Volume Twenty-Three Number Three
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COVER STORY - Page 2
Craft beer still 'star of show'
at new beer/cuisine concept
by hud report staff
The guys at Decatur’s Brick Store Pub (Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore) have opened their latest concept, Leon’s Full Service, just around the corner at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street in the old Rue de Leon space (originally a 1930’s gas station). Commemorating the occasion and helping two other Decatur venues recently damaged/destroyed by fire, Trackside Tavern and 5th Earl Market, Leon’s owners auctioned off Leon’s very first pint of Terrapin India Brown Ale to benefit the misplaced employees. According to Mike Gallagher the idea came from Daren Wang, one of the founders of the Decatur Book Festival and the first pint went for a jaw-dropping $2,650 to an anonymous (rumor says it was the owners of the Universal Joint & Steinbeck’s, Marc & Shelby Brennan) Oakhurst bidder who will have their picture, along with the first dollar made, framed and displayed forever at Leon’s. Leon’s Full Service is located at 131 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404.687.0500. Hours are Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight) and Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1 a.m.). For more info visit www.leonsfullservice.com....FULL STORY
HUD'S CORNER - Page 2
Think you know Atlanta, huh?
by ron hudspeth
(So you want to be an Atlanta expert at the next party?)
I guarantee you can declare yourself a real Atlantan and stump ‘em with these gems about your city:
•Want to talk about potential gridlock. The November 1971 referendum by voters to build MARTA passed by only 461 votes.
•Cup of coffee: Oakland manager Tony LaRussa played in nine games with the Braves in 1971 as a 27-year-old second baseman and hit .286.
•Sweet Home Atlanta? Lynyrd Skynyrd was once the house band at a club on Peachtree called Funocchio’s.
•Horsepower (sort of): The first Atlanta transit system was made up of trolley cars pulled by 114 mules.
•I’ll take the tent: The original Atlanta Zoo came into being in 1889 when a building contractor named Thomas James bought animals and equipment from a bankrupt circus. Jones wanted the equipment but gave the animals to the city.
•Could it have been the cocaine? When Doc Pemberton first marketed Coca-Cola, it was called “The Ideal Brain Tonic” and Pemberton spent a whopping $73.56 on advertising the first year.
•Duck it’s Delta: Delta Air Service, from which Delta Air Lines eventually involved, was known for its crop dusting...FULL STORY
TRENDS, TASTES & FLAVORS - Page 3
What would you do with an extra $500? Rewards Network and Delta Skymiles are asking diners that’s right, all diners to submit videos to explain what they would do with an extra $500 which happens to be the Grand Prize amount ($500 in dining credits) that will be awarded for the best video. The contest is running through the end of March, so check out the videos at http://www.rewardsnetwork.com/500 (it also explains the full details of the contest)... Atlanta-based chain Arby’s is launching a new line of “Arby’s Roastburger” sandwiches. On March 8, customers can get a free Roastburger with the purchase of any size drink if they go into an Arby’s and say, “I’m here to change my burger.” There are three versions to choose from: The All-American Roastburger; the Bacon and Bleu Cheese Roastburger; and the Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger... Ted’s Montana Grill is calling on all burger fans to profess their love for the Ted’s burger and the best 'Ted’s Burger FANatics' entrant could win a new 2009 Toyota Prius. And, all qualified entries win a free burger-on-the-house. Enter by logging on to www.tedsmontanagrill.com and submitting an entry between now and midnight on March 31. Fans can upload a picture, make a video, perform a song, even pen an odeanything they feel best portrays their love for the Ted’s burger. Entries can be as simple or complex as fans want them to be. Second place is an all-expense-paid trip for two to MontanaBig Sky Country, the land that inspired the creation of Ted’s Montana Grill. The third-place winner will receive free meals at Ted’s Montana Grill for a year... On March 5, join culinary professionals and foodies across Atlanta as to raise funds for Share Our Strength, a national organization working to ensure no child in America grows up hungry. Professional, amateur and young pastry chefs are invited to compete at Share Our Strength’s 2nd Annual Great American Baking Contest. The judging will be an exciting night open to the public with a Wine and Dessert reception at The Cook’s Warehouse Midtown. All net proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. Visit strength.org/bakingcontest for more information, to enter the contest or to purchase tickets... The leasing representative of Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia has a fully equipped, vacant restaurant. They are looking for a restaurant industry expert that will help sponsor a contest and would like to help some would-be entrepreneur establish a restaurant. The winner would get one year of free fixed minimum rent on a 4,500 sq. ft. restaurant at The Mall at Stonecrest. For more info contact Devony Jackson with Forest City Commercial Group, 1.216.416.3574... Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA) and the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invite you to unleash your imagination for the 6th Annual Edible Book Festival, Saturday, March 28, beginning at 1 p.m., in The Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur. To participate, create a piece of edible art related to books use your imagination. Judges will award prizes in a variety of categories. All the ingredients must be entirely edible: chocolate, cheese, vegetables, fruit sweet or savory. Deadline for registration is Monday, March 9. For details and to register, go to www.lvama.org or call 404. 377.READ....FULL STORY
CHEFS' CORNER - Page 4
•The Real Chow Baby concept is a create-your-own stir-fry restaurant, complete with stir-fry bar. The Real Chow Baby gives the guest the opportunity to make their own unique creation with a blend of Asian and American flavors. For the past year, Luca Bettini (right) has been Executive Chef at The Real Chow Baby’s second location at Cobb Galleria. A native of Venice, Italy, Bettini followed a family tradition of pursuing a career in culinary arts. He learned the business from his father and grandfather, who were both chefs. After opening two restaurants in Italy, Bettini moved to Paris to work for a high-end catering company and later moved to Los Angeles, CA. Specializing in seafood and Italian cuisine, Luca eventually made his way to the South. First landing in North Carolina and last year arriving at The Real Chow Baby in Atlanta. The Real Chow Baby’s original location is at 1016 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 404.815.4900...RECIPE
DINING OUT - Page 4
by hud report staff
David Clapp, founder of the popular Buckhead eatery Dantanna’s, has opened a second location at CNN Center downtown in the former Jocks & Jills location. Although sports are definitely on the menu, Dantanna’s is not a sports bar. It’s an upscale 'sports restaurant' exuding the ambiance of a five-star restaurant and the entertainment of having a private box at your favorite game. Dantanna’s is located at CNN Center, Atlanta, 404.522.8873. For more info visit www.dantannas.com. The original location is at 3400 Around Lenox Drive, 404.760.TURF. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 12 a.m...FULL STORY
Jerome and Tisha Phillips are taking home-cooking that was originally started in the little juke joints back in Mississippi & Alabama and bringing it to folks who love to listen to the blues and eat great food. They have opened Harpo’s BBQ-Fish-Chicken in Powder Springs. The Phillips both come from a business background, Jerome an construction estimator and Tisha a controller for a local builder. Harpo’s is located at 4148 Marietta Street, Powder Springs, 770.222.9022. Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m. For more info www.harposfood.com should be up soon...FULL STORY
•Panchero's Mexican Grill...
The first Georgia location for the 15-year-old concept Panchero’s Mexican Grill has opened beneath the TWELVE Hotel on W. Peachtree Downtown. Founded in 1992, Coralville, Iowa-based Panchero’s Mexican Grill is a quick-service, fresh-Mexican franchise concept that serves its signature fresh pressed tortillas filled with vegetables, meats, cheeses and salsas. Panchero’s currently has over 45 locations in 15 states. Panchero’s Mexican Grill is located at 400 W. Peachtree, Atlanta, 404.522.9990. For more info, www.pancheros.com... FULL STORY
A new Chinese restaurant, Delicious Kabob, has opened in Doraville and has been getting a good bit of positive buzz from local ‘foodies.’ The owners, who hail from China’s Northeast region, say Delicious Kabob is Atlanta’s most authentic Chinese restaurant and the menu reflects their home region. The eatery is proud of the fact they have Atlanta’s best Chinese chef, Chef Liu previously at Tasty China, and pride themselves in providing both the Asian community as well as the American community with rich, exotic, unique food that you can normally only find in China. The glass-enclosed kitchen is visible from the restaurant and the parking lot. Word is, there’s an American menu and a Chinese menu. Those in the know, say to ask for the Chinese version (it’s also in English). Delicious Kabob is located at 3640 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, 770.457.4948. Please call for hours ...FULL STORY
Partners Adam Gajadharsingh, Gabriel Greenberg and David Duley have joined forces to transform the former Prince of Wales space on Piedmont Avenue into The Nook, on Piedmont Park. On March 20th, the first day of spring, The Nook will opens at 5 p.m. to offer Atlantans lunch, brunch, dinner and drinks. The Nook is located at 1144 Piedmont Avenue, Midtown, 404.745.9222. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to Midnight on Sunday... FULL STORY
•Villa Rica Gill House...
Villa Rica Grill House Steak & Wine Bar in Lilburn brings the passion of South American & Argentinean cuisine and culture to the Atlanta area. Seating at Villa Rica is at white table-clothed tables, on the outdoor patio and in the separate bar area. The interior is open with warm colors, wood & tile flooring and large windows overlooking the patio. Villa Rica Grill House is located at 3907 Burns Road, Lilburn, 770-717-0992. Hours are Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dinner 7 nights a week 5 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. For more, visit www.villaricagrill.com... FULL STORY
Chef Chris Hope, along with wife Petra, introduced their Sperata restaurant to downtown Lawrenceville in mid-February. Opening on the square, the new stop is the sister restaurant to the Hope’s 5-year-old Sperata (Greek for ‘Hope’) location on E. Main Street in Buford. Sperata is located at 179 W. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, 770.910.7705. Sperata will be open seven days a week, call for hours. The original Sperata is at 9 East Main Street, Buford. Hours are Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more, speratarestaurant.com...FULL STORY
•Flying Biscuit Cafe...
Local franchisee Barbara Juhan is opening her first franchised unit of the Flying Biscut Cafe at the corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. It’s expected about mid-March. Founded in Atlanta in 1993 by Delia Champion and acquired by Raving Brands in 2006, there are currently six Flying Biscuit locations with several more planned for the Southeast in '08. The latest Flying Biscuit is located at 5975 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404.252.1182. Hours are Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m ...FULL STORY
•Sean's American Bistro...
In the fall of ‘08, Laura Attaway, creator of Aqua Terra, 37 Main and Third Coast Grill in Buford, debuted a new eatery, Bella Vita Italian Bistro in the same area. In recent months the concept has been changed and Bella Vita is now Sean’s American Bistro, owned and operated by Chef Sean McLendon. We last featured McLendon when he opened Firewater Chophouse as chef/partner in Cumming in February of 2008. Sean’s American Bistro is located 33 Buford Village Way, Buford, 678.714.2784. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. For more info visit www.sabistro.com...FULL STORY
THE SCOOP - Page 5
The Research Continues...
by hud report staff
February 28, 2009 was the final day for the 30+ year-old Pano’s & Paul’s on W. Paces Ferry Road. The legendary eatery is expected to reopen soon in the new St. Regis Hotel (also located on W. Paces Ferry) with a possible name change to ‘Pano’s.’ Visit www.buckheadrestaurants.com for updates... Fremont Realty Captial, owner of the newly renovated Georgian Terrace Hotel on Peachtree across from The Fox Theatre, downsized the renovations to $11 million instead of $100 million as they had originally planned in 2005. Having recently reopened, they have announced that chef Gary Mennie will serve as executive chef at the hotel’s new restaurant, Livingston, that is expected to open in April. Mennie shuttered the doors of his Peacthree Street Taurus restaurant in December... AAA has announced the awards of 5 Diamonds for 2009 and Atlanta is well respresented with: Aria, Atlanta Grill, Bacchanalia, Bluepointe, Canoe, City Grill, Joël, La Grotta Ravinia Ristorante Italiano, La Grotto Ristorante Italiano, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Nikolai’s Roof, Park 75, Pano’s and Paul’s (soon to be relocated -- see above), Food Studio (since closed) and The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton Buckhead. Congratulations to all... Current Raving Brands President, Daryl Dollinger, along with Mama Fu’s founder Martin Sprock, have had a lawsuit brought against them by twenty-nine franchisee-plaintiffs. The group alleges there was an overall misrepresentation and kickback schemes, poor marketing and an insufficient franchise support system. The trial was set to begin February 17th.
TROIS, located at Peachtree Street & 14th, has announced that Mixologists Steven Kowalczuk and Darrell Autrey are heading up the mixology program. The duo is currently putting their twists on the winter cocktail list, planning upcoming mixology workshops and working on their debut spring cocktail menu... Scott Hayes’ Catering Cajun, currently located on DeFoors Ferry Road in Atlanta, is rumored to be moving to Canton Road in Marietta. For updates visit www.cateringcajun.net... Chef William Sigley has departed Las Vegas-based AquaKnox at Terminus Tower. Sigley came well prepared as he opened Todd English’s Olives in the Bellagio and cooked for Wolfgang Puck for several years. Sigley has joined Here to Serve Restaurants, Tom Catherall’s group of eateries, and will be executive chef at Aja on Lenox Road... Chef David Craine has taken over Sigley's position at Aquaknox... Chef David Hartshorn has left Einstein’s on Juniper Street to join the new steakhouse in Decatur, Parker’s on Ponce, which leaves chef Kevin Osella in charge of the Einstein’s operation. Osella was the original executive chef at Atlanta Fish Market when it opened in 1993, and prior to that was at Buckhead Diner... Pomodoro, an Italian spot located at 402 North Highland in Virginia Highland area, has named Erik Herndon as its new top toque. Eric previously worked at The Buckhead Diner... Inman Parks’s Fritti Restaurant has hired Enrico Liberato, from the Italy’s Naples region, to oversee the wood-burning pizza ovens... Verve Lounge on Peachtree Street, whose kitchen was headed by longtime Atlanta chef Darryl E. Evans, has closed with no word on where Evans is headed... The AJC is reporting Joel Antunes is no longer at his post with The Oak Room in New York’s Plaza Hotel. Although his Joel restaurant still operates on Northside Parkway in Atlanta, there is no word on where he may go next?... Chef Ian Forrest brings his love for southern cooking to the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and Lounge in his role as Sous Chef. He comes to The Sun Dial from Kevin Rathbun Steak.
The 17-year-old Panchero’s Mexican Grill concept has entered the Atlanta eats market. Panchero’s offers made-to-order tortillas by ‘pressing’ them in front of the patrons. They were scheduled to open at 400 W. Peachtree between the new W Hotel and the Twelve Hotel on February 17th... The folks at Bhojanic has introduced a new concept to the Decatur area, Nectar. The new eatery specializes in all-natural fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and drinks, as well as ice cream and panini sandwiches. Breakfasts, sandwiches and pastries... Anyone in the Cumming area hungry for classic Italian food can now pop into Popi at 5456 Bethelview Road. The new eatery is open for lunch and dinner and offers delivery, take-out/take & bake and catering... Rojo Taqueria is a neighborhood gathering spot specializing in gourmet tacos, nachos, appetizers and ‘Daily Specials’ infused with flavors of the Southwest and Mexico. The latest unit has arrived at 2850 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta and the Tequila Bar features 75 - 100 varieties of top shelf Tequilas and signature Margaritas, hand-shaken and made with fresh fruit.
Latest sources say the name for Pano Karatassos’ upcoming 3344 Peachtree Boulevard Building restaurant is now Balon Rouge (Red Balloon) not Pano’s Grand Cafe, and is expected to open late ‘09. The 15,000 sq. ft. space will include charming street-level patio dining, an exquisite bar and upscale dining space... Metanoya Coffeehouse Cafe has made a move from their Canton Street spot in Roswell and opened at 255 Village Parkway in Marietta. The website is currently being updated, www.metanoyacafe.com, and should contain the new info in a couple of weeks... Co-owners Sujaree Hewitt along with sister, Ain Suteeluxnaporn, will be opening a second location of their popular East Atlanta Thai restaurant, Spoon, soon in the Ormewood Park Shopping Center on Moreland Avenue. The restaurant will be about the same size as the Marietta Street location, except it will have a patio... Agnes & Muriel’s recently left their 13-year-old Midtown space on Monroe Drive to open in their new 120 seat location. The eatery moved into the former Cafe Dupri location, previously owned by local hip hop artist Jermaine Dupri, on Piedmont Road... New Orleans The Peoples Restaurant has opened on Atlanta Street in Roswell in the former Roswell Kitchen space. Another restaurant by the same name opened in downtown Atlanta in December of 2006 but has since closed... Chicago’s Own Supper Club, a new restaurant with a name very similar to the one that closed in December ‘08 on Marietta Street, Chicago’s Very Own Restuarant, is opening in the old Fratelli di Napoli location on Tula Street in Atlanta. We are researching to see if the two are related?... What goin’ on at The Tabernacle? Application has been made by Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events, LLC d/b/a The Tabernacle to operate a convention center with liquor, beer and wine consumed on premises, customer dancing and live entertainment at the Luckie Street venue. The application includes The Cotton Club, the Upper Level 2nd Floor and the Balcony Level 3rd Floor... After 15 years in business, the Prince of Wales on Piedmont Avenue closed in early ‘08 followed by several other locations of parent company Derek Lawford Pubs. In late ‘08 the Piedmont Avenue space was rumored to be opening as Lift Restaurant, “a full restaurant & bar with live entertainment and seating for 100.” Latest info says the location will now open as The Nook on Piedmont Park (see story page 8)... The Jeffery Chodorow creation that was geared to the 20 - 34 demographic, Maxim Prime Steakhouse at the Glenn Hotel downtown (replaced the B.E.D. concept), was supposedly 'moving' effective March 1st according to an agreement with The Glenn Hotel and real estate developer David Marvin who has agreed to buy out the remainder of Maxim's lease. Oddly, no new location is mentioned? Maxim opened in March of '08 with chef Daniel Zoby (formerly with City Grill) at the helm. Word on the street says Maxim will not reopen (see On the horizon below).. A building permit has been issued for a commercial addition at 30 Old Ivy Road (which is the Hal’s On Old Ivy address) at a cost of $721, 484. We’ve got a call in to see what Hal’s has in store... With locations in New York, Las Vegas and Chicago, Japonais had announced last year it would open its 4th venue in the Streets of Buckhead serving Contemporary Japanese Cuisine in 2009. Latest scoop says the lease hasn’t been signed and project may be on-hold?... Also in limbo and sharing a partner with Japonais, La Goulue hasn’t signed a Streets of Buckhead lease either. The Madison Avenue fixture since 1972 was to open also in the Streets project.
On the horizon...
Sources are saying Concentrics Restaurants will be moving into the space vacated by Maxim Prime with a new concept, 30 Tables, serving casual, elegant comfort food. Executive Chef Nick Oltarsh is rumored to be opening Chef... According to the ATL Food Chatter at Atlanta Magazine and online mag, CLIQUE Atlanta, Jim Thomas, owner of R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, the 24-hour eclectic restaurant on Peachtree, is planning a taqueria in the closed Shipfeifer location next door. Jim has squelched the rumors - he is not... The Firkin, an Ontario Canada-based English pub concept, has begun build out of the franchised location opening later this year at Lindbergh City Center next to Tongue & Groove... Tappan Street Restaurant Group will open another location of their Taco Mac chain this summer in Sandy Springs. The newest unit will be one of the biggest occupying the 8,000 sq. ft. former Jocks & Jill’s Frankie’s restaurant in the Prado shopping center on Roswell Road... Franchisee, Tony Ratliff, has finalized a lease for his first Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries Atlanta location in the Shoppes of Druid Hills on the corner of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Road. The Maryland-based concept, expected to open by summer, offers made-to-order burgers and the famous Boardwalk fries (Nationally known fries cooked in 100% peanut oil, served crispy and hot). Ratliff has signed a franchise deal with Boardwalk and plans to open 50 restaurants throughout Georgia... Latest rumors say Lenny Robinson will be opening a new concept, Burgernuts, in his former Les Fleurs de lis Cafe location in the downtown Healy building in March. It will specialize in burgers, including organically raised turkey and vegetarian burgers, as well as donuts, some to be filled with homemade fruit jams. Robinson, formerly with Les Fleurs de lis Cafe and The Tasting Room in Sandy Springs had most recently joined Maureen Kalmanson and Pamela Furr at Peasant Bistro in the Luckie Marietta District in Atlanta... Healthy Foods is a master developer of Evos franchises (healthy version of fast food burgers, fries, etc...) and has agreed to build a minimum of 21 locations in North Carolina and metro Atlanta in the next five years. Rumor says the first unit is opening this summer on Peachtree Street in the Viewpoint condos. And, according to the AJC, another unit is also opening by summer in the Prado on Roswell Road... Fuego Mundo, Genki Noodles & Sushi and Starbucks are concepts anticipated for the Prado by summer as well. Feugo Mundo is expected to open either late April or early May... A Mexican-themed restaurant, Tara Humata, is expected to open in the Sweet Apple Village development in Roswell in May at the corners of Etris and Hardscrabble Roads... Construction has begun in the Town Brookhaven development for another Mexican-themed spot, Verde’ Taqueria y Cantina... Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles is adding another location (this time a Bistro) at 3495 Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee. It will seat 120 with a stage for live entertainment and an outdoor patio... Rumor says Charlie and Nan Niyomkul, are planning to open a casual concept located next door to their successful Nan on Spring Street that will specialize in Thai street food dishes. No word yet on when that would open... Set to open in March, The Sembler Co. developed the $120 million, 800-square-foot Canton Marketplace on the south side of Highway 20 east of Interstate 575 at Exit 19. Tenants expected to open in March & April include Cheeseburger Bobby’s, La Parilla, Oriental Cuisine, Rue 21, Subway and Taco Mac. Outparcel tenants include Chick-fil-A and Olive Garden... Tucker’s L’Thai Organic Restaurant & Wine Bar owner Pithya Kongthavorn has finalized a deal to open a second location, L’Thai West, in the space occupied by Yukaru Sushi & Steak in Smyrna’s W. Village complex. Yukaru is expected to close March 13th.
Sign of times...
Co-owner Alberto Fedeli opened his Allegro Restaurant in October of ‘07 in the Belvedere Condominimum building on Dutch Valley Road in Atlanta. Sadly, Valentine’s dinner was the farewell evening for the Italian eatery and there’s no word on where the chef, Jose Rego, may be headed next... We reported last month that Carmen Cappello’s Lamplighter restaurant was possibly re-opening as a new concept, Shame Burgers. Cappello has since released a statement that looks like Shame will not open in the Lamplighter spot: “Lamplighter, located in Atlanta’s Grant Park district, has decided to cease operations as of Feb. 1st, 2009. Lamplighter was founded by Chef Carmen Cappello in August of 2008 and was well received in the Grant Park area. The decision by Chef Cappello and his team to close the restaurant was difficult, but the decision had to be made and was based mainly on the rash of criminal activity over the course of the last several months in the immediate Grant Park area. Lamplighter was not excluded from these activities, as the restaurant was burglarized over the Christmas holiday. While vigilantly pursuing all options to recover from this event, it was deemed impossible to re-open as Lamplighter due to the heavy burden placed on the financial position of the company.” Follow the progress at www.shameburgers.com for details... Laura Attaway’s (Aqua Terra, 37 Main & Third Coast Grill) 4-month-old Bella Vita Bistro in the Buford Village in Buford has shuttered its doors and is now Sean’s American Bistro, created by Sean McLendon who was last seen at Firewater Chophouse in Cumming... The longtime place for sports watching, Dugan’s, on Ponce de Leon is all boarded up. Has it gone the way of other local stops to make way for corporate progress?... Open since April of ‘07, LowCountry BBQ’s The Outpost, has closed at 3455 Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee. LowCountry BBQ Catering is still operating... 15-month-old Black Creek Restaurant on Johns Creek Parkway in Suwanee has joined the ‘shuttered’ list.... Up The Creek Grill ~ All of the Atlanta locations are no longer listed on the website and the numbers all ring with no answer: Cumming; Woodstock; Cascade Road, Atlanta; Ronald Reagan Pkwy., Snellville; Dogwood Dr., Conyers; and Hwy. 20, McDonough... The chef at One Flew South in Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Todd Richards, is rumored to also be working on a new project in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood called Harmony Park Canteen. The concept will be inexpensive large plates, small plates and a neighborhood garden for vegetables. The menu promises crispy chicken livers, fried okra, slab bacon sliders, pigs’ trotters and chitlins served with offal gilders. No word on the opening date... Marisqueria 7 Mares ~ A building permit has been issued for the former Checkered Parrot property on Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross, GA 30093.
METRO - Page 6
by hud report staff
•Firkin & Crown...
Firkin & Crown British Pub and Restaurant has opened on Peachtree Parkway in the Avenue Forsyth in Cumming. This is local Firkin franchisee, 24-year-old Parag Patel’s, first Atlanta area location. He also has a second unit that is expected to open soon on Main Street, next to Tongue & Groove, in Lindbergh City Center. Patel’s other areas include Virginia-Highland and Dunwoody but no word on when they may be developed. Firkin & Crown is located at 440 Peachtree Parkway in the Avenue Forsyth, Cumming, 678.845.7997. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, with a late night menu to 1 a.m. Mondays - Thursdays; 2 a.m. Fridays - Saturdays; midnight Sundays. Visit www.firkinpubs.com for details...FULL STORY
•Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub...
Milton’s first and only Irish Pub, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, has opened offering authentic Celtic & American Fare (with a twist). In an atmosphere reminiscent of Ireland’s Pubs in days gone by, it’s the newest place to gather for a pint and a bite. Olde Dog features a modern twist on Pub food, popular draughts, an extensive wine list and whiskeys and scotches. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is located at 12650 Crabapple Road, Crabapple Mercantile Exchange, Milton, 678.624.1090. Hours are 7 days a week 11 a.m. til close. Lunch and Sunday Brunch are served til 3 p.m. For details visit www.oldeblinddog.com...FULL STORY
•Laughing Skull Comedy Lounge..
The new Laughing Skull Comedy Lounge says it’s ‘the smallest, full-time comedy venue in the WORLD.’ The new club has less than 74 seats and is hidden in the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill on Peachtree Street in Midtown. This setting is certainly intimate, ensuring a unique comedy experience that showcases stand-up comedy as an art form to the people of Atlanta. Laughing Skull is located in The Vortex at 878 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 877.LAFF.AT.U (877-523-3288). Hours are Thursday - Saturday Showtime 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. and Sunday Showtime 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. For show details and to reserve seats visit www.vortexcomedy.com... FULL STORY
•Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffle Bistro...
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken & Waffles expanded last month and opened a ‘Bistro’ version of itself on Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee called Johns Creek Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles Bistro. Although the address is Suwanee, the unit is named Johns Creek. Johns Creek Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles Bistro is located at 3495 Peachtree Parkway, Stonebridge Promenade, Suwanee 770.888.9986. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday -Thursday; 11 a.m. - midnight Friday & Saturday; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday...FULL STORY
•Chepe's Mexican Grill...
Newest addition to the Suwanee dining scene is Chepe’s Mexican Grill offering not-your-average Mexican dishes and desserts. This is the second Metro Atlanta Chepe’s - the first is in Cumming. Partners Jose Rodriquez, Tom Litke and Kelly Martin have created a casual, family-festive atmosphere offering signature cheese dip, fish tacos, burrito, fajitas, ribeye, margaritas and an ultimate pina colada. When you step through the doors, you are surrounded by rustic handcrafted woodwork, colorful authentic Mexican decor and background music to set the mood. Chepe’s is located at 3120 Mathis Airport Parkway, Suwanee. The original location is at 5465 Bethelview Road, Cumming, 770.889.8790. Hours are Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. For more info visit www.chepesmexicangrill.com... FULL STORY
•Mazzy's Sports Bar & Grill...
Mazzy’s Sports Bar and Grill opened its door in Roswell in 2001. A second location followed in Marietta and a third location has now opened in Norcross in the former Jocks & Jills space on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Mazzy’s Sports Bar & Grill is located at 7160 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, 678.822.9888. Hours are Monday Friday 11 a.m. 2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. 12 a.m. (Kitchen open til 1:30 a.m. everyday except Sunday). Other locations include 10729 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, 770.645.8576 and 2217 Roswell Road, Marietta, 678.213.1688. For more info, www.mazzys.com... FULL STORY
•Hickory House Barbeque...
“Where Louisiana meets Texas... Louisiana Cajun and Texas-style BBQ,” is the slogan for the new Hickory House Barbeque that has opened in Conyers. The owners are from Louisiana and Texas and have extensive experience in smoked meats and Cajun foods. Hickory House Barbeque is located at 1410 Klondike Road, Conyers, 770.483.4822. Hours are Monday Thursday 11 a.m. 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. 9 p.m. and closed Sunday. For details, www.hickoryhousebarbeque.com...FULL STORY
•Bistro In A Box...
With over 18 years of experience, Horn of Plenty Hospitality has introduced its newest concept to the Decatur area making entertaining easy. Bistro in a Box is a new catering concept offering upscale cuisine that takes the fussiness out of entertaining. You provide the setting, and Bistro provides the cuisine, preparing upscale platters, trays and gourmet salads that you can pick up or have delivered. Bistro in a box is located at 307 E. College Avenue, Decatur, 404.941.7799. Call ahead for hours, www.thebistrobox.com...FULL STORY
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Williamson Bros. BBQ...
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The Williamson Bros. BBQ business began 23 years ago in Talladega, Alabama. Brothers, Larry and Danny Williamson, watched their father, Jack, cook southern-style barbecue for his friends and family every Sunday night at the family farmhouse. Demand for the BBQ began to grow, so the brothers tapped into an opportunity and in 1986 opened a restaurant in Sylacauga, Alabama. By 1989 they had outgrown their space. Aware of opportunities in-and-around Atlanta, Georgia, the duo relocated to Roswell Road in Marietta, GA near the infamous Big Chicken. Williamson Bros. BBQ is located at 1425 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770.971.3201; 7040 Concourse Parkway, Douglasville, 770.949.5058; and 1600 Marietta Highway, Canton, 770.345.9067. www.williamsonbros.com.... FULL STORY
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WHAT'S SIZZLIN' AFTER DARK - Page 11
An alphabetical listing of some after dark hot spot suggestions throughout Metro Atlanta... FULL LIST
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MUSIC NEWS - Live, Local - Page 19...FULL STORY
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RESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB, PUB, TAVERN ~ Listings Guide - Page 21
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