Dining Atlanta: Week of July 4, 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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Around Town

Trade your dignity for a chicken sandwich?  CHICK-FIL-A will celebrate its 7th annual Cow Appreciation Day July 8th by offering a free meal to anybody who shows up dressed as a cow.

Berkeley Park

Spice Route Supper Club founder Asha Gomez revealed plans to open her own restaurant, CARDAMOM HILL in September. The restaurant will occupy the former MY GIRLFRIEND’S KITCHEN space at 1700 Northside Drive and will feature “Indian home cooking” of Gomez’s native Kerala region, located at the southwestern tip of the subcontinent.

Buckhead

Previously mentioned TAQUERIA TSUNAMI has announced the date for its opening in the previous TOULOUSE space is July 17th.

Collier Hills

Mark Tew, owner of neighboring DE PALMA’S ITALIAN CAFÉ is opening a new spot sometime this summer in the recent HONG LI, longtime DAIRY QUEEN, space on Collier Road. The new bar/restaurant will be named THE LOCAL AT COLLIER (no association with THE LOCAL on Ponce de Leon). Reportedly THE LOCAL AT COLLIER will be fashioned after THE IVY in Buckhead.

Glenwood

CAPOBIANCO’S ITALIAN BAKERY & MARKET is planned to open in East Atlanta Village. Owner Franky Capobianco (who also owns nearby N’AWLINS RESTAURANT) describes his new concept as “an old school meets new school Italian haven for desserts, ices, all Italian specialties, wedding cakes, birthday cakes as well as meats, cheeses, olives and breads.”

Grant Park

Former EL TORO / REDFISH / CRAZY HORSE BAR & GRILL on Memorial Drive will reopen later this month as BAR ONE. The club is the latest venture for Peter Thomas, who previously ran UPTOWN SUPPERCLUB until its closure last year and may be better known for his wife Cynthia Bailey’s role in Real Housewives of Atlanta. According to its website, BAR ONE will “…offer an array of tapas for the discerning and diverse palate wile providing music from an eclectic mix of local, national and international DJs.”

Lindbergh

The first of three metro franchises of SMASHBURGER will open this Thursday in the Buckhead Crossing shopping center, in the recently failed FATBURGER location. The other two franchises are planned for Johns Creek and Alpharetta.

Midtown

ECCO is running a special this upcoming Wednesday through Saturday with some awesome sounding vegetable-centric dishes, some sourced from their own roof garden. While you’re there, check out bartender Eric Aaron’s specialty cocktail “Gigi Says” and click here to vote for his creation in Hangar One Vodka’s Best Drink in the Nation competition. The bartender with the most “Likes” on Hangar’s Facebook page will win a trip to the distillery in San Francisco AND the opportunity to distill his or her own batch of vodka. As of this writing, Eric is in the top ten.

Technology Square will get its own frozen yogurt parlor. YOGLI MOGLI FROZEN YOGURT is setting up shop on 5th Street near Spring.

Westside

ABATTOIR has announced that it will expand its hours to include dinner on Sundays beginning July 24th.

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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.