Courtesy of Rosa's Tex-Mex Revival
Southbound owners Mike Plummer and Amanda Averill are opening a second restaurant in Chamblee next month. They took over the space formerly occupied by Chamblee Bistro, at 5480 Peachtree Road, and hope to start serving at Rosa’s Tex-Mex Revival in time for Cinco de Mayo.
“I love Tex-Mex food, but it’s more about what the area needs,” Plummer says. “I moved here 10 years ago from Seattle and got tired of driving to Inman Park, Decatur, and the Westside. That’s why I started Southbound [too]. I’m just trying to put a business where it’s needed.”
Southbound chef de cuisine Beth Colvin will lead the kitchen at Rosa’s, with Kynan Kohli (also from Southbound) behind the bar.
“It’s really good, clean ingredients being represented in the Tex-Mex style,” says Plummer, who lived in Texas for six years.
Diners can expect tacos, tortas, and fajitas, as well as entrees like slow-braised pork and items prepared on the smoker. There will be ceviche and fried yucca, too.
The beverage list will include traditional margaritas, horchata, Mexican beer, cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices, and “a nice selection of tequilas,” Plummer says.
Rosa’s will seat 80 people inside and 70 on an open-air patio. It will have a modern, white look with “cool, interesting art on the walls,” Plummer says. There will be a mix of communal and private tables, plus bar stools along the walls of the dining room, as well as at the bar.
“My main goal is to bring more chef-driven restaurants to this side of town,” he says, adding that he’s working on plans for at least one more but can’t reveal much else.