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Volume Twenty-Four Number Nine

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Focus is on Steakhouse
classics at Phipps Plaza

by hud report staff

Restaurateur Steve DiFillipo opened Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. The idea behind the Steakhouse was simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill. A second followed in 1999 in Philadelphia’s historic Provident building and a third in 2008 at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Debuting his fourth location on August 25th, DiFillipo has entered the Georgia market opening in Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. The restaurant, known for its unique twist on traditional steakhouse classics, will serve lunch, dinner and late-night supper seven days a week.

“We are honored and excited to introduce the Davio’s dining experience to Atlanta,” says DiFillippo. “Phipps Plaza is the perfect location for the restaurant and we look forward to our future success in this city.”

The Phipps Plaza location, designed by Steve Todisco and BKA Architects, features a 9,000 square-foot upscale space with rich, mahogany wood paneling and wainscoting, oak floors and warm accent colors on the walls. The restaurant seats up to 200 and includes an elliptical-shaped bar, grand dining room, three private rooms, chef’s table with a kitchen view, a special pizza oven with bar seating and a patio for outdoor dining.

Local maitre d’ Claude Guillaume has been appointed general manager. Guillaume has extensive experience in the hospitality industry including seven years as the general manager and maitre d’ of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead (located just across the street). Guillaume also served as the maitre d’ at Guenter Seeger’s Atlanta restaurant, Seeger’s, which was located on W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

Davio’s is known for its menu of Northern Italian cuisine with a focus on steakhouse classics. Chef Bennett Hollberg, formerly of the Atlantic Grill at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, has been hired to execute the selection of Italian-with-a-twist appetizers, salads, homemade pastas, pizzas, cuts of beef, fish dishes and sides. Signature items include the popular Philly cheese steak spring rolls®; lobster ravioli with sweet peas and tomato lobster brodo; grilled porterhouse veal chop with creamy potatoes and vintage port; grilled prime rib with roasted corn-sweet pepper salad and mashed potatoes; and braised short ribs.

Davio’s also offers a gluten-free menu as well as a children’s menu, both of which contain a wide selection of dishes.

Other samplings of the menu include appetizer ($6 - $21) selections that range from roasted tomato soup with goat cheese chive crostini, Kobe beef meatballs, Blue Hill Bay mussels with Dijon mustard cream and pan seared crab cakes to tuna tartare cucumber salad with crispy squid and ponzu sauce, seared scallops with avocado puree, pan seared foie gras with sweet potato waffle and maple pecan syrup and an antipasto for two. In addition to the signature Philly cheese steak spring rolls, Davio’s also offers chicken Parmesan, Buffalo chicken and shrimp cotija rolls as well ($10 - $13). Salads ($6 - $14) include field greens; an arugula with shaved Parmigiano; chopped salad with chickpeas, egg, onion and pancetta; Bibb lettuce with tomatoes, bacon and buttermilk pesto; and a fresh Italian Bufala mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and sweet pickles.

All pasta dishes ($15 - $29) are also available as appetizers and include angle hair with fresh basil and tomatoes; papperdelle with braised beef short ribs and black truffle jus; spagettini with shrimp, smoked bacon, peas, garlic and olive oil; hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushrooms, basil, garlic and truffle oil; and Maine lobster ravioli with sweet peas and corn foam.

More of the classic dish options (including the porterhouse veal chop ~ $9 - $46) include homemade sausage with cannelloni beans and oven roasted tomatoes; crispy chicken livers with port balsamic glaze, spinach and toasted pine nuts; sautéed calamari with anchovy shallots, garlic, lemon, hot peppers and white wine cream; a warm spinach salad with roasted peppers, Portobello, goat cheese, garlic and olive oil; Maine lobster risotto, asparagus and fresh herbs with lobster cream; penne with applewood smoked chicken, sundried tomatoes, toasted walnuts and cream sauce; and tagliatelle Bolognese with braised veal, beef, pork and tomato sauce.

The extensive menu also features ($18 - $39) summer vegetable lasagna, free-range Statler chicken, seared organic salmon, pan seared sea scallops, sautéed veal scaloppini, pan roasted Maine lobster with Yukon Gold potatoes in a lemon tarragon butter sauce (pictured on the cover), slow braised beef short rib with sweet potato hash, Georgia Mountain rainbow trout with summer vegetables and seafood cioppino with a spicy tomato lobster broth.

Meat selections at Davio’s ($22 - $42) begin with a 10 oz. flank steak, a 10 oz. top sirloin, a 16 oz. Niman Ranch double-cut pork chop and the 16 oz. natural-aged rib eye as well as an 8 or 12 oz. center cut filet mignon, the 14 oz. natural-aged New York sirloin and the 18 oz. porterhouse veal chop. There are five sauces to compliment your choice including Davio’s steak sauce, brandy peppercorn, prezzemolata, horseradish cream and a port wine sauce.

Seafood dishes ($18 - $25) range from grilled sushi grade tuna, pan seared sea scallops and grilled swordfish to sautéed jumbo shrimp, grilled Georgia rainbow trout, pan seared Jonah crab cakes and roasted organic salmon.

The menu also features side items ($5 - $20) such as the quattro formaggi potato puffs, Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, oyster mushroom risotto and sundried tomato-mascarpone orzo as well as onion rings, Tuscan kale and macaroni & cheese with white truffle oil and added fresh Maine lobster if you so desire.

There is also a selection of homemade breads, desserts, ice creams and sorbets from Davio’s bakery. And, an Italian dinner without Vino you ask? Wine is a top priority at Davio’s with an expensive wine list that spans regions from across the globe.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is located in Phipps Plaza at 3500 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, 404.844.4810. Hours are lunch Monday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. For more info, visit

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...)

A new concept, Ale Yeah Craft Beer Market, was attempting to open in East Atlanta Village but ran into a snag with permits. After looking for another location the new venue has announced via Facebook that they have signed a lease at 906 W. College Avenue in Decatur. No word yet on opening date. Here’s their Mission Statement: “Our mission is to provide to all residents of the Metro Atlanta area the wonders of the art of beer, the magic of a beverage not simply as a means to an end, rather a process of profound beauty that through innovation and creativity can be enjoyed with cuisines from all around the world or simply in a social setting with friends and loved ones. We will showcase an abundance of American craft beer as well as varieties from around the world that exemplify liquid perfection. We will carry bombers and also give people the opportunity to ‘build-your-own’ 6-pack. We will also offer fine cheeses, cured meats and chocolates that compliment the experience of a perfect pint.”... Also joining the Decatur mix, Atlanta Magazine is reporting a new American-style pub with Southwestern influences, The Square Pub, will be moving into the former Pharm House/Caribbean Harry’s/Birdi’s space on Sycamore Street... The Magazine also says the European coffeehouse, Cafe Intermezzo, with current locations in the South Buckhead area, Dunwoody and Hartsfield-Jackson airport, will be opening in a Hotel Indigo that is under construction in the Carnegie building downtown and is expected in October... Also from Atlanta Magazine, a new eatery featuring Mediterranean fare, King Falafel, will be opening in the fall in the former 5th Runway restaurant space on 14th Street in Midtown... In other local news, The Atlanta Business Chronicle has confirmed the signing of a lease in the former JR’s Log Cabin in Johns Creek on Medlock Bridge Road for Lincolnshire, IL-based Egg Harbor Cafe. The Chronicle says it is the first Georgia location and the first outside the Chicago area. Expected by December, it also says they are anticipating another 3 or 4 units in the next 5 years. Oddly enough, there is no mention of a rumored proposed location from earlier this year on W. Paces Ferry in Buckhead... The Business Chronicle is also reporting another unit of the Flying Biscuit Cafe will open in April 2011 in Town Brookhaven. The article says Flying Biscuit President, Daryl Dollinger, is also looking for a downtown spot. He’s quoted as saying they could also put units in W. Atlanta and East Cobb as well and would also consider locations in Peachtree City, Newnan and Kennesaw... In more Business Chronicle updates, they are reporting the W Hotel Downtown, which houses BLT Steak restaurant, could be foreclosed on as early as September 7th... Looks like Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s newest seafood concept, The Ketch Saltwater Grill going into the former 9-year-old Taco Stand space on Roswell Road in Buckhead, is now shooting for a late fall opening... Also locally-based, Ippolito’s Restaurant, with six locations throughout Metro Atlanta, is rumored to be adding another unit soon on Hamilton Mill Road in Dacula... Local rumblings are saying Lush Life Group (owners of Rolling Bones and creators of One Flew South) have signed a lease with Cartel Properties for the former Depot space on Memorial Drive in the Reynoldstown neighborhood. Lush Life owners Todd L. Richards, Duane Nutter and Jerry Slater propose to open H. Harper Station in the building in either late October or early November. H. Harper will serve Southern-style fare and offer a raw bar... We are following up on info that the folks over at the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village may be opening a new concept, The Barrell House Restaurant, in the former St. Charles Deli (which relocated) space on 5th Street in Midtown... We are also following up on a rumor that a new eatery, Adam’s Restaurant, may be opening in the former Char 88 Steakhouse & Piano Bar space on East Main Street in Buford. Char 88 was less than a year old when they shuttered the doors earlier this year... Athens, GA-based Your Pie has franchised its concept and will be expanding into the Atlanta market soon. Here’s a message posted on their Facebook page: “We welcome 3.14 Enterprises to the Your Pie family. They have committed to opening stores in Roswell, Marietta and Alpharetta, GA.” And this from the website: “Congratulations to Neil McCollum, Bucky Cook, Bill Kizer and Mark Schilling of 3.14 Enterprises for signing a three store deal in North Fulton and East Cobb. Look for their Roswell store to open in September.” The Roswell store will be located on W. Crossville Road... Dallas, TX-based Genghis Grill - The Mongolian Stir Fry, has four Atlanta locations listed as ‘coming soon’ on its website. They are planned for Perimeter Center, Sandy Springs, Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford, Peachtree Road in Buckhead and Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. Genghis is a build-your-own-bowl, fast-casual, Asian stir fry concept... In more ‘ build-your-own Asian stir-fry’ concept news, co-owner of The Real Chow Baby on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, Carol Joyner, has purchased a former Doc Greens location on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown with plans to open a second unit of The Real Chow Baby... Having opened a unit in August on Mathis Airport Parkway in Suwanee, Frozen Fire Yogurt Coffee & Desserts, has a second location on the way by the end of year in the former Nirvana space on Crabapple Road in Roswell... John C. Metz Jr., Tom DiGiorgio, Richard E. Rivera and Hank Clark, the four partners behind Sterling Hospitality restaurant management company, have announced they have signed the lease for their seventh location of Marlow’s Tavern. The newest location will open in late 2010 at the corner of Highway 120 and Johnson Ferry Road in the Merchants Walk retail center in East Cobb. The restaurant will offer the same menu of American tavern fare, like the other six locations, as well as feature a similarly-styled decor and layout... Andrea Smith will be introducing her new venture, Square Perk Cafe, soon to the historic square in Covington... Three Dollar Cafe has announced it’s latest unit will be opening in a 7,000 sq. ft. space on the front portion of Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville in the Spring of 2011... We are following up in info that Riccardo Ullio may be opening another location of his N. Highland Avenue Fritti Restaurant on W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead by October. We have not confirmed yet, but will keep you posted... Pollo Campero, a Guatemalan chain which entered the U.S. in 2002 and has 40 locations across the country, has begun construction on a third Atlanta location (to be the first inside I-285) in a former Popeye’s space in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway. The other two are on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross and Holcomb Bridge in Roswell... In 2009, non-fat frozen yogurt chain, Red Mango, projected to put 20 stores in metro Atlanta in the next five years as part of a national expansion. The company, which offers fruit smoothies, parfaits and teas, will open its first franchised store in Georgia soon at the Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. The franchisees are Ramzanali Karimi and his sons Murad and Malik Karimi. The family has signed a five-store development deal, with locations planned for Buckhead, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and near Emory University. Another location has also been recently added to the ‘coming soon’ list and is planned for N. Decatur Road in Decatur. Ramzanali Karimi is also a founder and director of Georgia Primary Bank... Chepes Mexican Grill, with locations in Suwanee and Cumming, is rumored to be opening a third Metro Atlanta location in the former Scalini’s space on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. We have not confirmed as of print time, but speculation says it will open in November... The latest in the ‘Firkin’ family of restaurants, Firkin & Gryphon (pronounced Griffin) is scheduled to open in the fall in the former Smokey Bones space at Ashford Place on Ashford Dunwoody Road. This is rumored to be the largest of the three Atlanta locations (also in The Avenue Forsyth & Lindbergh City Center) at 7,200+ sq. ft. and the Atlanta Business Chronicle says the Canadian-based Tavern will concentrate more on being a neighborhood gathering spot at this location rather than a sports bar... Opening any day now on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta is Delano’s Ribs & Jerk Chicken offering sandwiches, soups, salads and Jamaican specialties... The Glenn Hotel on Marietta Street Downton has made some changes recently. After taking over management earlier this year from Concentrics Restaurants, Legacy Property Group (STATS, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria) has changed the name of the Glenn’s restaurant from 30 Tables (formerly Maxim Prime) to Glenn’s Kitchen and the rooftop lounge, 11 Stories, is now Sky Lounge... And, Legacy Property Group has also announced a new brew pub, Der Biergarten, will be opening in September on Marietta Street in the Luckie Marietta District just in time for Oktoberfest... Local blogs are says brother/sister team, Oczavia Pittman and Cheryl Witherspoon, will be opening an International cuisine eatery, Encore Restaurant, in the former Aliyah’s Island Grill space on Piedmont Road in October... The latest addition (the sixth) to Wayne Saxe’s Goldberg’s Delis is expected in October in Toco Hills... Another pizzeria, Me N’ Ed’s Pizzeria, should be making a debut around October 1st on Newnan Station Drive in Newnan... Restaurateur David Lee will be showcasing his sixth Atlanta Saigon Cafe location in September in the former Mama Fu’s space on Peachtree in South Buckhead. Lee is reportedly also working on locations in the Mall of Georgia and Alpharetta area by the end of 2010... The Italian frozen yogurt venue, Yoforia, will be opening it’s first franchise store (10th location for Atlanta) by franchisee Carol Bohlmann in early September on Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek.


Billy Jack’s Bar-B-Q & Shrimp Co., with a sister restaurant in Jesup, Georgia, is preparing to open any day now on Collier Road in Atlanta. According to their Facebook page the Bar-B-Q joint’s 8.5 ft. by 20 ft. catering trailer was stolen from the parking lot a couple of weeks ago and they are offering a reward. You can call 404.351.7979 with any info... Owner Bill Clement has relocated his Alpine Bakery & Pizzeria from Rucker Road in Alpharetta to it’s new address at 12315 Crabapple Road. Yep, one-stop shopping for donuts and pizza... Bite Atlanta catering company owner, Leif Johnson, will also be moving his business soon to the former Field Good space on Webb Bridge Way in Alpharetta offering breakfast as well as specialty sandwiches, box lunches, platters and soups for lunch selections... Another business on the move is Bobby G’s Chicago Eatery in Milton. They closed their Morris Road digs in June and began renovations on a new spot at 12900 Hwy. 9, which they are projecting getting into on September 1st. There is also a location at the Lindbergh City Center in Buckhead... The guys over at Muss & Turner’s in Smyrna, Ryan Turner and Todd Mussman, along with chef/partner Chris Hall (Canoe & 4th & Swift) are anticipating a mid-October opening for their latest venture, Local Three, that’s planned for the former Joel Brasserie space on Northside Parkway in the Piazza at Paces development... The Decatur Diner, brought to you by the same folks who opened Empire Diner in Sandy Springs recently, has had a bit of a delay but the latest rumblings are saying it will open in October on E. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street in Decatur. Other Diners by the same group will also be arriving soon. The Morrow Diner in Southlake Pavilion in October as well and the Auburn Diner in Auburn, Georgia is expected sometime in September... John Kessler at the AJC is blogging that former Restaurant Eugene sous chef, Kevin Ouzts, is taking the next step with his new company, The Spotted Trotter Charcuterie, and actually shopping for a building in East Atlanta Village where he will process and sell everything from pates to terrines, jerky and crepinettes. He currently sells at Sawicki’s Food on W. Ponce in Decatur and the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market. Kessler suggests the step after that may even be a restaurant... Many websites and local blogs are a buzz with news that Tasty China (Franklin Road, Marietta) owner Dahe Yang and chef Peter Chang’s newest endeavour together will be opening on Powers Ferry Road at the I-285 area of Atlanta.

Ch, Ch, Changes...

Bamboo Grill & Hot Pot operated on Buford Highway in Doraville for about four months before shuttering its doors, renovating, revamping the name and reopening as Ca Dao last month. No preliminary reports yet on how they are doing?... Chef Anthony at Cafe Lily on W. Ponce in Decatur has a change in the works at his eatery. For the past couple of weeks, he has been turning a side room into a tapas lounge that features $3 - $6 tapas, smaller versions of menu appetizers and drink specials such as $5 house wine and sangria. Diners in the tapas lounge will be able to order from the dinner menu as well, but tapas will only be available in the lounge and at the bar... Restaurants L’Auberge and Versailles at the Chateau Elan Spa & Hotel in Braselton have been revamped as part of a 1.5 million renovation... A Duluth landmark for more than 40 years, The Rexall Grill, was forced to close down a couple of months ago after the owner of the Grill part of Rexall Drugs failed to pay state taxes. The owner of the building, Lynda Alley, took over the grill and after paying $69,000 in back taxes has reopened retaining the employees... Owner Warren Pickard is moving his year-old Decatur Relics & Rarities Ice Cream Shop/Museum to Underground Atlanta. He expects to be set up by October... Latest rumblings say that Cafe at Pharr, located on Pharr Road in Buckhead, is also moving to a new, larger space on Peachtree Road and should be opening by October 1st. Owner Johnny Liu has another unit in development as well and it’s expected in the late fall at Town Brookhaven... Looks as though Trackside Tavern, originally located on E. College Avenue in Decatur, may be making a comback. Demolition is expected to start September 2nd. This message is from Trackside’s Facebook page: “Trackside Tavern, the oldest tavern in Decatur, GA, has been closed since January 20, 2009 when a fire destroyed most of the building it occupied since 1982. For a year and a half it has been gone, but not forgotten. This site will follow its rebirth” And, this from owner, Doc Al, on Facebook: “OK, OK - here’s the news: Today is the beginning of the beginning of the rebirth of Trackside! I have been keeping it quiet for a little while, but after meeting with the building owner, working with the architect, and being contacted by the contractor, I can finally say with confidence that we are very soon from seeing the old building knocked down and an almost identical one going up in its place very very soon.”... Located next door to Trackside was 5th Earl Market, which was also damaged in the fire. Today, local bloggers are predicting 5th Earl will not be reopening. We’ll research it and keep you updated... In November of 2009, the owners of Arena Tavern in Gwinnett, Laughing Out Loud Restaurant Group, LLC, had plans for three more Taverns for the Atlanta area in 2010 including Buckhead. Co-owner Michael Miller (Hudson Grille, Brookhaven), was at the time looking in Midtown, Downtown & Kennesaw as well. He had projected the Buckhead location to open by summer. Last month the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Miller had indeed put his plans on hold for the new locations.

Who’s Where...

Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Jonathan St. Hilarie and Concentrics Restaurants have parted ways with regards to 10-month-old Bakeshop in Midtown. Bob Amick, Todd Rushing and Hilaire have dissolved their partnership and Hilaire will now operate Bakeshop on his own. Earlier this year Concentrics also turned over management of two other venues, STATS & Max’s Coal Oven Pizza to Legacy Property Group... Word on the street says Chef Gary Mennie (Taurus) has left Livingston restaurant in the Georgian Terrace Hotel on Peachtree Street and will be responsible for the food programs at the Woodruff Arts Center... More street rumblings have Executive Chef Landon Thompson leaving Ziba’s Wine Bar on Boulevard in Grant Park, but no word on where he is going?... Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega recently named Colorado-native, Chef Daniel Atwood as the winery’s new Executive Chef. Atwood has worked in Atlanta restaurants including Murphy’s, Woodfire Grill, Sage on Sycamore, Goldfish, Twist, Prime, The Shed at Glenwood and B.L.T. Steak. Atwood currently resides in Atlanta and has worked with non-profit organizations like Hands On Atlanta as well as Atlanta Community Food Bank and enjoys doing demonstrations and cooking classes for children... Creative Loafing’s Cliff Bostock reported in July that Chef Hopeton Hibbert had left Atmosphere restaurant in Midtown for a position at Eclipse di Luna. In August Bostock was saying that when the time came for Hibbert to leave, Eclipse di Luna (a job he had also held previously) had changed their minds and Hibbert was without a job. This month he’s reporting Hibbert has landed at Cafe Circa in the Old Fourth Ward (also see The Reserve page 6).

Sign of the times...

Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe survived for 16 months in the former Sweet Devil Moon location at 10th & Piedmont before closing the doors for good in August. The eatery, with an original location in New Orleans, served up pizza, pasta, salads and paninis... Simcha Bakery, touting itself as Atlanta’s first kosher bakery, operated in the Toco Hills Shopping Center on N. Druid Hills until May of 2008 when Simcha became Simone’s Bakery. Simone’s lasted 16 months before closing on August 27th... Just Loaf’n Cajun Cafe, a po’ boy and wings joint, began its odessey on Boulevard in Atlanta in the former Automatic location and eventually made its way to Lithonia as well as Roswell Road in Buckhead in early 2010. The Roswell Road and Lithoinia spaces now sit quiet with a note on the door saying Just Loaf’n is ‘going mobile.’ The website, says Just Loaf’n will be opening another location in Midtown in October and until then they say you can tweet or follow them on Facebook for the location of their ‘kitchen on wheels.’... Amid a great deal of controversy, the 45-year-old Varsity Jr. at Lindbergh & Cheshire Bridge has closed up shop and all indications are they will be moving to Dawsonville, GA by December. Here’s an excerpt from their website: “We have known for some time that the Varsity Jr. would have to be either completely renovated or replaced. Over the years we have enlarged, renovated and patched it up as best we could. Finally, the decision was made to replace the building. We set about with our restaurant architect to come up with a new design in line with the newer Varsities, only smaller. The plans were completed and submitted to the City of Atlanta for approval. After the first of the year and after receiving preliminary approvals, the City of Atlanta started to place more and more restrictions on our plans. We did our utmost to compromise and satisfy their objections. Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached on certain issues critical to our operation. Therefore, we have made the decision to close The Varsity Jr. on August 22, 2010 and abandon any plans for a brand new restaurant on the Lindbergh Drive site.”... Hickory House Cafe opened in the former Big Ed’s Pig N’ Pit/Shane’s location on Terrell Mill Road in Marietta in early 2010. A recent drive-by found a banner out front saying ‘space available’ and Hickory House closed... The Daiquiri Factory has been on our radar since early 2010 potentially opening in the former Acapulco Grill space on W. Peachtree in Midtown. It’s been six months and there is still no sign of progress... It seems it’s official, after the recent searches by Federal Agents, the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, K. C. Pit BBQ on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs has closed for good. Originally located on Hilderbrand Drive a short distance away, K. C. moved its current location in June of ‘08... Local rumblimgs are saying owners Jan & Buddy Guibeau are closing their four-year-old Logan Farms Market Cafe on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. The Cafe served Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine and a recent sign out front said they were having a clearance sale... John Pomeroy’s Rib’s Etc. opened on Roswell Road in Buckhead in a small storefront near Johnny’s Hideway in 1986. Pomeroy would move a short time later to a larger chalet-style building just up the way near Chastain Square Shopping Center on Roswell Road. After a couple of new owners and partnership changes over the years, the latest owner, Clayton Cole (a former Pomeroy employee), closed the business suddenly in late August... Owner Rafih Benjelloun has closed the sister venue, Ibiza Restaurant & Lounge, that was located next door to his well-established Peachtree staple, Imperial Fez Moroccan Restaurant on Peachtree Road in South Buckhead... Established 1971, we are following up on a rumor that Everybody’s Pizza on N. Highland Avenue in Atlanta will be closing in December and that a sushi restaurant may be taking its place. Some speculate the new sushi place will be Genki with current locations on Roswell Road in Buckhead and at The Prado in Sandy Springs.

DINING OUT - Page 4 (Pages Gallery)

by hud report staff

(With the tremendous amount of 'openings and coming soons' throughout Metro Atlanta, we will be condensing the information in order to cover more locations.)

Deadwood Saloon...

Twisted Taco occupied the space on 12th Street in the heart of Midtown for seven and half years before closing up shop in April of this year heading to the suburbs. Sarju Patel, owner of Churchill’s British Pub in Buckhead, purchased the location and has since opened his latest venture, Deadwood Saloon, offering fire-grilled American fare & bar food. The name Deadwood Saloon was chosen to commemorate the 1870s South Dakota settlement notorious for gold mining and as the resting place for the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The eateries western-themed interior captures the essence of by-gone years with dark wood paneling, brick accents, pine floors and a game room with pool tables and darts, giving it a saloon feel. Nestled among the Midtown skyscrapers, Deadwood has been outfitted with an upstairs balcony and the outdoor patio/deck has been updated and made more comfortable. A sampling of the menu offers appetizers ($5 - $8) of onion rings, spinach & artichoke dip, roasted chili salsa, chicken fingers, bleu cheese chips, chili cheese nachos, fried pickles, mini corn dogs and a Southwestern quesadilla. Soups & salads ($4 – $9) are served as well as Saloon specialties ($9 - $12) of country fried pork chops, bulleit bourbon chicken, chipotle penne and Southwest chicken Alfredo. Deadwood also offers an extensive list of house burgers ($8 & $9) and specialty sandwiches ($5 - $9) served with house fries, tots or potato chips as well as a build-it-yourself burger option ($8). The full-service bar has a variety of cocktails in affition to several beers (12 on tap). Deadwood Saloon is located at 66 12th Street NE, Atlanta, 404.671.4290. Open daily hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – midnight. For more info,

Acheson in Atlanta...

Hugh Acheson, chef/owner of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, GA has opened his version of a meat-and-three (protein, two sides & bread) near 10th & Piedmont in Midtown named Empire State South. Arriving in a former Grape location, the 90-seat eatery brings farm-to-table style with the idea of gathering ingredients from within 100 miles of the Metro area. Acheson has repurposed salvaged pine floors from an 1850s home to create a rustic atmosphere for his new haunt of dark woods, leather banquettes and turn-of-the-century lighting. In addition to the large wooden bar, Empire State offers an extensive coffee bar with barista and a courtyard for bocce ball. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner, the restaurant takes a modern approach to creating authentic Southern dishes. Acheson’s Chef de Cuisine is Nick Melvin formerly with Parish Food & Goods, Serenbe, Murphy’s, Room and Tap. A small mention of dinner menu entrees (there are also complete breakfast, lunch & brunch menus) offerings include catfish, pan roasted Carolina trout, grilled Georgia quails, roasted Georgia chicken, smother pork chops, braised beef short ribs and pan roasted bone-in ribeye for two ($19 - $48). There is also a Southern lunch ($12) program where you can choose from two three-course options daily that are served in traditional Indian lunch boxes called Tiffins. These will be available in the next couple of weeks: Monday ~ Pimento cheese sandwich, watermelon and arugula salad, tomato basil gazpacho, and Georgia Peach & Sweet Cream; or Tarragon chicken salad, lemon roasted potatoes, cucumber and red onion salad, melon w/ cracked pepper and mint. Tuesday ~ BLT, okra and corn succotash, potato salad and buttermilk pudding cake; or Crookneck squash and buttermilk gazpacho, soybean and basil salad, grilled eggplant and figs w/ honey. Wednesday ~ Pickled shrimp, field pea salad, gingered beets and buttermilk pana cotta; or Country ham salad, sweet potato salad, radish w/ salted butter and baked peach pie. Thursday ~ Tomatoes with ricotta and cracked pepper vin, country ham wrapped figs, radish and cucumber salad and Coca-Cola cake; or Country chicken salad, marinated mushrooms, field pea and rice salad and lemon buttermilk cake. Friday ~ Buttermilk fried chicken (dark), Southern potato salad, grilled pepper salad, caramel apple cake; or Smoked beef roll, grilled sweet potatoes, corn and scallion salad and blueberry pie. From bourbon to Burgundy or signature cocktails the bar area offers a variety of libations along with a wine list, created by wine director Steve Grubbs, that represents good wine and good food without the pomp or circumstance. Empire State South is located at 999 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404.541.1105. Hours are Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 5:30 - 10 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 5:30 - 11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 - 11 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 – 10 p.m. For updates, visit

Easy on the eyes...

Operating as a roving BBQ catering company throughout Denver, Colorado as well as Panama City, Florida and, with a location also ‘coming soon’ to Texas, Kyle Vaughn has opened Hottie Hawgs Smokin’ BBQ on Main Street in Atlanta in a converted house. The new permanent joint is trimmed out in BBQ memorabilia as well as a mounted deer head and a deck has been added to take the party outside. The 'Hottie' in Hottie Hawgs may refer to the waitresses who one reader says, “are easy on the eyes.” They are serving up such offerings as ($3.95 - $5.95) Uncle Cooter’s stew (Brunswick stew with a Hottie flare), Stewy Mac (Uncle Cooter’s served on mac & cheese), fried pickles & peppers and low country catfish fingers with chipotle tartar sauce. Salads ($3.50 - $6) are on the menu as well as wings ($6.95 - $19.95) and sandwiches ($6.95 - $8.95) such as the pulled pork or chicken, the Texas brisket, the Hawg burger or the ‘Boss Hawg’ with over a pound of pulled pork, pulled chicken, Texas brisket, pepper crusted bacon and piled high with lone star slaw and maple habernaro sauce ($12.95). Plates ($9.95 - $15) at Hawgs include a pickle spear, Texas toast and choice of two sides and include the pulled pork, pulled chicken, Texas brisket and baby back ribs. Sides ($2) range from cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, baked mac & cheese, spud fries and a tomato, cucumber, Vidalia onion salad. Desserts ($1.95 - $3.95) include apple pie, Key lime pie, dark chocolate cheesecake and vanilla bean ice cream. Catering services are also still available and include the delivery of all the menu items, and for special events Hottie Hawgs can provide on-site cooking with their signature ‘18-Squeeler’ BBQ trailer, a custom 35 ft. BBQ smokin’ rig equipped with dual 37” flat screen TVs and surround sound. Hottie Hawgs Smokin’ BBQ is located at 2061 Main Street, NW, Atlanta, 800.921.4292. Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more info you can visit

Jack's is back...

Jack’s Sandwich Shop was first established in 1973 by Jack Pasmanick on Ellis Street in the Carnegie building Downtown Atlanta. Robert, Jack’s son, joined his father in 1976 and soon after, they moved to a second location two blocks north in the Peachtree Center Tower. In 1984 Robert bought the Shop from his father and eventually sold the business in 1991. It lasted five years under the new owners before closing in 1996. Today, Robert is back, along with his wife Vicky, and has reopened Jack’s Sandwich Shop in a former Atlanta Bread Company space in the Peachtree Center Mall serving a variety of breakfast and lunch specialties. For breakfast (.75¢ - $5.75), there are Jack’s legendary cheese grits, eggs cooked to order, various breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit and more. Lunch ($1 - $6.50) features deli sandwiches, burgers and filets, soups, salads or a double BLT, among many others. Jack’s Sandwich Shop is located in the Peachtree Center Mall, Atlanta, 404.522.5255. Hours are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more info,

Java Blues arrives...

Hot coffee and cool tunes were the two constants found in many of the small Delta ‘Juke Joints’ and concert halls where the ‘Blues’ music revolution was born. Coffee fueled the soulful vocals and late night guitar jams of many of the legendary musicians and characters that made history and created ‘Rhythm & Blues’ and ‘Soul Music’ as we know it today. Now Atlantans have an opportunity to share in that tradition with the opening of Java Blues...Beans with a Beat, opening in the former ChocoLate space on Lavista Road in Atlanta. Java Blues is an authentic, bluesy coffee shop and cafe serving hot java and eats. They use 100% natural coffee beans from Marks Brothers Coffees, an above fair trade roaster and the menu, by Chef Andy Revella, features fresh baked goods, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads and gourmet pizzas. A couple of examples are the Raisin Bran French toast (cinnamon raisin bread rolled in crushed raisin bran and served with fresh hand-whipped cream and syrup) and the barbeque chicken pizza (crispy flatbread topped with BBQ sauce, a four cheese blend, seasoned chicken, red onion and fresh cilantro). Every Friday and Saturday evening, beginning at 6 p.m., Java will feature some of Atlanta’s best Jazz, Blues and R&B musicians. Java Blues is located at 1171 Lavista Road, NE, Atlanta, 404.549.2980. Hours are Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. For daily specials, visit

Man's best friends...

Owner’s Ernie, Diane and Chef Ted Lescher, opened Lucky’s Burger & Brew last month, with a vision of creating Roswell’s best casual dining experience. One look at the menu and you’ll see the trio has paid homage to man’s ‘best’ friends: burgers, brew and their golden retriever, Lucky. Trained at The University of Alabama and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, chef Lescher has created a menu of neighborhood fare including starters ($4 - $8) of homemade kettle chips, fried pickles, shrimp & crab dip, spinach & artichoke dip, fried pimento cheese bites, tempura artichoke hearts, fried homemade mozzarella, chicken wings and chili cheese tots. Salads ($5 & $6), a kid’s menu ($4) and desserts ($6) of brownie ice cream, buttermilk pie, Key lime pie and NY cheesecake are also offered. Burgers ($6 - $9.50) are served on toasted challah buns along with a side a fries or cole slaw and include such versions as the ‘pure breed’ (burger patty, nothing else), the ‘chihuahua’ (topped with chopped green chilies, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and homemade guacamole), the ‘retriever’ (topped with sauteed burgundy mushrooms and melted Swiss), the ‘bluetick hound’ (topped with two slices Applewood smoked bacon and blue cheese) and the ‘poodle chaser’ (topped with melted brie, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard). There is also a build-your-own version ($6). Sandwiches ($8 & $8.50) fall under the category of ‘different breeds’ and range from a grilled chicken, buttermilk fried chicken and smoked turkey Philly cheese steak to Lou’s smoked turkey club. Lucky’s offers 7 ‘old school’ 12 oz. beers ($2.75) and several drafts as well as a ‘Mutt Bucket’ for $17 that includes each of the following: Busch, Carling Black Label, Genesee Cream Ale, Old Milwaukee, PBR, Stroh’s and a Tecate. There are also 10 newer brews as well as white & red wines to choose from. Lucky’s Burgers & Brew is located at 1144 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, 770.518.5695. Hours are Monday - Thursday 3 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. - midnight, Saturday 1 p.m. - midnight and Sunday 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. For more info, visit

N'awlins moves...

Operating out of the Irwin Street Market since July of ’09, N’awlins eatery has decided to move into the former Village Jerk space at My Sister’s Room on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Village. Offering a combination Cajun-Creole & Italian experience, the culinary team of owner Franky Capobianco and Candice Hawkins prepare po boys in 6” or 12” sizes including roast beef, fried or blackened shrimp, crab cake, fried oyster, fried or blackened catfish or crawfish tails, Italian meatball and a vegetarian version of portabella mushroom, avocado and gruyere cheese ($5.95 - $12.05). Other menu items featured are the muffaletta, fried green tomato BLT, shrimp Creole, crawfish or shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, crawfish smothered grits, Southern Creole shrimp & grits, red beans and rice with smoked sausage and a selection of salads ($4.95 - $8.95). There is an extensive Brunch menu as well that is featured on the weekends. Become a friend of N’awlins on Facebook for weekly updates on the Brunch offerings. N’awlins is located at 1271 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, 678.863.5915. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. They are closed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

Another Italian combo...

Venus Cuisine has opened in the former Hachi Hachi Japanese location on Jones Bridge Road in Alpharetta serving up another twist on Italian fare just as N'awlins, only this time with Mediterranean flavors. Cold appetizers ($4.95) are served with house-made pita bread and range from humus (garbanzo beans blended with garlic, lemon juice and spices), spicy eggplant and babaganush (smoked eggplant puree, olive oil, lemon juice and a hint of garlic) to dolma (grape leaves stuffed with specially seasoned rice) and feta cheese served with tomato, olives and cucumbers. Hot appetizers ($5.95 - $7.50) include spinach dip, calamari, mussels, Buffalo wings and falafel as well as a spinach, gyro with feta or veggie pie (light flaky pastry stuffed with roasted vegetables and feta cheese, baked golden brown). There are several soup & salad selections ($3.95 for chicken noodle soup to $8.95 for the spicy Thai chicken salad) in addition to pasta dishes ($9.95 for Florentine lasagna to $12.95 for clam linguini), calzones ($7.95 - $9.95) and a variety of wraps ($7.95). Entrees at Venus ($11.95 - $21.95) are served with fresh house-made bread and range from raspberry balsamic glazed salmon, beef casserole, a gyro kebab or lamb kebab to a chicken kebab or musakka (pan fried eggplant topped with ground beef, tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices, and oven baked, served with Jasmine rice and yogurt) among many others. Venus Cuisine is located at 10875 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770.664.2882. Hours are Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 5:30 p.m. - 12 a.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more info, visit

More Cajun fare...

The former Da Cajun Kitchen (Roswell Kitchen) on Atlanta Street in Roswell has been revamped and owners Bill & Tedra Cheatham are now serving up New Orleans influenced food & fun in their newest venture, North of Nola. A spacious outdoor deck with communal table and live music, as well as New Orleans memorabilia inside, add to the Creole experience. New interior additions also include a stainless steel bar, dark wood high tops and mustard-colored walls. Breakfast and lunch are served most days with dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights only. Chef Rick Watson begins his offerings ($3.95 – $9.95) with BBQ shrimp or fried shrimp, gator bites, Natchitoches meat pie, Jalapeno sliders, chicken tenders, Louis’ fried pickles, stinky fries and pork & rice sausage with grilled French bread. Salads ($4.95 - $9.95) as well as specialties of jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice and a serving of all three, the Trinity, are also available ($4.50 - $8.95). Po ‘boys, sandwiches and burgers are served with Zapp’s potato chips, sweet potato or regular fries and include the shrimp, chicken, gator or roast beef po ‘boys in half or whole sizes ($7.95 - $12.95). The Sandwiches ($4.95 - $12.95) and burgers are served on Leidenheimer French bread from New Orleans and include andouille sausage, grilled chicken, blackened shrimp or the grilled veggie along with the blackened Cajun burger or Bayou Bill’s BLT ($6.95 - $8.95). Pasta dishes at North at Nola are the blackened chicken on penne pasta, BBQ shrimp pasta and pasta yaya made with caramelized onions, peppers, roasted tomato sauce served over penne pasta ($8.95 - $11.95). There is also a separate breakfast/brunch menu and a selection of beer & wine as well. North of Nola is located at 659 Atlanta Street, Roswell, 7. Hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Brunch.

Riverside expands...

Al & Sandy Thompson, owners of Riverside Pizza, are opening their sixth Atlanta location on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. The duo opened their first Riverside Pizza in Lawrenceville in 1999. Riverside uses fresh ingredients, makes the dough & sauce from scratch and grinds 100% real cheese, daily. Pizzas are offered with thin or crispy crust and range from the large 1 topping at $6.99 to the large 5 topping, premium or gourmet chicken for $10.50. Extras at Riverside include bread sticks, pizza sauce, garlic butter, cheese bread or wings ($.40¢ - $6). Salads such as the Greek, antipasto, Caesar or tossed are also offered as a side, an individual or in a family-sized serving ($2.50 - $6). Riverside Pizza is located at 991 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suwanee, 770.271.9992. For more info, visit

All things 'Stix'...

Sakura Stix has arrived on Collier Road in West Buckhead promoting all things ‘chop sticks,’ as the name implies. The interior has been transformed with every imaginable version of the eating utensil – found throughout made of glass, wood and iron. Newspaper pages have replaced wallpaper, Japanese lanterns provide lighting and bamboo partitions make booth dining a little more private. The menu is extensive, offering appetizers ($5.99 for pan fried Japanese dumplings to $11.99 for two lobster cakes) and salads ($3.49 for the garden to the Kani salad of crab meat, cucumber & tobiko with mayonnaise for $4.99). There are also entrees of tempura and udon ($10.99 - $17.99) as well as items from the sushi bar ($15.99 for broiled eel over rice to $36.99 for sushi for two). Hibachi dinners are served with a grilled shrimp appetizer, garden salad, vegetables & steamed rice and range from $12.99 for the veggie delight to $32.99 for shrimp, lobster & filet mignon. Sushi rolls (maki, vegetarian, regular and house special) round out the offerings ($4.19 for the veggie to the pink lady with shrimp, crab, avocado, cucumber, lobster salad and tobiko wrapped with soybean seaweed for $11.99). An assortment of house wines ($6 glass ~ red, white & plum) as well as several beers ($3 for Michelob Ultra to $7 for Saporo) and Hot & Cold sake ($6 for So Chi Ku Bai Nam to $25 for Shirakango) make up the beverage offerings. Sakura Stix is located at 857 Collier Road, Atlanta, 404.351.1788. Hours are Sunday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for lunch, Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. for dinner. For more details,


•5 Seasons Brewing, 3 Locations
Brick Store Pub, Decatur
•Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
•Gordon Biersch, Midtown/Buckhead
•Holeman & Finch Public House, Buckhead
•Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
•Manuel’s Tavern, N. Highland
•Max Lager’s, Downtown
•Park Tavern, Downtown
•Six Feet Under, 2 Locations
•Summits Wayside Tavern, 3 Locations
•Taco Mac, Several Locations
•TAP A Gastropub, Downtown
•The Porter Beer Bar, Little 5 Points
•The Bookhouse Pub, Ponce de Leon
•The Glenwood Gastro Pub, E. Atlanta
•The Marlay House, Decatur
•The Midway Pub, East Altanta
•Twain’s Billiards & Tap, Decatur
•Young Augustine’s, Grant Park

Microbrew News...
Owen Ogletree, Brewtopia

•Atlanta Brewing/Red Brick’s new seasonal is Red Brick Oktoberfest. This malty lager is characterized by a medium body and amber color. Authentic yeast and hop strains are utilized. Located at 2323 Defoor Hills Road, the tasting room opens to the public Wednesday - Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

•SweetWater ~ Watch for the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale ~ A rye beer to benefit Camp Twin Lakes’ efforts to assist children facing serious illnesses. Next up in SweetWater’s ‘Catch & Release’ program, MotorBoat ESB hit the shelves in August in six packs and kegs.


•Sept. 2nd, 9th, 16th,
23rd & 30th ~ Thursday
5 Seasons Cask
North & Westside
~ 5:55 p.m.
A different cask featured each week and tapped at 5:55 by a guest tapper. North, 770.521.5551 or email 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta; Westside, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404.875.3232.

•Sept. 2nd, 9th, 16th,
23rd & 30th ~ Thursday
Thursday Night Beer Tasting
Muss & Turner’s ~ 6:45 – 8 p.m.
Learn from and taste with Jessica Moss, resident ‘beer maestro.’ You will taste at least 6 beers from each category. $15 per person, 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309, Smyrna, 770.434.1114,

•Sept. 3rd & 4th
Friday & Saturday
The Marlay’s 2-Year Anniversary
The Marlay House
~ 6 p.m. til
Celebrate the 2-year Anniversary with multiple casks of ale from Bell’s Brewing along with other special occasion beers. Live Entertainment with Papuna and his Jazzy crew at 8 p.m. followed by house DJ to keep the groove flowing. Additional entertainment Saturday night including our singing server the Christie Lee Experience. 426 W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, 404.270.9950.

•Sept. 6th, 13th, 20th & 7th ~ Monday
Two-Fiddy Half Pints
Young Augustine’s
~ All Day
Every half-pint on the 30-tap list is available for $2.50. That includes Belgians, exotics, high gravs... all of it. 327 Memorial Dr., SW, Atlatna, 404.681.3344,

•Sept. 6th, 13th, 20th &
27th ~ Monday
Flight Night Beer & Wine
Leon’s Full Service
~ 5 p.m. til
Ends when they run out (2 - 1/2 pour glasses in each flight), 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Beer; 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Wine; 1 ‘Micro Flight’ of Beer vs. Wine; plus food pairings. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404.687.0500,

•Sept. 6th ~ Monday
Beer & Cheese
Brick Store Pub
~ 6 p.m. til
5 beers, 5 cheeses, $30 per guest
No reservation - you start when you get seated. Tasting is in the Belgian room at your own pace. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur, 404.687.0990.

•Sept. 11th ~ Saturday
The Porter’s Birthday Party
The Porter Beer Bar
~ 11 a.m.
The Porter turns two and will be tapping wild n’ crazy kegs saved over the last year. The first 300 guests get a free Porter beer goblet. 404.223.0393, 1156 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta.

•Sept. 11th ~ Saturday
Hooch Brew-N-Q Festival
Hilton Garden Inn, Johns Creek
Noon - 8 p.m. ~ North Metro’s First Beer and BBQ Festival with 33 beers on tap and local BBQ. Live bands all day, motorcycle show and guest speakers. Children under 10 free, $25 advance/$30 door for Beer & BBQ; $15 advance/$20 door for just BBQ.

•Sept. 15th ~ Wednesday
2 Courses 2 Beer Pairing
The Marlay House
~ 6 - 9 p.m.
On the third Wednesday of the month Marlay’s Chef will create two unique food dishes to go with two unique beer pairings. Cost $20 - $25 depending on pairings (not incl. tax/tip). 426 W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, 404.270.9950.

•Sept. 21st ~ Tuesday
Beer Class: Brown Ales
The Porter Beer Bar
~ 7:30 p.m.
Brown Ales, the perfect style to welcome fall. 404.223.0393 to save your spot. 1156 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta.

•Sept. 21st ~ Tuesday
Irish Pub Whiskey Club
Mac McGee’s
~ 8 p.m.
Delve into origins of uisce beatha (the water of life) by joining Atlanta’s only whiskey club that will provide you with the tools and knowledge to become a whiskey connoisseurs. Experience all styles of whiskey; from the triple distilled clean Irish to the heavily peated Scotches of Islay, and on to the American and Japanese distilling traditions. Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month. 111 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.377.8050,


new executive director for (gra): The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has announced the selection of Karen Bremer as it’s new Executive Director. With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer’s tenure includes serving as President of Peasant Restaurant, Inc. She also bought two of the Downtown Peasant Restaurants, Dailey’s and City Grill, and began her own hospitality company. Although due to the recession both restaurants closed in 2009, she was recognized that same year with the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia’s Restaurant Industry. She is a founding member of the GRA, Past President of the GRA Board and has served on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association, Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB) and Team Georgia. Karen has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. “Having Karen Bremer assume the role as leader of the GRA is incredibly important,” says George McKerrow, Jr. who is also a founding GRA member as well as President and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, Inc. “In this challenging time for our industry, having a strong state restaurant association is more important than ever before. With Karen at the helm, our voice will be heard - and it will be strong.”

5,000 meals daily: Project Open Hand, which recently commemorated its 22nd year of service, has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home-delivered meals – preparing, packing and delivering more than 5,000 meals daily across 17 Georgia counties. The nonprofit organization provides medically-appropriate meals and nutrition education to seniors and individuals living with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and cancer. To benefit Open Hand, The Seventh Annual Party In The Kitchen will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Mason Murer Fine Art (199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, 30324) directly next door to the site of Open Hand’s future campus. (Pictured are Chef Chair Kevin Rathbun and event co-Chairs Mary Williams and Sally Hawn.) Guests, dressed in all-white attire, will enjoy an evening of music by DJ Huda Hudia, dancing, cocktails and cuisine. A silent auction will also offer an array of items and complimentary valet parking will be provided. The evening will feature a variety of dishes prepared by local Atlanta chefs including Chef Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Krog Bar and Kevin Rathbun Steak, Jay Swift of 4th and Swift, Executive Chef Christophe Holmes of A Legendary Event, Chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Chef Gary Donlick of Bistro Niko, Executive Chef Ricky Burton of Cafe Intermezzo, Chef de Cuisine Kevin Maxey of Craft, Shane Touhy of Dogwood, Craig Sauls of The Original El Taco, Chef James Satterwhite of Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Executive Chef Peter Kaiser of Twist and Jeff Varasano of Varasano’s. Reserved admission is $150 for a single event ticket or $500 for two Patron tickets (includes reception at 6 p.m. giving patrons an opportunity to meet the participating chefs; reception fare provided by Chef Andrew Long of Cafe di Sol; entrance in the special patron drawing to win a dinner for 8 prepared in-home by Chef Peter Kaiser, Executive Chef of Here to Serve Restaurants and Twist; and admittance to the main event). Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 404.419.3333.

ciao, from haven & valenza: Michael Arnette’s Haven Restaurant & Bar, along with sister restaurant Valenza Italian on Dresden Drive in Brookhaven, has announced the addition of Guido Piccinni as the Director of Operations and General Manager to both eateries. Piccinni has been in Atlanta since 2004 and brings with him more than 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. Both restaurants are located at 1441 Dresden Drive, Atlanta. Haven is in Suite 160 (404.969.0700) and Valenza Italian is in Suite 100, (404.969.3233).

ending childhood hunger: Share Our Strength’s® fourth annual Give Me Five: Five Chefs & Five Sommeliers dinner in August raised $50,000 to help end childhood hunger in Georgia. Held at East Lake Country Club, the dinner featured five courses and hors d’oeuvres prepared by five of Georgia’s best chefs. Some of the state’s best sommeliers also paired each course with wine to complement the flavors of the dishes. Chefs included Michael Deihl of East Lake Golf Club, Kevin Walker of Cherokee Town & Country Club, Gary Donlick of Bistro Niko, Jay Yarbrough of The Piedmont Driving Club and Hector Santiago of Pura Vida. Chaired by Dr. Sonny and Mary Ann Hardman (pictured) of Persimmon Creek Vineyards in Rabun County, GA, and emceed by Jenn Hobby of Q100’s The Bert Show, the night of gourmet food and wine also featured live and silent charity auctions. Some of the unique auction items included a private cooking class for 10 people by Pura Vida’s Hector Santiago, a private wine tasting for 10 and a two-night stay for two at Persimmon Creek Vineyards aswell as an in-home five-course chef dinner for eight people by Cherokee Town & Country Club’s Kevin Walker. A five-course dinner featuring French cuisine with Burgundy wine pairings for 10 people by Bistro Niko’s Gary Donlick and wine expert Caleb Hopkins sold four times for a total of $5,200. Other top-selling items included a private suite for 16 at both an Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers game and signed team memorabilia that sold for $3,000. To learn more about Share Our Strength and their programs, visit or call 770.436.5151.

'great' characters' celebrated: Norm Cates’ 23rd Annual ‘Great Characters of Atlanta’ party took place August 31st honoring some of Atlanta’s greats and near greats at Mudcatz Bayou Bar & Grill (which has since closed unexpectedly) in Dunwoody. This year’s event also doubled as a memorial service for one of Atlanta’s ‘great after-dark names,’ Jeryl Hensley (2nd from left in ‘70s photo), who passed away only a few short days before. Hensley attended the University of Georgia in the ‘50s on a football scholarship, was an Atlanta firefighter during the ‘60s as well as a City of Atlanta police patrolman and went on to open Jeryl’s Restaurant & Nightclub in Cobb County in the ‘70s, where he gained most of his notoriety. Hensley loved good times and ‘to party’ as he put it. His only regret, “ I wish I had held on to my money,” he was quoted as saying, “Ninety five percent was spent on women and liquor and the other five percent I wasted.” May he ‘party’ in peace.

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McGowan's Oakhurst Pub...

After a year of anticipation, Palate Wine Bar on W. Hill Street in Decatur has debuted sister venue, McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub, next door in the space that used to house the wine bar’s art gallery. Owner Jill Alikonis has located the pub in the same house offering comfort food in the casual Oakhurst enclave meant to evoke the experience of a Sunday lunch or supper at home. Samplings of the pub grub include mussels in coconut curry sauce, duck confit on braised red cabbage, lasagna, pot roast, Aztec corn chowder and a variety of burgers. The cozy, yet bright interior also serves up six TVs, 20 beers on draught (To change with the seasons ~ Victory Prima Pils, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Founder’s Red Rye, 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA, Duck Rabbit Amber, Allagash White, Original Sin Apple Cider, Oskar Blues Gordon IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Great Divide Titan IPA, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Schmaltz Coney Island Lager, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Sweetwater IPA, Ommegang Henepin Farmhouse Saison, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Guinness Stout) and 100 beers by the bottle in the neighborhood hangout atmosphere. McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub is located at 321 W. Hill Street, Decatur, 404.373.4702. Hours are Monday - Thursday & Sunday 6 p.m. - midnight and Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Lunch service was to begin after Labor Day at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more info, visit

Sugar Shack arrives...

Having been on our ‘coming soon’ radar since June of 2009, Metrotainment Cafes Inc.’s (Einstein’s, Joe’s, Garrison’s, Hudson Grill, Cowtipper’s) Sugar Shack has debuted next door to Hudson Grille in the former Marc Anthony’s Italian Restaurant space in Brookhaven. Sugar Shack is a restaurant & retail version of Metrotainment’s wholesale bakery serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and free WiFi with both indoor and patio dining. Breakfast at Sugar Shack may include an egg & gouda breakfast panini, Coffee (regular, decaf, Americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha, au lait, French press varieties), hot chocolate, hot tea, expresso, orange juice or Greek yogurt. There is a different panini featured each morning and it is price daily. Lunch options include daily sandwich specials such as the dill tuna salad in addition to standard sandwiches ($6.95 - $8.95) of turkey & gouda, chicken salad, caprese panini, veggie panini, smoked salmon, proscuitto and a roast beef panini. Desserts range from several varieties of muffins, cupcakes, granola, cookies, pastries and whole 6” cakes. Sugar Shack is located at 4058 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, 404.816.6161. Hours are Monday - Thursday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Visit for complete menus.

Gary's debuts...

Local Atlanta attorney, Gary Martin Hays and wife Sheri, have opened Gary’s Bistro in the old Urban Flats location in the shops at the Avenue Webb Gin in Lawrenceville. The neighborhood Bistro features organic and freshly prepared cuisine by Executive Chef Tess Sanek (Buckhead Life Group, W Hotel) and Sous Chef Paul Flores who use ingredients that are indigenous to the area such as pecans, peanuts and peaches in addition to artisan-style breads. Small plates begin the offerings of Chef Tess’ contemporary twist on the new ‘American’ Bistro with French onion soup, a hummus plate, sesame pan seared ahi tuna, bruschetta, calamari, tableside avocado dip, bistro wings, bleu cheese potato chips, stuffed dates and Gary’s Southern caviar (fresh boiled peanuts served salty). Salads are made with organic produce and include fried green tomato & mozzarella, spinach & bacon, Caesar, strawberry & feta, an arugula and a country salad of mixed greens, shaved red onion, candied pecans, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles tossed in raspberry vinaigrette. Sandwiches are served with a choice of fries, soup du jour, pasta salad, house made chips or house/Caesar salad and range from portabella with goat cheese and the big cheese (white cheddar, gruyere, provolone & fontina) to the pesto chicken and Gary’s Bistro burger (10 oz. black Angus burger with applewood bacon, old Amsterdam cheese, grilled mushrooms and caramelized onions). Entrees are served with choice of house or Caesar salad and choices include pan seared Atlantic salmon, bacon wrapped beef medallions, grilled lamb, pecan crusted halibut, jumbo lump crab cakes, homemade chicken pot pie, grilled mahi, pan seared sea scallops, grilled steak and fries and roasted thyme chicken. Gourmet pizzas are also on the list with 11 options including the ‘cure’ (house made marinara, pepperoni, pancetta, Italian sausage and cappicola topped with Asiago and fresh mozzarella), ‘California’ (basil pesto, grilled chicken, smoked bacon and mozzarella cheese topped with heirloom tomatoes, baby bibb lettuce, avocado slices and crumbled goat cheese), golden fig (golden fig chutney layered with extra thin sliced prosciutto, Pecorino cheese and sliced green apples), the ‘Southern’ (diced grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, five cheese blend, shaved red onions, roasted corn and red pepper, and chopped cilantro) and a cheese among others. Side selections include grilled asparagus, risotto, sauteed spinach, garlic red potatoes, goat cheese mashed potatoes and fries. The Bistro features a variety of local and organic wines, beers and liquors. Happy hour has never been so healthy. The cruvinet system used is temperature controlled and keeps wines fresh for up to six weeks. This system allows Gary’s to serve more wines by the glass. Gary’s Bistro is located at 1250 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, 770.978.1800. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. For directions, visit

Vibes down under...

Partner Matt Rupert (Noni’s), along with the owners of Grant Central, Thumbs Up Diner and Chris Lopez, one of the former Bureau owners debuted their Pizzeria Vesuvius concept in the former Bureau space on Edgewood Avenue back in November of ’09. Upstairs today, the group still offers wood-fired pizzeria-style dining (including sammys and calzones), but downstairs have debuted yet another venue, The Music Room, with a new stage, live music nightly and a menu of light Mexican fare. Live music turns to 'Jazz nights' on every second Friday. The space is complete with a ping-pong table for tournaments and several brews on tap at the large bar created from reclaimed wood. The 15’ ceiling is spanned by the original 1889 beams and the masculine space radiates the building’s history with bare brick & stone walls, dark woods and stained concrete floors. The Music Room is located underneath Pizzeria Vesuvius at 327 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 404.343.4404. Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

New view & tunes...

Another eatery on Edgewood Avenue, Cafe Circa in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, has added music and a new venue as well, converting its roof to The Reserve, a new rooftop whisky-cigar lounge. Housed in a transformed 1903 building, Cafe Circa has created a unique oasis of overstuffed couches & ottomans, tables and bench-style seating with a covered full-service bar and live music. The Caribbean & Latin fusion inspired eatery offers tapas, spirits and cigars on the new dining deck. Chef Hopeton Hibbert (Atmosphere, Eclipse de Luna) serves up small plates (shrimp cocktail, lump crab salad, calamari), salads, entrees (shrimp & grits, roasted salmon, seared scallops, lamb burger, braised oxtails) and sides in the casually, sophisticated atmosphere. The Reserve is offering classic and innovative cocktails, select spirits and a full wine list. Examples include the ‘Garden of Eden’ (Hendricks gin, lavender syrup, rose water, lime juice, champagne, elderflower foam and garnished with candied flowers), the ‘Edgewood Tea Party’ (chunks of cantaloupe, mint leaves, New Orleans spiced rum, honey syrup, lime juice, iced tea, orange bitters and garnished with mint/cantaloupe slice) and the ‘Highlander’ (Glenlivet, honey syrup, lemon juice, fresh ginger and garnished with crystallized ginger). The Reserve at Cafe Circa, 464 Edgewood Ave., Old Fourth Ward, 404.477.0008. Visit for more info.

Dinner and a show...

Showcasing R & B, Old School, Comedy & Jazz, Fuzion ‘Showcase’ Lounge has replaced Sugarhill on Upper Alabama Street in Underground Atlanta. Combining dinner with entertainment in Kenny’s alley, Fuzion’s Chef O’Neal features appetizers of Buffalo chicken fingers, mozzarella triangles, chips & dip, pan seared beef, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp cocktail and salads. Entrees at Fuzion range from pan seared pork chops, Bistro medallion steak, tilapia, crab cakes and slow & sexy shrimp in a seasoned garlic cream sauce over rice with fresh veggies. Desserts include strawberry cheesecake swirl and a white chocolate raspberry cake topped with a strawberry & caramel glaze with whip cream. Parking is in the Underground parking garage, $3. Fuzion Showcase Lounge is located at 50 Upper Alabama Street, Underground Atlanta, 404.659.8585. For more info,

Mingle(ing) Downtown...

The former Ginger Bay Cafe location on Courtland Street Downtown has been renovated and reopened as Mingles Martini Bar & Grill serving upscale fare. Offering lunch, dinner and live music, the sleek lounge and dining areas feature savory eats, cocktails, an open patio, live entertainment, red leather couches and salsa lessons. The menu boasts American cuisine with international flare with such starters ($8 - $12) as spinach dip, crab salad served in a martini glass, fish tacos, shrimp pizzetta on thin flat bread, mango BBQ wings and vegetable spring rolls. Salads ($7 - $15) range from the field greens, Caesar and spinach to the seared tuna, salmon and the grilled corn & avocado mixed with chopped red onions in lite vinaigrette. There are 14 entrees ($16 - $28) to choose from including a 16 oz. smoke ribeye, braised oxtails, pork chops, BBQ baby back ribs, Cornish hen, jerk chicken, turkey lasagna, fish-of-the-day, shrimp scampi, grilled salmon, pan seared scallops, jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood linguini and angel hair pasta with grilled shrimp. Burgers and wraps ($8 - $15) are served with choice side and include a cheddar burger, fire roasted salmon, Asian grilled chicken, grilled vegetable, classic BLT, roast beef, shrimp wrap and Mingles salmon salad wrap with shrimp or chicken. Several side dishes ($3) and desserts ($7) are also offered. Mingles Martini Bar & Grill is located at 182 Courtland Street, Downtown, 404.525.5151. For more details, visit

BBQ & sports...

A new Marietta BBQ joint, The Georgia Rib Company, has moved into the former Trilogy building on Davidson Road in Marietta. Brought to you by former All American Tavern owners, the new place incorporates a bar scene with a sports bar atmosphere and flat screens for viewing. The hung eatery smokes all its meats on premises including house specialties such as the baby back ribs, smoked chicken and lamb ribs. Other menu items include chicken platters, salads and several entrees that are served with two sides including Mac & cheese and Brunswick stew. Georgia Rib Company, 4930 Davidson Road, Marietta, 770.973.7427. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Gold Medal in Buford...

The former Crescent Moon space at the entrance of the Mall of Georgia in Buford is once again serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as the Gold Medal Diner. The new owners also operate the Lanier Diner on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville and The Olympic Flame takeout on Marietta Boulevard in West Midtown. The diner features an all-day breakfast menu with items fresh from the griddle ($5.99 for the Belgian waffle to $8.99 for the caramel French toast & eggs), a la carte ($1.39 for toast or biscuit to $3.99 for a honey nut granola yogurt parfait) and with egg combos ($7.99 for two eggs any style and choice of meat to $9.99 for country fried steak & eggs). A number of breakfast specialties ($4.55 for biscuits & gravy to $12.99 for steak & eggs) are on the menu as well as three-egg omelets (nine to choose from) that are served with a biscuit and has browns ($7.49 for the cheese to $12.99 for the ‘Maryland’ made with crabmeat, scallions, cheddar Jack, salsa and sweet corn). Two ‘benedicts’ are featured: The classic ($8.99) and a version made with a Maryland crabcake, tomatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and Old Bay seasoning ($11.99). The extensive menu offers entrees of pasta, turkey, pork chops, baby back ribs, ‘catch-of-the-day,’ grilled salmon and chopped sirloin ($9.99 - $12.99). Several Steak & seafood dishes as well as sandwiches and a variety of appetizers, soups & salads are also available. Gold Medal Diner is located at 3333 Buford Drive, Mall of Georgia, Buford, 678.765.6414. Gold Medal opens daily at 8 a.m. For more info, visit

Mexican-style pizza...

The second Georgia location of the 20-year-old Texas-based pizza concept, Pizza Patron, has opened on Indian Trail Road in Norcross. The brand is centered on creating a unique experience that honors the multifaceted traditions and heritage found within the Latin culture and lifestyle. The multi-colored interior of blues, yellows, oranges and greens extends the tables & chairs as well as the walls reflecting murals of the Latin culture. The pizzas are 12” & 15” and include the la patrona with pepperoni, beef, ham, sausage, black olives, mushrooms, onions & bell peppers; la Mexciana with chorizo, beef, onions, bell peppers & jalapenos; la Hawaiiana with ham, pineapple & extra cheese; la vegetariana with mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives & onions; and the la de carnes with pepperoni, beef, ham & sausage. Or, you can create your own from a wide selection of sauces, cheeses and toppings. Several versions of wings as well as breadsticks are also on the menu. Pizza Patron is located at 1740 Indian Trial Road in Norcross, 678.380.9191. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Visit for more info. The first location, 5067 Buford Highway, opened in Doraville in April of this year.

Vino for the masses...

Veteran sommelier and Burgundy expert, Perrine Prieur (Joel Brasserie) has opened a French provincial-inspired wine store with more than 350 labels of biodynamic and organic varieties on Howell Mill Road in West Midtown. Located in the White Provisions development, Prieur hand-selected and tasted each selection offered at her new venue, Perrine's Wine Shop. Inspired by her family heritage and passion for wine, Perrine is excited to introduce the city to a collection of innovative and value wines from smaller appellations and wine growers across the globe, including handcrafted. The space is lined with shelves of wines with the focus on a communal table running the length of the room for future tastings. If you are not familiar with West Midtown, Perrine’s has landed in an area teaming with growth. Nearby eateries include Abattoir, Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, West Egg Cafe, JCT Kitchen & Bar, Taqueria del Sol, Yeah! Burger, Ormsby’s and nearby Flip Burger Boutique. Perrine’s Wine Shop is located at 1168 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 404.254.5077. Hours are Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more details, visit

Italian ice in Midtown...

Expected to open September 1st, Chattanooga, TN-based Repicci’s Italian Ice, was to move the first Georgia unit into the space at 10th & Piedmont in Midtown once occupied by Smoothie King. Local restaurateur Daryl Dollinger (co-founder of Raving Brands, President of Flying Biscuit) is the franchisee of the new place. When Dominic Francesco Repicci emigrated from Messina Italy in 1911, he brought with him his family’s Old World recipe for Italian Ice. At first, he shared it with friends and neighbors in South Philadelphia, but soon others were wanting the Italian treat. Today Dominic’s grandson, Frank, continues his passion and Repicci’s Italian Ice is served at thousands of locations from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and from Miami to Sacramento. Repicci’s touts no dairy, no fat, no cholesterol... a healthy alternative to ice cream. There is fresh, hand-scooped Italian ice, artisan gelato, Italian roasted coffees, specialty desserts and smoothies. Repicci’s Italian Ice is located at 1001 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, 404.815.9935. For more details,'s new Tavern...

Husband and wife team, Greg and Christy Duriez, recently debuted their newest creation, Firesalt Tavern, on Buford Village Way in Buford in the former Sean’s American Bistro and Bella Vita space. The duo serves up an extensive menu, fully stocked bar and live music on Friday & Saturday nights in an upscale, relaxed atmosphere. Their chef, Felix, has put together an extensive locally sourced menu with special attention to the steak selection and influences from Mexican, Cajun, Italian and American fare. Starters ($7 - $13) begin with chicken lollipops (fried mild wings with coca-cola braised onions), spinach artichoke dip, fried green tomatoes and a crab cake and continue with fish tacos, crawfish etoufee, enchiladas, beef empanadas, fried mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, seared Ahi tuna, Tavern chips with hot bleu cheese and chicken tenders. Salads (served with homemade dressing) and soups ($5 - $13) include Ahi Tuna salad, a Southern fried chicken, steak with bleu cheese, the classic Caesar and the Tavern salad. Soup choices are the chili, loaded potato, Louisiana Gumbo or the sampler, a tasting of all three. Entrees ($14 - $27) range from chicken cordon bleu, seared scallops and a 16 oz. ribeye to an 8 oz. filet, a 14 oz. Angus N. Y. strip, shrimp & grits, a fish-of-the-day, applewood smoked baby back ribs, blackened chicken Alfredo, vegetable pasta and pan seared salmon. Sides range from an additional $3 to $5. Burgers and sandwiches ($8 - $12) are served with your choice of fries, a side salad or mac n’ cheese and includes among many others the Firesalt Burger with bacon, cheddar and duxelles (mushrooms minced with onions, shallots, butter & herbs). Desserts ($4 - $7) include key lime pie, cheesecake, shortcake, a brownie Sundae, lava cake and a root beer float. Firesalt Tavern is located at 33 Buford Village Way, Buford, 770.932.6284. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. Visit for info.

Havana to Alpharetta...

Mangos Cuban Cuisine Cafe has arrived on N. Point Parkway in Alpharetta serving fare straight from Havana in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Some of the specialties include the Cuban sandwich, Paella with seafood and rice, Ropa Vieja with shredded beef and of course, black beans. Other items include appetizers ($4.25 for fried green plantain chips to $8.95 for crab cakes or fried calamari), soups & salads ($5.95 - $8.25), main dishes with choice of two sides ($10.95 for yellow rice & chicken or roasted pork with sauteed onions to $13.95 for thin sliced marinated grilled top sirloin with sautéed onions), seafood ($14.95 for shrimp scampi or grilled snapper to $16.95 for pineapple stuffed with seafood mix and cooked in a creamy sauce), sandwiches ($7.25 - $8.95) and vegetarian plates ($4.25 - $6.95). A Lunch special runs until 2 p.m. Monday - Friday and includes a drink for $7.25. Mangos Cuban Cuisine Café is located at 5950 N. Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 770.752.8124. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Alpha Soda celebrates 90 years in Alpharetta...

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(As Atlanta moves-and-shakes into the next century, it often threatens to become too big, glitzy and impersonal for its own good. Too many businesses don’t even see a first birthday. the hudspeth report wants to recognize the nightclubs and restaurants that have become mainstays on this everchanging nightlife and cuisine scene and that have not only survived, but have thrived.)

With sister restaurants in Nashville, TN and Dallas, TX, Kobe Steaks on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs celebrates 34 years this month. Owner Katsuhiko ‘Vic’ Watanabe opened Kobe Steaks in a small Atlanta 17th Street location 34 years ago introducing Atlantans to hibachi-style cooking. In 1977 an opportunity to open a larger location in Nashville, Tennessee arose and Watanabe moved Kobe to Nashville. It proved to be a success but Watanabe dreamed of expanding the size of an Atlanta restaurant. In 1978 he returned, re-opening in The Prado on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, where it remains today. Further growth followed, with a location in Dallas, Texas. The success of the Atlanta restaurant meant that in 1994 Kobe Steaks needed to move the restaurant up one level to its current larger space (upstairs from the former restaurant). To ensure an overall Japanese dining experience, the restaurant’s decor was designed by one of Japan’s leading architects. At Kobe Steaks the creative hibachi cooking is right at your table showcasing the knife-wielding skill and showmanship of specially trained chefs as they prepare your meal on hibachi grills. Specialties include ‘Kobe’ steak, seafood, chicken and vegetables and an occasional flaming onion volcano. The word ‘Kobe’ suggests the choicest beef. In Japan, grazing land is at a minimum; so raising cattle is a specialized process. Cattle are fed sake and beer to help stimulate their appetites and are massaged daily for tenderness. Kobe Steaks offers only U.S. beef that is prepared in the Japanese tradition. All of the steak dinners and entrees at Kobe are served with a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, steamed rice, vegetables, sherbet or ice cream and Japanese green tea. Steak dinners ($17.95 - $34.95) range from filet mignon, petite filet mignon, sirloin and ribeye to a combination of steak & chicken or shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab claws and teriyaki steak with vegetables. There is also the ‘King of Steaks,’ Kobe’s 12 oz. prime cut New York Strip that is hand-cut from the center of the strip loin and served with all the accompaniments for $36.95. Entrees include chicken, shrimp, scallops and salmon or any combinations of and run $11.25 to $24.50. Children’s meals of steak, chicken or shrimp ($7.95 - $9.95 for 10 & under) also include all the same accompaniments as the steak dinners. There is also a comfortable cocktail lounge area where you wait for your private seating. Exotic as well as traditional beverages are offered ranging from sake, plum wine, a martini selection or one of many specialty cocktails ($4.95 - $9). Seating is available for couples as well as groups of up to 40 or in one of seven semi-private rooms. You can also take off your shoes while you dine in one of the traditional rooms with sunken tables. Recent awards include the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the best Japanese restaurant in Atlanta, voted by readers of the AJC and chosen for the Best Steakhouse on Kobe Steaks is located at 5600 Roswell Road, The Prado, Sandy Springs, 404.256.0810. Hours are Monday – Thursday 5 pm. – 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 pm. – 11:20 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. For more info visit


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Free coffee, discounted vino, football specials & Oktoberfest...

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Bakeshop, located at 903 Peachtree Street in Midtown, will be giving away free coffee with the purchase of a morning pastry, every morning 7 to 9 a.m. through the end of September. Visit for details, 404.892.9322... Spice Market restaurant, located inside the W Atlanta Midtown on 14th Street, is offering wines that are no longer on the restaurant’s wine list (to make room for new arrivals) for much low prices through the fall. Two wines will be featured each week: One will be a wine that is rarely served by the glass and the other is priced at $5 per glass. The upcoming wine selections and pricing for “Going, Going, Gone” are: Week of September 6 ~ 1.) Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($17/glass, $63/bottle); 2.) Louis M. Martini Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($5/glass, $19/bottle). Week of September 13 ~ 1.) Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($15/glass, $56/bottle); 2.) MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma County ($5/glass, $19/bottle). For more info, call 404.724.2550 or visit Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern, located on Piedmoint Avenue in Midtown, is gearing up for football season and offering a sports viewing special (with eight flat-screen TVs) for NCAA Division I live football games every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Fans who wear their team colors are offered the ‘$10 Pint & Pie’ special which includes a pint of beer along with the pizza-of-the-day for $10. And, running from September 18 through October 2nd, Hobnob is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special of a pint of German beer and homemade sausage plate-of-the-day for $13.95. For more info, go to or call 404.968.2288... The World Cup may be over, but you can still watch your favorite soccer matches at Meehan’s Public House Downtown as a member of the newly-established Footie Fan Club. Members receive a slew of benefits including drink specials of 10% off your entire bill during a game; 10% off food any time you come in to Meehan’s Downtown; 10% off retail purchases, such as T-shirts; free parking; access to participate in the Fantasy Football League; and invitations to signature events and pub crawls. Drop into Meehan’s Public House Downtown and ask your server or bartender about the $10 membership offer. Meehan’s is located at 180 Peachtree Street and you can visit for more information.


Lynn Sawicki of Sawicki’s Meat Seafood & More on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur, will present her third ‘Farm-To-Table’ dinner on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. It will be five courses of entirely locally sourced product for $65. This dinner will pay homage to September, a month in transition-- not quite Summer and not quite Fall. “It is alot of fun coming up with menus for these dinners and accenting all the beautiful fruits, vegetables and meats that are available in and around Georgia,” explains Sawicki. “I hope these dinners help to promote the local farmer and boost the confidence of the customer in that they too can prepare a fantastic dinner as long as they are starting with the best.” Wine pairings will be provided by Sherlock’s in Decatur (additional pricing applies). Call for a reservation, 404.377.0992, seats are limited - no walk-ins... Taqueria del Sol on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta will open a huge shipment of Hatch chiles on Sunday, September 12th and serve a variety of dishes for patrons including crispy green chile rellenos, green chile cheeseburger sliders, green chile enchiladas and South by Southwest brisket tacos. The eatery will host a block-party sort of celebration spilling into the parking lot under tents, including food stations, drinks and live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For only $12, patrons can enjoy all the food they can eat and drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ossabaw Island Foundation, which oversees the public use and education initiatives of Georgia’s third largest barrier island, home to loggerhead sea turtles, endangered wood storks and other species in danger of extinction. For more information, visit Chef Linton Hopkins has announced the launch of a new dinner series at Restaurant Eugene. The series will pair Hopkins with a writer to produce an evening and menu inspired by the Author’s work. The first two dinners in the series are September 28th, with local author Susan Rebecca White, and November 22nd, with New York Times Best Selling Author, Mark Kurlansky. Susan Rebecca White is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Bound South. Born and raised in Atlanta, her most recent book, A Soft Place to Land, is based on a fictional, yet archetypal Atlanta family. Chef Hopkins, also an Atlanta native, will build a four course menu in homage to both his Atlanta food memories and those of White’s fictional family. Guests are invited to share their own stories about Atlanta Cuisine. Kurlansky will sign and read from his most recent novel, Edible Stories, while guests enjoy a menu developed around his substantial and acclaimed food writing, including his books Salt, Cod and The Big Oyster, as well as his Choice Cuts and The Food of a Younger Land, and his translation of Zola’s The Belly of Paris. Both dinners are four courses with pairings for $85 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, visit or call 404.355.0321.

Restaurant Weeks...

Cobb County’s Second Annual Restaurant Week begins Saturday, September 11th and runs through the 18th with local participating restaurants offering ‘Three-Course Prix Fixe Menus’ at $20.10 for Lunch/Dinner per person. Diners are encouraged to explore new offerings from favorite restaurants or try dishes in venues they have not yet had the pleasure to experience. Check for updates on participating restaurants and details... Inman Park begins ‘Restaurant Week’ on Monday, September 20th and runs through the 26th also offering ‘Three Course Prix Fixe Menus’ at 13 participating restaurants. Proceeds will benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Atlanta Table project with restaurants offering $1 raffle tickets to go towards the charity with the prize being a party with 30 friends at Shaun’s Restaurant. Prices differ by location and range from $15 (Fritti, Pire Taqueria, The Albert and North Highland Pub) and $25 (Wisteria, Parish Food & Goods, Park’s Edge, Rathbun’s, Sauced, Shaun’s and Sotto Sotto) to $35 (Kevin Rathbun Steak). Visit for details... Midtown Restaurant Week opens doors to ‘Three Course Prix Fixe’ lunches for $15 and dinners for $25 at more than 30 of Midtown’s restaurants. The week affords an opportune time to try the European and Mediterranean bistro flavors of Ecco, Italian steakhouse dining at Pacci Ristorante, sushi rolls and Pacific Rim fare at RA Sushi, new-South favorites at South City Kitchen Midtown and the exotic Asian market-inspired cuisine of Spice Market, to only name a few. The nine-day ‘week’ begins on Saturday, September 4 and runs through Sunday, September 12. (Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity). Find out more about participating restaurants and make reservations at As the largest fair in Metro Atlanta, the 2010 North Georgia State Fair is set to begin on Thursday September 23rd and continue until Sunday, October 3rd at the Jim R. Miller Park on Callaway Road in Marietta. For hours, tickets costs and entertainment dates, visit The City of Grayson in Gwinnett County, has announced its First Annual Grayson Blues & Brews craft beer festival & concert to take place on Saturday, September 25th in Grayson City Park from noon til 4 p.m. Attendees must be 21 and over and admission ($30 advance/$35 at gate) includes over 150 craft beer varietals, commomorative sampling stein, Blues & Bres T-Shirt, concert featuring live bands, door prizes and giveaways. For more info, visit Atlanta area residents and visitors alike will enjoy a new regional arts event when the debut Midtown Festival of the Arts opens Saturday, September 25th & 26th Midtown. The road nicknamed the ‘Midtown Mile’ will be transformed to showcase a vibrant artist market – including up to 100 visual artists – as well as stages for performing arts, children’s art offerings & kid zone, and a culinary arts area featuring chef demonstrations, special tastings, a road race, planned beer garden and retail booths. For all the details, visit Returning to Piedmont Park September 18th and 19th, Atlanta Arts Festival combines a mix of artwork from some of the nation’s most renowned artists with the beautiful setting of Piedmont Park. This fall, revel in the ultimate sensory experience with 200 artists in 12 different mediums, artist demonstrations, live music and much more. Adults can sip a cold brew under the shade of the Beer Garden & Theatrical Cafe, adding an element of the auditory arts to the Festival. For the most up-to-date information, follow the Festival on Twitter @AtlantaArtsFest or become a “fan” on Facebook at Details are also available at or by calling 770.941.9660.


Food & Wine magazine’s restaurant editor, Kate Krader, opened her black book in a recent article, Where To Go Next: Southern Cooking, to new openings in the South and great Southern-inspired places all around the US. Three Atlanta restaurants made the cut: Honey Pig ~ Kate Krader: “I’ve been eating Korean food in New York City since I was a teenager, but this outpost of Los Angeles’s Koreatown barbecue spot, in a suburban strip mall, is my new favorite. Each oversize table is outfitted with a giant domed lid for cooking condiments (caramelized kimchi is delicious; bean sprouts are fine) to accompany the marinated slices of kurobuta pork belly.” Miller Union ~ Tina Ujlaki, F&W’s supersonic executive food editor, came back from Atlanta raving about this place. She loved chef Steven Satterfield’s simple, Southern-influenced food, particularly the grits fritters with country ham, and perfectly seared flounder topped with six salted capers. And she said she’d fly to Atlanta just for the house-made ice creams. H & F Bottle Shop ~ Linton Hopkins (an F&W Best New Chef 2009), his wife, Gina, and mixologist Greg Best—the team behind Holeman & Finch—honor the bottle shop, the precursor to pubs. Look for house-made items like H&F’s own gin, epic Bloody Mary mix and peach-and-cola bitters. “We have to use Coca-Cola—we’re in the South,” Gina says... Triple whammy. In addition to Food & Wine, Neal McCarthy and Chef Steven Satterfield’s Westside Atlanta restaurant, Miller Union, made two more ‘lists’ last month. Bon Appetit magazine has Miller Union as one of the ‘best new restaurants’ in the country touting “Miller Union takes the southern meat-and-three tradition and tweaks it. Gone are the steam tables, Formica tables, and dusty decor. In their place are farm-fresh meats and veggies, a modern farmhouse feel in a warehouse space, and a light but satisfying menu.” Secondly, Atlanta Magazine named Miller Union ‘Restaurant of the Year’ describing it as “a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, with a generous dash of hip-hop.” Other Atlanta Magazine eateries making the ‘Best New Restaurants’ list for 2010 include Antico Pizza Napolentana, Bakeshop, Bishoku, Bocado, Community Q BBQ, Lunacy Black Market, Nam Phuong, Tasty China and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft... Pastry Chef, Heather Hurlbert, has been announced as of this season’s contestants on Bravo TV’s new show, Top Chef Just Desserts (a spinoff of Top Chef). Hurlbert was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when she was adopted at the age of eight. She is currently the Executive Pastry Chef at the Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta.



•Homes for all the sports, all the time... MORE
(these listings are subject to change - we suggest you call ahead to confirm)


•11 Stories, The Glenn Hotel, Marietta Street
(now Sky Lounge)
•30 Tables, The Glenn Hotel, Marietta Street
(now Glenn’s Kitchen)
•Alpine Bakery & Pizzeria, Rucker Road, Alpharetta
(moved to new location on Crabapple Road)
•Cancun Seafood Restaurant, Windy Hill Rd., Smyrna
•Chicago’s Pizza, E. Piedmont Road, Marietta
•Hachi Hachi Japanese, Jones Bridge, Alpharetta
•Hickory House Cafe, Terrell Mill Road, Marietta
•Ibiza Restaurant & Lounge, Peachtree Rd., Atlanta
•Joe’s Crab Shack, Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta
•Just Loaf’n, Roswell Road, Buckhead
•Just Loaf’n, Covington Highway, Lithonia
•K. C. Pit BBQ, Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
•Logan Farms Market Cafe, Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta
•N’awlin’s, Irwin Street Market
(moved to My Sister’s Place, Glenwood Avenue)
•Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe, 10th & Piedmont
•Rib’s Etc., Roswell Road, Buckhead
•Relics & Rarities Ice Cream, N. McDonough, Decatur
(moving to Underground Atlanta in October)
•Simone’s Bakery, N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta
•Sugarhill, Upper Alabama Street, Underground
•Varsity Jr., Lindbergh & Cheshire Bridge, Atlanta
•Wan Lai, Buford Highway, Atlanta

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