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Vine & Tap debuts lunch-only lobster shack June 21st

Mendelsohn has always shown an affinity to New England specialties and his dinner-only, Maryland-style crab cake is one of the city’s best.

The Christiane Chronicles: Atlanta needs more Eastern European restaurants; and where to find rich butter

As hard as it is to believe, there was a time when naysayers thought that Atlantans weren’t willing to pay top dollar for corned beef, pastrami, and pickles. Then along came the General Muir; deli crisis averted. Now let’s continue rounding out our patchy dining scene, starting with Eastern European restaurants.

High on the Vine: Which celebrity makes the best wine?

Everybody spends excess income in different ways. If you're a celebrity, owning a winery is one way to do it. People like Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Sting—they're all producing wine whether you want to drink it or not.

High on the Vine: You literally need a crowbar to open this sparkling rosé from Slovenia

Unless you're that guy, you probably aren’t drinking Champagne regularly. The drink of kings that dates back to the Roman Empire, Champagne is one of the few beverages of the world that carries an...

Wine lovers rejoice: Coravin device extracts a glassful while still preserving the bottle

Wine may look impervious in its thick glass bottles, but it is sensitive stuff. Once it’s uncorked, oxygen will drive even the most elegant quaff toward vinegary ruin. Most restaurants, including those serious about their beverage programs, restrict what they offer by the glass, reserving the pricier, more finessed wines for the bottle list.

Atlanta’s next wine bar, Vine & Tap, to open February 7 in Buckhead

Atlanta is getting a new wine bar—one that’s been a long time coming. Spearheaded by Ian Mendelsohn, a former beverage director at the St. Regis, Vine & Tap will open in Buckhead's Lenox Village at 2770 Lenox Road on February 7. It was originally projected to open last summer, but a fire broke out in the space in August, causing delays all around.

Wine bar update

Between Three Taverns and Wild Heaven, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about new Atlanta’s breweries lately. The new crop of wine bars, however, have had some delays. Read on for the latest on Stem and Vine & Tap.

In food news: What you missed last week

Fry's Tex-Mex restaurant to be called Superica
Ford Fry—the chef behind the Optimist, No. 246, King Duke, and more—has named his Krog Street Market Tex-Mex spot Superica, reports Eater Atlanta. The name came from the words "super taqueria." The restaurant will open by early 2014.

Fire at Vine & Tap
Fire broke out at Vine & Tap, the Buckhead wine bar and small plates restaurant by Ian Mendelsohn, this week. Because of that, the grand opening—which was originally set for July—has been pushed back to late September.

HD1 to become FLIP Burger
HD1, the Poncey-Highland hot dog spot by chef Richard Blais, is now closed. The restaurant is being retrofitted as a FLIP Burger Boutique—another Blais creation—and will reopen in eight to ten weeks, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The new FLIP location will feature a rooftop patio. Select HD1 hot dogs will be added to the menu.

Giovanni di Palma’s Caffé Gio opens
Antico Pizza Napoletana founder Giovanni di Palma made great strides toward the completion of Piazza San Gennaro, his planned Westside neighborhood, last week with the opening of Caffe Gio, a gelateria and Neapolitan café. Adjacent to Antico, Caffe Gio serves “traditional Neapolitan street food,” including panini, salads, and chicken soup, Eater Atlanta reports. The gelato (ten flavors) is imported from Italy.

Dante Stephensen plans to auction off pirate ship décor
Dante Stephensen, founder and namesake of iconic fondue and jazz spot Dante’s Down the Hatch, has announced plans to auction off the restaurant’s equipment and decorations, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dante’s closed late last month after the land was sold to Atlantic Realty Partners and Behringer Harvard, who plan to build an apartment tower. Stephensen’s auction will take place at the restaurant on September 21, starting at 9 a.m. The $95 entry price includes food, drink, and live jazz.

Taria Camerino starts work at Miso Izakaya
Pastry chef and Sugar-Coated Radical founder Taria Camerino recently left Rocket Farms Restaurants (Ford Fry’s empire) and has joined forces with Guy Wong at Miso Izakaya, Creative Loafing reports. She is working on a Japanese-inspired dessert menu and will be creating some items for Yum Bunz as well.

Ian Mendelsohn talks Vine & Tap

After Pizzeria Venti closed in Buckhead in late March, we got word that a wine bar called Vine & Tap would be taking its place. The proprietor, former St. Regis beverage director Ian Mendelsohn, had been pondering the concept for ten years and thought 2770 Lenox Road was the perfect place to implement it.

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