacula and Snellville, has expanded into Gwinnett County with a new unit on Satellite Boulevard. Photos of New York City fill the dining room to give the feeling of being in the big apple. Uncle Vito’s NY Pizza is located at 2400 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, 770.495.8486. Hours are Mon. Thur. 11 a.m. 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. 11 p.m. and Sun. Noon 9 p.m. For more, visit www.unclevitosnypizza.com... FULL STORY
Wild Tacos has opened in Lawrenceville offering dine-in, carry-out or delivery of the authentic Mexican fare. Wild Taco is located at 2449 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770.338.8860. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more info visit site.wildtaco.net... FULL STORY
Madras Chettinaad Indian restaurant on Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur is shuttering its doors and moving north in June to Alpharetta. Madras will take over the former Minerva Indian Cuisine space on State Bridge Road. Madras Chettinaad will be located at 4305 State Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, 678.393.0044. For details on dates, visit madraschettinaad.com... FULL STORY
•La Fonda Latina...
La Fonda Latina is expecting to expand its funky, fun empire this month by opening a new location in the former Slice Pizza space on Howell Mill Road. Sister restaurant to seven Fellini’s Pizzas throughout the city, this will be La Fonda’s fifth location. La Fonda’s festive Cantina atmosphere is bright colors, open patios (cooled by large fans in summer and heaters in winter), wooden booths, bustling workers and Spanish tunes throughout. La Fonda Latina will be located at 1025 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. Hours will be Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - Midnight and Sunday Noon - 11 p.m. For opening, visit www.fellinisatlanta.com... FULL STORY
PHOTOPLAY PAGE - Page 7
•an evening honoring kaedy...
At the end of May, Vikki Locke of B98.5, Melissa Carter of Q100, Mara Davis of 92.9, Cynthia Young of KISS 104.1 and Jordan Graye of B98.5, hosted a sold out event honoring their friend and colleague, Kaedy Kiely of 97.1 FM. Kaedy was diagnosed this spring with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. Since then, she has had surgery and will now undergo chemo and radiation treatment. The event held at the Ansley Park Playhouse, was a wine and dessert reception followed by a performance of the comedy, “A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann’s” written by “Peachtree Battle playwrights, John Gibson & Anthony Morris. The evening raised over six thousand dollars for the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. The Ladies of Radio presented Kaedy with the Phoenix Award from the City of Atlanta, stating Kaedy’s contributions to the city over the past 20 years on Atlanta’s airways. Fellow breast cancer survivor, Monica Pearson, sent a touching note about her own battle with breast cancer along with one of her personal wigs, should Kaedy need it. You can follow Kaedy’s story on her blog at 97.1theriver.com. Pictured (from left) Vikki Locke and Kaedy Kiely laugh as Mara Davis recants one of her favorite Kaedy stories...FULL STORY
•can i get a prius with that burger?...
Ted Turner, chairman of Ted’s Montana Grill, and President/CEO George McKerrow Jr. handed over the keys to a new Toyota Prius recently to Burger FANatics contest winners Leslie and Josh Borger in front of Ted’s Montana Grill headquarters on Luckie Street in Atlanta. The Borgers, who submitted a witty video called “Couple on a Bison Budget,” expressed their love of Ted’s burgers by coming up with innovative ways to eat at Ted’s. Their video competed with more than 6,500 entries. For more info about the contest, visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com...FULL STORY
The new Italian steakhouse, Pacci Ristorante, opened recently at the corner of W. Peachtree and 7th Street in Midtown next to Hotel Palomar. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also features a stylish rooftop bar and lounge area called AltoRex Terrace Bar. The menu offers rustic Old World fare of Northern Italy created by executive chef Keira Moritz, formerly of Puccini & Pinetti in San Francisco. This was a homecoming for Moritz, who grew up in Georgia. In attendance at the opening and joining chef Moritz were (from left) Butch King, Marc Taft and Beau King. For more info visit www.pacciatlanta.com...FULL STORY
•dining out for life...
Diners filled popular restaurants and cafes throughout metro Atlanta in support of Open Hand back in April. Restaurants participating in the 17th annual Dining Out for Life donated a minimum of 20% of food and beverage sales that day to Open Hand. Open Hand expects to raise more than $200,000 this year. The proceeds help continue to provide home-delivered meals and nutrition services to senior citizens and individuals with chronic and debilitating diseases. Visit www.projectopenhand.org for more info. Pictured at Highland Bakery in the Old Fourth Ward to kick off the 2009 Dining Out for Life event were (from left) co-chair Chef Darryl E. Evans, owner of Culinary Consulting &Design; Stephen Woods, Executive Director, Open Hand, and Matt Pieper, Senior Director of Resource Development, Open Hand...FULL STORY
•share out strength raises $715,000...
The 21st anniversary celebration of Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta raised $715,000 at it’s gala event in May. Approximately 850 people gathered at the Georgia Aquarium for the food and wine event that featured samplings from more than 50 of the city’s top chefs, as well as live and silent auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. All of the net proceeds from Taste of the Nation Atlanta help fund the development of Share Our Strength’s strategy to end childhood hunger in Atlanta with the continued support of organizations, such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Project Open Hand and Genesis, A New Life. Local newscaster Fred Kalil (from left) served s Master of Ceremonies and music icon Kenny Rogers and his wife Wanda served as honorary chairpersons. Pano Karatassos (center), founder of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, started the Taste of the Nation Atlanta event in 1988 and has chaired the event each year since. He was joined this year by Laurent Tourondel, executive chef and partner of BLT Restaurants, including BLT Steak in Atlanta, who served as honorary chef. Also in attendance was Pat Nicklan, Share out Strength’s Managing Director and George McKerrow, President/CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill...FULL STORY
CELEBRATING THE SURVIVORS- Page 8
The River Room Restaurant & Tavern...
hud report staff
The River Room Restaurant & Tavern is celebrating 10 years of serving new American cuisine on Northside Parkway in Atlanta. Located in the Post Riverside Town Square shopping center (where Buckhead meets Vinings), the elegant, modern European eatery is nestled fountain side. River Room was voted Citysearch’s “Best Wine List 2008” and each night you can choose from 20 specially priced bottles of wine from the current wine list for $20. Complete wine, beer & martini menus can be found online, www.riverroom.com. The River Room Restaurant & Tavern is located in Post Riverside Town Square at 4403 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, 404.233.5455. Hours are lunch Monday Friday 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.; dinner Monday Thursday 5:30 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5:30 10:30 p.m. The River Room Tavern remains open one hour after the restaurant closes. For more info visit, www.riverroom.com. The River Room’s sister restaurant, the Vinings Inn, is located just off the main square in Vinings... FULL STORY
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARYS - Page 8... FULL LIST
WHAT'S SIZZLIN' AFTER DARK - Page 8
An alphabetical listing of some after dark hot spot suggestions throughout Metro Atlanta... FULL LIST
RESTAURANT & BAR WARS - Page 9
Newly Opened, Coming Soon, Anniversarys & Casualites... FULL LIST
CALENDAR OF EVENTS - Pages 10 & 11...FULL STORY
ONGOING CULINARY EVENTS - Page 11...FULL STORY
BREW NEWS - Page 13 ...FULL STORY
JOB OPPORTUNITES ~ Help Wanted - Page 15
RESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB, PUB, TAVERN ~ Listings Guide - Page 15
RESTAURANT/NIGHTCLUB - Casualties - Page 17...FULL STORY
HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY NEWS ~ - Page 18
WHERE TO WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS - Page 19
•Homes for all the sports, all the time... MORE
(these listings are subject to change - we suggest you call ahead to confirm)
HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BUSINESS SERVICES LISTINGS - Page 19
ADCO Services, Inc., Alsco Linen Supply, Atlanta Fixtures, Blockbuster Textiles, Geyer Construction, GlobalTech POS, Blue Orb Restaurant Advisory, Restaurant Management Recruiters LLC and Sinah Technology POS System.