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.
DOC GREEN’S on 19th Street will be replaced this June by BGR: THE BURGER JOINT. Offering “prime, dry aged, all natural, hormone free, grain-fed beef.”
The former JOHNNY ROCKETS space on Roswell at West Paces has reopened as LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL.
And a bit further south along Peachtree, the former GENGHIS GRILL at 2140 Peachtree will also be converted into a LIME FRESH.
The usually reliable Jennifer Zyman is tweeting rumors that the Kinjo family is getting ready to open a new sushi parlor on Pharr Road but it won’t be under the MF SUSHI name.
Now open, BROWN’S BBQ. 2148 Johnson Ferry Road. This is a brick and mortar (well, aluminum siding and glass) version of Marvin Brown’s BBQ that has been available at the adjacent “Drive Through Farmers’ Market” for the past six months or so.
FEAST closed last weekend. According to a posting on their web page, the decision to close the popular 7 year old restaurant was driven by a combination of the difficult economy and owner Teri Rogers’ continuing battle with breast cancer.
HOOTERS on Peachtree is celebrating renovations to the restaurant today (insert augmentation joke here).
The property that houses Richard Blais’ HD1 is on the market for $1.25 MM.
Folks from STK on Peachtree at 12th have opened CUCINA ASELLINA next door, serving up pizza and pasta.
REPICCI’S ITALIAN ICE on Piedmont at 10th Street has closed.
Former NECTAR space will reopen as SUGAR MOON BAKERY, specializing in cupcakes.
LITTLE CEASARS is coming to Moreland at Custer Avenue.
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.