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ATL Food Chatter: August 23, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) The 5 Napkin Burger that opened last Monday in the former Nickiemoto’s space may be the sixth store for the New York-based company, but the sleek Midtown project also included a couple of company firsts—including a spacious patio and a local partner, Kathy Tuchman, who sold the 5 Napkin team on the city and the site. Tuchman, a former New Yorker who has lived in the South for ten years, fell in love with the concept when she attended the opening of the original 5 Napkin Burger on the Upper Westside. She has a culinary background that includes private chef work and operating a small catering company. She helped with the planning and design process for the local 5 Napkins, which included recruiting Johnson Studio to design the space and hiring local chefs Ian Forrest and Jason Davis to run the kitchen.
It took the New York City-based Five Napkin Burger chain three long years to find the perfect Atlanta location. In the time spent scrutinizing locales, Richard Blais built his Flip Burger Boutique franchise and Shaun Doty opened a pair of Yeah! Burgers. Ditto for Grindhouse Burgers.