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Alma Cocina

I worry over the impressions that Downtown restaurants leave on tourists and conventioneers. Most of these places, particularly along Peachtree Street, are terrible—soulless chains and outdated theme concepts that stay afloat serving food that was totally rad in 1988.

Food Chatter: Q&A with Fifth Group’s Robby Kukler

To say that Fifth Group Restaurant president Robby Kukler has been busy lately is like saying that Paula Deen enjoys butter. He has recently opened up Downtown restaurant Alma Cucina, successfully competed for four spots at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and is in the construction phase of his latest venture, Lure, a Midtown seafood restaurant opening this summer in the former Vickery’s spot. Kukler chatted in a recent email interview about what is on the horizon for 2012, the airport ventures, and how his team plans their projects.

Fifth Group to dangle Lure in former Vickery’s space on Crescent Avenue in 2012

This just in: Fifth Group Restaurants confirmed Monday that it will debut a new seafood eatery named Lure in the now-shuttered Vickery's space on Crescent Avenue in Midtown. The group operated by partners Robby Kukler, Steve Simon and Kris Reinhard has purchased the property that once housed the popular casual dining destination and plan to debut Lure in early 2012.

Fifth Group Restaurants plans Tex-Mex concept in old Il Mulino space downtown

That didn't take long. Unlike a lot of abandoned dining retail space in the city, the former home of high-end Italian eatery Il Mulino (see right) in the One Ninety One building on Peachtree Street downtown has a new tenant.

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