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Buckhead Life Group's
latest concept debuts

by hud report staff

It’s been a good while since Buckhead Life Restaurant Group (Atlanta Fish Market, Bluepointe, Buckhead Diner, Chops Lobster Bar, Kyma, Nava, Pano’s & Paul’s, Pricci, Veni Vidi Vici, Corner Cafe/Buckhead Bread Company) launched a new concept, but in early November they are set to debut the newest addition, Bistro Niko, in Sovereign, a luxury 50-story mixed-use tower in Buckhead. The French-style bistro will open its doors to the public for dinner on November 5th and lunch service will begin on the 12th. Buckhead Life also expects the relocation of the legendary Pano’s & Paul’s, as Pano's, to follow in mid-2010 at the St. Regis Atlanta Hotel on West Paces Ferry.
In everyday French life, the Bistro is woven into the pattern of meals and celebrations - a kind of home-away-from-home for each guest, striking the balance between sophistication and comfort.
Bistro Niko’s namesake, Director of Operations Niko Karatassos, and his team have researched authentic French bistros in and around Paris including Aux Lyonaise, L’ami Jean, Benoit, La Comptoir, L’Ourcine, Les Bouquinistes, Chez Michel and Cafe Constant, to bring Atlantans the most authentic flavors from the heart of France.
“Three years ago we secured the restaurant space in the Sovereign Building, then still under construction. But, really the idea about French cuisine has been a part of the foundation of Buckhead Life. Starting with my father’s (I. Pano Karatassos) classic training and time spent in French kitchens while in Switzerland, to 103 West opening back in 1983 as a French fine dining restaurant with Michelin Chef Eddie Van Maele and Master Chef Girard Vulien. French cuisine was the one puzzle piece still missing from our group. Bistro Niko was the perfect answer,” explains Karatassos.
Niko’s interior was inspired by a Parisian of yester-year with vintage pieces of art, antique light fixtures from France and the signature ‘red awning’ covering the sidewalk bistro-style patio that overlooks Peachtree Road. Each detail of the Bistro has been considered thoughtfully from decor to menu to philosophy. Guests will feel welcomed at the entrance bathed in shiny white tiles and with the warm and whimsical ceiling in the main dining room as well as the calming yellow walls, the open kitchen and hand-painted murals in the restrooms featuring vintage posters. Red booths-for-two line the walls and the tables are spaced throughout to make the large room feel cozy and intimate. A curved bar, located in the back of the restaurant allows guests to sip cocktails while enjoying the view of Peachtree Road.
At the new Bistro you will recognize the familiar faces of executive chef Gary Donlick (Pano’s & Paul’s) and Stevenson Rosslow (Bluepointe) as General Manager, both who are long-time employees of the restaurant group.
“Creating the Bistro Niko menu has been exhilarating,” says Chef Gary, “We’ve put a lot of research into this restaurant with trips to French restaurants in the States and France.” The seasoned chef is making the transition to Bistro Niko’s lighter bistro take on classic French fare from the inventive continental food he served for many years at Pano’s & Paul’s. A sampling might be veal osso buco shepherd's pie or a foie gras & ham hock terrine with apple compote. His modern, open kitchen contains an iced oyster sleigh, hanging charcuterie and ticketless food stations.
Rosslow, a certified wine & spirits aficionado, has put together an impressive beverage menu to pair with the bistro fare ranging from specialty cocktails, craft beer (100+) and an extensive wine list.
Bistro Niko will be located at 3344 Peachtree Road, Sovereign Building, Buckhead, 404.261.6456. Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week with a special brunch menu available on Sunday mornings. For menu selections, visit STORY

The Research Continues... (The Scoop - Page 3)

by hud report staff

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

Longtime Atlanta restaurateur and bar owner, Warren Bruno’s (Aunt Charley’s, Atkins Park) new bar project in the White Provisions development on Atlanta’s Westside, Ormsby’s, is projected to open later this month... Dave Filipowicz, owner of Smokejack Blues & Barbecue in Alpharetta, is rumored to be opening a second location in January 2010 on Post Road in Cumming... Robert “Chef Bobby” Lester is opening a small cafe in downtown Kennesaw with a big name, Grande Cafe. The Dallas Street cafe will be open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. and will offer hot pressed sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specials... Chef Paul Albrecht opened Social Vinings back in March on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings. He is following up with yet another venue in the area in Vinings Jubilee this month, The Burger Lounge. He describes it as, “A fancy burger joint that serves a variety of creative burgers, hot dogs/homemade sausages, salads, and sharing appetizers. This restaurant will be family oriented with a heavy emphasis on children’s activities. At night guests can enjoy a full sleek bar boasting burger friendly martinis.”... Two new concepts being introduced by the same folks, Flippin’ Out and Por Fin Mexican, will be opening next to each other on Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Flippin’ Out is touted as yet another ‘ultimate burger diner’... The former Amanda’s Cafe (opened since February of ‘09) is being converted into Tokyo Steak House on Rolling Pin Lane in Suwanee... Rumblings around town say the non-fat frozen yogurt chain, Red Mango, wants to put 20 stores in the metro Atlanta area in the next five years. Visit to follow their progress... Tomohiro ‘Tom’ Naito, owner of Tomo Japanese in Vinings is expanding soon with Tomo’s Sushi to a Peachtree Road address in Atlanta... There is a sign in the space next to Across The Street Mexican restaurant on Highland Avenue announcing a new market ‘coming soon,’ Across The Street Market. Across The Street Mexican opened in late June of ‘07 in the former Roman Lily location... Another new market, Reese’s Market & Deli, is making an appearance in the same neighborhood on the corner of Elizabeth Street next to Fritti which is located on N. Highland... Franchisee Yash Patel has plans for the former Harry Bissett’s/Spondivits space on Pharr Road in Buckhead. Patel hopes to open Saskatoon either late December or early January. The Greenville, SC-based concept will offer traditional fare along with elk, ostrich and venison in a hunting lodge atmosphere of 6,800 sq. ft... Originally with Sam & Dave’s in Marietta, David Roberts has partnered with Stuart Baesel and Jim Laber (formerly with Inland Seafood) to create a new BBQ concept, Community BBQ. The trio will debut their new joint soon in the former Epicurean space on Clairmont Road in Decatur... Rumors are saying that the former Atlanta Bread Company space on E. Ponce de Leon in Decatur may soon become a new eatery specializing in Greek cuisine... A local source says Hampton Inn may be purchasing the old Rio Bravo Buckhead lot at the corner of Irby & Roswell Roads and would demolish the building by the end of the year... The North Point Mall area looks like the next stop for Jacksonville, FL-based Woody’s Bar-B-Q. There is a sign up on the recently closed Pizza Hut space on Northpoint Court that the new BBQ stop will be opening soon... Hungry for a spud? My Potato Factory is to occupy the former New Orleans The People space on Mitchell Street Downtown featuring a variety of baked potato dishes with toppings like shrimp gumbo, sausage and smoked, pulled BBQ pork... The Loafing Leprechaun lasted a little over two years before closing for good in it’s Windward Parkway location. The former space will be getting a new tenant soon when Maryland’s Crab House Seafood Bar & Grill opens.


As Debbie Benedit prepares to open the former Havana Sandwich Shop (see page 5) this month, rumors abound that there will be two versions of the 32-year-old concept. It seems another Havana is expected in January, 2010 (also on Buford Highway) by owner William Benedit. They both claim to be reopening the original. We’ll keep you posted... Steven Satterfield, longtime executive sous chef at Watershed and Neal McCarthy, Sotto Sotto’s general manager, are said to be opening their 70 seat, ai3-designed restaurant, Miller Union, featuring simple food near the corner of 10th and Howell Mill Road on Brady Avenue this month... Michael J. Coles, founder of The Great American Cookie Co. and former CEO of Caribou Coffee Co., has bought into Boardwalk Investment Group LLC, which owns the franchise rights to open 50 Maryland-based Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries in Georgia and is now partners with Tony Ratliff and Mark Dietrick. An original North Druid Hills location leased by Ratliff did not materialize but a new location for the trio at the corner of Hammond and Roswell Road in Sandy Springs is expected to open late January 2010... The plan was to close Cheyenne Grille in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and move the staff to Midtown in the former Artistry/Sweet Lowdown space as another location of Hudson Grille. Before the plans were finished, Michael Gross & Fred Barber appeared and decided to buy Cheyenne Grille from Metrotainment Cafes Inc. No word yet if name or concept will change. Meanwhile, Metrotainment is still preparing for the next Hudson Grille around the first week of November. It will feature over 60 high-definition large screen TV’s, a state-of-the-art sound system, 50 draft beers and an affordable, innovative menu. Following Hudson Grill is Sugar Shack, Metrotainment’s newest concept, which will open in Brookhaven Station shortly afterwards. Sugar Shack is a dessert-sandwich-coffee shop, featuring the desserts of the Metrotainment Bakery... 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 moving and will reopen in the St. Regis Hotel (also located on W. Paces Ferry) as ‘Pano’s.’ Latest word from the Buckhead Life says it will be sometime mid-2010. Visit for updates... Concentrics Restaurants hopes to debut its latest concept, Bakeshop, this month in the former Gold Star Cafe & Bakery space on Peachtree in Midtown. Pastry chef Jonathan St. Hilaire will be at the helm of the 35-seat shop offering counter service for salads, soups, sandwiches and signature pastries made from locally sourced ingredients. ai3 Design has incorporating an open kitchen for patrons and passers-by as well. Abigail Swain (Craft) will serve as sous chef and Susan Rex (H& F Bread Company) will manage the baking operations. By the end of the year plans are to expand Bakeshop’s menu to include a full dessert menu with wine and beer pairings.

Cha, Cha, Changes...

The Grange Public House arrived on the scene in the former Angel space on W. Ponce de Leon sometime around September ‘08. For legal reasons the owner’s, the Comer Clan, are starting a ‘Rename the Grange’ contest where you can win $500 in renamed Grange cash if your new name for the Pub, formerly known as The Grange, is selected as the pub’s new identifier. Originally naming the pub The Grange connected the Comer’s Irish heritage with their lives in Atlanta, where the Grange in Ireland often became the hub of social activity in the community. Log on before November 7th for a chance to win, The new name will be revealed later in the year... Owner James Paige has moved his eatery, Collard Green Cafe, from its Church Street address in Decatur to and outside-the-perimeter home on Hembree Road in Alpharetta... New owners took the reins a few months back of Jeffrey’s Sports Bar & Grill on Horizon Drive in Suwanee. Halloween night was the debut of a new name and concept for the new team introducing Twisted Tavern. A call to the Alpharetta Jeffrey’s location on Jones Bridge Road says it will remain a Jeffrey’s. There is also a location on Grand Hickory Drive in Braselton... Terrace on Peachtree is the new reconcepted restaurant at the Ellis Hotel on Peachtree Street. The Ellis is the former Winecoff Hotel that was built in 1913... The Olde Mill Steakhouse near Cumberland Mall on Cobb Parkway recently became a Tilted Kilt Irish Pub. Now, word on the street says the sale of the The Olde Mill Steakhouse on Savoy Drive in Chamblee has been finalized but there’s no rumblings on a new name or concept change yet... Canyon’s Burger Company was sold to an Orange County, CA-based restaurant investment group, Growth Concepts (Baja Fresh, La Salsa), in September and the new owner says plans are to open 15 - 18 more locations in Atlanta. Currently there are two Canyon’s open in Atlanta ~ Woodstock (opened January ’08) and Brookhaven (May ‘08)... Latest rumblings from Rich Chey over at Stella Neighborhood Trattoria that opened in February of ‘08: “Thank you for being a loyal Stella guest. I want to be the first to personally tell you that Stella will be closing at the end of the year. Although we are sad about this news, we are excited to tell you that Doc Chey’s Noodle House will open in its place. We’re sending this announcement in advance to give you a chance to get your Stella fix a few more times before the doors are officially closed on December 30, 2009 at 10 p.m. The location will be closed for renovations for a short time (about a month) before opening as Doc Chey’s sometime in February.

Sign Of The Times...

Elisa Gambino sent out a press release that October 17th was the last day for her 7-year-old pasta store, Via Elisa Fresh Pasta, citing the unforgiving economy. The Howell Mill Road storefront was the source for handmade pastas, ravioli and gnocchi. Elisa says she will continue to develop her line of sauces and they will be sold at Whole Foods Markets... Jack & Diane’s, the 4,000 sq. ft. sports and rock & roll bar on Roswell Road, survived for almost a year before shuttering its doors last month. The owners also own 10 South Restaurant just down the road and there’s no word yet if they have other plans for the space... Saigon Hong Kong made it’s appearance in late ‘08 in the former Fresh Mexi Cali Grill location on Medlock Bridge in Duluth. Saigon is now gone and Cafe Q has taken the space... Another restaurant, Ginger, also opened on Medlock Bridge around the same time as Saigon and has now shuttered its doors... Max & Erma’s Restaurants Inc., with one metro Atlanta restaurant on Mount Vernon Highway in Dunwoody, has filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. No word yet on fate of the Dunwoody location... For a complete listing of closings, see page 17.


by hud report staff

•57th Fighter Group...
After a nearly three-year absence, the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant and Lounge on Clairmont Road at Peachtree DeKalb Airport has reopened under new management. The 1940s aviation-themed building has been revamped and refurbished. Dining areas are a combination of tables with views of vintage planes & runways as well as booths complete with headsets for eavesdropping on air traffic communications. 57th Fighter Group is located at 3829 Clairmont Road, Chamblee, 770.234.0057. Hours are Lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Dinner Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday (Beginning November 8th) Brunch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For info, STORY

Serving a menu of French-influenced cuisine, Amuse!, has opened in the Belvedere building in Midtown. Restaurant veterans Arnaud Michel of Anis and Andy Alibaksh of the Cafe Diem family (Après Diem, Carpe Diem, Carroll St. Café and Village Pizza) have presented their new concept in the former Allegro location. Amuse! is located at 560 Dutch Valley Road in Atlanta, 404.888.1890. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to midnight. For more info, visit or call 404.888.1890...FULL STORY

Antico Pizza...
Not since the anticipation of Varasano’s pizza in Midtown earlier this year has there been so much local buzz about a pizza joint. The new Antico Pizza Napoletana arrived under our radar and has since been the topic of every blogger & critic in Atlanta. Some saying Antico is the best pizza Atlanta has to offer and others respectfully disagreeing but saying it may be a close second. Giovanni De Palma’s small building on Atlanta’s Westside just south of Northside Drive was initially take-out only but has since added seats in the ‘dough room’ around a communal table and a few window counter seats. Antico Pizza Napoletana is located at 1093 Hemphill Avenue, Atlanta, 404.724.2333. For more info, visit FULL STORY

•Genki Noodles & Sushi...
Located in the heart of Buckhead, Genki Noodles and Sushi serves their version of Western Asian fusion cuisine. Genki has been a place to-see and be-seen in Buckhead since 1996 and recently added a second location just up the street in the Prado Shopping Center on Roswell Road. The new space is decked out with fish tanks and wood floors and offers sake flights, bottled beers and specialty cocktail concoctions. Genki Noodles & Sushi is located at 5590 Roswell Road, The Prado, 404.843.8319...FULL STORY

•Hankook Taqueria...
Tomas Lee (a former executive chef Buckhead Diner) originally opened his own place, Tomas Restaurant on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross, and then expanded in 2007 to the Lawrenceville area with the Wok In Wok Out concept. The two locations have since closed and today, Lee’s latest venture Hankook Taqueria, involves Korean with a splash of Taqueria on Atlanta’s Westside. Hankook Taqueria is located at 1341 Collier Road, Westside Atlanta, 404.352.8881... FULL STORY

•Lenox Square Grill...
Lenox Square Grill is now open at the front corner of Lenox Square Shopping Center offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in the former Clubhouse space. A makeover of the space incorporates white columns, high ceilings and black & white marble floors. The new eatery is a concept from CentraArchy, the company that brought Atlantans The Tavern at Phipps, Joey D’s Oak Room, California Dreaming and New York Prime. Lenox Square Grill is located at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road, NE Buckhead, 404.841.2375. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily (til midnight Sunday). For more info visit FULL STORY

•Lupe Taqueria...
Restaurateur Riccardo Ullio has introduced Lupe, an authentic Mexican taqueria, in the Midtown space formerly home to Cuerno. Named after the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lupe captures the bold, customary tastes, ingredients and dishes of Mexico. The restaurant is the latest addition to Ullio’s popular U Restaurants, which include Sotto Sotto, Fritti and Beleza. Executive Chef Darvelio Palma, former chef de cuisine at Sotto Sotto, along with his sister Maria Palma, leads Lupe’s kitchen. “Our head chef, a native of Mexico, has created Lupe’s menu true to his kind of Mexican food,” says Ullio. “We want our guests to experience a different approach to Mexican cuisine in Atlanta. Lupe will give you passion in each dish, power behind every flavor and a laidback but vibrant atmosphere.” Lupe is located in Midtown at 905 Juniper Street NE, Atlanta, 678.904.4584. Hours are Lupe Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 p.m. to midnight and Friday & Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Each Thursday evening, the restaurant will host Rumba y Sabor live salsa dancing events. For info, STORY

•The Painted Table...
The former Zocola location in Grant Park has been transformed into an eclectic, artsy eatery ~ Painted Table Café, serving breakfast & lunch in a splash of color ~ yellow walls, green cement floors, rotating art, piped in music and touches of chrome. The space includes a covered outdoor patio that seats 22 and a lounge area up front for coffee sipping. The Painted Table Café is located at 465 Boulevard SE, East Atlanta, 404.622.4353. Hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 3 pm., Weekends 8 a.m. - 4 pm. For complete menu, visit STORY

METRO - Page 5

by hud report staff

Havana Sandwich Shop...
Debbie Benedit and her son Eddie, are bringing their Cuban specialties that Atlantans enjoyed for 32 years back to Atlanta. In 2008 a fire destroyed the original Havana Sandwich Shop located on the corner of Druid Hills & Buford Highway. Just months before, Eddie had opened a second location in Canton, Georgia, but that location has since closed. Havana Sandwich Shop is located at 3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta, 404.633.7549. Havana will be open seven days a week... FULL STORY

Aurum Lounge...
Co-owners Dean Stokes and Mike Hsu have debuted their modern, smoke-free Aurum Lounge in the Metropolis building on Peachtree, taking the street level space on the 8th Street side. Aurum is located at 933 Peachtree Street, Suite 915, Midtown in the Metropolis Building, 404.815.9426. Hours are Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday - Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info, visit FULL STORY

Bazzaar, located on Peachtree in Midtown next to the Fox, has been converted to a new venue, Publik. Bazzaar owners Costanzo Astarita and Mario Maccaronne (Baraonda & Enoteca Carbonari) have renovated with an extended bar and 11 beer taps in the two-story space. Natural wood tables along with red velvet chairs set the tone for the gastro-pubbish atmosphere accented by warm, brick-covered walls and artwork. Publik is located at 654 Peachtree Street, Midtown, 404.885.7505. Hours are Sunday – Wednesday 11 a.m. – midnight and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Visit for details... FULL STORY

•Da' Cajun Kitchen...
The New Orleans The Peoples restaurant opened in Roswell in the former Roswell Kitchen on Atlanta Street in early ‘09. This location is now known as Da’ Cajun Kitchen and Chef Scott is at the helm. A New Orleans-native and a background in cooking at many Four & Five Star/Four Diamond restaurants, Chef Scott was most recently with the Hilton Atlanta before venturing out on his own. Da’ Cajun Kitchen is located at 659 Atlanta Street, Roswell, 770.642.6400. Hours are breakfast & lunch 7 days a week 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., dinner Thursday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Visit for more details...FULL STORY

•Evos ...
In early November, Atlanta franchise owner Andrew Cuppia will open Atlanta’s second location of EVOS Feel Great Fast Food restaurant in the Viewpoint Midtown condominium building on Peachtree Street. The first is at the Prado on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. EVOS Viewpoint will be located at 855 Peachtree Street, Midtown, 404.347.3588. Hours will be daily for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit for info... FULL STORY

•Hervy's Rotisserie...
Another ‘healthier eating spot,’ Hervy’s Rotisserie & Salad, is to debut on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard promoting addictively healthy chicken delights in the former Pizza K location. Hervy’s Rotisserie & Salad is located at 6325 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, 678.973.4441. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Visit for more info... FULL STORY

•Johnny's NY Pizza...
In the spring of 1977 Bruce Jackson and Scott Allen opened their first Johnny’s NY-Style Pizza store in Forest Park. In the past few years Johnny’s has grown to 70 restaurants. Last month, franchise owners Mike and Kathy Roseberry, opened the latest unit of Johnny’s on Chattahoochee Avenue in West Midtown. Johnny’s NY Style Pizza is located at 1465 Chattahoochee Avenue, Suite 850, Atlanta, 404.603.8043. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 9 p.m. For more info, FULL STORY

•Cafe Campesino Atlanta...
Cafe Campesino Atlanta is an organic coffee bar located in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market downtown. The bright, cheery café from the culinary team at Little Red Hen Bakeshop serves 100% Fair Trade, organic coffee and espresso as well as a selection of fine teas and baked treats ranging from muffins and scones to cookies. Breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and other yummies fill the menu. Cafe Campesino Atlanta is located at 209 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 404.254.2029. Hours are Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit FULL STORY

•Metro Grill...
The owners of Joel’s Deli at Hurt Plaza downtown have newly renamed and rebranded their eatery and opened as Metro Grill. The space sports diner-style bar stools, checkerboard floors and tables throughout offering café-style dining. Metro Grill is located at 33 Hurt Plaza, Atlanta, 404.522.5880. The grill begins serving at 7 a.m... FULL STORY

•The Mojo Grill...
Alberto & Elsa Meraz have opened the Mojo Grill in Smyrna serving up Miami-style Cuban Cuisine. The Mojo Grill is located at 3120 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna, 770.423.4550, FULL STORY


Joey D's Oak Room...

hud report staff

Shortly after immigrating to New York from Colenzano, Italy, Tony D’Angelo sent his youngest son, Joseph, to live with Tony’s sister in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. In the early 1920’s, Joey took over the Oak Room restaurant in the prestigious River Road Casino and operated it until the mid-1950s when the casino was finally shuttered for good. His menu was widely acclaimed and revolutionary for its time since, in addition to the standard casino fare of top quality steaks and chops, he used the flavors of his homeland, the Cajun-American foods of the Southern Louisiana area and an occasional ethnic specialty from New York sent down from his father. The restaurant’s Atlanta namesake, Joey D’s Oak Room in Dunwoody, has been serving this same blend of flavors for 19 years in the Perimeter area and fuses the varied style of the original Oak Room with the technology and dining trends of today. Joey D’s Oak Room is located at 1015 Crown Pointe Parkway, Atlanta, 770.512.7063. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more details, visit FULL STORY


An alphabetical listing of some after dark hot spot suggestions throughout Metro Atlanta... FULL LIST

Newly Opened, Coming Soon, Anniversarys & Casualites... FULL LIST


contributions & staff

Creative Loafing debuted their Food Issue ‘09 in late October and in addition to the advice from their critics on where to eat in Atlanta right now, Cliff Bostock unveiled his ‘Top 10 Favorite Restaurants’ and favorite dishes from each. Here they are ~ 1. La Pietra Cucina on Peachtree Street: Dish is crispy fish with caponata & salsa passato; 2. Dynamic Dish: Dish is anything with collards and organic pizzas; 3. Top Flr on Myrtle Street: Dish is crispy duck with fennel salt & vermouth honey; 4. Cakes & Ale on W. Ponce de Leon: Dish is gnocchi; 5. Com on Buford Highway: Dish is a bun bowl with la lot leaves stuffed with lamb; 6. The Shed at Glenwood on Bill Kennedy Way: Dish is wild boar with caramelized onion sliders; 7. Spoon (2 locations) on Moreland Avenue & Marietta Street: Dish is Massaman Curry; 8. Au Rendez Vous on Windsor Parkway: Dish is Cassoulet; 9. Fritti on N. Highland: Margherita, Speck & Napoli pizzas; and 10. Pura Vida on N. Highland: Dish is Santiago’s Mofongo... Another periodical, Esquire Magazine, also did a little choosing and picked two Atlanta restaurants among their ‘Top 20 in the Nation.’ Esquire’s John Mariani named Paces 88, situated in the St. Regis Hotel on West Paces Ferry and the Italian steakhouse, Pacci Ristorante, located beside the Hotel Palomar on W. Peachtree in Midtown, as two of the best new restaurants in the nation for the November issue. Other Atlanta eateries, Shaun’s, Trois (now closed) and Repast have made the list previously. In the June 28, 2009 issue of his Virtual Gourmet newsletter, Mariani called Pacci’s Chef Keira Moritz one of the best among few women chefs in Atlanta, saying, “she is serving some of the finest Italian in the city while also offering first-rate steaks and chops.” Mariani also noted that her pastas are “outstanding” and “her Colorado rack of lamb may well be the finest example I’ve had in Atlanta in a long time.”... The local paper, The AJC, has also announced its ‘Restaurant of the Year.’ The honor goes to Linton and Gina Hopkins’ 5-year-old contemporary American/Southern restaurant, Restaurant Eugene on Peachtree. The couple also owns Holeman & Finch Public House and H & F Bread Company. Former honorees include Pura Vida, Sotto Sotto, Five & Ten in Athens and Tierra. For more, visit

Where are they now?

Roy Jurdak, formerly with Sage on Sycamore on Decatur’s Square, has sent out an email letting everyone know he has joined the team at Joel Brasserie on Northside Parkway as manager. He says they have recently remodeled the restaurant, reduced prices on everything including the selection of wines and menu items without reducing quality... One more thing on the to-do list and you’re going to scream! Talk to the face, as in Aqua blue’s Facebook page. Now through November 8th, speak up about why you and up to 20 of your friends deserve a ‘Girls’ Night Out’ at Aqua blue and a winner will be randomly selected on November 9th. The lucky gal and her friends will party for two hours on Wednesday, November 18, enjoying unlimited appetizers from the ‘Girls’ Night Out menu’ and $5 drink specials at the Holcomb Bridge Road eatery... Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food on Peachtree Road is sporting an updated interior and exterior. Contributing to a more modern, open feel are the removal of an interior wall in the dining area, warm-hued paints, new lights and diamond polishing of the restaurant’s concrete floor. A side patio is being added and new furniture graces the existing patio and bar areas. While the original Buckhead location is wearing a new look, Uncle Julio’s is also preparing to open its second Atlanta-area location in Sandy Springs on Hammond Drive in Perimeter Town Center.

$3 a plate...

“Stuzzichino” is the Italian version of small plates. Chef Matt Swickerath has prepared a new menu featuring a number of Italian small plates at Valenza Italian on Dresden Drive. You can order individually or in clusters, plates start at $3 each. A chalkboard on the bar will list nearly a dozen little snacks to choose from. for details... RA Sushi Executive Chef Tai Obata keeps you on the tips of your chopsticks by introducing new categories, dishes and cocktails to the Atlanta restaurant’s lunch, dinner, sushi and beverage menus. Chef Obata has fused traditional Japanese cuisine with concepts from other regions and even added a new Latin-influenced tapas section as well as a ‘Guest Faves’ icon to help customers navigate their options. RA Sushi is located on Peachtree Street in the 1010 Midtown Building... FIGO Pasta sparks creativity by giving young guests a chance to design one of the restaurant’s signature peppershakers. Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, children ages 10 and under dining at any one of FIGO’s eight Atlanta locations can take home a pepper shaker coloring sheet to decorate with their vision of a FIGO pepper shaker. They can submit their designs at their local FIGO Pasta through Monday, Nov. 30. The top design will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 1 and will be recreated as FIGO’s newest wooden peppershaker used at each location. The winning decorator will also receive a $100 FIGO gift card... Mystified by Wine? Well you need to meet the Grape Crush girls, Kyla, Christine & Gerri. They have made it their mission to demystify the wine tasting experience, food pairing & selection process. They will keep you posted on what’s new and hot on the food and wine scene. You can follow along by visiting their blog, and by signing up for their newsletter. Happy sipping.

Who’d a thunk it?

PicTranslator is a new iPhone app that turns the camera into a point-and-shoot translator. Take a photo and the app will automatically recognize text, translate it and even read the text in the pictures out loud. The app costs only .99¢ and you can also purchase additional language packs for another .99¢. Not limited to just menus, but any printed text can be translated, whether it’s in newspapers or signs or maps or whatever. It also translates Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. The only catch is that you need internet access and it takes around 10 to 60 seconds to provide a translation. Wow... The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria. The Gulf region supplies about two-thirds of U.S. oysters, and some people in the industry argue that the anti-bacterial procedures are too costly. About 15 people die each year in the U. S. from raw oysters infected with Vibrio vulnificus, which typically is found in warm coastal waters between April and October. Most of the deaths occur among people with weak immune systems caused by health problems like liver or kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, or AIDS.






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