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Homage Atlanta

Former St. Cecilia and Ecco chef to open Homage, a Spanish tapas restaurant

Chef Chris Hughes plans to open Homage, an intimate Spanish tapas restaurant, in a former laundry service building on Rogers Street near the train tracks.

8Arm team to open Small Fry at Atlanta Dairies (and yes, there will be fries)

Skip Engelbrecht and chef Nhan Le, the team behind 8Arm in Poncey-Highland, have turned their focus to casual eateries. They recently launched Fishmonger seafood market and raw bar in Virginia-Highland and will open Small Fry—an elevated, fried comfort food takeout—in Atlanta Dairies in late fall.

NoriFish hits Sandy Springs with omakase and a la carte sushi

Okiboru Tsukemen & Ramen owner and executive chef Sean Park recently launched a new sushi spot, focused on omakase, in Sandy Springs. NoriFish touts high-end fish flown in twice weeks from the famed Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo.
Nonalcoholic cocktails

No proof, no problem: Add these nonalcoholic drinks to your home bar

While no- and low-alcohol beverages are an almost $10 billion global industry, there’s no one-stop shop in Atlanta for the sober and sober-curious—but that’s changing.
Spina Pizza Reynoldstown

O4W Pizza founder’s son to open Spina Pizza at the Atlanta Dairies complex

Anthony Spina Jr. started testing the public’s perception of his pies in 2021 with pop-ups at the Dairies that aligned with concerts at the the Eastern. There, guests could purchase his margherita, funghi, and Hot Boy (pepperoni with hot honey) pies. These will headline the brick-and-mortar menu, along with five other varieties.

Tre Vele, Mission + Market team to open Lebanese restaurant Zakia

Executive chef Ian Winslade is once again partnering with Ryan and Jonathan Akly to open Zakia in Buckhead. Named for the Aklys’ grandmother who had roots in Lebanon and the Middle East, Zakia will serve mezze, meats, and seafood made with family recipes—with a twist.

Big changes ahead for Pizza Jeans at Ponce City Market

Earlier this month, Chris Wilkins announced the closure of his Ponce City Market bakeshop Root Baking Co. Now, the James Beard-nominated chef is moving his sister business, Pizza Jeans, from the 2nd floor to a new home in the food hall, where Farm to Ladle currently stands. Wilkins is also bringing on two new partners to operate Pizza Jeans: restaurateur Billy Streck (Nina & Rafi, Pielands), and his childhood friend Jeremy Gatto.
Le Bon Nosh

Review: High praise for Le Bon Nosh, Buckhead’s all-day Parisian cafe

In France, one of the highest compliments one can pay to a dish or a meal is: “It was correct.” Having grown up in this context, where proper execution is valued and silly hyperbole frowned upon, I am delighted to say that Forough Vakili’s posh new all-day restaurant in Buckhead—a celebration of the Parisian grand cafe—is bold, elegant, but above all, correct on almost every level.
Southern national Atlanta

Former One Flew South duo return to Atlanta with a new Summerhill restaurant

Former One Flew South chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington departed the award-winning airport restaurant in 2016 after nearly 20 years. One year later, they opened Southern National in Mobile, Ala., earning Nutter a 2020 James Beard Award finalist title. This summer, the famed duo will bring Southern National to Atlanta, opening in Summerhill in July or August.

A tranquil bar, Excuse My French, pops up at Citizen Supply in Ponce City Market

While founder Aaron Mattison is also the co-founder of neighboring Bar Vegan, which defines itself “bar theater,” Excuse My French aims to be the opposite concept, providing a tranquil respite with a minimalist vibe.
Phreshly canned cocktails

Atlanta tech veterans launch a new canned cocktails line, Phreshly

Co-founder Paul Owusu hopes Phreshly’s sourcing, quality ingredients, and distinct flavors will help the canned cocktail brand stand out in a crowded market.

3. Masterpiece

Rui Liu, a certified master chef from northeastern China, came to America on an O-1 visa given only to “individuals with extraordinary achievement.” Just wait til you bite into the more than 100 dishes on his menu.

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