Bishop in Avondale Estates slated to open April 2014

Luellen Marshall provides a glimpse into neighborhood’s next restaurant

Last month, the opening of carni-food spot Pallookaville brought fame to the Avondale Estates neighborhood. Now an American-style neighborhood restaurant called the Bishop is coming in, focusing on the “strong sense of community” in the area. Below, the force behind the Bishop, Luellen Marshall—whose resume includes management and operations at Ruth’s Chris and Village Tavern—shares her vision for the space.

What’s the concept behind the Bishop?
The Bishop will be a contemporary neighborhood restaurant and bar with a welcoming atmosphere and a strong sense of community. It will serve dinner and Sunday brunch.

What influenced or inspired the Bishop?
I like where the dining scene is going in Atlanta. I like what the local growers are doing, I want to bring that all together in Avondale Estates.

Why did you decide to open your own restaurant after working for others for so long?
Opening my own place has always been a dream of mine. I moved to Avondale four years ago and fell in love with the community. I felt like this is the time to invest in it.

What type of food will the Bishop serve?
The Bishop’s menu will showcase American classics and traditional comfort foods with a twist. Dishes will include roasted prime rib, Creole ham steak, and farm-raised trout. The supper menu will feature a BLT sandwich, portabella ruben, classic big burger ,and a few entrée salads. All of our dishes will use fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

What will the bar scene be like?
There will be a full bar running along one side of the restaurant with seating. The wine program will feature wines on tap and all wine will be served in full and half carafes. We’re working with Wild Heaven Brewery for beer and will have some handcrafted cocktails made with all fresh juices and fresh fruits. We’re looking for a mixologist.

Who will be the executive chef?
I’m doing a lot of the menu work myself. My husband went to the Culinary Institute of America so he’s helping with it. I will be in the kitchen initially, setting up the recipes and systems. I will be looking for talent, too.

All recipes, both food and beverage, are family creations. In keeping with the neighborhood-centric philosophy, sharing our family recipes with the community seems like a natural fit. All recipes also include locally sourced ingredients.

What will the atmosphere be like at the Bishop?
The exposed brick and antiqued mirrors lining opposite walls will celebrate the historical design of the building, while the leather banquettes and open table seating throughout will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There’s just one main room [no outdoor space].

How big is the space?
The space is quaint with a total of 80 seats.

Where did the name come from?
Bishop is a family name. My son is named after his great-grandfather Bishop.

Anything else we should know?
The Bishop is a project dear to my family and I, and it is a long time coming. I can’t wait to share it with the community I have fallen in love with.