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MAY 2009
Volume Twenty-Three Number Five

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New Livingston...
...Chef Gary Minnie's
Latest Culinary Home

by hud report staff

Gary Mennie debuted on the city’s culinary scene in 1995 leading the opening team at Canoe restaurant on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. During his 10 years there his performance garnered him a Mobil Four Star rating. Livingston Restaurant & Bar is located at 659 Peachtree Street, NE, 404.897.1991. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Lunch is available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is served Sunday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. Breakfast is available Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday Brunch 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is located on Peachtree Street. For more info visit STORY

The Research Continues... (The Scoop - Page 5)

by ron hudspeth

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

•Abattoir ~ A 130-seat ‘meat-centric’ casual spot expecting to open the third week of May. This is the latest dining venture by the chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison of Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Provisions To Go and Floataway Cafe. Abattoir will be located in part of the old meat packing plant in the White Provision development on Howell Mill Road. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
•Harold’s Chicken Shack ~ IL-based franchise opening on Edgewood Avenue next door to Noni’s at 357 Edgewood, near The Bureau.
•Sage on Sycamore space ~ New sign on the window of the Decatur Square location says, “coming soon, new concept, new owners.”
•RA Sushi Bar Restaurant ~ Restaurant Forum magazine had the 12th & Midotwn eatery listed as open in its April issue but the website says the Atlanta location will open summer ‘09. An unconventional dining concept, RA blends fresh sushi, hip music and contemporary décor all rolled up into one flavorful experience.
•Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria ~ Concentrics Restaurants has announced the opening of its newest restaurant in late spring 2009 that features an authentic coal oven. Executive chef Nick Oltarsh brings New York-style pizza to downtown Luckie Marietta District. Max’s will be located next to STATS at 300 Marietta Street.
•The Firken & Lindbergh ~ This traditional English Pub is preparing to open June 1st at 565 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.
•Dickey’s BBQ Pit ~ Serving since 1941, Dickey’s already has locations in Watkinsville and Snellville and are opening new locations in Coweta County, Milton, Dunwoody, Alpharetta and East Cobb.
•Avellino’s Pizza Caffe ~ There’s a sign out front of former Silk Smoothie Shop on W. College Avenue in Decatur that say’s ‘coming soon,’ lunch, dinner, dessert, pizza, pasta, panini, salad, perfecto.
•La Fonda Latina ~ Opening their 5th location in late May or early June in the former Slice Pizza spot on Howell Mill.
•Midtown Diner ~ Opening in the long since shuttered Jock & Jills on 10th Street in Midtown. .
•Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe ~ A sign on the front says ‘Opening Soon’ at 10th & Piedmont in the old Sweet Devil Moon location for this New Orleans-based eatery.
•Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar ~ Tom Catherall will open his 10th restaurant, Noche-Vinings, this month. It follows the concept of Noche in Virginia-Highland. The 4350-sq.-ft. restaurant will be in Vinings Jubilee and feature a 500 sq. ft. patio.
•Piola Peach ~ Slated to open in the 12th & Midtown development, this pizzeria from Italy with locations in São Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York and Miami’s South Beach features authentic thin crust, wood-fired brick oven pizza and Italian cuisine that is simple and healthy.
•Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint ~ Joining Meehan’s in the former Macy’s space downtown with live music and comfort food from Todd Richards of One Flew South. Richard’s is also said to be developing the Harmony Park Canteen concept in another undisclosed location.
•Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery ~ Known for it’s scantly dressed waitresses this Irish Pub franchise is opening in May in Johns Creek and another location has been announced for Villa Rica.
•Prickly Pear Taqueria ~ Has applied for a license for liquor, beer and wine consumption at 950 W. Peachtree Street.
•The Chocolate Bar ~ Is opening a second location: The Original Chocolate Bar Castleberry on Trinity Avenue in Atlanta.
•Twisted Taco ~ Will open it's fifth location this summer in north Buckhead on Wieuca Road, taking a space that has previously been Wieuca Tavern and Young’s Karaoke located adjacent to Fellini’s Pizza and La Fonda Latina. Construction has already begun on the extensive remodel.
•Fuego Mundo ~ Opening May in the Prado on Roswell Road. Website is not up yet, So far you can follow the progress at Evos, Fuego Mundo, Genki Noodles & Sushi, Starbucks and Taco Mac are all scheduled to open by summer in the Prado.
•L’Thai ~ Celebrating a Grand Opening on May 1st, Pithya Kongthavorn’s L’Thai West, arrives in Smyrna’s West Village replacing Yukaru Sushi & Steak. Expect another L’Thai in about 3 months in the former Brickhouse Pizza location on Alpharetta Street in Roswell.
•Gordon Biersch ~ The Brewery/restaurant is taking over the former Rock Bottom space on Peachtree Road in Buckhead and expects to open mid-July..
•Wonderful World of Burgers & Fries ~ With the first location opened in April in the former Fogao Gaucho space downtown, there are already plans for a second unit in Emory Village to open in August. Tin Drum founder, Stephen Chan, created the concept and says the downtown location has a simple menu and the upcoming Emory Village location will have more variety.
•d.b.a. Barbecue ~ Owner Matthew Coggin had this to say of the N. Highland spot: “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. Barbecue will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Look for us in late May 2009.”

Out of the oven...

Adios Cafe has opened inside No Mas! Hacienda & Cantina next to the patio serving Mexican coffee at the Walker Street location. You can try the classic Cafe de Olla, prepared in the traditional way with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. Open early, open late, with empanadas in the a.m., handmade truffles, desserts, & other delights all day long. Unique coffees menu with espressos, Mexican hot chocolate, Atole, and many more... Seven Star Grill Arrived on the scene on Spalding Drive in Norcross serving Hawaiian fare. The only other Atlanta eatery we could think of that offers Hawaiian cuisine is Waikiki Hawaiian Barbecue on Briarcliff, which turns 3 this month... The folks at Figs & Honey Catering have opened Tiny Bistro on Marietta Street in the Midtown West area. They are serving gourmet sandwiches, freshly prepared sides and desserts from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. There is also a selection of fully prepared take-home entrees and side dishes. Menu will change seasonally.

Chef's Shuffle...

Lamplighter Cafe on Connally just never seemed to recover after a robbery during the Christmas holidays last year. Owner/chef Carmen Capello revised the concept and was to reopen as Shame Burgers in early ‘09. Shame never materialized and latest rumblings now say Cappello has left the city for his hometown in Philadelphia. A new concept, City Limit Cafe, is expected to open soon at that location... Chef Ken Bouche has left the kitchen at Richard Ullio’s fourth concept, Cuerno, on Juniper Street. Ullio is currently looking for a replacement.

Ch, Ch, Changes...

Indie Coffee, Books on W. Ponce de Leon Avenue has been sold and was to reopen after April 20th as a cafe without the books... Latest rumblings are saying Trackside Tavern in Decatur has finally received insurance money from the fire that destroyed the Tavern earlier this year and will begin the process to rebuild in the same location... Another fire casualty, RARE Soul Tapas Restaurant on Piedmont Avenue, has also begun renovations from a fire in early ‘08. Speculations say Rare will be reopening inside of 30 days but we haven’t confirmed yet... La Pietra Cucina, the progressive Italian eatery operating in the former Mid City Cuisine location on Peachtree Street, has a sign in the window that they will be closed from Sunday May 3 to Monday May 18 for renovations... Central City Tavern has relocated from it’s Peachtree Road address and has moved to a new location at 1801 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 in The District at Howell Mill... After browsing throught the internet, we found The Chocolate Pink Pastry Cafe on Juniper Street is up for sale and the location includes an apartment... Although Larry Preston issued a formal press release that he was taking over Six88’s kitchen and reopening Vito Goldberg’s, the owner of Six88, Charles, has emailed us to say “they only talked about it, and it didn’t happen.”... Local rumores have Madras Chettinaad, located on Lawrence Highway in Decatur, moving to Alpharetta in May. Supposedly there will be a new owner and new cook... Hal’s On Old Ivy in Buckhead is movin’ on up by adding a second floor that is expected to be finished by mid-September. The new space upstairs will almost double the size of this popular eatery that’s been packing ‘em in for 20 years... The Edgewood Avenue location of Rolling Bones BBQ is reportedly ‘For Sale’ at $95,000 with a monthly lease at $3500 per month or buy the business, Real Estate and all equipment, furniture & fixtures for $695,000... Londzell’s Jazz & Blues is reportedly moving to a new home at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

Sign of times...

StarTime Entertainment, the huge entertainment complex on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell has closed. There is speculation the Comedy Club portion of the complex will reopen in another location... Java U Restaurant & Coffee Bar located on Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody has also closed... Starbuck’s recently announced the locations that will be closing in Georgia. Here are the Metro area locations: Lenox Road at Peachtree Road -- 3393 Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta; • Atlanta Financial Center -- 3343 Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta; • Powder Springs and Macland --1721 Powder Springs Rd. in Marietta; • Panola Road -- 3068 Panola, Suite 1 in Lithonia; • Peachtree Inudstrial Boulevard at Howell Ferry -- 3631 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth; • Tara Boulevard and McDonough -- 11256 Tara Blvd. in Lovejoy... In February Agnes & Muriel’s moved their 13-year-old Midtown eatery and relocated to Buckhead. Shortly thereafter the new space showed up online ‘For Sale’ and now seems to be closed altogether. The site says there is a new ‘drastic lower price,’ but no word on whether it will be sold or simply closed... Dusty’s BBQ near Emory was open for 27 years at the corner of Clifton and Briarcliff Roads. Apparently they have closed the restaurant portion but are expected to continue operating as a catering-only on Laredo Drive in Decatur.’


The new Pano's restaurant is underway at the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, but in the meantime, Pano’s & Paul’s regulars can still get their fix of Pano’s & Paul’s classic dishes at several of Buckhead Life's other restaurants. Catch the signature cold water lobster tail, thin crisped, flash fried and served with honey mustard sauce on Atlanta Fish Market’s twice-printed daily menu. Get the filet mignon pepper steak served with mushrooms and port-braised shallots in the cozy ambiance of Chops Lobster Bar. Or, order the sweet and medium flavored genuine Dover sole at Kyma. For more dishes, check out


Travel & Leisure's latest issue includes a list of the '50 Best New U.S. Restaurants.' Among them is Atlanta's Holeman and Finch Public House on Peachtree, "Somewhat British, a little Mediterranean, soulfully Southern, and wholly awesome, this offal-centric, cocktail-fueled gastropub gets you hooked on the pleasures of headcheese, crunchy fried pigs’ ears, and bone-marrow gratin. Dinner for two $65."... In addition, Holeman and Finch, along with Dogwood in Midtown, also made Condé Nast Traveler’s 'Hot Tables List' for 2009... And, if that's not enough, Food & Wine magazine has added Holeman's chef and owner, Linton Hopkins (also owns Restaurant Eugene) to the roster of America's 'best new chefs'... Meanwhile, Playboy's latest edition loves Kevin Rathbun Steak: "Foodies know Kevin Rathbun as the guy who beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Atlantans know him as the owner of three killer dining spots located within a stone’s throw of each other. Rathbun always delivers the goods, whether it’s a perfect dry-aged prime porterhouse for two, scalloped sweet potatoes laced with Gruyere cheese or a delicate ceviche. Should you decide to focus on something other than your plate, tables 101 or 401 offer the best view of the stylish folk at the other tables."... The April issue of Saveur Magazine has named Scott Peacock's Watershed restuarant in Decatur as 'one of 12 restaurants that matter' across the country.

Stimulus 'eats'...
Local eateries are offering their versions of 'stimulus packages.' Subject to change, please confirm before making the trip...
•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
•Aria on East Paces Ferry has released chef Gerry Klaskala's $39 3-course chef's tasting menu that will be available throughout 2009. 404.233.7673 or visit
•Veni Vidi Vici, located on 14th Street in Midtown, is offering bar bits for $4 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 40 bottles of wine for less than $40. On Fridays enjoy live music and a 3-course 'Tastes of Tuscany' menu for $29.
•South City Kitchen Vinings is giving guests reasons to dine out during any day of the week. From a discounted dinner menu and daily to-go dinner service to special kid’s menus, live entertainment to Sunday night beer and barbeque. This neighborhood eatery is located at 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700. Visit for details.
•Palate Cafe & Wine Bar, located on W. Hill Street in Decatur, has been successful with half-price Mondays. Half off any bottle of wine on the regular list: cheapest bottle becomes $9, but the real deal is the $48 bottles become just $24. 404.373.4702 or
•Bluepointe on Peachtree is currently featuring a $29 3-course menu from the heart of Thailand. Chef Doug Turbush has crafted the menu. 404.237.9070,
•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.
•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.
•The Bureau is offering Skillet Fried Chicken Night every Wednesday, 3 courses for $12.50. 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.
•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,
•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.
•At Morton’s 'Dinner for Two'...$99.99 ($58 for one) has been extended through June. Choice of salads, two single cut filets, broiled sea scallops, shrimp alexander or jumbo lump crab cake, potato or fresh vegetable and hot chocolate cake or key lime pie. Visit for details.
•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 details.
•Ted’s Montana Grill is 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,
•Beginning in May at Dogwood Restaurant on Peachtree, food, fun and fate come together as Dogwood turns dining into a gamble with “Toss Up Tuesday and Thursday.” On these two days each week, diners in the bar area that order appetizers between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. will have a 50/50 chance of getting their food on the house. At the end of the guest’s meal before the check arrives, a Dogwood bartender flips a coin while the guest calls it, determining whether he or she must pay the bill or receives the appetizers free of charge. The fun and savings are only available at the bar, and complimentary items include any of Chef Shane Touhy’s appetizers such as sweet tea mustard glazed baby back ribs; pan seared foie gras on black pepper brioche French toast with quail egg and truffle maple syrup; tuna tartare with apples, pecans and chive oil; blue crab cake with fried green tomato, chow-chow and Creole mustard crème fraîche; and Southern fried quail breast with spoon biscuit, goat cheese-pepper gravy and red onion marmalade. Regular prices of these dishes range from $10 to $16. Dogwood is located in the Reynolds condominium building, 404.835.1410. Visit


Wine lovers, as well as budget-wise diners, will now find it easier to bring their own wines to restaurants. The Dallas Morning News reports more restaurantss are accepting the practice in order to intice customers to dine. A new website has launched,, with a surprisingly large number of Atlanta area restaurants permitting people to bring their own wine. Another trend being touted by glassware designers goes hand-in-hand with GoBYO, it's 'bring your own glass' as well. suggests your stemware is also an accessory.

Victory for the vino...

Concurrent with specialty market The Mercantile’s six month anniversary, the Candler Park shop is finally popping open a Pinot Noir in celebration of their winning battle. On Monday, March 16th, the Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance that puts specialty food shops into a special classification so they may acquire a liquor license to sell wine and beer. Shop owners, Janea Boyles and Samantha Enzmann, will be known as 'that shop' that opened doors for fellow and future business owners of Atlanta. A year long battle of meetings, petitions, community campaigning and good old-fashion banding together with other metro Atlanta specialty shop owners, sparked the win.

Kidney anyone?

Chef & co-owner Dan Krinsky of the Latin-American Tierra restaurant on Piedmont Avenue (404.874.5951), is on a mission. He has a genetic disorder that has left him in need of a new kidney. Dan's wife and business partner, Ticha, maintains a blog, Dan Needs A Kidney, to report on the progress of the search. If you would like to learn more, email

Visually floating...

The new Hotel Palomar in Midtown was scheduled to open on April 29th. A focal point is a 422-gallon visually 'floating' aquarium that is one of the largest public salt water tanks in the metro area. It is called a visually floating aquarium because it is positioned between two columns, which suspends it in the air. An assortment of tropical fish, including Regal and Yellow Tang and an Emperor Angel will greet Palomar guests as they enter the hotel.


•Georgia Grille...RECIPE


by hud report staff

Owner Joe McCarthy has announced the arrival of his new restaurant, WaterHaven in Midtown, opening on Tuesday, May 12 in the former GLOBE space. “I’ve enjoyed transforming the space into an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for Midtown residents and businesspeople in search of a quality meal,” says McCarthy, a 30-year food service industry veteran (a former Capital Grille, Houston’s executive). WaterHaven is located at 75 Fifth Street NW at the corner of Spring Street, 404.214.1424. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A separate small plate menu is available all day until 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sundays. For info, visit STORY

30 Tables, 11 Stories...
As quickly as Maxim Prime Steakhouse appeared on the downtown dining scene, the Jeffery Chodorow creation geared to the 20 - 34 demographic, disappeared March 1st with rumors of relocating to Buckhead. This month, Concentrics Restaurants has rescued the space and is opening its newest restaurant, 30 Tables, on Friday, May 1, in the vacant Glenn Hotel space. The restaurant launch coincides with the introduction of the rooftop space, 11 Stories, which was also re-designed under the direction of Concentrics’ restaurateurs Bob Amick and Todd Rushing. 30 Tables and 11 Stories are located in The Glenn Hotel at 110 Marietta Street, 404.469.0700. The restaurant serves breakfast Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The rooftop patio, 11 Stories, is open Mon. through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info visit STORY

Sweet Auburn Bistro...
Sweet Auburn Bistro has opened downtown in the Renaissance Walk development on historic Auburn Avenue featuring ‘New South’ cuisine from executive chef Glenn Law. The Bistro provides a quaint, comfortable neighborhood stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The eatery is casual, yet sophisticated. Sweet Auburn Bistro is located at 171 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, 404.525.5810. Hours are Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Dinner nightly 4 p.m. to close. For more info visit FULL STORY

Underground Atlanta recently welcomed it’s latest tenant, Rita’s, to the list of eateries. Jaray Gillespie is owner/operator of the Rita’s Underground. The Pennsylvania-based company now has 11 locations in the metro Atlanta area with more planned
. Rita’s is located at 50 Lower Alabama Street, Underground Atlanta, 404.523.0024. Hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit for info...FULL STORY

•Buckhead Pizza Co...
Buckhead Pizza Company, an upscale family-friendly pizzeria, has opened its third franchise location in two years on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Despite the name, this is the first Buckhead location for the pizzeria that has other locations in Cumming and Buford. All three restaurants have a modern atmosphere and open layout, with a bar facing both the indoor dining room and the outdoor patio. Both of the restaurant’s owners, Sam Abdullah and Sean Kelly, have strong resumes in the Buckhead restaurant scene. Buckhead Pizza Co. is located at 3324 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326, 404.869.0679. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. For more info visit FULL STORY

•Calavino's Soul Kitchen...
Calavino’s Restaurant had been located in the former Oakhurst Grill in Decatur and despite efforts to save the business, owners Calavino & Doria Donati, shuttered the doors at their eatery in December of ’08. Calavino had also operated Roman Lily Café in the past. In March, Calavino reappeared on the Atlanta dining scene with Calavino’s Soul Kitchen, cooking out of My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta Village. The interior is a bit minimalist with lightwood tables, dark wood floors and strings of small lights illuminating the ceiling. Beverage prices range from $2 mimosas and house bloody Mary’s to $3 for domestic brands and $4 on imports. Calavino’s Soul Kitchen is located at 1271 Glenwood Avenue, 678.705.4585. Hours are lunch Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner is served 5 – 9 p.m. nightly... FULL STORY

•Savage Pizza...
Owner Michele Hennessy (also a Glenwood teacher) of Savage Pizza, located on Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points, anticipates June 1, 2009 for the opening of a second location at the corner of Clarendon and Laredo Drive in Avondale Estates. The original Savage Pizza is located at 484 Moreland Avenue, 404.523.0500. Hours are Monday - Thur. 11:30 - a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Friday & Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and Sun. Noon - 10:30 p.m...FULL STORY

•Verde Taqueria y Cantina...
With several eateries planned for the Village Place Shopping Center in Brookhaven, Verde Taqueria Y Cantina was expected to open at the end of April. A couple of others who have signed leases are J. Christopher’s and an upscale concept by Taco Mac. Verde Taqueria y Cantina is planned for the Village Place Shopping Center in Brookhaven at 1426 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, 404.254.5319. Hours are Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more info visit ...FULL STORY

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by hud report staff

•5 Seasons Westside...
The 5 Seasons story began when Dennis Lange and David Larkworthy met in the early ‘90s. David, a managing chef at Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, was a regular at Yakitori Den-Chan, Dennis’ Buckhead eatery. The rapport between Lange and Larkworthy clicked and the concept for 5 Seasons was ‘brewed.’ 5 Seasons West is expected to open in the Brickworks Complex at 1000 Marietta Street, 404.875.3232. Visit for hours and details...FULL STORY

Hop City Craft Beer & Wine...
5 Seasons will not be the only source for special brews at Brickworks, Hop City Craft Beer & Wine, Atlanta’s first craft beer store, opened in April right next door. Hop City carries nearly 1,000 unique beer brands, including hard-to-find craft beer and more than 600 varieties of wine in it’s 3,500 sq. ft. space. The store also offers home brewing books, ingredients and equipment. Craft or Micro-brewed beers are made in smaller batches at breweries that produce a limited amount of beer. An avid home-brewer, owner Kraig Torres’ craft beer selection ranges from Belgian-style, India pale ale, pilsner/lager, ale, porter/stout and wheat/weiss to specialty beers. Hop City Craft Beer & Wine is located at 1000 Marietta Street in the Brickworks Development, West Midtown, 404.350.9998. Hours are Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and closed Sunday. Visit for all the details...FULL STORY

AltoRex Rooftop Lounge..
AltoRex Rooftop Lounge has opened on the second floor of Pacci Ristorante, next to Hotel Palomar, at the corner of W. Peachtree and Abercrombie. Derived from the Latin ‘high’ and ‘king,’ the name AltoRex recognizes the bar’s rooftop location and gives a nod to local Atlantan Kim King, a well-known developer and local football hero for Georgia Tech, where he broke 13 records. AltoRex is located at 866 W. Peachtree St., 678.412.2402. For more visit FULL STORY

•Arena Grill...
Local restaurateur Tony Shaw and real estate businessman Michael Miller have debuted the latest Sports Bar concept in the Duluth area, Arena Tavern. The Tavern is located just blocks from the Gwinnett Arena in a former Roadhouse Grill location. Renovations of the 7,000 sq. ft. space have produced an upscale version of a sports retreat with dark-wood walls and tables and seats 450 including an outdoor patio with a fireplace, fountain and it’s own bar. A mosaic-tiled floor, marbled-top bar, framed sports memorabilia and 64 flat-screen TVs suspended from walls and ceiling, add to the ‘sports-elegant’ atmosphere. The Arena Tavern is located at 2000 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, 30097, 770.623.4585. Hours are Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – midnight. Visit for more info...FULL STORY

•Nacho Daddy's...
Another Tony Shaw production, Nacho Daddy’s, is located not far from Arena Tavern on Sugarloaf Parkway. The eatery was named after a Mexican legend born in the late 1800s and his recipes that were unearthed after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. Nacho Daddy’s Family Sports Pub is located at 3375 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 678.218.3237. For more info visit FULL STORY

•Dominick's Italian Restaurant...
Dominick’s Italian Restaurant, with locations in Norcross and Lawrenceville, will be opening a third location this month in Buford Village in Buford. For more than 13 years, Mark D’Angelo and Monte Jungman, have offered their unpretentious Italian fare to Atlantans. Dominick’s will be located at 22 Buford Village Way, Suite 211, Buford, 30518, 770.277.8477. For hours and opening date, visit FULL STORY

•L'Thai West...
Pithya Kongthavorn, owner of L’Thai Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tucker, has opened a second location in the former Yuraku Sushi & Steak space in the West Village Complex in Smyrna, L’Thai West. An area called ‘Smynings’ by those who live and work there because of its close proximity to Vinings. Little was changed about the former space leaving it with a warm & cozy atmosphere. A waterfall was added, areas of bright orange, robust plants and live orchids adorn the interior and seating is also available on two additional patios. L’Thai West is located at 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna, 770.434.4344. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and Dinner at 5 p.m. For more info visit Look for a third location in about three months in Roswell... FULL STORY

•Mediterranean Grill...
Mediterranean Grill, which has been on N. Decatur Road in Decatur over 6 years, has recently opened a third location on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. A second grill is located on Monroe Drive in Midtown. Mediterranean Grill is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, 678.996.0045. Hour are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sunday noon - 8:30 p.m. For more info visit FULL STORY


•thursdays @ JCT...
JCT.Kitchen & Bar, located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, has begun offering Thursday night specials again, including live music, good eats and plenty of ‘patio punch.’ A $24 carafe of Patio Punch shares well at four fruity drinks per carafe. JCT’s mixologist Lara Creasy always prepares this potent libation with fresh fruit juices from local farms. If you choose not to go with the punch line, order up wine or cocktails including $5 special martinis, margaritas and sangria. What else? Goodies for $1, including oysters, JCT deviled eggs and pimento cheese toasts with pickled sunchokes (another seasonally local gem). Laidback JCT is the junction between Southern comforts and bistro, nicely situated in the trendy Westside Urban Market. The rooftop bar at JCT is the place to unwind, especially when the live music cranks up at 6 p.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m., but the bar keeps going from 5 p.m. until midnight. JCT. Kitchen & Bar is located at 1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18; 404-355-2252. Visit for all the details...FULL STORY

semrau joins einstein's...

Metrotainment Cafes, Inc., serving the Atlanta area for over 18 years, has announced the recruitment of Todd Semrau as Managing Partner of Einstein’s, its flagship restaurant in midtown Atlanta. A graduate of Georgia State University, Todd stayed close to campus when he opened Heaping Bowl and Brew, Eureka and The Automatic. Semrau also co-founded Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, which is now under separate management. Metrotainment Cafes, Inc. properties include Einstein’s, Cowtippers, Joe’s on Juniper, Joe’s on Sullivan, Cheyenne Grille, Metrotainment Bakery, Garrison’s Broiler & Tap locations in Vinings and Johns Creek and Hudson Grille locations in Alpharetta, Brookhaven and Perimeter Mall....FULL STORY

here to serve at your door...
Here To Serve Restaurants is now offering delivery to your home or office. Here To Serve Restaurants delivery options include Goldfish, Prime, Aja, Lola, Home, Twist, Shout and Strip. Here to Serve has partnered with, an online ordering and delivery service to bring your favorites such as sushi from Goldfish (pictured), wood-fired pizzas from Lola or honey ginger chicken from Aja. “As more people stay at home, instead of going out to eat in restaurants, we wanted to give our guests an option for great food delivered right to them instead of the same old pizza or chinese,” says Tom Catherall, owner of Here To Serve Restaurants. Orders are easy to make online through the website at and your delivery will be at your door within the hour. Here To Serve allows advanced orders for business lunches or dinner groups. Delivery is within a 5 mile radius from each restaurant in the Buckhead, Midtown, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs area, 7 days a week until 10pm...FULL STORY

scorin' high...
The East Cobb Ted’s Montana Grill at 640 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, was awarded the “Best Shopper Scores” award for highest customer satisfaction at the company’s recent annual proprietors meeting. George McKerrow Jr. (left), president/CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, Chairman Ted Turner, and VP of Operations Hugo Marin (far right) presented the award to Ed Saunders, proprietor of the East Cobb establishment. Ted’s Montana Grill has 56 restaurants in 20 states. For more info visit STORY

jazzin' it up...
You can’t stop the beat, Atlanta. For 31 days, that is, with the 31 Days of Jazz, part of the 32nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Get ready to enjoy a month long of foot-tapping, finger-snapping music! With selections to choose from every single day, professional musicians, jazz aficionados, novices and fans alike will be able to find something to enjoy. Be sure not to miss out on the Memorial Day Weekend festivities Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 at historic Grant Park. For more information on the Atlanta Jazz Festival, please call the information hotline at 404.853.4234 or for a complete schedule of events during the 31 Days of Jazz, visit STORY

intern with a chef...
Chef Roy Yamaguchi made a trip to Atlanta for his culinary event titled “Aloha Kitchen Challenge.” The gourmet competition paired three culinary students: Terry Epps, Elizabeth Lafond and Jonathon Woodrum with chefs James Lohse of Kevin Rathbun Steak, Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood and Christina Weems, formerly of Woodfire Grill to win an internship with a Roy’s chef. Current Atlanta Falcon’s Center Ben Wilkerson, headlined the Celebrity Judges Panel. Guests enjoyed a five-course dinner paired with wine — which included two courses by chef/partner Mac Lynch, and one course from each competing team. Judges awarded student Elizabeth Lafond an internship with Roy’s highly-trained expert chefs. Pictured are (from left) Elizabeth Lafond, Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Christina Weems...FULL STORY


Georgia Grille...

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For 19 years, Karen Hilliard and her staff at the Georgia Grille have been serving her unique interpretation of Southwestern fare in a casual, kicked-back style. The small Peachtree Hills neighborhood bistro is tucked away in the corner of a quiet shopping strip. Hilliard’s eatery draws its inspiration from the famous Southwestern painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, with its spicy aromas, hot pepper strands, impressionist paintings along with bovine skulls, Southwestern rugs and a battered old Coca-Cola cooler Hilliard brought from Texas all those years ago. Georgia Grille is located at 2290 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404.352.3517. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m. Visit for more info... FULL STORY



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