Dining Atlanta: Week of April 2, 2012

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.

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Shaun Doty’s YEAH! BURGER has filed for the permits to open their third metro location in the new international terminal (Terminal F) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Joining YEAH! BURGER in the new terminal will be a second location of Midtown’s ECCO, which will occupy a portion of the mezzanine.


Atlanta Magazine food editor Bill Addison writes that the name for Shaun Doty’s other new project (Dining Atlanta, March 19th), the rotisserie chicken restaurant at Ansley Mall, will be BANTAM & BIDDY (Bill thoughtfully informs us city folk that these names are breeds of chickens).


BARBERITOS SOUTHWESTERN GRILLE & CANTINA has filed for permits to open a new franchise location at 2900 Peachtree Road, in The Peach shopping center. There are currently 26 BARBERITOS locations around the Southeast.

Adding to their new brunch menu, LOCAL THREE has launched a new seasonal dinner menu.

Cheshire Bridge

Reported that although he remains in charge of the kitchen, Kevin Gillespie no longer holds an ownership stake in WOODFIRE GRILL.


Longtime JOHNNY’S PIZZA, and more recently ROCKET 88 and Karma Boutique, will open soon a the second location of Inman Park’s popular VICTORY SANDWICH BAR. 340 Church Street.

NO. 246 was closed last week while the restaurant was used as a film set for an upcoming movie, Adult Children of Divorce, a comedy starring Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jane Lynch.


The WONDERFUL WORLD OF BURGERS & MORE in Emory village has closed and will reopen shortly as the latest location for TIN DRUM ASIA CAFÉ.


Opening date for CAMPAGNOLO has been set for Saturday, April 7th, when the restaurant will host an opening benefit for the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta from 6pm to 10pm. Ten dollar donation at the door. Veteran Atlanta chef Daniel Chance is heading the kitchen. Prior to CAMPAGNOLO, he as spent time in the kitchen at ABBATTOIR, TWO URBAN LICKS, TROIS, VENI VIDI VICI and PRICCI.

Old 4th Ward

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that brothers Jason and Hugh Connerty will convert the longtime Geyer and Taylor building at 591 Edgewood Avenue into a pizzeria, AMMAZZA! (loosely translates to “wow”). Opening planned for sometime in June (though this is the brothers’ first attempt at a restaurant, so I wouldn’t plan a June wedding reception based on that opening date).

Virginia Highland

The Wednesday Food Truck Night across from OSTERIA will not return to the neighborhood this Spring. Organizers cite a number of resons behind the decision.


Jennifer Zyman (@blissfulglutton) tweets that Decatur’s COMMUNITY Q will be taking over the BURGER JOE’S location on Marietta Street sometime in June to bring BBQ to the Yellowjacket masses.

Robert Carver of CARVER’S COUNTRY KITCHEN passed away in March at the age of 76.


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.

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