Last year, actor Rob Bouton, owner of Charleston’s Queen Street Grocery, opened Everyday Market featuring gourmet goods in Old Fourth Ward. On Wednesday, Bouton and chef Mike Pitts, who previously worked at Nobu and Momofuku in New York, will launch an adjacent restaurant and bar called Field Day. Located in the space previously home to Across the Street at 668 Highland Avenue, Field Day will be “a laid back, yet inventive neighborhood patio bar and restaurant,” Bouton says.
He describes the space as “funky and hip with color abounding outside.” In fact, the name Field Day is a direct reflection of the greenery surrounding the restaurant with the Freedom Park Trail running behind it. The patio bar with a turf-adorned ceiling and color-changing lights will provide plenty of seating for diners who want to enjoy the fresh air.
“I love Atlanta, and this neighborhood is exactly what I want: diverse, green, walkable, and easy access to the rest of the city,” Bouton says.
Pitts’s menu is described as an “imaginative twist on classic pub fare” using local ingredients whenever possible. Offerings change weekly and may include a pork Philly, kimchi grilled cheese, and chicken yakitori. Expect burgers, fries, and boiled peanuts, too. All menu items cost less than $20.
David Petro, formerly of One Eared Stag, is the bar manager. There will be eight wines by the glass, plus beer by the pitcher (think Arches Low Viz IPA and Founders Solid Gold), and local options like Three Taverns and Creature Comforts. Cocktails range from Moscow Mules and gimlets to a drink called Baker’s Zombie with cognac, coco loco, maraschino, and bitters.
“It’s gonna be the best damn local neighborhood bar and restaurant,” Bouton says.