Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

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Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Opening date: Fall 2016
Location: Oakhurst (321 West Hill Street)
Chris Martha, formerly of Proof & Provision, will open a Southern-inspired restaurant in the former McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub space. Martha hopes the menu will be interpretive of Southern cuisine beyond “just fried chicken or meatloaf.” The restaurant will also offer cocktails, craft beer, and a small, curated wine list.
Latest article: Scout seeks to “redefine comfort food” in Oakhurst

Opening date:
 Fall 2016
Location: Inman Park (870 Inman Village Parkway)
Tabla owner Sandeep Kothary plans to open a restaurant offering modern American food with an Indian twist. The kitchen will serve dishes like Maine shrimp with coconut water, green mango, lime, and ginger, and sweet spice-braised oxtail Bombay with tapioca pilaf. Additionally, the bar will serve cocktails that incorporate Indian spices.
Latest article: Tabla owner to open an Inman Park restaurant serving “modern American fare with an Indian twist”

Poor Hendrix
Opening date:
 Fall 2016
Location: East Lake
James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Aaron Russell, along with his wife Jamie, is opening a new restaurant in the forthcoming Hosea & 2nd development. The dining room will feature classic dishes, while the bar menu will focus on small plates of savory, spicy, and sweet foods to complement the bar atmosphere.

Public School 404
Opening date:
Fall 2016
Location: Westside (930 Howell Mill Road)
Hospitality group Grill Concepts announced that Atlanta would be a part of the popular gastropub’s nationwide expansion efforts. The restaurant will showcase a variety of seasonal and regional craft beers. The menu features playful twists on school lunch favorites, such as brown bag fries, bacon cheddar tots with Sriracha ketchup, and a lamb burger with arugula, cranberry jam, and brie.
Latest article: A school-themed gastropub is moving in on the Westside

Opening date: Fall 2016
Location: Buckhead (Terminus)
Owner David Morse plans to open a new healthy eats concept in Buckhead’s Terminus building. Morse has partnered with Randy Lewis, former executive chef of both tThe Southern Gentlemen and Gypsy Kitchen, to develop grain bowls, wraps, salads and avocado toast dishes for the Buckhead lunch crowds. The casual eatery will offer local juices and low-fat frozen yogurt, including a green tea flavor.

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Cast Iron
Opening date: November 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Highland Avenue)
Later this fall, Chef Evan Cordes will open a new concept in the space formerly occupied by Last Word. Cordes has previously lent his skills at Cake & Ale in Decatur and H. Harper Station in Reynoldstown. The opening of Cast Iron will mark his return to restaurants after a short hiatus in Savannah. He plans on serving seasonal dishes during weekday dinner service as well as a weekend brunch menu.

The Federal
Opening date: November 2016
Location: Midtown (1050 Crescent Avenue)
Shaun Doty, chef and restaurateur behind Bantam + Biddy, Chick-a-biddy and Yeah! Burger, will soon open a new concept in the space which once made up Bantam + Biddy’s Midtown location. This new restaurant called The Federal will serve “bistro-style” menus during breakfast and lunch as well as classic fine dining options for dinner.

Smoke + Duck Sauce
Opening date: November 2016
Location: Decatur (2641 North Decatur Road)
Gary Lin, the mind behind Chow Bing, will open his latest concept, an Asian-Southern fusion restaurant, at an additional location this November. Just as the name implies, Smoke + Duck Sauce combines traditional Southern barbecue with duck sauce and other Asian flavors such as fried rice, pickled cabbage and Asian coleslaw to create unique and lighter barbecue options.


Flying Biscuit Cafe
Opening date: Winter 2016
Location: Westside (Howell Mill Village)
A new Flying Biscuit location coming to the Westside will act as a relocation of the current Northside Drive location in Paces Ferry Plaza. The franchise will be joining Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s and other casual restaurants in the Howell Mill Village. The popular breakfast-all-day eatery, known for their extra tall biscuits and “creamy, dreamy” grits, should open by the end of the year.

Rize Artisan Pizza & Salads
Opening date: Winter 2016
Location: Poncey-Highland (675 North Highland Avenue)
This “chef-driven” pizza concept will establish itself in a new mixed use development on North Highland. The casual eatery will serve hand-crafted pizzas with unexpected toppings, flatbreads, sandwiches and salads. Gelato and beer will also be available on-site.

Opening date: Winter 2016
Location: Brookwood Village
Atlanta’s first food truck is finally getting a brick-and-mortar location. The kitchen will serve tacos inspired by Asian, Southern, and Mexican flavors, with dishes like panko-crusted fish tacos and sesame fries with sriracha and cheese. The bar will also offer a small, curated list of wine and craft beer.
Latest article: 
Yumbii to open its first permanent location in Brookwood Village

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters
Opening date:
January 2017
Location: East Lake (2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive)
Robert Phalen, chef and owner at the One Eared Stag, plans to open a new restaurant in East Lake specializing in Louisiana-style recipes. The space will be designed to resemble a country grocery store and serve fried chicken, tater tots and many style of oysters from raw to “Casino-style” – baked and topped with bacon.

Emerald City Bagels
Opening date: Early 2017
Location: East Atlanta Village
After two years of selling bagels at the Green Market in Piedmont Park and pop-ups in Cabbagetown, Deanna Halcrow is moving into the former Gravity Pub space. Now that she has her own kitchen, she’s planning on adding new bagels such as rye and pumpernickel. She also plans to add a lunch service, serving salads, soups, and sandwhiches.
Latest article: Emerald City Bagels finds a home in East Atlanta Village

The Canteen
Opening date: Early 2017
Location: Midtown (Tech Square)
The team behind the General Muir will introduce a “micro food hall” concept early next year in the space formerly occupied by the Spence in Tech Square. The market-style setup, which they’ve named The Canteen, will include outposts of Yalla and Fred’s Meat & Bread as well as a General Muir spinoff called TGM Bagel and an area for juices and smoothies called Square Bar. The bar will also serve cocktails and frozen drinks in the evenings.

Opening date: Early 2017
Location: Castleberry Hill (131 Walker Street)
TropQ, a Maryland-based, made-to-order ice cream concept, is expanding to Atlanta. It will be owner Ty Debellotte’s seventh location. Debellotte, a former law enforcement professional, came up with the name TropQ as an abbreviation for “Ty’s Recipes Zero Preservatives Quality Ice Cream.” Since its made-to-order, the customizable menu of desserts and smoothies will be well-suited for vegans and guests with food allergies.

The Painted Duck
Opening date:
 Early 2017
Location: Westside (Stockyards Atlanta)
Justin Amick and William Stallworth are opening their newest concept across the street from Miller Union. The 26,000-square-foot space will feature 18 lanes of duckpin bowling, shuffleboard, and a Belgian game called feather bowling. They also plan to serve craft cocktails, wine, small plates, and wood-fired meat.
Latest article: The Painted Duck to open Summer 2016 on the Westside

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Opening date:
Spring 2017
Location: Cabbagetown (701 Memorial Drive)
The Atlanta burger chain continues their expansion efforts, with a seventh location opening in a space adjacent to the Atlanta Dairies development. Owner Alex Brounstein promises that this location will be the “most retro,” with decor that pays homage to the drive-ins of the 1950s.
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MF Bar
Opening date: Spring 2017
Location: Alpharetta (Avalon)
The Kinjo brothers, the team behind MF Sushi in Inman Park, are expanding their Atlanta presence with the next wave of retail and dining development at the Avalon. MF Bar will keep the focus on small Japanese plates and a strong beverage program including a curated sake selection. They hope to bring an in-town dining experience to North Fulton with this new suburban venture.

Opening date:
Location: Buckhead
Fifth Group plans to open the third location of their European-inspired restaurant near Phipps Plaza. The 240-seat restaurant will feature a patio and a private dining room. While their original Midtown location only has a dinner service, the new restaurant plans to serve lunch seven days a week.

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Opening date:
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Paris on Ponce)
Following Lusca’s closure, Angus Brown and Nhan Le plan to open a small, casual seafood restaurant. Brown hopes to emulate the fast-paced intensity of Octopus Bar in the small space. The menu will feature primarily wood-grilled seafood and vegetables.
Latest article: Lusca is closing to become a catering facility; Angus Brown and Nhan Le to open new restaurant on the Atlanta BeltLine

Big Boss Chinese
Opening date:
Location: Decatur
After numerous set backs, Guy Wong’s anticipated Cantonese restaurant will mark his second restaurant opening of the year. The restaurant, which has been delayed since 2013, will offer authentic Cantonese dishes, dim sum, and Chinese barbecue. Diners will also have the opportunity to use the restaurant’s private karaoke rooms.

Opening date:
Location: Westside (1203 Collier Road)
Stephen Franklin wants to pay homage to the often-overlooked Georgia barbecuing traditions with DAS BBQ. Using pecan wood from his farm and locally sourced hickory, the menu will feature smoked pork, ribs, and chicken. Franklin wants to avoid fried foods, so he will offer pineapple baked beans, seasonal greens, and Brunswick stew as sides.
Latest article: Opening in June, DAS BBQ hopes to define the Georgia way

The Royal
Opening date: TBD
Location: Chamblee
Michel Arnette, founder of Haven and Valenza, is launching a restaurant featuring classic American food inspired by the diners of the 50s and 60s. Nestled in a former gas station, the menu will focus on comfort food and diner classics like burgers, pastrami Reubens, and oven-roasted meatloaf. There will also be a drink menu offering local beers, American wines, signature drinks, and adult shakes.
Latest article: Diner-era restaurant, The Royal, to open in Chamblee

Scofflaw Brewing Company
Opening date:
Location: Bolton (1738 MacArthur Boulevard)
Owner Matt Shira and brewmaster Travis Herman are opening a West Coast style brewery in the Bolton Neighborhood. The brewery plans to feature bold, hoppy, West Coast-inspired IPAs and funky sours. After the brewery opens, Shira hopes to add a full tasting room.
Latest article: The most anticipated Atlanta craft brewery openings in 2016

Lobstah Hut or Lu Lu
Opening date:
Location: Howell Mill area
Johnny Liu and Mark Arum are partnering to bring a casual, New England-themed restaurant to Atlanta. The restaurant will bring in a chef from Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine to train the staff. The menu will focus primarily on lobster rolls, but will also feature side items like lobster mac and cheese.
Latest Article: New England-style lobster shack coming to Howell Mill Road

Shake Shack
Opening date:
Location: Perimeter Mall
Danny Meyer’s New York-based burger chain is planning to open a second Atlanta location, after the success of their Buckhead store. The restaurant will utilize recycled, sustainable materials during construction, and will install energy-efficient kitchen equipment. The menu will keep all the restaurant’s classic burgers, fries, and frozen custard.

Revolution Doughnuts
Opening date:
Location: Inman Park (745 Edgewood Avenue)
After enjoying tremendous success in Decatur, Maria Moore Riggs will expand to Inman park. The doughnut shop gained attention for their vegan and gluten-free options. The menu focuses on using local, fresh ingredients, offering flavors like vanilla bean, toasted almond, and orange pistachio.

Hungry Ghost
Opening date: TBD
Location: Edgewood (345 Edgewood Avenue)
Calvin Phan, owner and chef at Poor Calvin’s in the Old Fourth Ward, is bringing Asian street food to Edgewood Avenue. Hungry Ghost will serve up  inexpensive Thai fusion favorites during lunch, dinner and late night hours. Phan plans on reinventing many of Poor Calvin’s most popular items, such as the lobster mac and cheese, into simpler, quick-service dishes.     

Suzy Siu’s Bao
Opening date: TBD
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Krog Street Market)
Michael Lo and George Yu, the duo behind Decatur’s Makan, are planning a Krog Street Market stall in the vacant space next to the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The venture will be called Suzy Siu’s Baos, a name intended to reference both Southern and Korean heritage, and will serve steamed buns similar to Makan’s. In addition to the popular pork belly and duck varieties, there will be several new seafood and veggie bao.

Happy Tabby Cat Cafe
Opening date:
Location: Old Fourth Ward
Owner April Hill is planning to opening Atlanta’s first cat cafe. The concept, which is modeled after similar shops in Asia, is a coffee shop that also has cats available for adoption. The shop will serve pre-packaged food, coffee, and hopes to have 15 to 20 cats on hand at all times.

Restauants now open in Atlanta

South City Kitchen Buckhead
Opening date:
Spring 2016
Location: Buckhead (Capital City Plaza)
Fifth Group is taking over a 6,000-square-foot space in Buckhead, where they plan to open the third location of South City Kitchen. The restaurant group operates two other locations in Midtown and Vinings. The kitchen will serve familiar dishes like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and banana pudding.

The Consulate
Opening date
: June 2016
Location: Midtown (10 10th  Street)
Douglas Hines and Mei Lin, the duo behind Honey Bubble Tea, will fill the space left by Red Apple Cafe with a restaurant focused on global tapas and cocktails. The menu will take inspiration from England, Ethiopia, Australia, and Brazil. The menu will change weekly, but dishes may include Long Island duck breast with ramp hash, chicken chutneywalla, and iron skillet shepherd’s pie.
Latest article: The Consulate to serve global fare, dim sum-style brunch in Midtown

Opening date:
 June 2016
Location: Midtown (Corner of Peachtree and 14th streets)
Lead by head chef Jamie Lynch, the Charlotte-based restaurant will open an Atlanta location. While the menu will offer most of the Charlotte location’s signature dishes, like the 60-second steak and lamb burger, Lynch plans to offer seasonal dishes crafted specifically for Atlanta. The location will also offer a brunch service that serves classic brasserie food.
Latest article: Charlotte-based 5Church will open in the old Shout space in Midtown early next year

Farm to Ladle
Opening date:
 June 2016
Location: Alpharetta (Avalon)
After opening their first location at Ponce City Market, the soup and sandwich restaurant plans to open a second location at Avalon. The menu will feature omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and oatmeal bowls until 11 a.m. and lunch offerings will include soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Ton Ton
Opening date:
 June 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Ponce City Market)
Guy Wong plans to launch a Japanese restaurant that will feature a ramen, yakitori, and a separate sushi kiosk. Wong and Hong Vu of Miso Izakaya are developing the menu, which will feature a variety of ramen, dumplings, and shoyu tamago. The restaurant will also feature an expansive cocktail program headed by Miso Izakaya and Le Fat Beverage director T. Fable Jeon.
Latest article: Ton Ton aims for August opening, plus another Guy Wong restaurant in the works

City Winery Atlanta
Opening date:
June 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Ponce City Market)
Michael Dorf plans to bring the New York-based hybrid wine bar/restaurant/concert venue to Atlanta, as part of the company’s nationwide expansion effort. The Atlanta location will feature a 400-bottle wine list, and the menu is designed to complement the wine. Dorf wants patrons to think about wine first, then decide on food that pairs with it. He also hopes to incorporate Southern flavors and influences into their menu.
Latest article: 3 must-see acts at newly opened City Winery

Comet Pub & Lanes
Opening date:
 July 2016
Location: Decatur (216 N Decatur Road)
The owners of Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards are opening a second venue, located in the old Suburban Lanes bowling alley. The venue will feature 32 bowling lanes, arcade games, and a full-service kitchen and bar. The kitchen will serve pizza, burgers and sandwiches. The bar, which is made from a reclaimed bowling alley, will feature cocktails, wine, and 15 to 20 draft brews plus an extensive bottle menu.
Latest article: Twain’s to take over Suburban Lanes to create a vintage bowling and entertainment venue

Opening date:
 July 2016
Location: Sandy Springs (5975 Roswell Road)
The west coast-based Jinya Ramen Bar will open its first location in the Southeast, with chef Yao Liu at the helm. The restaurant makes 14 different varieties of ramen, with 10 available at any time. The menu also features kale lollipops, fried chicken, and brussel sprout tempura.
Latest article: Jinya Ramen Bar to open in Sandy Springs in April

Richards’ Southern Fried
Opening date:
 July 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Krog Street Market)
Todd Richards is launching his first project dedicated to quick-service fried chicken. The locally sourced chicken will be offered in three different varieties: classic, hot and Richards’ HOT. Richards will use a blend of spices, as opposed to chili peppers, to create a slow burning heat. The restaurant will also feature seasonal sides such as stewed okra and tomatoes and hand-cut potato wedges.
Latest article: Richards’ Southern Fried targets May opening in Krog Street Market

O4W Pizza
Opening date: Summer 2016
Location: Duluth (3117 Main Street)
Owner Anthony Spina plans to open a second location in downtown Duluth. The new location will feature fewer pizzas, allowing for more salads and heroes, but Spina’s Grandma Pie will always be on the menu. The restaurant seats approximately 60 people inside, plus 80 more on the outside patios.
Latest article: O4W Pizza to open a larger location in Duluth

Ba Bellies
Opening date: Summer 2016
Location: Peachtree Corners (6025 Peachtree Parkway)
Siblings David and Ina Nguyen, whose family owns Nam Phuong, are partnering with Mike Yang to open a restaurant that serves southern food with an Asian twist. Lunch will focus on soups, bahn mi sandwiches, and rice bowls, but dinner promises to be much more creative. Dishes like shrimp and grits made with congee and fried rice with bacon fat are among Yang’s take on southern classics.
Latest article: Nam Phuong to open Asian-fusion Ba Bellies in Peachtree Corners

Butcher and Brew
Opening date:
 August 2016
Location: Alpharetta (Main Street)
Louis Moon of South Main Kitchen is opening what he calls a “more approachable” restaurant next door, decorated with neon signs, cognac bar stools, and a zinc bar to invoke a retro, 1950s style. Executive chef Christy Stone will serve sandwiches like reubens and a play on the bahn mi. The bar will have a large selection of beer and classic cocktails.
Latest article: South Main Kitchen owners to open Butcher and Brew in Alpharetta

8 Arm
Opening date: September 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (710 Ponce de Leon Avenue)
In addition to opening Ama, Angus Brown and Nhan Le are opening a coffee shop in the former Atlanta Motorcycles & Repair space. The duo plans to offer breakfast and lunch fare, as well as a “tight coffee menu.”

Café + Velo
Opening date: September 2016
Location: Edgewood (381 Edgewood Avenue)
Artist Jeff Demetriou and Atlanta Beltline Bicycle owner Ben Boisson are partnering to open a half-coffee shop, half-cycling hub concept called Café + Velo on Edgewood Avenue this fall. They’ve planned the shop around four C’s, “coffee, cycling, cuisine and community.” In addition to a standard café menu of coffee, baked goods and breakfast items, they will provide bike rentals and bike repair services. They’ve designed many outdoor seating options and games like croquet will be available on a covered rooftop deck.

American Cut
Opening date: September 2016
Location: Buckhead (3035 Peachtree Road)
A nostalgic chophouse will soon join the ranks of upscale dining options tucked inside the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. American Cut plans to serve steakhouse fare in a multi-level setting. In addition to a glamorous lounge, a robust bar and two private dining areas, the steakhouse will have a 125-seat dining room where guests can enjoy items such as table-side Caesar salad, a signature chili lobster or a 40 oz. Tomahawk Chop.

Char Korean Bar & Grill
Opening date: October 2016
Location: Inman Quarter (299 North Highland Avenue)
Former Craft Izakaya general manager Richard Tang plans to open Char Korean Bar & Grill in Inman Quarter this fall. Ryan Catherall, coming to Char from Tom Tom in Virginia-Highland, will serve as head chef. Thus far, traditional dishes such as bo ssam, sea snail and kimchi and pork belly fried rice make up the bulk of the menu. An innovative cocktail program is also in the works.

Fox Bros. Que-osk
Opening date: October 2016
Location: Armour Yards (120 Ottley Drive)
This fall Atlantans will be able to enjoy Fox Bros. barbecue in a “pared down” setting. The beloved BBQ joint’s newest extension or”que-osk” will be housed in a shipping container on Ottley Drive and open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eventually, they intend on expanding menu offerings from classics like pulled pork sandwiches, Frito pie and Fox-a-roni to breakfast items including brisket biscuits.
Latest article: Fox Bros. Que-osk opens October 3

Georgia Beer Garden
Opening date:
 October 2016
Location: Edgewood (430 Edgewood Avenue)
Johnny Martinez and Brandon Ley, founders of Joystick Gamebar, are opening a Southern-style Beer Garden. They plan to only serve beer from local breweries, as well as wine and cocktails. The kitchen will serve German-inspired food with a Southern twist, like country chicken and biscuits with schnitzel, local sausages, and honey roasted-peanuts with mustard and chow chow.

Opening date: October 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (822 Ralph McGill Boulevard)
Chef Mihoko Obunai is partnering with Cocentrics Restaurants to open a ramen restaurant. Obunai formerly worked alongside her ex-husband Joe Truex to open the Japanese and French influenced Repast and has since worked at Joli Kobe.
Latest article: Nexto ramen shop opening next to Two Urban Licks

Nine Mile Station
Opening date: October 2016
Location: Old Fourth Ward (Ponce City Market)
Kelvin and Mandy Slater, co-founders of Blue Moon Pizza, are bringing a beer garden to the rooftop of Ponce City Market. Located next to the Coney-Island themed carnival games and attractions, the beer garden will serve gourmet hot dogs and snow cones in addition to beer.
Latest article: 
Nine Mile Station, a modern beer garden on Ponce City Market’s roof, to open in October

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