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Fourth Atlanta
Ruth's Chris...
...Set for Kennesaw's
Embassy Suite Hotel

by hud report staff

Much like founder Ruth Fertel, who in 1965 spent her life’s savings to purchase Chris Steak House in New Orleans, local franchise partners Jim Brooks, Phil Brooks, Mark Oswald and Nancy Oswald are dedicated to expanding the 44-year-old concept. Bringing to the Southeast the Ruth’s Chris Steak House tradition of custom-aged, USDA Prime steaks served with the signature Ruth’s Chris sizzle, the four franchise owners opened their first Ruth’s Chris in Buckhead in 1986. This month the partners will be the first Ruth’s Chris franchisees to introduce four restaurants in a single metropolitan area. And that’s exactly what they plan to do on October 26th when they open Atlanta’s Fourth location in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Kennesaw. The other local locations are in Sandy Springs, Buckhead and Downtown Atlanta. Ruth’s Chris Kennesaw will be located on the first floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel at 620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more info, 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...)

Word on the street is that Richard Ullio (Sotto Sotto, Fritti, Beleza) is opening a new Mexican concpet in the former Cuerno space on Juniper Street. The new concept will be called La Lupe Taqueria and Ullio hopes to open mid-October... The team behind Decatur’s Brick Store Pub, Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore, have planned a second location to open in an older building at the corner of Ormewood and Confederate Avenue in Grant Park. The trio most recently opened another concept, Leon’s Full Service, on E. Ponce de Leon in Feb. ‘09... Hey y’all, there’s a new store opening next to Relish restaurant in Roswell this month. It’s called All Y’alls Wine and Gourmet Market and is being brought to you by the folks from Relish and Fickle Pickle. It will be Southern-influenced featuring wines from $10 to $25 and micro beers. They will also be selling cheeses, pickles and relishes, jams, old-fashioned candy, cookbooks, kitchen gadgetry, and more... Buckhead Hotel Atlanta on Lenox Road is to be the new home of Shula’s 347 Grill (A Florida-based steakhouse, started by namesake Don Shula) and latest sources say November 19th is the expected opening date... Co-owners Jose Hevia and Mimmo Alboumeh of Cheeky Taqueria in Suwanee have a new unit planned for Peachtree Parkway in Cumming... Los Angeles-based Golden Bird Chicken’s COO Gerald Duncan (also a former NBA Player) says he will be expanding the concept over the next 3 to 5 years with 80 new locations. Expanding out of California, a Golden Bird unit is expected to open soon on Glenwood Road in Decatur... Richmond, VA-based Croakers Seafood Restaurant anticipates an October opening in it’s first Atlanta location. The eatery is planned for the former Power Plant Vegan location on Edgewood Avenue and will offer seafood & nouveau soul food... Cheerleaders Sports Bar is advertising for help at their soon-to-open sports bar on Mount Zion Road in Morrow. And yes, the servers must dress like cheerleaders... Michael Charles Burlandt of Cinco Mexican Cantina has applied for a business license for Cinco Mexican Cantina Akers Mill. Another source says construction is to begin this month and other current Cinco spots include Cumming, Suwanee and Alpharetta... Somewhere Else Lounge & Cafe’s Myspace page says they are coming soon to Main Street in Lithonia and that they will have a full kitchen & bar and open daily... The former Starbuck’s space on Centennial Park West Downtown will get new life when Baja Fresh Express takes over... The five-year-old Bangkok Cabin Authentic Thai Cuisine restaurant on Cherokee Street in Kennesaw is opening a second location, Bangkok Cabin Two on Eagle Drive in Woodstock... Halftime Grill is planned for a former Beef O’ Brady’s on Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee... Latest rumblings say that the work going on in the former Zocalo space on Boulevard in Grant Park will be The Painted Table which anticipates an early October opening... It's being said that the 1940s aviation-themed 57th Fighter Group on Clairmont Road expects to reopen the first week of October after sitting dormant for almost three years... There is a sign on the building on Cheshire Bridge Road that was occupied by Happy Herman’s for 50 years saying “Tastee Coming Soon.”... A vinings Yoforia (Italian Frozen Yogurt) is expected to open on Paces Ferry by mid-October and will be the fourth for Atlanta. Sites in Brookhaven and Midtown are also expected before year-end with Buckhead & Decatur units planned for 2010. The Vinings location will expand the flavors from 4 to 12 available on new self-serve machines... The first franchise unit for the national chain Wet Willies is rumored to be opening in Lindbergh Plaza in December... Ten-year-old Reuben’s Deli on Broad Street downtown is reported to be in negotiations for up to six more Georiga locations.


Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s next venue, Bistro Niko, has an updated opening set for mid-October with Executive Chef Gary Donlick set to take the helm along with new General Manager, Stevenson Rosslow. The Bistro will open at 3344 Peachtree Boulevard... 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 located at 860 Peachtree Street. The first location opened at the Prado in Sandy Springs earlier this summer... Look for The Greenbaum’s (Tavern at Phipps, NY Prime, Joey D’s, California Dreaming) next eatery, Lenox Square Grill, early October at it’s Lenox Square home on Peachtree Road. The full service restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Expect the atmosphere to be family friendly and after work, enjoy the lively atmosphere during happy hour and beyond with signature cocktails at the bar. Lenox Square Grill’s menu will feature imaginative, yet traditional comfort foods, such as the signature Mac Skillets - Cajun Shrimp, Barbecue Chicken, or Cheeseburger - the creative side of homemade macaroni and cheese... A new club, Filter Nightclub & Lounge, was rumored to be having a Grand opening on September 2nd at 79 Poplar Street in Atlanta. The re-vamped, The Mark Ultra Lounge, space was to include Shadow Lounge and Braille Bar, two unique environments designed with an eco-friendly, yet futuristic vibe. As of press time, we had not gotten a published number for them but the old Mark number is still accepting messages.

Cha, Cha, Changes...

Word on the street is that the Cantina La Casita space on Gresham Avenue in Atlanta will open in about 5 weeks as So Ba (meaning my third), Vietnamese pho/noodle house... Latest rumblings say that Bill Kaelin sold his share of Bazzaar on Peachtree Street to partners Costanzo Astarita and Mario Maccaronne (Baraonda & Enoteca Carbonari) and that they are renovating the space and will reopen as a new bar/restaurant called Publik. The bar is being extended and beer taps are being put in... Alex Kinjo is currently renovating MF Sushi in Buckhead to add MF Room (an upscale lounge) to the mix in October. Expanding the dining hours until 2 a.m. a cabaret will be featured monthly to add a supper club feel to the space... Bob Leavey has enlarged his D’Vine Wine Bar & Shop on Chamblee Dunwoody Road by adding the space the next door. Wine classes and special events will now take place away from the main space and specialty condiments will be for sale... With expansion plans in the future, Red Salt on Canton Street in Roswell has effectivly changed its name to Salt Factory... The retro bank building on Monroe Drive in Atlanta has a new identity. Originally a Concentrics’ concept Pie Bar and later converted by a former Fishmonger owner to Eros (which lasted almost a year), the space is now Ixtlan operating as a high-energy ultra lounge... LIT Kitchen has recently re-branded itself as 433Bishop, offering the same on-site and off-site catering services, but with improvements. Chef Sheri Davis (Dish) is the chef and a new garden patio has been opened... There’s a new sign in the window of the recently shuttered The Bureau on Edgewood Avenue saying ‘Cenote’ is coming soon. However, before the website went missing, it said the new name will simply be ‘327.’ We’ll keep you posted... Rib’s Etc. partner Tom Bianco has sold his share of the 20-year-old Roswell Road business to existing partner Clayton Cole... The Oxford Road location of Saba restaurant near Emory burned over the weekend of September 20th and the owners hope to reopen by the end of the year... The reopening (by a family member) of Havana Sandwich Shop (that burned last year) at it’s new Buford Highway home looks like it’s still a month out. The windows of the new joint also say it will be called Havana 76 Cafe instead of the former Havana Sandwich Shop... Cheyenne Grille, located in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, is moving to Peachtree in Midtown and becoming a Hudson Grille... Three Dollar Cafe on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming is said to have been purchased by General Manager Terry Handley and will be rebranded as Black Diamond Bar & Grill. There is also another location planned for W. Peachtree Street in Atlanta but we have not confirmed if Handley is involved in both... Sources are now saying Charlie & Nan Niyomkul’s new concept going into the former Taurus on Peachtree will be called Tuk Tuk instead of Vertigo and will open in November. Tuk Tuk refers to the three-wheeled cabs used in Asia and there’s supposedly one on display at another of their eatiers, Tamarind Seed... The Sun Dial restaurant, located in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Downtown, is scheduled to close Sunday, October 4 and is shooting for a late December reopening while the Hotel sets out to replace all the windows lost to tornadoes that tore through Downtown in ‘07... After a very brief closure, Tony’s American Grille on Holcomb Bridge in Roswell, has announced it has reopened and upgraded with new HiDef TVs.

Staff shuffling...

Drew Kirkland (formerly with Rathbun’s & Rathbun Steak) is the new chef at Matthew Coggin’s 5-month-old d.b.a. Barbecue on N. Highland Avenue... Former The Bureau chef Jay Clark has joined the Fox Bros. BBQ team of Jonathan & Justin Fox at their DeKalb Avenue eatery... Both ONE.midtown kitchen and Murphy’s, are receiving menu changes with new Executive Chefs. Chef Drew Van Leuvan (formerly with Trois) plans to overhaul the menu at ONE.midtown kitchen while Chef Tom Harvey (formerly of ONE.midtown kitchen) will be moving and running Murphy’s kitchen... Aaron Russell, formerly with The Chocolate Bar in Decatur, has been hired by Richard Ullio as pastry chef for all his restaurants (Beleza, Fritti & Sotto Sotto).

Sign of the times...

With the closing on October 1st of the Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, many are speculating that this may be the end of fine dining as we know it in Atlanta. The 25-year-old Dining Room was the city’s last Mobil 5-Star restaurant... East Atlanta’s Cenci restaurant on Glenwood Avenue seemingly disappeared overnight with the interior being cleaned out and the doors padlocked... Plans have been scrubbed to re-conceptualize the Trois space on Peachtree by Concentrics Restaurants... In 2003, Wolfgang Puck himself, celebrated the opening of his Wolfgang Puck Express in Brookwood Place on Peachtree. This month marks the closing of the venue that offered pizzas, pasta and other fare... The Midtown location of Z Pizza in the Shops @ Spire has shuttered its doors. Owned by the Shaw Restaurant Group, the Newport Beach, CA-based franchise had announced in 2007 the growth of several locations throughout Metro Atlanta... Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion was founded in 1988 by Roy Yamaguchi and opened several locations before entering Atlanta in April of 2001. The Atlanta location was at the corner of Lenox and Piedmont Roads in the lobby of the Marsh building and has now officially closed. Yamaguchi had sold the concept some years earlier to Tampa Bay-based OSI who also owns Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steak & Wine Bar, Carrabba’s, Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse... Just Loaf’n, the po’ boy & wings joint, has closed it’s location that was housed in the former Automatic space on Boulevard Avenue in Atlanta... Little Azio Pizza & Pasta that started out in Midtown has expanded with locations throughout Atlanta ranging from Berkely Heights, Crabapple, Cumming, East Atlanta and Kennesaw to Midtown, Norcross and Vinings. Unfortunately, last month saw the closing of the little Italian eatery's Decatur location on W. Ponce de Leon Avenue... The Florida-based Tastings: A Wine Experience, opened their first Georiga franchise in a former Tropical Smoothie on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur in June of ‘08. The unit survivored for a little over a year before closing its doors for good in September. A similar concept, The Wine Loft, shuttered its doors on Marietta Street Downtown in July of this year... Opened in January of 2000, the almost 10-year-old Buckhead venue, ESPN Zone, has posted a closure notice on its front doors from Disney Regional Entertainment... Atlanta Business Chronicle reports Einstein’s restaurant in Midtown is the foreclosure process as we go to print, but owner Jeffrey Landau is in negotiations with another bank to beat the October 6th deadline... Calavino’s, which closed its Oakhurst Village location in December of ‘08, reappeared in March of ‘09 working out of My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta Village as Calavino’s Soul Kitchen. Latest rumblings say Calavino’s has once again left the business.


by hud report staff

•Fuze Burger...
Yep, another burger joint... Fuze Burger. This one is on Ponce de Leon in Midtown offering, in addition to gourmet burgers, a sports bar feel with 10 HD TVs, a selection of tapas and a sturdy list of cocktails and brew. Former Thai Palate owner Eddie Hugh has taken the space and transformed the concept to include today’s latest craze, the burger, with hardwood flooring and splashes of red & white. Jack Kim is acting General Manager and Jazmin Ho oversees the bar with exotic libation creations in the 80+-seat eatery complete with front patio. Fuze Burger is located at 265 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, 404.685.9988. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m...FULL STORY

Bento Sushi To Go...
Bento is a single-portion takeout meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional Bento consists of rice, fish or meat and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. A concept by the same name, Bento Sushi To Go, has opened on Peachtree Road but don’t let the name fool you, if you’d rather eat in you are more than welcome. Bento’s vibe is high-energy with contemporary decor and music to match. Bento Sushi To Go is located at 3060 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta GA, 404.261.7878. Hours are Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday noon - 7 p.m. For more info visit STORY

Italy's Finest Seafood & Grill...
The former Fazzino’s Sports Bar & Grill on Canton Road in Marietta has been reborn as Italy’s Finest Grill & Seafood. Featuring New York-style brick oven pizza, pasta dishes and seafood the 300+-seat eatery offers booths, tables and bar dining. Italy’s Finest Grill & Seafood is located at 3920 Canton Road, Marietta, 678.402.8205. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Visit for more info... FULL STORY

Restaurateur Brian Lewis recently closed his two-year-old Birmingham, Alabama eatery Table and has a new concept to introduce to Atlanta called Bocado (Spanish for bite, mouthful). Before Table he was a Moe’s franchise owner in Montgomery. This newest West Midtown dining spot’s stylish, innovative space was designed by local firm ai3 (Flip, Aja, 4th & Swift, Holeman & Finch, etc...) utilizing organic, reused materials from the lofted ceiling to the banquettes. There is a patio for additional seating as well as a private dining room and the focal point of the modern space is a centrally located communal table. Bocado will be located at 887 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 404.704.5850. Hours are Monday - Saturday beginning at 11a.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. for dinner. For a complete menu that is 'coming soon,' visit STORY

•Little Vita...
Tony LaRocco opened his VITA restaurant back in March in the former Mick’s space on Peachtree at Bennett Street. In August ‘09 VITA closed for dinner and plans were to reopen in the fall. Instead, in it’s place LaRocco has introduced a downsized version of the Italian eatery, Little Vita, and reopened in a portion of the space. Little Vita is located at 2110 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404.367.8482. No word yet on the hours. There doesn’t seem to be a working website yet, but is still up and running... FULL STORY

Nectar, a juice Bar with organic foods on East Lake Drive in Decatur has opened a second location on Clairmont Road serving paninis, smoothies and gourmet ice cream. The hip neighborhood shop says it offers alternatives to staying healthy without sacrificing the taste.. Nectar is located at 1365 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404.633.4400. Hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The original is on East Lake Drive in Decatur, 404.378.4006. For more info visit FULL STORY

•The Pharm House...
The Pharm House on the Square in Decatur is serving traditional American cuisine with a 21st century twist in the space that formerly housed Birdi’s and Caribbean Harry’s. The name comes from painted advertisements on the brick walls touting the old Ansley Pharmacy. In addition to the dining space and a mezzanine level, The Pharm House offers drinks and a place to gather on the third floor (with view of the Square) as well as a separate area for families. Former Sage Chef, Wayne Hamilton, has developed the menu and Michelle Wallace is managing the new place. The Pharm House is located 150 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.378.2200. The kitchen will close around 10:30 p.m. but the bar will stay open later. For more details visit STORY

•Cafe Sage Hill...
Dusty’s Barbecue owned the corner at Clifton & Briarcliff Road for 27 years before shuttering the doors in April. New paint and seating along with outdoor accommodations have added new life to the 40+-seat, wood-paneled building as Café Sage Hill. Cafe Sage Hill is located at 1815 Briarcliff Road, Druid Hills, 404.315.8003. Hours are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m...FULL STORY

•Krust Pizza Cafe...
Krust Pizza Café has joined Smyrna’s mix with neighborhood dining, pool tables, bar scene with late night hours and all the games, all the time. Krust seats 100+ at red benches in the pizzeria/sports bar atmosphere of polished concrete floors with additional seating on the front patio. Krust Pizza Café is located at 2030 Bolton Road, Smyrna, 404.799.8155. Bar open til 1 a.m. As of print date, was not uploaded...FULL STORY

•Zen On Ten ...
Zen On Ten, located in the Ten Side apartment complex on Northside Drive, has opened with a combination menu of Thai and Japanese cuisines. Zen On Ten Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is located at 1000 Northside Drive, West Midtown, 404.879.0999...FULL STORY

METRO - Page 5

by hud report staff

Recent months have seen the addition of several taverns, pubs and nightclubs to the metro Atlanta area. Here are a few tidbits on six of the new venues that have arrived or are arriving soon...

Loving Hut..
Saying it’s a 100% vegan restaurant, Loving Hut, has opened on Spalding Drive in Norcross. This new chain eatery is currently opening units highlighting a plant-based diet around the world. The new bright yellow digs offer comfortable lounge seating with couches, small café tables and flat screens for viewing. Loving Hut is located 6385 Spalding Drive, Norcross, 678.421.9191. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. For details, FULL STORY

Dickey's Barbecue Pit..
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has joined the Milton neighborhood with fall-off-the-bone meats, sides and desserts. The original Dickey’s opened in Dallas, TX in 1941 and that store is still open for business today. The family secret to success? “Our barbecue is slow cooked and served fast at every restaurant. Every day.” Dickey’s is located 13075 Highway 9 North, Milton, 770.664.2504, for more info. There are also locations in Watkinsville & Snellville with more planned for Dunwoody, Alpharetta & East Cobb... FULL STORY

No Way Jose Bar & Grill..
No Way Jose Mexican Bar & Grill has opened in Powder Springs offering a twist on the traditional Hispanic & Mexican fare. No Way Jose Mexican Bar & Grill is located at 4400 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs 770.943.5454. For menu, visit FULL STORY

•Fuse Downtown...
Former M Bar in Castleberry Hill has been re-branded by its owners as the new concept Fuse Downtown. Not to be confused with the new Fuze Burger that has opened nearby (see page 4). The venue makes room for dining in the back and offers a clubby atmosphere up front. Tigerwood walls, plush seating and granite bar completes the modern vibe. Fuse Downtown is located at 257 Peters Street, Castleberry Hill, 404.228.7977. Hours are Wednesday & Thursday 6 p.m. – midnight and Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. For more info visit STORY

•Pizza Vito ...
For over forty years Vito DiBartolo has been doing one thing - opening pizzerias. From his first pizzeria in Queens, NY in 1966 to his shops throughout the South, Pizza Vito has now joined the Roswell neighborhood as the first Georgia unit for the Florida-based company with Federico Castelluccio from HBO’s The Sopranos, joining the celebration. Pizza Vito is located at12330 Crabapple Road, Roswell, 770.664.VITO. Hours are Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more, FULL STORY

•Mulberry Street Pizza...
Another pizza joint, this one in Vinings, has opened a 50+-seat shop with daily deliveries from a local Smyrna bread company and nearby vegetable suppliers. Mulberry Street Pizza is decked out in black & red furnishings and wall art depicting sports happenings. Mulberry Street Pizza is located at 4355 Cobb Pkwy., Vinings, 770.988.8646. For more info visit FULL STORY

•Piece of Cake...
Decatur just got a little bit sweeter. Piece of Cake, Atlanta’s largest cake company, has opened a new store on E. College Avenue. This new store is the company’s third in metro Atlanta. Other stores are located on Roswell Road in Buckhead and Crabapple in Roswell. Piece of Cake is located at 307-A East College Ave., Decatur, 404.378.8585. Hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m... FULL STORY

Octane, an urban coffeeshop, bar and lounge in Atlanta’s West Midtown district has expanded with a second location in Emory Village next to Everybody’s Pizza. The comfortable, cozy interior offers banquette seating and a communal table for eight. Octane is located at 1593 N. Decatur Road, Emory Village, 404.585.4210. Hours are Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. FULL STORY

•Pirate's Pub...
A humble public house, Pirate’s Pub, has docked on Buford Highway and invites you to swagger on over for cold grog, cool mates and hot grub. Jerry Rooks, former owner of the Bearded Clam and longtime bartender at Fuzzy’s on Clairmont, is at the helm. He’s brought with him a few of the ‘Joe Dale’ favorites from the former music venue's menu. Pirate’s Pub is located at 3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta, 404.636.4003. Hours are seven days a week 11 a.m. - midnight. Visit for details... FULL STORY

•Room Service Lounge...
Billing itself as Atlanta’s premier restaurant & lounge, Room Service Lounge, has opened on Piedmont Circle in Midtown. The 4,100 sq. ft. club/eatery boasts couches for lounging with flowing drapes and marble appointments setting the tone. Room Service is located at 1937 Piedmont Cir., Atlanta, 404.249.9775. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 4 p.m. - midnight, Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. - 3 a.m... FULL STORY

•Sweet Tea's Catfish & Blues...
Co-founders Lawrence Davis and NaShawdra Jackson-Davis have introduced the down home Mississippi blues, culture and cuisine to Austell. The duo has opened Sweet Tea’s Catfish & Blues Co. so Atlantans can experience the music of the Delta along with their long-standing family specialties of hot tamales, fried catfish, deep-fried turkeys, BBQ ribs and more. Sweet Tea’s Catfish & Blues Company is located at 3961 Floyd Road, Austell, 678.884.1794. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday Gospel Brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more details, FULL STORY


40 years of pizza & pasta on Northside Parkway...

hud report staff

In 1969 Charles and Wendy Pero opened the doors of their pizza parlor on Atlanta’s Northside. For 40 years Pero’s Restorante has been serving Buckhead community families with pizza and pasta dishes. Today, Charlie and son Billy, play host at the Italian eatery on Northside Parkway carrying on the Family tradition. Pero’s is located at 3521 Northside Parkway,, NW, Atlanta, 404.261.5077. Hours are Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more info 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


by hud report staff

Georgia's mountain regions offer vistas of ever changing scenery, lakes, roaring rivers, music, good food and celebrations. October is the month to journey to north Georgia for the leaf change. Alot of the region's towns offer both small and large festivals celebrating everything from crops, heritage, the gold industry to centuries past. You will find bluegrass music, hog calling contests, clogging and buck dancing and even a liar's contest. Artists, crafts, musicians and parades are staples at many of the fairs. Find your favorite festivals in our list below and enjoy October's many views and celebrations before the days shorten, the weather cools and Fall's colors fade.

•Kangaroo Conservation
Enjoy an outback adventure in the picturesque North Georgia mountains. Kangaroo Conservation Center has the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia. Restricted to adults and ages 5 or above. Thursday, Friday & Saturday only and ast tour is Oct. 31st. Dawsonville, GA, 706.265.6100.

•77th Annual North Georgia State Fair
Through October 4th ~ As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people and features live music, free attractions, shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local square dancers, fair foods, games and rides at one of the largest carnival midways in the United States. A covered arena guarantees free concerts rain or shine. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, SW, Marietta. 770.528.8989,

Through November 1st, Helen, GA ~ nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. Sundays in October free admisson.

•Enchanted Maize Maze
Through October 31st ~ A cornfield labyrinth of trails. Located at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Georiga. For hours, prices and directions 706.820.2531. There are also hayrides, a kiddie hay maze, a hay pyramid, pumpkin patch & good cookin.’

Through November 14th ~ 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Georgia Antique & Design Center at 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. The Travel Channel has called it “the most elaborate haunted house in America” that “makes Hollywood creature features look like Bambi.” The Today Show says, “Here, goose bumps are guaranteed. AOL City Guide warns that it “brings screams, goose bumps, and unthinkable horrors.” And, for the last few years, Netherworld has been considered one of the Top Haunted Houses in the World. 404.608.2484,

•Uncle Shuck’s Haunted Maze
Through November 22nd ~ Returning attractions will include the large cornfield maze, one haunted maze section (October only), one soybean maze in the Kiddie Corner activity area, hayrides along the Etowah River, bonfire area and the pumpkin patch. A two-acre sunflower field will be added, with the large yellow blooms available for purchase. In addition, an “Amazing Scarecrows” exhibit area and contest will be featured with the pumpkin patch. Dawsonville, 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, two miles West from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Hiwy. 53.

•Leaf Watch 2009
Through early November ~ Autumn’s arrival means multicolored leaves. To help leaf peepers plan their autumn escapes, Georgia’s state parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2009” to track fall color as it moves across the state. Found at throughout October and early November, travelers can get updates on fall color and make reservations for the many campsites, cottages and lodge rooms offered at Georgia’s state parks. 1.800.864.7275.

•Alpharetta Scarecrow Fest
October 3rd ~ A gathering for the entire community celebrating scarecrows and the spirit of the fall harvest. Over 50 lively scarecrows created by school children line Hwy 9, downtown hayrides, fall crafts, farmer’s market, live music, food and fun. FREE. For info: 678/297-6000 x-1008 or

•Cumming Country Fair and Festival
October 8th - 18th ~ Amusement rides and games, fireworks, a heritage village with a working saw mill, corn mill and more, family shows and concerts included in the admission price. $7; $3 for 5 to 18, under 4 free. Cumming City Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. 770.781.3491,

•Atlanta Greek Festival
October 2nd - 5th ~ Music, dancing, singing, food and wine demonstrations. $3; ages 12 and younger $1. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404.633.7358,

•GA National Fair
October 8th - 18th ~ Exhibits, midway rides, games, concerts and nightly fireworks. $8; $7 seniors; free for children 10 and younger. Georgia National Fairgrounds, 401 Larry Walker Pkwy., Perry, GA, 1.800.987.3247,

•Harvest Midtown
October 4th ~ Intown street-scene festival at the Georgian Terrace Hotel featuring Wine, Food, Jazz and Art from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. benefitting Camp Twin Lakes. Participating restaurants include Eno by ZAZA, Pura Vida, Muss & Turner’s, 5 Seasons Brewing and Ri Ra Irish PUb among many others. For tickets ($45 advance, $50 door) 404.841.8335 or visit

•Hotoberfest Beer Festival
October 3rd ~ 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Beer tasting of 110+ craft brews 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Earth • Beer • Music... on the grounds of the Glenwood Park community. to win free tickets

October 3rd ~ Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival, Mayfield Road in Milton. An old-fashioned festival with musicians, food & fun under old oak trees surrounded by buildings dating back to the 1800s. This one-day festival features 50 Antique dealers from 6 states and 50 juried artists, as well as a magician and children’s activities. 770.448.3860,

•Indian Summer Festival
October 3rd & 4th ~ $6 Advance, $8 at the door. Arts, Crafts, barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, a turkey shoot, pony rides and live band with country square dance. Woody Gap School (Georgia’s smallest public school), GA Highway 60, Suches, GA. 706.838.5378.

•Norcross Arts Fest
October 3rd & 4th ~ Art, live entertainment, children’s rides, silent auction. Food. On the streets of historic downtown Norcross. 678.641.2686,

•GA Mountain Fall Fest
October 9th - 17th ~ Country music stars, crafts and exhibits - mountain style. 1311 Music Hall Road (Park Road at U.S. 76), Hiawassee. 706.896.4191,

•Taste Of Atlanta
October 10th & 11th ~ Taste of Atlanta is an outdoor food festival held throughout the streets of Tech Square in Midtown. The event will feature more than 70 of the city’s best restaurants, live cooking demonstrations from national and local celebrity chefs, wine experience, live performances and more. For more info visit

•Folk Tales By The Rails
Octobert 10th ~ Saddle up your horse, fill your canteen, check your compass and set your course for a rip roarin’, rootin’-tootin’ good time with loads of FREE storytelling, folklore, music, dancing, crafts, poetry and entertainment. Gather ‘round a campfire or ride in the comfort of a hayride wagon as you journey through time to meet rustic cowboys and frontiersmen, mountain folk, Native Americans, Civil War soldiers & fearsome pirates of the Caribbean. 4 - 9:30 p.m., Kennesaw Tain Depot,

•Candler Park Fall Fest
Octobert 10th & 11th ~ 100th Anniversary: Col. Bruce Hampton, the Swimming Pool Qs, Kingsized, Friends of Danny Pearl and League of Decency highlight the musical lineup at Atlanta’s most hospitable fall festival. Also: kids actvities, food, beer, and more than 100 artists will be featured at this year’s event — which also happens to be the 100th anniversary of this quirky intown neighborhood.

•40th Sorghum Festival
Weekends October 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th ~ The culture of the Mountains. Activites include Sorghum Parade, car show, biskit’ eatin’ contest, square dancin’, pole climbin’, log sawin’, rock throwin’, and horseshoes throwin’, 706.745.5789 - Fort Sorghum, in Blairsville. Free admission, free parking.

•36th Annual Lilburn Daze
October 10th ~ Arts & Crafts Festival with 200 booths, crafters and food concessions. Children’s play area with a big slide, moonwalk, pony rides, clowns, train ride and a rock-climbing wall. 770.982.4808, 76 Main Street, Lilburn. Free admission & parking.

•Oakhurst International Arts and Music Festival
October 10th ~ 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. An artists market with more than 75 artists plus children’s activities & live music. Free admission. Harmony Park, East Lake Drive at Oakview Road. 404.371.9583,

•Prater’s Mill Country Fair
October 10th & 11th ~ A family-friendly jaunt through history, the festival is centered around the old water-powered, still-operating gristmill which was built in the mid-1800s near Dalton, GA. For more information 706.694.MILL (6455). Admission $5, children under 12 free, free parking.

•GA Apple Festival
October 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th ~ North Georgia’s apple harvest with arts and crafts, parade, car show and bushels of apples. $5; children younger than 10 free. Lions Club Fairgrounds, Old Ga. Hwy. 5, Ellijay. (Shuttles available from schools). 706.635.7400,

•St. Mountain Highland Games
October 17 & 18 ~ Athletic events, dancing, music, piping and drumming. Food, vendors. Sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 Saturday, $13 Sunday, children $4; Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 East, Stone Mountain. 770.521.0228,

•9th Little Five Points Halloween Festival
October 16th & 17th ~ Live local bands, costume contest, parade, children’s activies in Davis Plaza noon - 5 p.m. Hours: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Oct. 16; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 17. Free admission. Little Five Points, Atlanta. 404.230.2884.

•Chastain Park Arts Fest
October 17th & 19th ~ This is the first year for this event on Chastain’s north end. Over 100 artisans, free admission.

•Halloween Hikes
October 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th ~ Half mile of lighted trails with nature-theme characters. Gather around a campfire, face painting, crafts. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 770.992.2055 ext. 236,

•Gold Rush Days
October 17th & 18th ~ Fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, 706.864.7247.

•Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival
October 17th ~ Noon - 5 p.m. $35. 100’s of local & international beers, live music and food, Decatur Square, 404.371.9583,

•Sugar Hill Fall Festival
October 17th ~ Free. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Carnival games, rides, petting zoo, face painting, parade at 10 a.m., arts & crafts, live music and more... E.E. Robinson Park, Level Creek Road, Sugar Hilll. 770.831.7413,

•Rock N’ Ribs Fest
October 17th ~ 2 - 9 p.m. On the Square in Downtown Lawrenceville. Sponsored by 97.1 The River with live music, a kid’s zone and a beergarten by McCray’s Tavern.

•Fall Hoedown
October 17th ~ 2 - 9 p.m. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with line, square and round dancing, hayrides and campfire stories. $5 parking. Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA 706.745.2628.

•Historical Hike
October 17th ~ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join Tallulah Gorge staff for a hike to see rock formations that were named during the Victorian era. The hike is very strenuous, off the beaten trail. . Bring lots of water and a snack. Space is limited so please call and sign up in advance. $5 parking.706-754-7981. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Hwy. 441, Tallulah Falls.

•33rd Harvest Square Fest
October 17th ~ 9 a.m. til 6 p.m. Many local area artists and craftspeople. Exhibits include painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric, floral designs and more. Also, Halloween Happenings and Scarecrows on the Square. Marietta Square, for more info, 770.794.5601.

•Olde Town Fall Fest
October 24th ~ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts and crafts, continuous entertainment. Food. Free. Olde Town, Main and Commercial streets, Conyers. 770.602.2606,

•VA Highland Chili Pepper Fest
October 24th ~ First Annual fest features area restaurant’s fare, live music, pepper eating contest and more. 4 - 11 p.m., 1186 N. Highland Avenue at Amsterdam.

•42nd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival
October 24th & 25th ~ Visit an old Moonshine still; listen to stories from the “Tripper’s” and Revenuer’s. Friday night cruise-in. Sat: parade, crafts, food, entertainment, and bicycle tour 706.216.5273 - Toll Free: 877.280.8147, Dawsonville,

•Fall Jonquil Festival
October 24th & 25th ~ Vendors from across the Southeast offer arts and crafts. Food. Children’s activities include pony rides, inflatables, sand art. Free Admission. Village Green, 2800 King St., Smyrna. 770.423.1330.

•Goblins in the Garden
October 25th ~ 1 - 4 p.m. Young goblins are invited to wear their favorite spooky costume for Halloween treats and fun. This is the culminating event of the month-long Scarecrows in the Garden. Pony rides $4, Ride-On-Train $2 (adults ride free with child under 3). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404.876.5859,




Buckhead Diner is the first Buckhead Life Restaurant to abide by the Zero Waste Zone of recycling, composting, and converting used grease into bio-fuel. Executive Chef Joey Riley says, "now, nothing is going to waste.” All food is composted and everything is recycled, and Riley has even switched from plastic straws to paper and uses cups, gloves and lids made from corn, which are fully biodegradable. To find out more about the ZWZ, visit 5 Seasons Westside has 'green' news as well. They have installed a rain harvest system for the brewery and all of their beer is now made from pure, pristine rainwater (which we've gotten plenty of here lately.) They say they are the only brewery in the world doing it. The water is cleaner, more pure and softer than municipal water and 5 Seasons recently tapped the first cask of the world’s only RainWater Beer. Brewmaster Crawford Moran says he also has plans to add the unit to 5 Seasons North in Alpharetta as well. Visit

2010 Classes...

Rathbun’s restaurant in Inman Park has announced its new 2010 cooking classes. If you are interested, visit for dates and prices... A new book is due out next month to pay homage to the American craft beer institution, Brick Store Pub. Mary Jane Mahan's Love at the Pub is to be an insider's guide to craftsmanship, conversation and community at the Decatur Pub. A second Brick Store is also planned for Grant Park soon. For more details, Village Tavern in Alpharetta is offering Hope-tini cocktails throughout October donating $2 per to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month... Abattoir Chophouse, owned by chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, now serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday in addition to their regular dinner hours. Located in White Provision, the restaurant features 'whole animal cuisine,' a term referring to Quatrano’s use of every functional piece of the animal. Visit for details... Since the closing of H & F Bakery last month on Peachtree, Holeman And Finch Baked Goods can now be found at Savor Specialty Foods a few blocks North in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center... And, Fox Bros. BBQ on DeKalb Avenue is selling its 'all natural' barbecue sauce at Whole Foods for $4.69.

Best of...

Atlanta Magazine's October issue is just hitting the streets with 'The Fab 14 Best New Restaurants.' Here's a peek at the list and some of their 'must-try' dishes: BLT Steak (lobster Cobb salad), The Bookhouse Pub (bleu cheese potato chips), Craft (roasted pork belly with peanuts), Dogwood (grits with pimento cheese and Benton's country ham), Flip Burger Boutique (Southern burger), 4th & Swift (braised, pot-roat-like oxtail with herb gnocchi), La Pietra Cucina (Sicilian-style calamari), Lazeez Tava Fry (rice & lentils with beef), Leon's Full Service (bacon in a glass with peanut butter), Livingston (oyster gratin), The Porter Beer Bar (salt & vinegar popcorn), Varasano's Pizzeria (caramelized onion pizza with emmenthaler), Shoya (mackerel with ginger & miso) and Restaurant of The Year goes to -- Abattoir (selection of house-made charcuterie)... Creative Loafing also recently sought out the finest culinary treats and trends Atlanta has to offer and announced their choices for best eats. Here are but a few of the categories and winners: Critics picks for best overall restaurant is Bacchanalia (owned by the same folks as Abattoir); Best recession dining deal is Shaun’s Restaurant; Best chef is Linton Hopkins; Best new restaurant La Pietra Cucina; Best restaurant design Livingston; Best breakfast West Egg Cafe; Best brunch and Best burger Holeman and Finch Public House; Best bar food The Porter; Best steaks BLT Steak; and Best cocktails Drinkshop. Visit for complete list.

Tunes & toddies...

DRINKSHOP Live! has launched at W Atlanta Downtown. Live music is featured every Thursday night through the end of the year as well as partnering with music industry folks and organizations for presenting nights. Local Atlanta, touring musicians or a variety along with cocktail specials, free admittance and complimentary valet with a bar tab. Second floor of W. Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr., Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30308, 404.582.5789,




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