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Square Feet Studio
The firm Vivian Bencich founded with her husband John in 2001, Square Feet Studio, won first place in Contract magazine’s 2016 Inspiration Awards for work on Staplehouse. It was the first national honor for the growing firm of 11, whose portfolio ranges from the industrial sophistication of departed Abattoir to cozy Kimball House and a colorful, rambunctious Mellow Mushroom in Decatur.
Here’s the menu at Ford Fry’s Westside steakhouse, Marcel, opening Monday
You’d think the man would want a day off, but Ford Fry is about to open his ninth (yes, ninth) restaurant in Atlanta. Marcel, an old-school American steakhouse with French sensibilities, will open Monday on the Westside in the old Abattoir space, which Anne Quatrano closed in March
The Christiane Chronicles: Atlanta’s best baklava, and are all the good restaurant names taken?
The best baklava comes from a shop famous around Atlanta for its pita, Leon International Foods. And a restaurant's food may be highly complex, but that doesn't mean its name needs to be.
Ford Fry to open European-inspired steakhouse in Abattoir location
Restaurateur Ford Fry isn’t wasting any time. Last week Anne Quatrano announced that Abattoir on the Westside would close on March 28. Fry has now confirmed that he's taking over the space to open a "beefsteak dinner-inspired steakhouse" called Marcel in July of this year.
Anne Quatrano talks closing Abattoir, plans to turn the Quinones Room into a café
Chef/owner Anne Quatrano of Star Provisions announced yesterday that the meat-centric Abattoir will have its final dinner service on March 28. The Optimist’s Ford Fry will be taking over the space. While Fry’s staying mum on...
Alpaca, it’s what’s for dinner: Atlanta restaurants serve up alternatives to the usual beef and chicken
Historically speaking, the Southern meat-and-two has called for beef, pork, or chicken. Today kitchens are showing interest in other animals. I spoke with four chefs who know their way around the hottest cuts.
Hector Santiago on departing Abattoir and opening at Ponce City Market
Perhaps best known for his now-defunct Latin restaurant Pura Vida, Hector Santiago is leaving his post as executive chef at Anne Quatrano’s Abattoir to work on developing his own restaurant at Ponce City Market....
Hector Santiago talks Big Sky Buckhead, H. Santiago Burritos for mid-2014
Hector Santiago, formerly of Pura Vida and Super Pan, has joined forces with Adam Berlin and Juan Calle to open a new fast-casual restaurant in Buckhead. Big Sky will focus on food inspired by Santiago’s Latin background, but also encompass other cultures and ingredients. This 130-plus-seat space with multiple patios is set to open the last week in January or first week in February. We spoke with Santiago, who shared more details about his upcoming project.
Updated Reviews: Woodfire Grill and Abattoir
Monkfish Tail, in the shape of a miniature cornucopia, sits on a small bed of fluffy basmati rice and curried chickpeas. Tikka masala sauce artfully dribbles down one side of the fish into a scarlet pool on the plate. Its synced, grooving flavors—a bass line of cumin and coriander, the smooth phrasing of heavy cream, ginger, and garlic in close harmony—mingle with the meaty swimmer and hum like a Motown chart-topper. A dab of cucumber chutney on the side adds a shimmering falsetto note.
A fundraiser picnic by Anne Quatrano
Anne Quatrano, the chef and restaurateur behind Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, and Abattoir, will be creating traditional Southern picnic dishes for a Nickel Bottom Community Garden fundraiser on May 19. The event, called BUDS, will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. behind Floataway Café and include bocce, cornhole, live music, a raffle, a wildlife release, and of course, food prepared by Quatrano and Floataway executive chef Todd Immel.
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