Sneak peek photos of boutique bowling alley, The Painted Pin, opening next week

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.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine affect restaurants?

In our car-centric city, the Atlanta BeltLine has been a game changer, and restaurant owners know that more than anyone. On Thursday, chef Kevin Rathbun (Kevin Rathbun Steak, Rathbun’s, Krog Bar, and KR Steakbar), Michael Lennox (Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall), and BeltLine designer Ryan Gravel of Perkins Will will lead a discussion about the impact of urban development on restaurant design at a sold-out event called Dining + Design.

Lowcountry Flavor: Take a seat at the elegant River House

Driving four miles down an oak-shaded road to the entrance of Montage Palmetto Bluff, the world feels as sweet and slow-moving as a Southern drawl.

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:

Bob Amick looks to the future post-Trois

ATL Food Chatter: July 20, 2009During a recent interview with Bob Amick, I learned how the demise of his restaurant Trois has created a new focus for him and his business.From the Peasant Group of the 70s and 80s to the Concentrics Restaurants of today, Amick has been an integral part of Atlanta’s dining zeitgeist as an operator and innovator. His stable of restaurants has garnered Atlanta’s dining scene national prominence and recognition. But the closing of the $7 million Trois altered his trajectory.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about the General Muir

Now open in Emory Point, the General Muir is a Jewish-style deli created by the team behind West Egg Café, Ben and Jennifer Johnson, West Egg general manager Shelley Sweet, and chef Todd Ginsberg, formerly of Bocado. At the General Muir, Ginsberg is focusing on traditional Jewish dishes like matzo ball soup, pastrami, and chopped liver. But the General Muir offers more than deli fare; everything from the name to the décor has a meaning. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the General Muir.

A rough draft of The Lawrence’s new cocktail list

Since opening in April of this year, the Lawrence has been quietly evolving in their dimly lit corner of Midtown. At first, the restaurant was open just a few days a week, now they're open every day but Monday, including brunch service on Sunday. The menu has continually changed, bringing seasonal dishes in and out and adding a bit more emphasis on chef Shane Devereux's affinity for French cooking. And now bartender Eric Simpkins, who initially served a very abbreviated selection of classic drinks, is rewriting their drink list to include a lengthy, inventive array of cocktails.

South Main Kitchen comes to downtown Alpharetta

The man who helped manage the opening of Little Alley Steak, Inc. Street Food, and Salt Factory, will soon have his own restaurant. Louis Soon, who worked his way up from waiter and bartender to manager and now owner, is opening a seasonally driven, farm-to-table restaurant called South Main Kitchen this summer. Located at 9 South Main Street, across from City Hall, South Main Kitchen will serve American cuisine in a century-old industrial-style building. It is scheduled to open in ten to eleven weeks.

Paper Plane to fly in November, new bar from Victory and Paul Calvert

Cocktail guru Paul Calvert is a man on the move. He was recently named Beverage Director at Victory Sandwich Bar—the Inman Park location as well as the forthcoming Victory in Decatur. Calvert made waves with the Sound Table’s bar program and went on to spice things up at Pura Vida.

7 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Maybe you’re too tired to haul a turkey from the store and into your oven or you don’t want to dirty the kitchen before Black Friday. Either way, you have choices this coming Thanksgiving. Below are seven restaurants that will be open next week. Reservations are highly recommended.

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