Dining Atlanta: Week of December 26, 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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Atlantic Station

FOX SPORTS GRILL will close effective January 1st.

Berkeley Heights

Asha Gomez’s CARDAMOM HILL will open a week from Saturday, 1700 Northside Drive.


Inman Park’s SAVI URBAN MARKET has opened a second location at 1380 Dresden Drive.


EAST VILLAGE GRILL alumna Amanda Fore announced plans to open EAST PACES TAVERN early next year, serving up Mexican/Southwestern/California cuisine at 322 East Paces Ferry.


MELTON’S APP & TAP confirms via their Facebook page that they will reopen for business at 4pm on December 31st. The decades old neighborhood favorite has been closed since early November because of the rat bastards (pun intended) at Pet Supermarket next door.


The owners of the now closed MAX LAGER’S WOOD FIRED GRILL & BREWERY are planning to reopen the space as WHITE OAK KITCHEN & COCKTAILS. **Correction: Max Lager’s has not closed. White Oak will open in the previous All Star Café space, 270 Peachtree Street.

Little 5 Points

Owner Bob Sandage has taken over the Brewmaster responsibilities at WRECKING BAR BREWPUB following the untimely departure of the pub’s original Brewmaster, Chris Terenzi.


Chef Jose Rego has reportedly left the kitchen at EL ESCORPION, the second chef shuffle in the restaurant’s six month life. SOTTO SOTTO’s Adam Waller is filling in on an interim (?) basis.


Tyler Williams will move over from BACCHANALIA to become executive chef at ABATTOIR, relieving Cliff Harrison who has been temping in the role since the recent departure of Joshua Hopkins.

HOP CITY is expanding their tap selection, adding a “Growler Wall” in January that will bring their total to 70 beer taps.


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.