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Castellucci Family
debuts New Concept
on Decatur Square...

by hud report staff

Federico Castellucci III, whose family introduced Sugo restaurants to metro Atlanta, is introducing a new concept with his co-owner and sister, Stephanie Castellucci. The siblings are graduates of the Hospitality School at Cornell University and are fourth-generation restaurateurs. Their new concept, The Iberian Pig, opens in September 29th on historic Decatur Square in the former Sage space offering an array of innovative dishes, including those that feature the restaurant’s exotic namesake - The Black Iberian Pig. The Iberian Pig is located at 121 Sycamore Street, Decatur Square, 404.371.8800. Hours are Dinner-only Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. A late-night menu is served until midnight Monday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 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...)

The recently closed Redfish A Creole Bistro on Memorial Drive will soon become part of the Mexican concept, El Toro, a local chain with locations in Chamblee, Atlanta and Sandy Springs. Gregg Herndon, formerly of Tiburon Grille and Taste of New Orleans opened Redfish in 2006 between Cabbagetown and Grant Park... After being closed since December ‘07, the website for Compound nightclub on Brady Avenue, says it will be re-opening in the winter ‘09, The former Bugaboo Creek on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta near the North Point Mall has been renovated and there is a sign up announcing Lobster & Seafood Buffet... Palate Wine Bar on W. Hill Street in Decatur has been holding beer tastings to select which beers will be carried at the sister venue, McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub, that’s expected to open in October right next door. Here are the winners so far: Great Divide’s Hercules Double IPA; Stone’s Ruination IPA; Rogue’s Kell’s Irish Lager; Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout; Ciders’ (selected breweries) Original Sin; Allagash’s Confluence; Duck Rabbit’s Amber Ale; and Dogfish’s Palo Santo Marron. McGowan’s will offer comfort food in a casual Oakhurst enclave meant to evoke the experience of a Sunday lunch or supper at home. Cozy and bright interior, accessible fare, 22 beers on draught, 100 beers in a bottle, neighborhood hangout and dining destination. Will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m... Construction is moving right along on the Buckhead Hotel Atlanta on Lenox Road which is to be home to one of two Shula’s 347 Grills (A Florida-based steakhouse, started by namesake Don Shula) in the Atlanta area. Sources say the Buckhead location is expected to open in the fall and a second location in the Embassy Suites Hotel planned for the Arena area in Duluth. After the success of the first restaurant in 1989, the chain now has 4 concepts in 17 states. All restaurants are located within hotels... Word around town is that Hugh Acheson, owner of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, will be opening his version of a meat-and-three near Tenth and Piedmont in the spring of 2010 called Empire State So. The 90-seat eatery will be located in an office tower on Peachtree and will feature farm-to-table fare with the idea of gathering ingredients from within 100 miles of the Metro area... Ryan Hidinger (Muss & Turner’s chef de cuisine) and his wife Jennifer are planning their own restaurant, Staplehouse, for the near future. The concept will be a neighborhood eatery of fresh, staple-driven food. Until the opening, they have introduced ‘A Prelude To Staplehouse,’ undergound dinners. Prelude is a small gathering of Supper Club diners who get together and sample six courses of various dishes. The in-home dinners are performed by Ryan, Jennifer, sous-chef Ben Barth and Ryan Turner (Muss and Turner’s) as sommelier. Check out their blog,, for updates and details... Concentrics Restaurants hopes to debut its latest concept, Bakeshop, October 1st 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 will be 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... In late ‘08 My World Cafe was expected on Glenwood Avenue in Atlanta. This month the space appears to be getting a new tenant with the anticipated opening of I Lounge... Featuring an entree` of Jazz, Blues and Poetry, Ziggy’s Jazz & Blues is expected to open soon on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville. Along with the live music, Ziggy’s will offer a tapas menu, full-service bar and can accommodate up to 125 people for special events... A new Caribbean Tapas Restaurant & Lounge endeavor, Entice A, is going into the former Eastern Pearl Restaurant space on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Partners Tran Nguyen, Randee Gilliam and Michelle Rouse are shooting for a November opening date. The 150 seat space is getting a facelift from the Duckett Design Group with an updated lounge feel... Another local source says V-103’s morning co-host, Frank Ski, is behind the new lounge & restaurant, Kolor, that’s planned for the lower, backside of the building at Peachtree Road and Piedmont in Buckhead occupying Suites 110 - 160. A recent building permit was issued for the space at $2.58 million... Chris & Michelle Sedgwick’s Pure Taqueria concept has opened on Chamber Street in Woodstock and the next stop will be on N. Highland in Inman Park in the former Grape space in October... Fuze Burger, located on Ponce de Leon Avenue next to MF Sushi and The Spaghetti Factory, hopes to open their doors in approximately a week. The menu will be simple gourmet burgers at a reasonable price and there will be a full bar with 9 beers on tap and 10+ HD LCDs for sports viewing. Hours will be Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m... Hervy’s Rotisserie & Salad is proposing a September opening in a former Pizza K location on Peachtree Industrial in Atlanta. Hervy’s will be dine-in or take-out and will offer a healthier side of eating at a value.

Rumor mill...

Latest rumblings say Todd Ginsberg from Trois will be the opening chef at Brian Lewis’ Bocado (Spanish for bite) on Howell Mill in West Midtown that’s expected to open in September... We are following up on a rumor that a new restaurant will be going into the former Coohill’s Steakhouse location on Peachtree Street in Atlanta... There’s also speculation that Jake’s Ice Cream on Lavista Road in the Oak Grove neighborhood will change it’s name and ownership. It’s being said the new owners will keep the ice cream and add breakfast and lunch... Nectar Foods, brought to you by the owners of Bhojanic on Clairmont in Decatur, are rumored to be opening a second location the first week in September also on Clairmont Road in Decatur. The first Nectar location is on E. Lake Drive in Decatur and specializes in all-natural fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and drinks as well as ice cream, paninis, sandwiches, breakfast and pastries.

Ch, Ch, Changes...

One Eyed Willy’s on Atlanta Highway in Hiram is under new ownership and is going by a new name. Reports say it is now Big Daddy’s Beach Bar & Grill while the website ( proclaims Jolly Rogers Beach Bar?... Owner Doug Strickland has sold ENO & Barrelman Wine Shop in Midtown to Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia. Latest info we received says ‘Eno by Zaza.’ Strickland and his wife opened the restaurant in November of 1999. Chef Eli Kirshtein will remain (a recent finalist of Top Chef on Bravo). The new owner has also announced that Eno will now be open for lunch... Chrysta Umberger, formerly with Restaurant Eugene, is the new pastry chef at chef/owner Jay Swift’s Fourth & Swift on North Avenue in Atlanta... After the departure from Joel last year of Joel Antunes for The Oak Room in New York, executive chef and managing partner Cyrille Holota has had to reapply for a pouring license for the revamped Joel Brasserie. The process could take a few weeks for the Northside Parkway Brasserie that is currently without spirits. You may want to call ahead if you are expecting a glass of wine with dinner, 404.233.3500... Originally at Sotto Sotto, Joe Rego left to join the team at Allegro in the Belvedere condominium building on Dutch Valley Road. Allegro closed after Valentine’s Day in early ‘09 and Rego is now headed back to Sotto Sotto as sous chef the first week in September... The latest sources are saying the addition of the second floor of Hal’s On Old Ivey in Buckhead will be completed mid-October complete with a French-Quarter balcony... Located on Green Street in Gainesville, Rudolph’s Restaurant is said to be closing and will be taken over by Mellow Mushroom... Updates on Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc.’s III Forks (an all-prime steakhouse) and Cantina Laredo (gourmet Mexican fare) that were previously scheduled to open in the Terminus 200 building in Buckhead has Cantina Laredo delayed and III Forks not opening at all... David Howard’s Chicago Steaks Seafood & Pasta located on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta has reportedly been sold and will be converted to a new eatery, The Whitlock Grill. No word on how long it will take... Metrotainment Cafes, Inc., has announced the renovation of Cowtippers’ kitchen and the roll out of a new menu. “Cowtippers has been known as a steak house and saloon since I opened it in 1993,” says CEO Jeff Landau. “The kitchen was long overdue for a renovation and the poor shape of the economy made us decide to give the menu new direction.” In August, new infrastructure was created and new equipment installed. The new menu follows the current trends and focuses on high quality, creative and affordable burgers at a $5 base price.

Atlanta’s Top Chef?

Atlanta is well respresented in this year’s Top Chef show that kicked off August 19th with 17 new chef’testants. Joining chef Eli Kirshtein (Eno by Zaza) for season 6 on Bravo are two other local chefs, Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill & Hector Santiago of Pura Vida. The show airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.


by hud report staff

•The Burger Club...
Chef Paul Albrecht
(Pano’s & Paul’s, Paul’s Restaurant), along with son Patrick, opened Social Vinings in March on Paces Ferry in Vinings adding elegant dining and more outdoor seating to the area. This month the duo are following up with yet another, more casual concept for the area in Vinings Jubilee called The Burger Club. The Burger Club will be located in Vinings Jubilee in Vinings. Hours we will be 7 days a week, lunch and dinner, including all-day Sundays. For contact info and exact opening date, visit STORY

Avellino's Pizza Caffe...
Avellino’s Pizza Caffe
has debuted in the former Silk: A Smoothie Cafe space on W. College Avenue in Decatur offering traditional Italian fare.
The menu items are based on family recipes and the pizza pies are square, beginning with double zero Caputo flour for an ending of a thin, flavorful, but chewy crust. A few honorable mentions so far have been the Margherita, Quattro Formaggio (four cheese), Mt. Vesuvius (spicy) and the Rustica as well as a Hawaiian mix, with both the latter featuring pancetta. Avellino’s Pizza is located at 902 West College Avenue, Decatur, 404.228.3285. Open for lunch and dinner, you may want to call ahead for hours...FULL STORY

Family-owned Chopstixx restaurant has opened in the Sugarloaf Promenade in Lawrenceville offering an array of traditional Chinese dishes in a tranquil setting. Chopstixx’s two chefs have 70 years combined experience and the lunch and dinner menus give you the option to choose from 36 different combo dishes all served with your choice of a spring roll or soup. Chopstixx is located at 4955 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 108, Lawrenceville, 678.638.0809. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. - 10: p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. For info, FULL STORY

•Emerald Coast Coffee & Grill...
Emerald Coast Coffee & Grille,
with five locations in Alabama and Florida, has opened its first Georgia location in the Terminus 200 building in Buckhead. The new stop touts itself as a next generation cafe that specializes in specialty brewed beverages with an eclectic mix of healthy food options. Pairing them together as other restaurants do with wine and cuisine. Emerald Coast Coffee & Grill is located at 3280 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 187, Buckhead, 404.254.5712. Hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more info...FULL STORY

•Char 88 Steakhouse...
Char 88 Steakhouse and Piano Bar
(Char for the results of a past fire in the basement and 88 for the keys on a piano) has joined the hometown mix in downtown Buford between Sperata and Aqua Terra on Main Street. Char 88 Steakhouse and Piano Bar is located at 15 E. Main Street, Buford, 770.945.8818. We suggest you call ahead for hours... FULL STORY

•Simply Delicious...
Simply Delicious Caribbean Cuisine
has opened on Highlands Parkway in Smyrna in the former Danny Aloha space featuring eat-in or take-out with an emphases on healthy dishes. Simply Delicious Caribbean is located at 3100 Highlands Parkway, Smyrna, 404.799.5301. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m... FULL STORY

•Sauced Atlanta...
At the eighth anniversary celebration of Ria’s Bluebird last October, chef/owner Ria Pell (also Patio Daddy-O BBQ) announced plans to open a new American diner concept in Inman Park with partner Stephen Gannon called Sauced Atlanta. Sauce is expected to open soon in a newly renovated, former 11:11 Teahouse space on Edgewood Avenue. The Eatery will be yet another stop along the ‘culinary corridor’ of Edgewood Avenue -- from Shaun’s Edgewood Social Club to the Tony Harlem Bar in Sweet Auburn. Sauced Atlanta will be located at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Waddell Street, Atlanta. For updates on opening date visit STORY

•Thorntree Restaurant...
The Thorntree Restaurant has debuted in the former Tomas location on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. Owner Lowell Douglas, a wildlife conservationist, has named his new eatery after a tree native to the African bush, the Thorn tree, to represent his many years of anti-poaching expeditions there. He was also involved in the founding The American Wilderness Leadership School in Wyoming – helping to buy the Granite Ranch - a Safari Club International Conservation Fund project. The Thorntree Restaurant is located at 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 9, Norcross, 770.817.TREE...FULL STORY

•Wonderful World of Burgers...
Like many other Atlanta restaurateurs these days, the folks who brought us Tin Drum Asia Cafe (Stephen Chan, et al) have also gotten into the burger & fries business with the opening of their second Metro Atlanta Wonderful World of Burgers & Fries (Yukon Golds) on N. Decatur Road. An initial store opened back in April on Broad Street downtown Atlanta in the former Fogao Gaucho space. Wonderful World Burgers & More is located at 1561 N. Decatur Road, Emory Village, 404.373.8887. For info, STORY

•G Rock African Restaurant...
G Rock African Caribbean Restaurant & Bar has moved into the Marietta area offering traditional African & Caribbean fare from its Nigerian owners. The space is equipped with black tables and cushioned wicker chairs, modern lighting and a marble-topped bar. G Rock African Caribbean Restaurant is located at 723 Sandtown Road, Marietta, 770.627.2175. Hours are Monday - Thur. Noon - 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. Noon to 1 a.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. - 9 p.m...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...

The Buckhead Bar & Grill..
The Buckhead Bar & Grill
has replaced Locos Grill & Pub on Peachtree in Buckhead bringing a newly updated 130-seat sports-bar atmosphere to the neighborhood. New wood floors have been installed and the dark-wood interior has flat screens for viewing both inside and out on the patio. Bar grub is extensive and includes ($1.99 - $17.99) appetizers, wings & tenders, side items, specialty sandwiches and burgers with a side & pickle, salads, grilled options, wraps, premium hot dogs, entrees and dessert. The full-service bar stocks bottled beer as well as 23 on tap along with specialty cocktails. Buckhead Bar & Grill is located at 3167 Peachtree Road, Buckhead, 404.848.9985... FULL STORY

London Bistro Ultra Lounge..
London Bistro Ultra Lounge
is the newest concept to occupy the former Misto and Chiloe Latin Bistro location on Howell Mill Road. The 40-seat space has been transformed with a Union Jack as the focal point (it glows in the dark) surrounded by red couches, benches and white sheers throughout. A garage door expands the space, opening onto the patio that seats an additional 20. London Bistro Ultra Lounge is located at 1950 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 404.355.4321. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for Brunch with appetizers & desserts 3 p.m. - close. For updates, FULL STORY

has joined the Norcross mix with a two-story restaurant/lounge of sushi, soul food nightclub-style and live entertainment. The elegant marbled space offers couches for lounging, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, an outdoor patio and a rooftop lounge complete with cabanas. The libations are full-service and specials abound each night of the week except Tuesday. Pointe! is located at 3473 Old Norcross Road, Suite 100, Duluth, 678.578.4320. Hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. weekdays, until 3 a.m. weekends and 1 a.m. Sunday. For more details, FULL STORY

•Robin Hood Tavern...
Huw Thomas’ The Dunwoody Restaurant Group
(Bat & Ball, Dunwoody Tavern, The Royal Oak, Iron Horse Tavern, The Ship & Anchor Pub, The Crown & Anchor) is opening it’s latest, Robin Hood Tavern, in the former Atkins Park location in Cumming. The website says the opening is 90 days out. Robin Hood Tavern will be located in Vickery Village in Cumming. Visit for updates...FULL STORY

•Tavern 99 ...
The creators of CosmoLava in Midtown and the McCray’s Tavern’s around town have opened their largest joint yet, Tavern 99 on East Andrews in Buckhead in the former Aiko space. The 200-seat haunt has been revamped with marble bars, a live entertainment area (7 p.m. beginning Tuesday), flat screens and a dark, wood-paneled interior and a patio covering two levels. Tavern 99 is located at 128 East Andrews Drive, Buckhead, 404.835.8311. Check out for more info... FULL STORY

•Tula's Lounge...
Tula’s Lounge
in downtown Atlanta is as diversified as any club we’ve seen. The new venue serves breakfast until 10 p.m., offers late night tapas and a weekend Brunch in addition to nightly entertainment from local jazz artists, comedy and tunes from Tula’s own antique upright piano along with cigars in the bar. Housed in a historical building off Peachtree, the lounge features an extensive and affordable menu as well as brew, wine and spirits. Tula’s Lounge is located at 142 Mitchell Street, Atlanta, 404.523.TULA. Hours are Monday - Friday 1 a.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. for info... FULL STORY

•Fox's Pizza Den...
On March 7, 1971, with $500, a rented storeroom and a few pieces of used equipment rescued from a Pittsburgh scrap yard, Jim Fox fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening a pizza shop in his hometown of Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Fox’s Pizza Den is located at 4743 Atlanta Hwy., Loganville. The first location opened in May of ’09 at 3157 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 770.682.8870. Visit for more info... FULL STORY

•J. R. Crickets...
Paul Juliano
founded J.R. Crickets in 1982 with a store on Spring Street in Atlanta. Twenty-seven years later J. R. Crickets is serving 10,000+ wings a day to Metro Atlanta patrons in 10 locations. Juliano’s motto, “Chicken is chicken, but the wing is the thing,” stands true. Three new locations are on the horizon with one having opened in August in the Shops of Tara on Tara Boulevard, the second, The Tavern at J.R. Crickets, scheduled for Thornton Road in Lithia Springs in September and the third due in December on Nelson Street in Castleberry Hill. Locations are 6608 Tara Boulevard, 770.968.1577; The Tavern @ J.R. Crickets, 616 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs; and 309 Nelson Street, Castleberry Hill. For updates visit FULL STORY

•The Chocolate Bar...
The Chocolate Bar’s
new Castleberry Hill location (the original is in Decatur) will expand the original's the menu as well as add pairings with libations to form a bistro/bar of sorts. Opening in a former candy factory in a 100-year-old building on Trinity Avenue, signature martinis, culinary cocktails, coffees, espressos and liquors as well as wines and more will be available. There will be house-made truffles and you’ll find some of the culinary cocktails spiked with liqueur infusions as soon as the license is approved. The Chocolate Bar will be located at 253 Trinity Ave., Castleberry Hill, 404.880.0809. For hours visit, The original is located at 201 W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, 404.378.0630... FULL STORY

•The Yogurt Tap...
The Yogurt Ta
p has opened on Church Street in Decatur offering natural frozen yogurt on ‘Tap’ at self-serve stations. The Yogurt Tap is located at 419 Church Street, Decatur, 404.373.6090. Visit for details... FULL STORY

•Wings, Pizza 'N Things...
Wings, Pizza ‘N Things
restaurants have sprung up nationwide and will soon open a second Georgia location on Powder Springs Road in Marietta (the first is in LaGrange, GA). Wings, Pizza ‘n Things will be located at 1766 Powder Springs Road, Suite 2123, Marietta. For updates on opening date and contact info, visit FULL STORY

•Cheeseburger Bobby's...
Brothers Richard and Bob Stoll founded the burger concept, Cheeseburger Bobby’s in 2007. This was the second concept for the brothers who in 1996 founded the Stevi B’s chain before selling it in ‘07. Another franchise unit of the burger joint, owned by Bob & Carol Burton, has recently opened in Canton on Cumming Highway. Cheeseburger Bobby’s is located at 2060 Cumming Hwy., Canton, 770.479.0411. Hours are Sun. - Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. For info visit There are also locations in Flowery Branch, Hiram and Marietta with more planned for Dawsonville as well as Suwanee and franchisee brothers Rob and Eric Heidt have signed agreements to venture into Johns Creek and Acworth by next summer... FULL STORY


20 years of prime steak & seafood on W. Paces...

hud report staff

An Atlanta icon, Chops in Buckhead, consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. Since 1989, the seafood has been flown in daily and USDA prime aged beef served in the cozy ambience of the mosaic-styled, dark wood-paneled dining room. Chops’ lower level is home to the casually elegant Lobster Bar (which opened in 1996) for seafood enthusiasts fusing a top-of-the-line prime steakhouse with a prime seafood restaurant. The setting is a blend of a traditional clubby steakhouse feel in Honduran mahogany with custom chandeliers, sconces and coffered mahogany ceiling with the Lobster bar's herringbone marble tiled walls and ceilings. Chops Lobster Bar is located at 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 404.262.2675. Hours are Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. - Midnight and Sunday 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more info visit FULL STORY



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