Dining Atlanta: Week of April 23, 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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Atlantic Station

YARD HOUSE opened over the weekend, fulfilling the promise of a proper pub for Atlantic Station.


More WATERSHED (ON PEACHTREE) intel. The Twittersphere reports that Julia LeRoy will assume the role of executive chef when the restaurant opens next month. Not sure if this will have any impact on chef LeRoy’s recently announced gig as consulting chef at PINEWOOD in Decatur.


The DECATUR DINER has been sold and closed, and will reopen as a “high energy Mexican Restaurant.” The new owners are the founders of CINCO MEXICAN CANTINA, which has a couple locations in the ‘burbs.


The Buckhead Life/Levy Restaurants project at Philips Arena opened Saturday evening. RED offers “contemporary American fare” – burgers, wings, etc, plus a few vegetarian options.

Old 4th Ward

PIZZERIA VESUVIUS has “temporarily” closed, citing the ongoing roadworks along Edgewood making way for the Atlanta Streetcar project. They will reportedly use the time they’re closed to remodel the restaurant.

Piedmont Heights

THE COTTAGE Ethiopian restaurant on Piedmont at North Rock Springs Road has closed and will reopen as a new location for DUNKIN’ DONUTS. Not sure if they’re going to demolish the existing structure (which was originally built as a BURGER KING).


MULBERRY STREET PIZZA on Cobb Parkway (near the original TOMO) closed yesterday.


SWIT BAKERY AND CAFE has opened in the Brickworks complex, next to Hop City Beer & Wine.


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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