Courtesy of Barry Cantrell
This Friday Kevin Ouzts of the Spotted Trotter will open his first restaurant, the Cockentrice, in Krog Street Market. Friends and family got a preview earlier this week. Cheesemonger Scott Stroud will prepare composed cheese plates, Tyler Austin Blackgrave (the Sound Table) will showcase small batch beer, wine, and spirit producers at the bar, Lou Steffy will head the butchery, and pastry chef Nicole Banks-Bonilla (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) will offer a trio of desserts. Ouzts’s sister, Stephanie Nagel (Maritime Hotel in New York), moved to Atlanta to manage the restaurant.
“We’re paying heritage to what charcuterie is,” Ouzts says. “We’ll play on the fact that we’re a young nation and most of the U.S. hasn’t dialed into what charcuterie in the Southeast really is.”
The Cockentrice will order whole animals and what isn’t sold in the butcher shop will be used in the restaurant. “We want to take cuts of the animal that haven’t normally been used and present them in a way that smells great, is captivating to the eye, and tastes good,” he says.
The majority of the menu will be “smaller portion plates,” but there will be select entrees and shared plates as well. Offerings will change a couple of times a week, based on availability. Ouzts says the team has its pickling license and will be making pickled terrines, vegetables, and the like, too.
Check out the opening menu below.