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Robert Phalen, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, and Ford Fry dish on their all-time favorites
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).
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.
In less than a week—January 13 to be precise—Ford Fry's newest venture, St. Cecilia, will open in Buckhead's Pinnacle Building, in the space formerly home to Bluepointe. With a menu that covers the southern European coast, inspired by Genoa, Italy, and the Ligurian coast, St. Cecilia focuses on fresh pastas, roasted fish, and crudo.
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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