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While we're celebrating everything that is the best about Atlanta in 2018, we couldn’t help but give a shout-out to Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye. The new series released not one but two seasons filmed in the metro area this year. Before they take on Kansas City, we asked the Fab Five for one more round of local style advice.
It took 18 years for Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Ben, to determine exactly how they should update their historic Virginia-Highland house. They both started their careers as attorneys, and, according to Jennifer, the decision to open restaurants (which include the General Muir, West Egg Cafe, the Canteen, Fred’s Meat & Bread, and Yalla) was just as carefully considered.
Set to open in March in the Krog Street Market, Fred’s Meat & Bread will be the newest eatery by the General Muir team, chef Todd Ginsberg, Shelley Sweet, and Ben and Jennifer Johnson. Jonah Merrell, previously of Bacchanalia and Star Provisions, will be chef de cuisine. The 600-square-foot counter service restaurant will offer burgers, fries, and sandwiches, including po’ boys, cheesesteaks, and banh mi, with with meals averaging $10 or less.
Chris Flores, once a baker at West Egg and Bakeshop and executive pastry chef at Nikolai’s Roof, has been busy seeding his pastries around the city. Proprietor and pastry chef at the four-month-old Ratio Bakeshop, Flores makes everything from scones and macaroons to brownies and cheesecakes.
A couple of years ago, if you had asked Fred Castellucci (the Iberian Pig, Double Zero Napoletana and Sugo) what his biggest problem was, he’d have said finding reliable staff for his restaurants. Like many restaurateurs, Castellucci relied on Craigslist to fill his openings.