ATL Food Chatter: August 16, 2011


Empire State South’s Hugh Acheson has joined Emeril Lagasse as a guest chef for Season 9 of Top Chef.

Anne Quatrano will be one of two James Beard award-winning chefs that will “curate ” the meal at the James Beard House’s inaugural Leadership Awards, scheduled for October 12 in New York. The award winners—who include Will Allen, Michelle Obama and Alice Waters—are being recognized for their efforts to create a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world.

Restaurant Eugene’s Linton Hopkins was featured last week on Eatocray’s 5@5 column discussing how he believes food should be valued, prepared and enjoyed.

Alpharetta. The AJC is reporting that Spice Brick Oven Kitchen, featuring small plates and pizzas, has opened at 10800 Haynes Bridge Road.

Avondale Estates. Thrillist reports that The Beer Growler, Atlanta’s first growler-only store featuring take-home craft beer in sealed jugs, will have its official opening August 20.

Buckhead. A press release went out late last Thursday afternoon to announce that F&B, the sister restaurant to FAB Downtown (which will remain open) is joining Tomo at the 3630 Peachtree Road. The restaurant will open in early 2012 and, according to the release, “will modernize French & Mediterranean cuisine by infusing the flavors with a farm-to-table approach.”

Kessler gets some details on Art Smith’s restaurant opening in the InterContinental hotel.
Dan Latham has been named head chef at Farm Burger’s forthcoming Buckhead location.

Emerald Coast Coffee & Grill has closed.

Downtown. According to their PR folks, Pacific Rim will unveil its new look on Monday, August 15. In addition to the new look and increased square footage, the Pan- Asian bistro has renewed its lease at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue.

What Now Atlanta reports that Headlines Bar and Grill, the before during and after the game resto inside Phillips Arena, will under go a $1.2 million renovation. The Johnson Studio will oversee the renovations to the 14,000 square foot spot.

Dunwoody. The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Chuy’s, a Texas-based Tex-Mex chain, will open its first Atlanta store at 118 Perimeter Center West in November.

East Atlanta. Creative Loafing is reporting that Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand has expanded its hours. They are now open 24 hours a day during the weekend and until midnight on Thursdays.

Midtown. Eater Atlanta first reported that the name of the Concentrics and Richard Blais partnership slated to open this winter in the former Globe spot is The Spence. Its menu will include items such as Dover sole with brown butter foam and kumquat chutney.

The Midtown Patch is reporting that Dewberry Market, a produce stand from Jeff and Matt Bowman of Georgia Farm to Table, has opened at 112 10th Street, in the former Jock’s and Jill’s space at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. Dewberry Market will feature produce from local farmers from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and Midtown residents who order at least $25 worth of produce will receive free delivery.

Westside. Star Provisions is now carrying in stock the self proclaimed “caviar of Mustards”, Tin Mustard. Tin Mustard is produced by a New York based start up venture and is currently being sold only in hipster retailers like Barnyard Cheese Shop in Manhattan.

Question of the Week: What ATL ice cream concept blends ice cream with an interesting ingredient to hop up the flavor?

PS . The answer to last week’s QOTW—What restaurant is expected to open in the Copeland’s Buckhead space in February 2012?—is Modern Restaurant and Bar, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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