Food Chatter: Closing Time


This is, sadly, my last Food Chatter column for the Covered Dish blog. I will miss working with Bill Addison, the team here at Atlanta magazine, and you, the readers who have provided feedback, tips, and support over the last three years. However, there are a number of projects that I am working on that will continue to allow me the privilege of writing about the places and faces that make Atlanta one of America’s greatest dining scenes.

So, I am leaving you with this last column and my deepest gratitude to all of you who made these last three years a truly wonderful experience. —James


Atlanta native Chef G. Garvin has returned from LA and is working on a new show on the Cooking Channel, “Roadtrip with G.Garvin,” premiering May 29.

The Boston Globe gave a shout out to Atlanta’s burger scene, noting Yeah! Burger, Farm Burger, Flip, and Grindhouse Killer Burgers.

Fast growing Atlanta based restaurant deal site, Scoutmob has recently raised $3.25 million for product expansion, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The ABC is reporting that Scoutmob intends to “expand beyond deals and offer more curated experiences, products and events.”

Brookhaven. Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that Library Coffee Co. will close May 31. An Izakaya from the owners of Ichiban Steak & Sushi will open in the space at 25223 Caldwell Road.

Buckhead. The Imperial Fez has opened a patio and lounge featuring cocktails, appetizers, some menu items, and hookah but no belly dancers.

Decatur. Ruby Tuesday on West Ponce de Leon in Decatur has closed.

Downtown.  Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Fresh To Order is planning a CNN Center location slated to open this fall.

CL reports that popular GSU student hangout Hill Street Tavern has closed.

Druid HillsThe Purple Corkscrew, a wine bar, will open in June at 1445 Oxford Road below Saba restaurant.

Midtown. According to the Midtown Patch, Birmingham, Alabama-based Mamanoes Grocery Shop will open its second store in the heart of Midtown in July. The “old-school but upscale” bodega will feature wine, imported and high-gravity beer, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and a full deli near the corner of 10th and Peachtree.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that the second US location of the Italian chain La Tagiatella will also be located in Atlanta. A 5,200 square foot store is slated to open in the former Silk space at the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets in the Metropolis Condominiums by the end of the year. The first La Tagiatella, already under construction, is slated to open in Emory Point this summer.

According to What Now Atlanta, Proof and Provision, a bar offering barrel-aged cocktails and small plates among other items, will open June 1 in the The Georgian Terrace Hotel in the space beneath Livingston Restaurant and Bar. 

The Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported that Kiri, a Japanese and Korean concept, is slated to open in the former NAM space in Midtown Promenade by mid-July.

Virginia Highland. According to Thrillist, DBA Barbecue has added some frozen pudding pops to their menu. The Elvis, a candied-bacon-wrapped banana pudding pop, stands out. The frozen treats will be available from a push cart stationed outside DBA starting next week.

PS.  The answer to last week’s QOTWWho is White Oak Kitchen’s opening chef?— is Ben Vaughn, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee’s Au Fond and Grace.