By Eric Harvison
Dining Atlanta spotlights what is opening and closing around the city. Check in at the beginning of each week to find out what is changing in your neighborhood.
Farmers market season is underway with the reopening last weekend of the Peachtree Road, East Lake and Sandy Springs farmers markets. Other in-town seasonal openings that I’m aware of are the Piedmont Park Green Market on May 5th and the Brookwood Farmers Market on June 8th.
Former Creative Loafing food editor and restaurant critic Besha Rodell has accepted a position as food critic at the LA WEEKLY, replacing Pulitzer winner Jonathan Gold who recently moved across town to the Los Angeles Times.
THE ORIGINAL EL TACO will join YEAH! BURGER and ECCO in the new international concourse F at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, becoming the Fifth Group’s eighth restaurant (counting the airport ECCO).
The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes WATERSHED managing partner Ross Jones that the restaurant’s new Buckhead home hopes to open on May 24th. Jones also shared that the restaurant will now be called WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE.
Petrus Brands’ SHANES RIB SHACK on Roswell Road has closed and will be replaced by THE VILLAGE TAP, a new concept from the owners of the 5 PACES INN.
Atlanta’s only South African Restaurant 10 DEGREES SOUTH is now bottling and selling their signature Peri Peri sauce.
STG TRATTORIA has opened at 102 West Paces Ferry specializing in casual Italian fare. Opened by BOCADO’s Brian Lewis; Joshua Hopkins was brought over from ABATTOIR to become executive chef. Adam Waller, formerly with SOTTO SOTTO, is chef de cuisine.
Permits filed with the state reveal that YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET is preparing a massive expansion, more that tripling the market’s size and adding over 2,600 additional parking spaces. The expansion will take place in phases beginning this October.
Recently opened — COZEE TEA on East Ponce, near Natural Body.
More details about the new restaurant planned for the former CAKES & ALE space on Ponce (Dining Atlanta, March 19). The full name will be THE PINEWOOD TIPPLING ROOM, with T. Fable Jeon (most recently at THE LAWRENCE) leading the cocktail program as Principal Barkeep, and Julia LeRoy stepping in as consulting chef to create according to their press material, a small plate menu of “reinterpreted Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, venison, sweet potatoes, and a re-imagined fried bologna sandwich.”
AMERICAN ROADHOUSE‘s second location has opened in the Pencil Factory Lofts.
EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS will be replaced by a “full service” DUNKIN’ DONUTS this June.
WEST EGG CAFE owners Jennifer and Ben Johnson are opening a second cafe in the Emory Point development later this year. Unsure what the name of the new cafe will be.
LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL has opened at 903 Peachtree.
Old 4th Ward
Former DYNAMIC DISH location at 427 Edgewood will become JOYSTICK GAMEBAR, offering up food, games, and cocktails.
The restaurant that replaced TOMO on Cobb Parkway at Paces Mill is another Japanese/sushi restaurant, HOKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT. Now open.
Eric Harvison’s Dining Notes began a few years ago as a sporadic e-mail exchange with a friend, sharing restaurant openings and trying to satisfy that vague urge to dine “somewhere new.” That friend started forwarding Eric’s messages to some of her friends, several of them food industry professionals. They in turn began passing along bits of restaurant news and gossip that they would come across. These exchanges became more frequent and took on a viral life of their own that has evolved into what you read today.
Aside from the occasional editorial comment, Eric won’t attempt to review these restaurants. There’s plenty of others better qualified, with much more refined palates — probably you. Rather, this is an attempt to help you keep up with the constantly changing Atlanta dining scene, for better or worse.