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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
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.
JCT Kitchen executive chef E.J. Hodgkinson will leave his post and take over at King + Duke November 17. The news comes nearly two months after Joe Schafer, the restaurant's opening chef, resigned from the kitchen for personal reasons (Schafer now helms the kitchen at Abattoir).
In less than a week—January 13 to be precise—Ford Fry's newest venture, St. Cecilia, will open in Buckhead's Pinnacle Building, in the space formerly home to Bluepointe. With a menu that covers the southern European coast, inspired by Genoa, Italy, and the Ligurian coast, St. Cecilia focuses on fresh pastas, roasted fish, and crudo.
The next restaurant to open in chef Ford Fry’s burgeoning empire, St. Cecilia will focus on light seafood and pastas influenced by Northern Italy. Its home, formerly Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s Bluepointe, is being completely renovated, and as it enters the final stages of construction, Fry feels comfortable enough to announce a December—or at the latest, January—target launch date. Here, he shares the plans for the restaurant’s menu, atmosphere, and executive chef, as well as some new concepts he’s contemplating.