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We saw a record number of openings in 2015 (or maybe we're just thinking of Ford Fry). Highly anticipated restaurants like Staplehouse and Atlas opened their doors, along with big names in Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market. We also saw a number of closings, including two major restaurant groups, which lefts hundreds unemployed. Below, a recap of 2015.
Paper Plane, the cocktail bar behind Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur, will shut its doors at the end of the month. Plans are in the works for a new concept to open in time for a preview at Victory’s big luau September 13, owner Ian Jones says.
Ian Jones, proprietor of Victory Sandwich Bar and Paper Plane, is frustrated. Originally, he had a May opening in mind for Victory Sandwich Bar’s new Inman Park location (913 Bernina Avenue, the space formerly home to Park’s Edge). Then he figured July. Now, due to a seemingly endless series of meetings and reviews with the city permitting department, it’s looking more like August or September, he says.
What, exactly, is in a cocktail name? Bartenders can be both inspired to name their drinks, and flummoxed by the pressure of capturing its spirit. Names can either entice or detract guests from ordering, so the decision usually comes with considerable thought. I spoke with two barkeeps about their process.
Collaboration, rather than one towering personality, ignites the spark plugs behind these four new ventures.
With the development of Krog Street Market and the 280 Elizabeth Street project (rumored apartments and retail), Atlanta restaurants—especially those in Inman Park—are on the move. Read on to see who’s going where, which of your favorite spots are expanding, and more.
Cocktail guru Paul Calvert is a man on the move. He was recently named Beverage Director at Victory Sandwich Bar—the Inman Park location as well as the forthcoming Victory in Decatur. Calvert made waves with the Sound Table’s bar program and went on to spice things up at Pura Vida.