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Barcelona Wine Bar

"Hello, and welcome to Cougar Town," a friend said as we jostled through the crowd at Barcelona Wine Bar. She was eyeing a table of six preternaturally blond girlfriends, clinking sloshy glasses of red wine and shrieking "Happy Birthday" to one of their pack. Scores of other coiffed, forty-something women prowled the central bar, their spiky heels on the wooden floors adding snare-drum rim shots to the growing din of voices.

Q&A with Barcelona Wine Bar’s Sasa Mahr-Batuz

ATL Food Chatter: December 20, 2011(To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Sasa (pronounced sa-sha) Mahr-Batuz is the creative mind behind the 16-year-old, Connecticut-based Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant group, which he co-founded with restaurant veteran Andy Pforzheimer. Their first location in the Southeast, on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park, has created much buzz in Atlanta’s dining scene with its Spanish themed tapas, outside-the-box wine program, and rustic-chic energy.

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