Talented, tattooed Kevin Gillespie is still plotting his barbecue restaurant (the potential space near Woodfire Grill fell through) and is now thinking the restaurant will specialize in both barbecue and ice cream.
Gillespie made headlines recently with his foray into ice cream making at Morelli’s, the Ormwood Park takeout spot famed for its scrumptious, outside-the-box flavors. Now Gillespie and Morelli owners Donald Sargent and Clarissa Morelli are considering a business that would combine their mutual passions and offer barbecue and ice cream under one roof.
While Gillespie’s search for the right location for a barbecue restaurant has gone on for some time, he told me in a recent phone conversation that it was just about a month ago that he started to see Sargent and Morelli as potential business partners. He began stopping their shop by once a week to create small batches of fun flavors, including Amaretto-popcorn and smoked caramel-infused chocolate with marshmallow swirl.
It’s a project that’s still in the brainstorming phase, but let’s cross our fingers that the partnership solidifies and that they find the perfect space for a barbecue/ice cream emporium.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Southern food guru John T. Edge, gave a shout out to Hankook Taqueria in his New York Times story on the growing popularity of Korean-style tacos.
The fourth annual Give Me Five: Five Chefs and Five Sommeliers dinner will be held Sunday, August 22 at The East Lake Country Club. For further details visit:
Buckhead. Creative Loafing first reported that Ibiza, the Spanish tapas bar, would close at the end of July.
Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that Agora Cafe is expanding into a portion of the adjoining Park Bench space.
Marietta. Blogging about a friend’s birthday dinner at Tasty China, Jimmy at Eat It Atlanta reports—with a caveat that this information is far from verified—that Peter Chang is looking to open a restaurant in an office park at 6450 Powers Ferry Road.
Midtown. Look for The Barrell House Restaurant—at 22 5th Street—to open soon.
Norcross. John Kessler reported that Sushi Mito, a new restaurant with an izakaya-style menu, has opened at 6470 Spalding Drive.
Reynoldstown. Besha Rodell first reported that the Lush Life Restaurant Group—who also run Jackson-Hartsfield’s One Flew South and Rolling Bones BBQ on Edgewood—is planning to open H. Harper Station, an upscale cocktail lounge and small plates spot, this fall in the former Depot space at 904 Memorial Drive.
Southwest Atlanta. Thrillist notes that Shindig’s Bar-B-Que has opened at 3605 Campbellton Road.
Question of the Week: What much beloved Buckhead comfort foods spot is looking for a new home?
P.S. The answer to last week’s QOTW—What Atlanta based Asian themed restaurant has changed ownership and has a new name?—is the Real Chow Baby at the Galleria; it is now Big Chow Grill