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.
MOOD LOUNGE has been sold and is being converted into a cocktail bar with an upgraded food menu.
JOY CAFÉ has opened for breakfast and lunch at 316 Pharr Road.
HALF BAKED CASSEROLES opens tomorrow at 3185 Roswell Road, offering oven-ready casseroles. There’s a ‘half baked’ joke in there somewhere, but I can’t quite put it in words.
UDIPI CAFÉ has closed their Decatur location. Reportedly, they’ve sold the space but remain open in their Smyrna and Duluth locations.
HARBOR BAR & FISH HOUSE has opened in the former TESORO location at 129 Church Street.
Owner Hye Kim announced plans open SWIRLIN’ TWIRLIN’ yogurt parlor at 335 West Ponce next week.
New burger place will open on White Way, around the corner from the MARTA station – AMERICAN BURGER.
PARK GROUNDS has received their liquor license.
Mirko Di Giacomantoni and Archie Crenshaw have opened a new location of MIRKO PASTA in the former the former EDO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE in the Toco Hills Shopping Center.
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.