Dining Atlanta: Week of February 20, 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.

Click here to read earlier columns

Atlantic Station

Originally reported to be closing on January 1st, FOX SPORTS GRILL now indicates that March 31st will be their last day at Atlantic Station. The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that they plan to reopen elsewhere but no location has been disclosed.

Decatur

Recently closed KYOTO JOE’S on North Druid Hills at Clairmont has been replaced by PITA HOUSE, a fast/casual Middle Eastern café run by the former Avondale Estates’ MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE owner. 2050 North Decatur Road.

East Atlanta

Former VILLAGE ICE CREAM on Flat Shoals Avenue has reopened as a banh mi parlor, WE SUKI SUKI. Also serving bubble tea and (soon) soy drinks. 11am – 7pm daily.

Midtown

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 10th – 13th at the Loews Hotel.

Former DUNKIN DONUTS / BASKIN ROBBINS across from the Sears Building (ahem, Ponce City Market) will reopen as another STARBUCKS location.

According to their website, JR CRICKETS will open a new franchise in Colony Square next month.

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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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