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Urban Cannibals owners to open three new restaurants this summer

Calavino Donati and Doria Roberts opened East Atlanta Village's Urban Cannibals in 2009 with one hot plate and a George Foreman Grill. They’re stepping up their game this summer with three new eateries in Midtown and Virginia-Highland.“The...

After a harrowing health scare, Doria Roberts of Urban Cannibals bakes up a benefit for The Giving Kitchen

Heading into the holiday season last year, Urban Cannibals owners Doria Roberts and Calavino Donati were secretly thrilled. The singer and the chef, who had been trying to get pregnant, were attempting to hide...

Thanks to girl power, Doria Roberts advances to Grammys gig finals

With countless mouse clicks from fans across the country, Atlanta singer-singwriter Doria Roberts has advanced to the finals of The Grammys Gig of a Lifetime competition. After emerging as the winner last week of the South Atlantic competition for the prestigious appearance, the East Atlanta biscuit baker is now up against six other bands and remains the only woman in the competition. With just 24 hours left to rack up votes from fans, Roberts will require all the girl power she can conjure up from her loyal fan base today.

Doria Roberts nurtures an Odetta-inspired batch of new songs on “Blackeyed Susan”

Atlanta singer-songwriter Doria Roberts' new album, "Blackeyed Susan" is designed to engage all your senses. When you slide up the lid on the wooden "Blackeyed Susan" box created out of scraps from a guitar manufacturer, the scent of loose tea perfumes the air. There are blackeyed susan seeds for planting, honey to accompany the tea, a piece of Atlanta designer Kathleen Plate's Smartglass recycled jewelry and, after a five-year wait, Roberts' latest song cycle, inspired by and featuring songs long associated with her late mentor and civil rights folk legend Odetta Holmes. Roberts will introduce fans to the project this week at Decatur CD on Tuesday night at 7:30 with an album release gig (a massive reproduction of the album cover is now displayed on the side of the building) and Thursday at 5 p.m. at the East Atlanta Farmers Market. For the first time, Roberts says she has no plans to issue a digital version of the project ("I want people to enage all their senses with the keepsake box," she says. "You can't achieve that with a download.").

Discovery: Urban Cannibals

Transforming old storefronts into hopping neighborhood hangouts has been Calavino Donati’s life since she gave up being a jeweler and artist in the mid-1990s and moved to Atlanta. Urban Cannibals—a small bodega, bakery, and sandwich shop she opened a year ago with her life partner, singer-songwriter Doria Roberts—has the same scrappy sensibility as Calavino’s Roman Lily Cafe, which overlooked the walking path along Freedom Parkway and closed in 2006.

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