Dining Atlanta: Week of January 16, 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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Around Town

Two new food trucks hitting the streets: IBIZA BITES is serving up menu items including bison short ribs over stone ground cheddar grits. ROLLING REUBEN’S is offering favorites from their Broad Street brick and mortar deli.

Avondale Estates

Owner Denise Gerard has settled on BREWHOUSE CAFÉ AVONDALE as the permanent name for the pub that has in the last few months been known as the JAMES JOYCE, HAIL MARY SPORTS BAR and most recently, AVONDALE ARMS. Signage is expected to go up this week.

Brookhaven

BACI RESTAURANT & BAR mentioned as “coming soon” a couple weeks ago is having their soft opening today. Town Brookhaven development.

Buckhead

HOOTERS knock-off coming to Tower Walk on Piedmont. TWIN PEAKS, a mountain sports lodge themed “breastaurant” featuring provocatively clad “LumberJills” and a menu consisting almost entirely of comfort food and cold beer is slated to open some time this summer.

Chamblee

STEAM KOFFEE in Chamblee Village, 5300 Peachtree has opened. In addition to the usual coffee and pastries, the coffee house/café will offer cheese plates, wines and desserts. Proprieter Roderick Pierre comes from BerNiko, an importer of high quality wines and spirits, so look for some interesting wine offerings.

Forest Park

TACO RANCHO inside the State Farmers’ Market has bought the farm-o.

Lindbergh

URBAN FLATS has closed. Again.

Midtown

BELLISSIMA nightclub on Amsterdam Walk closed. Owner Anna Ragghianti had been trying to sell the three year old nightclub for some time but reportedly was unable to find a buyer who was acceptable to Halpern Enterprise, owner of the Amsterdam Walk development.

Vinings

CAFÉ AT PHARR is the “restaurant to be named later” that will be taking over the former GRAPE space in Vinings Jubilee.

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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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