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Where to make your sweetheart swoon on Valentine’s Day in Atlanta

Looking for where to eat on Valentine's Day in Atlanta? Here are 25 restaurants offering specials.
JCT Kitchen shooting

A suspected robber shot a man outside JCT Kitchen—Updated

One man is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital after he was shot outside JCT Kitchen, Ford Fry's popular restaurant and bar in the Westside Provisions District just before 9 p.m. last night.
Alvin Diec

The Brand Man: Meet Atlanta restaurateurs’ best-kept secret

Alvin Diec is arguably the most in-demand brand guru on Atlanta’s dining scene, and you’ve never heard of him. The unassuming graphic designer with thick-framed glasses is the quirky brain behind the websites, menus, trucker hats, and souvenir postcards of more than 44 Atlanta restaurants and retailers.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Rising Star of the Year: Joe Schafer

This Griffin native made his rounds in local kitchens, from Rainwater to Murphy’s to Parish, before joining Ford Fry in 2013: first as the chef de cuisine at JCT Kitchen and, more recently, behind the wood-burning ovens at King + Duke.
Ford Fry

38. Ford Fry

After opening Southern-inspired JCT Kitchen in 2007, Fry waited four years before adding a second eatery to his stable. However, since 2011, he’s launched a new restaurant every year.

E.J. Hodgkinson to become the executive chef at Ford Fry’s King + Duke, starting November 17

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).

Check out the menu for Ford Fry’s the El Felix, opening November 3 at Avalon

Rocket Farms Restaurants proprietor Ford Fry—the man behind the Optimist and King + Duke, as well as St. Cecilia, No. 246, JCT Kitchen and the soon-to-open Superica—will unveil his first OTP restaurant, the El Felix, November 3. A Mex-Tex spot, the El Felix is located at 1130 Avalon Boulevard in the new Avalon complex in Alpharetta.

Lime shortage hits Atlanta restaurants

If your guacamole tastes funny or your Cinco de Mayo Corona doesn't come with a lime today, there's a reason. Heavy rains and disease in Mexico's lime fields have caused a serious lime shortage. Mexican drug cartels hijacking lime trucks and blackmailing farmers are not helping either. Exports are down, and prices have skyrocketed.

Ford Fry signs on as Justin Bieber’s personal chef

In a rather strange turn of events, executive chef and restaurateur Ford Fry—the man behind St. Cecilia, King Duke, the Optimist, No. 246, and JCT Kitchen—has signed on as Justin Bieber’s personal chef for the next three months.

Ford Fry talks details on his upcoming St. Cecilia

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.

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