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Cocktail-fueled crowds are standard when dining with Ford Fry, whose interiors are never anything less than stunning. But at some point, you will need to eat—calories to balance the booze. This is where BeetleCat starts to sink.
The Christiane Chronicles: Yes, there’s great food OTP, and why eats don’t need to be Instagram-worthy
I’ll log as many miles as it takes for a good meal. Other folks eat only at restaurants nearby out of convenience. That’s fine, unless you’re one of the many intown residents who regard their refusal to travel outside I-285 as a badge of sophistication. Plus, why there’s nothing wrong with simple food.
Ford Fry’s Inman Park restaurant, often referenced as “the little sister to the Optimist,” finally has a name. Beetlecat will open in November and is named after the small wooden sailboats popular in New England. Andrew Isabella, formerly of No. 246, will lead the kitchen, working closely with Kevin Maxey.
Rocket Farms Restaurants and chef/restaurateur Ford Fry announced today that Wesley True is replacing Adam Evans as executive chef at the Optimist. True worked at Danube and Aquavit in New York City, and most recently the Spence; Evans, who has led the Optimist since its opening in 2012, announced his departure last month and has yet to reveal his future plans.
It doesn’t much matter what I think about Superica and The El Felix, Ford Fry’s two new Tex-Mex restaurants with almost identical menus and almost identical lines. When I asked the manager of The El Felix—in Avalon, the Alpharetta mall-city—how many diners they served, he said, “Three to four hundred on a slow night.”
The latest beer in Red Hare’s chef series launches tomorrow, Friday, May 1. Restaurateur Ford Fry and his beverage manager Eduardo Guzman teamed up with Red Hare brewmaster Bobby Thomas on a session IPA. "Hoptimistic Hare" will be available at the Optimist, No. 246, King + Duke, the El Felix, and Superica, as well as on tap at the Red Hare brewery in Marietta.
Robert Phalen, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, and Ford Fry dish on their all-time favorites
With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta and Alpharetta’s Avalon last year, our city saw an influx of restaurants from other markets (Oak Steakhouse, Thirteen Pies, and Le Bilboquet, to name a few). This year, however, numerous local names will expand further across the city. Here are the fifteen most anticipated restaurants for 2015.