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Even the most iconic restaurants are not immune to decline. Here are a few old-timers who’ve closed in the last five years.
It was the year of the city center. With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta, Inman Park’s Krog Street Market, and Alpharetta’s Avalon, restaurants opened in droves. Local chefs got a nod from the James Beard Foundation, a lime shortage caused momentary panic, and one popular pop-up signed on its first brick-and-mortar location. Read on as we remember when.
After suffering severe burns during a freak accident at Woodfire Grill last year, pastry chef Karie Brown is getting back in the kitchen and hoping to open her first brick-and-mortar bakery. Brown currently runs Beverly Jean Bakeshop—named after her grandmother who baked using sustainable ingredients found on her farm—out of her home.
Between the struggle to secure a reservation and the sudden arrival of expensive prix fixe menus, Valentine’s Day can be a challenging time to dine out. This year we’re challenging you to ditch the traditional dinner date (just this once), and consider these five Valentine’s Day alternatives, including options for both those who love—and hate—this “Hallmark holiday.”
As the saying goes, you win some, and you lose some. This year we saw famed mixologists leave their longtime outposts, award-winning chefs open new “it” spots, and the restaurant community band together to help one of their own. As we welcome in the new year, we pause to take a look back at what happened in 2013.
Monkfish Tail, in the shape of a miniature cornucopia, sits on a small bed of fluffy basmati rice and curried chickpeas. Tikka masala sauce artfully dribbles down one side of the fish into a scarlet pool on the plate. Its synced, grooving flavors—a bass line of cumin and coriander, the smooth phrasing of heavy cream, ginger, and garlic in close harmony—mingle with the meaty swimmer and hum like a Motown chart-topper. A dab of cucumber chutney on the side adds a shimmering falsetto note.
Last Saturday I pulled back the creaky wooden doors to Woodfire Grill and walked inside with a package wrapped in a brown paper bag under my arm. I had come to talk with Patrick Guilfoil, the sommelier since January, about wines to pair with backyard cookouts.
Plenty has already been written about the controversial name of Kevin Gillespie’s forthcoming restaurant, Gunshow. Despite some objections, he decided to keep the name as a tribute to his father, who worked seven days a week to feed his family, yet would make time to occasionally visit a gun show on Sundays with his son. Gillespie dreamed up the Gunshow concept after hearing from his mother that his pop never quite felt comfortable dining at Woodfire Grill (where Gillespie worked for nine years).
Kevin Gillespie's first cookbook, Fire in My Belly, came out earlier this week. Back when we announced that Gillespie would be leaving Woodfire Grill, I mentioned that the cookbook was a part of a plan for Gillespie to reinvent his career: leaving the restaurant that he made his name with and opening up a new one, Gunshow, that intends to be radically different from the table-linen fine dining experience at Woodfire.
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