Q: What inspired you to open H. Harper Station?
DN: I would have to say the neighborhood and the building itself, particularly once we found out that the building used to be an old train station. Jerry’s grandpa worked on a train; my great grandpa worked on a train. It seemed like it was meant to be.
Q: How would you describe your approach to the menu?
DN: It’s personality driven: This is the food that Jerry, Reggie [Washington] and I like to eat. After working a seventeen-hour day, sometimes all I want is some of Mom’s mac-n-cheese with mustard greens. When I was eight years old, we moved from Louisiana to Seattle, and that’s why you see a dish like the house-cured salmon. And you can’t forget the building, which inspires classic drinks with a modern twist. Why not do the same with the food?
Q: What are some of the other projects that the Lush Life Group are planning for 2011?
DN: We are working on Sweet Georgia Brown’s Juke Joint with one of the owners of One Flew South. After a little R&R, we will get fired up for 2012. I’ll keep you posted..
Q: Where do you like to eat in Atlanta when you have the time?
DN: The Shed and Pura Vida are at the top of my list. Also: Home Grown, Craft, JCT Kitchen, and Rosebud.
Q: When are you going to get back into the comedy circuit?
DN: I would have to say some time in 2011, but you never know. A good friend of mine owns the Village Theatre, so you might catch me doing a little improv there.
Alpharetta. The Butcher’s Bakery & Deli has opened at 295 Rucker Road.
Buckhead. Thrillist is reporting that Aficionado’s Cigar & Wine Bar has opened at 321 Pharr Road.
Cumberland/Galleria. Buckhead Pizza, a North Georgia-based group, is slated to open their fourth location in Galleria Mall by February 2011.
Downtown. Look for Spanish Harlem, a restaurant and bar featuring live entertainment, to open early 2011 at 262 Edgewood Avenue in the former Harlem Bar space.
We’re hearing reports that the Atlanta branch of Il Mulino will close at the end of the week.
East Atlanta. What Now Atlanta reports that plans are in the works for Flying Biscuit founder Delia Champion and Porter Beer Bar co-owner Molly Gunn to team up and open Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand in East Atlanta Village.
Edgewood. As Bill Addison posted on Twitter earlier today, Dynamic Dish chef-owner David Sweeney has decided to close his restaurant. The restaurant will remain open through the end of next week.
Question of the Week: What is the name of the restaurant that opened in the former Shipfeifer space this week?