Joystick Gamebar now open on Edgewood Avenue

This weekend, Joystick Gamebar opened at 427 Edgewood Avenue, the space formerly occupied by Dynamic Dish. The concept couldn't be more different than the previous, carefully-locavore tenant: Joystick is offering video games, cocktails and beer, and a menu of over-the-top junk food inspired snack foods. They'll open Tuesday through Sunday at 5 pm and close at 3 am every night except Sunday.

Frank Ski gives us an advance tour of his new Peachtree Road restaurant and lounge

Each time we thought we had poked our head into every romantic wine-sipping nook inside Frank Ski's Restaurant & Lounge during our guided tour with the owner this week, the V-103 FM morning man had one more surprise in store. From the outside patio filled with comfy couches under an awning overlooking Peachtree Road to a quiet back lounge tucked away in the rear of the restaurant, Ski has created an ideal environment to chill with friends and enjoy some down home tastes from his Florida and Baltimore roots. Invited local media will get a peek at the space tonight during a private party. Frank Ski's Restaurant & Lounge officially opens to the public Monday night for dinner (the photos at right are courtesy of Ben Rose Photography).

Five things to look for at Taste of Atlanta this weekend

The three-day Midtown local culinary festival, Taste of Atlanta, returns to Tech Square this weekend. Here's a quick clip of what to expect:

Restaurant Eugene turns ten, Brian Jones promoted to chef de cuisine

Restaurant Eugene turns ten this year and with it comes more change for Linton Hopkins’ growing empire. Chef de cuisine Jason Paolini was recently promoted to executive director of culinary for Resurgens Hospitality Group (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House, and Eugene Kitchen), leaving the chef de cuisine spot open for former sous chef Brian Jones (as Eater announced last week). In addition, Alex Ruwe has been promoted to director of service, overseeing both Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch. We spoke with Jones about his plans for Restaurant Eugene and the continual evolution of the restaurant.

Harold Shumacher on how the dining scene fared in 2011

ATL Food Chatter: November 29, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) As 2011 winds down, it’s time for some analysis on how Atlanta’s dining scene fared in 2011 and what things we can expect for 2012. And who better to address the topic than local restaurant real estate guru Harold Shumacher, president of The Shumacher Group Inc.? Before opening his prominent brokerage company twenty years ago, Shumacher was a dining critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and author of two restaurant guidebooks.

Table Talk: Southern Potluck back this weekend, AJC reviews Watershed, Waffold faces legal issues

Boxcar Grocer raising funds for expansion into food deserts The brother and sister team that brought fresh produce and sandwiches to an Atlanta food desert are at it again. This time they’re raising money with hopes of taking their business to the next level.

Mihoko Obunai on the new Joli Kobe Kitchen

Originally opened as a French-Japanese bakery, Joli Kobe has gone through a couple of overhauls in its nearly thirty-year existence. Katsuhiko “Vic” Watanabe opened the Sandy Springs bakery in 1985. Then it closed for renovations and expansion in 2001. Now, Mihoko Obunai—known for her work at Repast—has taken over and revamped the menu as the Sandy Springs location rebrands itself as a full-service restaurant called Joli Kobe Kitchen. (A Midtown location is now called Joli Kobe Cafe.)

Storico Fresco to move to a larger space, expand offerings

Come February or March, Storico Fresco, the handmade pasta shop that opened in Buckhead last year, will move to a new location and expand its offerings to be more like an Italian grocery.

Richard Blais double-header at HD1 and The Spence

Last Friday, a friend and I decided to try a little culinary experiment: lunch at last year’s Richard Blais concept HD1 followed by dinner at his brand-new flagship, The Spence.

Atlanta mourns the passing of Ria Pell

Atlanta’s restaurant industry is grieving the passing of Ria Pell, owner of Ria’s Blue Bird in Grant Park. She reportedly died of a heart attack yesterday. Pell worked in several local restaurants around town before opening Ria’s in 2000. Her place immediately became neighborhood favorite, and it helped pave the way for the area’s now-booming dining scene. Below, some social-media remembrances from the community:

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