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WaterHaven opens in former Globe space

ATL Food Chatter: May 15, 2009

As the market-deifying new-restaurant parade continues in my favorite economic capitol of the South, a trend is emerging that augurs well for the both the restaurants and the neighborhoods that they are reviving, even when the restaurant takes a former hot spot’s place. From the sophisticated cuisine and atmospherics offered at spots such as Livingston and Pacci to the thread bare elegance of the ultra-modern sandwich shop Noon, Midtown is proving to be a neighborhood that offers culinary excellence at all price points—the hallmark of a great food-centric area. 

Now comes WaterHaven, stepping into the former Globe digs with a new design and menu that aims to capture the current wave with a mantra of “farm-to-table” cuisine. [Editor’s note: The menu looks full of familiar dishes; I’m most interested to try the braised oxtails. —BA] In an interesting twist, the owners have done away with an ai3-designed space and replaced it with Dogwood-goes-collegiate vibe that seemed to please nearly everyone at the preview party. The menu represents a clear down shift from Globe’s uh, global cuisine with an emphasis on American bistro fare. As much as I loved Globe, WaterHaven is no student /faculty hangout ;it is a for-mature-audiences addition to not only Technology Square but the whole of Midtown’s dining scene.


Alpharetta. Total Wine & More, the nation’s leading independent wine distributor, has lunched its 3rd Atlanta location at 380 North Point Circle with a 20,000 square foot store that carries 8,000 varieties of wine and 1,000 varieties of beer.

Buckhead. A rumor has emerged that Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations may delay the opening of their two Terminus development concepts, III Forks Prime Steakhouse and Cantina Laredo, from the scheduled fall 2009 to a later date. This rumor is accentuated by other murmurings that existing Terminus restaurants are struggling.

Downtown. Look for Tula’s Lounge—which will offer tapas and other light fare—to open at 142 Mitchell Street this summer.

Look for Tino’s Pizzeria to also open this summer, at 186 Auburn Avenue.

Druid Hills. Sprouts Green Cafe, featuring organic locally raised fare and a seasonal menu, has opened at 1579 North Decatur Road. (Don’t confuse it with Chinese vegetarian spot Green Sprout in Ansley.)

East Atlanta. Morelli’s Ice Cream was named by Bon Appetit magazine as one of 10 hot ice cream shops in America. Ginger Lavender was cited as the must try flavor.

Question of the Week: What intown restaurant/gastropub has revamped its menu to include barbecue grilled on site every Monday?
The answer to last week’s QOTW—What popular in town restaurant’s web site was named best of 2009 by an international internet association?—is  Parish Food and Goods. The restaurant’s site was awarded the 2009 Webby award by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

Atlantan on this season’s
Next Food Network Star

ATL Food Chatter: May 8, 2009

On Sunday, June 7, at 9pm, the Food Network’s Next Food Network Star reality show returns for its fifth season, and one of the ten finalists is Atlanta chef Jamika Pessoa, a 30 year old certified personal chef and culinary entrepreneur.

A 2004 graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta’s International Culinary School, she is the owner of Life of the Party personal chef services. Pessoa, a former corporate marketing executive who began her culinary career at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, has been profiled in several local and national publications for her cooking style, described as “modern and elegant, yet sassy.”

And while Pessoa maintains an impressive clientele list of noted celebrities and professional athletes, she is also a motivational speaker, a nutrition spokesperson, and a culinary instructor at a local university.
We’ll be tuning in to support this budding culinary star as she represents Atlanta on national television next month.

Speaking of the Food Network, Holeman & Finch’s “Down Low Cheeseburger” was recognized in Food Network Magazine’s “50 States, 50 Burgers” feature as the best burger in Georgia. Do you agree?


Inman Park. Kevin Rathbun will be celebrating the fifth and third anniversaries, respectively, of Rathbun’s and Kevin Rathbun Steak with a Blues and Barbecue party on Saturday, June 7 at Rathbun’s.

. RA Sushi, a rapidly growing national chain, is slated to open early June in the 1010 Condominiums.

Metrotainment Cafes, Inc. has appointed Todd Semrau as Managing Partner of Einstein’s. A graduate of Georgia State University, Semrau opened Heaping Bowl and Brew, Eureka, The Automatic and also co-founded Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

Roswell. Party Chic, a special events facility and party planning supply store, has started serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 953 Canton Road in downtown Roswell.

Southwest Atlanta. The Mustard Seed Inc., an old school barbecue spot, has opened in the Park Plaza shopping center at 826 Westmont Road.

Vinings. Canoe top toque Carvel Grant Gould will be cooking a southern inspired menu entitled “New Southern Traditions” at the James Beard Foundation on Thursday, May 14.

Question of the Week: What popular in town restaurant’s web site was named best of 2009 by an international Internet association?

The answer to last week’s QOTW—What major Atlanta food event is rumored to be changing venues for next year’s event?—is Taste of Atlanta, which will be moving from Atlantic Station to Georgia Tech

Better by restaurant design


After dining at BLT Steak, Craft, and the newly opened Livingston, I was impressed not only with their cuisine but with the work of architects and designers who created their respective spaces. These companies have brought a fresh, clean and modern esthetic to Atlanta dining scene—one that promises to challenge local design firms to raise the bar.

Firms such as New York’s Bentel & Bentel (Craft) and San Francisco’s The Puccini Group (Livingston) and CCS (BLT Steak), with offices in both New York and San Francisco, are in great demand around the country and are highly selective about the projects to which they commit. AvroKO, the New York based designers of hotspots like Public and Park Avenue, is rumored to have been contracted by a major Atlanta restaurant group to design a signature project in a spectacular location.

At the opening party for Livingston, I asked Ed Seiber—whose local firm Seiber Designs has designed many Atlanta restaurants, including Restaurant Eugene—how he felt about the influx of out-of-town talent and its effect on his practice. He welcomed it, saying, “It will make all of us tighten up our game.”


. Agnes and Muriel’s, open in the new location for less than 6 months, has closed

Doraville. Nak Dong Gang, the Korean spot that specialized in duck, has closed after less than 6 months in business.

. As we reported last week, Concentrics is joining the pizza frenzy with a joint called Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, featuring Georgia’s first coal fired pizza oven. It is slated to open late spring, next to Stats at 300 Marietta Street. Longtime Concentrics chef (and New York native) Nick Oltarsh will lead the kitchen.

BLT Steak’s John Mayfield won first place at the Super Regional Level finals of the Chaine des Rotisseurs young sommeliers competition last month. This month he will compete in the national finals in California.

The owners of Castleberry Hill favorite No Mas Cantina have recently opened Adios Cafe, a Mexican chocolate and espresso bar attached to the restaurant.

Midtown. Noon, a gourmet sandwich shop helmed by former Bacchanalia sous chef Katie Birmingham, has opened at 1080 Peachtree Street with an ai3 designed interior. The entrance is on Crescent Avenue, Suite 6.

WaterHaven, a contemporary American bistro, is scheduled to open May 12, at Technology Square in the former Globe space. Chris Lee, previously with The Real Chow-Baby and Hi Life Kitchen & Cocktails, will be executive chef. 

Lexington Chocolatier has closed.

Oakhurst. McGowan’s Pub, sibling to the next-door Palate Cafe and Wine Bar, will open this summer in Oakhurst Village, offering affordable fare and ample beer selections.

Roswell. Look for a third location of L’Thai West to open in the former Brickhouse Pizza location this summer.

Westside. There is an “Opening Soon” sign for Zen Asian Bistro in the Ten Ten Apartment building on Northside Drive.

Tiny Bistro
, serving to-go sandwiches and entrees, is slated to open at 1039 Marietta Street this month.

Also: The eleventh annual Flavors of Atlanta, the fundraiser for the American Liver Foundation that featured 23 of Atlanta’s top chefs, was held April 22, and it was a testament to the fact that not is our dining scene great, it does great things as well. Kudos to all of the folks who volunteered their time and talents to create a spectacular event for such a worthy cause.

Question of the Week:
What major Atlanta food event is rumored to be changing venues for next year’s event?

The answer to last week’s QOTW—What former Atlanta Chef has found a new home on South Georgia’s Cumberland Island?—is Tony Seichrist. The former Holeman & Finch chef is now at the Greyfield Inn.

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