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.
MOBETA WINGS on East College Avenue reopened yesterday, just in time for the Super Bowl. The restaurant had been closed for repairs since October after a hungry Lexus apparently mistook their front door for a drive-through window.
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE on Peachtree Road closed last Wednesday. Their downtown location remains open.
U.S. bankruptcy court ordered MF BUCKHEAD into liquidation last Thursday after being unable to renegotiate lease terms with their landlord at the Terminus development. Open since 2007, the sushi bar had been operating under Chapter 11 since mid November. According to reports in the AJC, the Kinjo family is seeking to open a new, smaller sushi bar somewhere nearby.
LOCAL THREE is debuting a new brunch menu.
Rumored for a while, but a newly filed application for liquor license appears to confirm that ZUCCA will soon be replaced by COLBEH PERSIAN KITCHEN on the Decatur Square.
Former BLUE FROG CANTINA space on Flat Shoals Avenue will reopen as a new pub serving up English and Scottish cuisine, ELDER TREE PUBLIC HOUSE. Former FADO chef Sean Culpepper will be the executive chef. Just in case the prospect of haggis isn’t enough to lure you in, they will also feature soccer and rugby.
PARK’S EDGE has introduced a new menu to celebrate (?) being featured in an episode of FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares, which aired last Friday.
EVOS, the ‘healthy’ burger joint at 855 Peachtree has closed (again).
Last call, reminder that TIERRA closes for good on February 17th.
Though he is not providing any details regarding venue or concept, chef de cuisine Nick Melvin has left ROSEBUD after 18 months in order to open his own restaurant.
Old 4th Ward
Talk about a conservative growth plan — as the original North Highland location marks 20 years in business, AMERICAN ROADHOUSE will open their second Atlanta roadhouse in the Pencil Factory Lofts later this spring.
Lots of buzz around Kevin Rathbun’s announcement last week that he and his partners will open a new restaurant in the ADAC West building complex at 349 Peachtree Hills Road. According to his website, KR STEAKBAR and will have a menu featuring “small plate steaks meets Italian fare.”
Perrine’s Wine Shop in the Westside Provision District has relocated a few steps closer to YEAH! BURGER. The move was apparently necessary to make room for the Lululemon yoga clothing store opening there later this year. As of yesterday, Perrine’s is now open on Sundays as well.
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.