In the last two years, restaurateur Ford Fry—who opened JCT Kitchen & Bar in 2007—has tripled his footprint, opening No. 246 in Decatur and the Optimist on the Westside. This year he’s at it again, with King and Duke set to open in Buckhead in March and a yet-to-be-named restaurant opening in the former Bluepointe space in the fall. (For more on the chef, check out Candice Dyer's profile, "Have You Dined At Ford's Lately?") Rumor has it Fry has his heart set on an Austin-style Tex-Mex restaurant, too, and has been eying both Alpharetta and Krog Street for the location. Says Fry, “Nothing’s signed yet.” Yet being the operative word.
Justin Amick, an advanced sommelier and the son of Concentrics restaurateur Bob Amick, will soon open his 24,000-square-foot boutique bowling alley and entertainment complex, the Painted Pin, at 737 Miami Circle in Buckhead. The alley is at this time slated to open late next week.
Amy Wenk at the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that plans are in motion to reopen the Hyatt's iconic, spaceship-shaped Polaris restaurant. You'll need to be a subcriber or pick up the print edition (like we do) to get the full story, but here's a few juicy details:
Before opening Pozole in Virginia-Highland eight years ago, chef Joe Masi worked for many of Atlanta’s major restaurant empires, including Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Fifth Group, and Concentrics. He was executive chef at One Midtown Kitchen and also spent time at Veni Vidi Vici. Though he’s Italian by heritage, the Mexican fare at Pozole has been his focus—until recently.
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.
For a few years there, it seemed that bourbon was the dominant spirit in Atlanta, a natural result of local (and national) restaurants embracing Southern foods and cooking techniques. One obvious outcome of the trend was Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, which opened in 2011: It occupies a space in the InterContinental Buckhead that was previously a French restaurant and accompanying cognac bar. Bourbon Bar offers more than seventy varieties of our region's whiskey, specializing in flights but also offers cocktails like Run for the Black Roses, made with Woodford Reserve, blackberry shrub, mint, soda, and rose water.
The team responsible for the beloved midtown neighborhood joint, Cypress Street Pint and Plate, have opened a pop-up restaurant in Atlantic Station. Taking over the space formerly occupied by The Grape, Hudson North is a tavern focusing on a locally-sourced menu and craft beers.
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.
Chris Sedgwick, founder of Pure Taqueria, has a new restaurant in the works: a Spanish tapas place called Made Kitchen. Located one hundred yards from the original Pure in Alpharetta, at 45 Roswell Street, Made is scheduled to start serving on September 27th.