Chef Jason Hall, formerly of Saltyard and Livingston, will be the opening chef at Max’s Wine Dive
, a new gourmet comfort food spot in Midtown. Scheduled to open May 15 at 77 12th Street, Max’s started in Texas in 2003 with the slogan “Fried Chicken and Champagne… Why the Hell Not?!?” The Atlanta spot will be the seventh location and the first outside of Texas. Hall says Max’s is not run like a chain—half of the menu will be local, with items like PigCorn (caramel corn, cayenne, peanuts, and bacon) and pan-seared scallops with celery root and strawberry gastrique. He shares details below.