Less than a year after purchasing Midtown Mediterranean eatery Eno, Atlanta Hawks star Zaza Pachulia and his team are re-launching the restaurant at 5th and Peachtree Street.
In early June, the 5th Street Cafe will debut in the space.
After working so successfully with ADI Restaurant Concepts partners A.D. Allushi and chef Ian Winslade as they ready the new Buckhead Bottle Bar (set to open in the old Peachtree Cafe space on East Paces Ferry Road as early as next week), Pachulia has also enlisted the pair to reimagine the Eno space with the help of interior designer Patti Krohngold.
“For some diners, Eno could be very pretentious, a place for wine snobs,” Allushi told us. “We’re listening to the neighbors who love having us here but wanted something more relaxed. Our goal is to make the 5th Street Cafe a more typical French cafe with a fun atmosphere and a strong neighborhood vibe.”
Alushi says a new patio is in the works, along with black-and-white-hued French inspired interiors.
The popular Midtown address has long been a favorite for Fox theater-goers as a pre-show or after-show destination.
Pals Pachulia and Allushi became friends following Hawks games at Philips Arena when the player would meet friends at Thrive nightspot on Marietta Street across the street where Allushi worked as general manager.
Allushi has also worked for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and most recently oversaw Market restaurant at the W Buckhead hotel.
Windslade’s impressive credits include Bluepointe, Spice Market and Shout.
And if you’ve ever been wowed walking into an Atlanta nightclub or restaurant, chances are good Krongold designed it. Her work includes Tongue & Groove, Door 44, Mumbo Jumbo and Velvet.