Dining Atlanta: Week of August 8, 2011

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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Buckhead

The Tower Place location of COPELAND’S will close on August 14th.  Reportedly, their lease is up and the business is no longer viable under the new rental amount being sought by the landlord.

Eater Atlanta” Jennifer Zyman (Blissful Glutton’s new gig), writes that H&F BREAD COMPANY will be leaving Buckhead and relocating to somewhere on the Westside, nearby to The Restaurant Depot.  Plans also reportedly include reopening a retail operation at the new site.  This will be the second artisan bakery on the Westside with the recent announcement of SWIT BAKERY & CAFÉ (Dining Atlanta, July 11th) also opening nearby.

Collier Hills

STOOGES bar has a new owner.  John Scarminech is in the final stages of taking over the decades old sports bar after some rather spirited, but ultimately successful “discussions” with the local Neighborhood Planning Unit.

Lorenzo Wyche has closed THE SOCIAL HOUSE on Howell Mill Road through August 22nd to complete some much needed renovations to the café.

Decatur

Last day of service at the original CAKES AND ALE location was last Saturday.  They will reopen in their new digs along Sycamore Street on Tuesday, August 16th.  In addition to the previously announced bakery being opened as part of their move, they are adding a wood burning oven, expanding “the middle section” (large apps, small entrees) of the menu, offering patio seating, an enlarged bar, an oyster bar, and about half of the restaurant space will be set aside for walk-in customers.   The bakery operation will be under the control of Brooke Lenderman, Alan O’Hargain, Becky Vocaire, and pastry sous chef Melanie Durant.  On the restaurant side, Johnson & Wales alum and former Shaun Doty disciple Andrew Sheridan has joined as C&A’s new sous chef.

Former FARMSTEAD 303, more recently (and briefly) RAIL KITCHEN & BAR has closed.  Owner Teri Shea decided that her efforts needed to be directed to ensuring the success of FEAST, her neighboring venture.

Downtown

Owner Alex Brounstein told the Atlanta Business Chronicle that he is putting the original GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market up for sale.  According to Brounstein, he doesn’t have the time to continue to manage the downtown location any longer.  No price was disclosed.

LUNACY BLACK MARKET has suspended their lunch service, but promises to replace it with “some version of daytime dining” in September.  They’re also closing for vacation from August 15th – 30th.

Kirkwood

JAK’S ALL INN bar on Josea Williams Drive has closed.

Lindbergh

BOBBY G’S at Lindbergh City Center closed last Saturday.

Midtown

Opening date for 5 NAPKIN BURGER is planned for next Monday.  Am told that the “Private Grand Opening” is this Wednesday.

THE BARRELHOUSE pub is now open in Technology Square on 5th Street at West Peachtree in the previous ST CHARLES DELI space.  One hundred beers and a menu that includes bacon fat fried, boiled peanuts (not sure if that’s boiled and then fried, or fried, then boiled).  Owner Magnum Restaurant and Bar Group also operates THE GRAVEYARD TAVERN in East Atlanta Village.

The roster for this year’s Midtown Restaurant Week now stands at 30 restaurants.  As in the past, $25 or $35 for 3 course meals, August 27th – September 4th.

Toco Hills

No opening date, but signs are in place indicating that the TOKYO GRILL in the Toco Hills Shopping Center is getting closer to realization.

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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.