This just in: The flagship restaurant of the new Loews Atlanta hotel, opening April 1, was previously announced as Jasmine’s, but the owners have rechristened it Eleven—an obvious nod to the hotel’s street address, 1100 Spring Street. The hotel has also hired an executive chef, Olivier Gaupin. According to a profile on Naymz.com, Gaupin was educated in Orleans, France, and has a long history of working in some of the fancier hotels and resorts around the U.S.—including a stint in the kitchen at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead from 1997 to 1999 (which put him squarely in the middle of Guenter Seeger’s exit as the restaurant’s executive chef and Joel Antunes’ entrance). His most recent job has been as director of food and beverage/executive chef at Alys Beach Resort in Florida.
Frankly, it’s so far looking like a slow year for exciting restaurant openings in Atlanta. Please, Olivier Gaupin, bring some fresh energy and unexpected (but successful) ideas to Eleven’s plates.
Update: Katharine Lowe at the Reynolds Group noted my glib comment about the restaurant’s name and sent this to me: “The hotel’s address is actually 1065 Peachtree (Spring Street served as the opening office address) and the restaurant is named Eleven because of its location along the ‘Midtown Mile’ with an entrance on 11th Street.” Thanks, Katharine!