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The former LPC and La Pietra Cucina space straddling Buckhead and Midtown has turned over yet again. Drew van Leuvan, executive chef and owner of Seven Lamps, and Billy Streck—co-owner of Grain, Cypress Street Pint & Plate, and the upcoming Hampton & Hudson—have taken the reigns to create a neighborhood tavern called Tavernpointe. Restaurateurs Jeff Newsham, Rob Caswick, and Dave Pazienza are also partners in the endeavor.
I’ll just say it: Seasonal eating has become tyranny. Although I love the first crunchy radishes of spring, the ripe tomatoes of summer, and the versatile varieties of winter squash, too many chefs today feel they must marry their entire menus to Mother Nature, offering dishes for as long as a sunset.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Grain restaurateur Billy Streck is branching out with his wife Jenn and opening a “community bar and restaurant” called Hampton & Hudson this fall. Located in Inman Park’s 280 Elizabeth Street development—alongside MF Sushi and Ford Fry’s Optimist spinoff—Hampton & Hudson will serve healthier pub food alongside a “well-rounded” bar menu.