Photo by Michael Mussman
Muss & Turner’s is almost ready for its East Cobb debut. Located in the space formerly home to Common Quarter, at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, this is the first time the Muss & Turner’s concept is being duplicated since its inception 12 years ago. Founders Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner decided to abandon Common Quarter after partner Chris Talley left the restaurant, saying it was his brainchild. Now, they’re excited to bring an adapted version of their original Smyrna restaurant to a new audience.
“Expect a similar menu to what folks in Smyrna would call our lunch menu, with the addition of some new items,” Turner says. Led by chef de cuisine Dirk Wessley from Muss & Turner’s Smyrna, the sandwich-heavy menu will be served all day. New items include:
Papa Max – House-kippered Skuna Bay salmon, cream cheese, boiled egg, red onion, capers, pickled green tomato, baby greens, and red wine vinaigrette on a toasted onion bagel
Baja Trout – Buttermilk fried trout filet with pickled jalapeno remoulade, cabbage, cilantro, and red onion dressed in fresh lime juice on a bun
Wild Caught Shrimp Salad – Domestic shrimp tossed in remoulade, with lemon-dressed arugula on a hoagie
Tasty China – Roasted Cox Farm pork loin shaved thin, tossed in Szechuan garlic mud, cabbage, and cilantro on ciabatta
Bubby Muss’ Matzo Ball Soup – Homemade chicken stock, celery, carrots, and “schmaltzy” matzo balls
The drink menu will be full of classics, called M&T Go-To’s. Think Manhattans, negronis, margaritas, martinis, and something called Mama’s Milk made with vodka or gin, elderflower liquor, tonic or soda water, and lime. There will be three seasonal cocktails, six local drafts, and twenty bottled or canned beers, as well as 23 wines.
“We’re going back to our roots when I first opened and ran the wine program and tried to find wines guests don’t know about that were great deals,” Turner says. “We want to be the place people go to find their next favorite wine to drink at home.”
Since the East Cobb audience is full of families, Muss & Turner’s will also offer kiddie cocktails (mocktails) like the Tirley Semple (pomegranate, grenadine, and Mexican Sprite).
Like the menu, the East Cobb space will have a personality of its own. A giant chalkboard displays the entire menu (with pictures!) There’s a black and white mural of a tattooed, apron-wearing cow and a funky chicken on the wall, an open kitchen, and glassed-in sunroom. And for the first time, Muss & Turner’s is allowing TVs in the restaurant. The ten TVs will show music videos dating back to 1976-1996, designed to “stoke your nostalgia,” Turner says.
Looking for something ITP? Turner hinted that the team has “something unique” in the works near Local Three.