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Asha Gomez on closing down Cardamom Hill, opening Spice to Table in Studioplex Friday

Plus a possible pop-up with dishes from Cardamom Hill

Last week Asha Gomez surprised Atlanta when she announced that she would be closing Cardamom Hill after dinner service tonight. Cardamom Hill had been named among Bon Appétit magazine's Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012, and the restaurant later became a James Beard semi-finalist. But even after tonight, Gomez will still be hard at work; she plans to open an Indian patisserie called Spice to Table in Studioplex Friday. Read more...

Gerry Klaskala of Aria talks Atlas at the St. Regis

Seasonal American restaurant targets December opening in the Buckhead hotel

Walking through the construction site at the St. Regis Atlanta—a mess of concrete and dust that will soon be transformed into upscale American restaurant Atlas—you can tell consulting chef and restaurateur Gerry Klaskala is excited. He practically skips around the room, painting a vivid picture of the space, which he describes as having a modern country club vibe. Read more...

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall nears opening along the Beltline

Look out for the 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, the patio-centric restaurant and bar just off the Beltline, is scheduled to open in the next two weeks across from Rathbun Steak at mile marker 9.25. Led by restaurateur Michael Lennox and executive chef Robert Lupo—formerly of Leon’s Full Service—, Ladybird will focus on sharable dishes previously described as “campfire cuisine.” Kyle Schmidt of King + Duke will serve as sous chef. The initial menu will offer approximately twenty items that will change based on local availability. Read more...

Top FLR founder Jeff Myers to open restaurant in Decatur

Travis Carroll of 1Kept signs on as partner and executive chef

Jeff Myers, co-founder of Top Flr and the Sound Table and a former operations manager at the Music Room on Edgewood, has a new restaurant in the works. The yet unnamed space is located at 2233 College Avenue in Decatur, just down the street from Ale Yeah! Read more...

10 peach dishes you need to try now

Local restaurants dish up the state fruit in desserts, cocktails, and savory dishes

Given that our ubiquitous state fruit has made its way onto our license plates and street signs on practically every corner, it should come as no surprise that local chefs are also tinkering with the Georgia peach in a number of creative ways. Read more...

Xocolatl to make single-origin, dual-ingredient chocolate

From bean to bar in Krog Street Market

Matt Weyandt and Elaine Read always had traditional jobs. He worked on political campaigns, while she focused on international aid with the Peace Corps. In 2012, they packed up their two children—ages one and four—and moved to Costa Rica for a change of scenery and the chance for adventure. There, the husband-and-wife team met cacao growers and gradually learned how to grind the beans into chocolate. They decided to bring this pure, unadulterated, single-origin, two-ingredient delicacy back home to Atlanta. And Xocolatl was born. Read more...

Ford Fry looks to Texas to expand his empire

Plus details on Superica and El Felix

Will Ford Fry ever slow down? Probably not. The chef/owner behind The Optimist, King + Duke, St. Cecilia, No. 246, and JCT Kithcen is set to expand his empire in October and/or November with the opening of two Mex-Tex restaurants: Superica in Inman Park’s Krog Street Market and the El Felix in Alpharetta’s Avalon. Afterward, Fry will turn his attention to a new restaurant in Houston—his first outside of Georgia. Read more...

Gu’s Dumplings at Krog Street Market to open in September or October

Little sister of Buford Highway spot Gu’s Bistro will offer an abbreviated menu

Gu’s Dumplings, an offshoot of Gu’s Bistro on Buford Highway, will open in Krog Street Market in September or October. The 600-square-foot market stall won’t have any seating. Instead, it’ll offer an abbreviated menu of ten or so primarily vegetarian dishes that can be eaten at the market tables or on the go. Read more...

Asian street food comes to Decatur

Korean, Hong Kong, and Taiwan-inspired restaurant Makan to open July 23

Come mid-July, Atlantans will be able to order Asian street food in Decatur with the opening of Makan in the Courtyard Marriott at 130 Clairemont Avenue. Executive chef George Yu, formerly of Ecco, says he'll serve small plates, noodle bowls, and family-style meals for lunch and dinner—and likely late night. Read more...

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