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Could you wait tables for 45 years?

No kid dreams of waiting tables when he grows up. At least, that’s what we learned from five of Atlanta’s veteran servers, who’ve each spent 20 to 45 years taking orders, filling glasses, and brushing crumbs from tables. So what makes someone stick with this job for their entire life?

Is Ford Fry’s Marcel the most expensive steakhouse in Atlanta?

While a 30 oz porterhouse costs $142, Fry listed off a few tactics that, he says, many steakhouses use to cushion their margins

What’s happening at this year’s Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta is only a couple of weeks away. This year’s food fest, held October 25 through 27 at Tech Square, features samples from more than ninety local restaurants, four stages of cooking demonstrations, a barcraft competition, and a “Taste Revival” kickoff event hosted by Ron Eyester of Rosebud, the Family Dog, and Timone’s.

With AJC commenting controversy, the table is set for dialogue

When AJC dining critic John Kessler's review of the new high-end Buckhead steak and seafood restaurant Ocean Prime posted online last week, there was really nothing controversial about his sans-stars grade of FAIR. Expecting Kessler to rave about a chain restaurant (albeit a "swanky" model) is a bit like expecting a film critic to adore "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen."

Q&A with Ocean Prime’s Cameron Mitchell

ATL Food Chatter: October 18, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Cameron Mitchell, founder and president of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants that owns Ocean Prime, the upscale seafood and steak-themed “supper club” slated to open in Buckhead on October 25, is confident that his award-winning restaurant concept will do well here. After hearing him explain his philosophy on customer service to the newly hired staff in Atlanta, I better understood his confidence. Mitchell recounted the story of how his son was denied a chocolate milkshake at a local restaurant because it didn’t offer them on the menu, and the staff refused to attempt to accommodate the request. He had a personal light bulb moment and decided that his restaurants would service any reasonable customer request.

Ocean Prime Seafood & Steaks to cast its latest line in Buckhead this fall

That constant swirl of construction dust at 3102 Piedmont Road has all but obscured the former site of the late, lamented Sambuca Jazz Cafe in recent weeks. As our ATL Food Chatter columnist James Oxendine first reported this week, this fall, the address will pop back onto the dining scene radar with the first Atlanta location of Columbus, Ohio-based restaurateur Cameron Mitchell's Ocean Prime Fish Steaks Cocktails concept.

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