Quick BitesU Restaurants Chef/Owner Riccardo Ullio was expected to open Lupe, an authentic Mexican taqueria, at 905 Juniper St. in Midtown this month. The newest addition to the U Restaurants group, which currently includes Sotto Sotto, Fritti and Beleza, the taqueria will offer taco plates and appetizers like lobster and red snapper ceviche and sopes with frijoles negro, roasted chile salsa and crema Mexicana.

Pacci Ristorante and Paces 88 at the St. Regis have received top accolades from Esquire magazine, both appearing on the Top 20 Best New Restaurants in the November issue.

Andrew Cuppia will open a second location of EVOS this month in the Viewpoint condo building in Midtown at 860 Peachtree St. EVOS offers a health-conscious menu using environmentally sustainable resources and products. Menu highlights include the EVOS Original Steakburger, Airfries, Airbaked Chicken Strips, and the Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap.  Patrons can also purchase organic milkshakes and fruitshakes.www.EVOS.com.

Mulberry Street Pizza has opened at 4355 Cobb Pkwy. in Vinings offering pizza by the slice or pie, stromboli, freshly baked subs, calzones and more. www.mulberrystreetpizza.com.

After a four-year hiatus, Atlanta Brewing Company President Bob Budd and the Benoit family, owners of the Vortex Bar and Grill, have resurrected Laughing Skull Amber Ale, which was retired five years ago. It will be available at the Vortex locations in Little Five Points in Midtown as well as Bone Yard Cantina. www.atlantabrewing.com.

Lenox Square Grill has opened inside the Buckhead mall at the main entrance off Peachtree Road. The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with a menu of  “imaginative, yet traditional comfort foods” like buttermilk biscuits with country ham, eggs and cheese, a pot roast sandwich and ice box pies. www.centraarchy.com.

My Potato Factory has opened at 235 Mitchell St. offering up loaded baked potatoes with various toppings as the centerpiece of its concept.

www.mypotatofactory.com.

The Painted Table Cafe in Grant Park opens on Monday, Nov. 2, serving breakfast and lunch. It will feature a new artwork on the walls every few weeks and all the servers are artists. Everything on the menu is local and organic, with vegan and vegetarian options available. The owner and former executive chef at The Flying Biscuit, Omega Angell, also makes his own blend of coffee that will be available in the restaurant. www.paintedtablecafe.com.

Aurum Lounge is now open at the Shops at Metropolis in Midtown. Owned by Mike Hsu, the lounge offers cocktails and small plates. Aurum will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. www.aurumlounge.com.

Downtown Gourmet Pita, Subs, Salads and Wraps has opened in the Candler Building at 123 Peachtree St.

Via Elisa has closed its retail store on Howell Mill Road. Founder Elisa Gambino will move away from making pasta and focus on her popular line of sauces, which are available at Whole Foods. www.viaelisa.com.


Serving a menu of French-influenced cuisine, Amuse! opened last month on the ground floor of the Belvedere Building in Midtown. Atlanta restaurant veterans Arnaud Michel of Anis and Andy Alibaksh of Cafe Diem partnered to create a “whimsical, international” dining experience for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Chef Lenny Robinson will lead the kitchen. The restaurant will use Georgia-grown meat, dairy and produce from local farmers.

www.amuseatlanta.com.


Murphy’s in Virginia Highland and Parish in Inman Park are both offering Thanksgiving meals to go. Murphy’s will have a traditional dinner for four at $125 and for eight at $250. Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 and can be picked up on Nov. 25 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call (404) 872-0904 for reservations. Parish will offer a la carte items, with prices depending on menu items selected. Orders must be placed by Nov. 13 and can be picked up during regular business hours on Nov. 25. See the menu items at www.parishatl.com.


JR Crickets, whichs serves up chicken, burgers and other tavern-style food,  will open a new location next month in Castleberry Hill at 309 Nelson St.


ONE.midtown kitchen has welcomed new Executive Chef Drew Van Leuvan, formerly of Toast and Spice restaurant. Former ONE top toque Tom Harvey is now leading the kitchen at Murphy’s in Virginia Highland.


The former M Bar in Castleberry Hill has been rebranded as Fuse at 257 Peters St. The menu now features upscale steaks, burgers and seafood offerings along with new decor and a full bar.



Events


During last month’s Chastain Park Arts Festival, organizers attempted to set a new Guinness World Record by creating the longest line of pies. Using 800 pumpkin pies – that’s 580.7 feet of pie – the line was officially measured by Christopher Hodges of Boundary Zone surveyors, while Sandy Springs City Council member Dianne Fries and 106.7 FM radio personalities Randy and Spiff were onsite to authenticate the measurements and guidelines. Arts festival organizer Randall Fox said the record attempt had never been tried before and was actually recommended to him by Guinness officials with very specific guidelines. At press time, the world record was still being authenticated. In the photo, Abby and Benjamin Dennis take a look at the pies.


Taste more than 350 wines from around the globe, sample fare from Decatur’s finest eateries, and listen to live jazz and blues at the 2009 Decatur Wine Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will be held on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Decatur. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which offers the Decatur Arts Festival free to the community each year. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance only at www.ticketalternative.com or from Decatur Package Store. The Decatur CD store is a ticketalternative.com outlet. Admission is limited to 2,000 people and attendees must be 21 or older. For more information please call (404) 371-9583 or visit www.decaturartsalliance.org.

The first annual Primal Atlanta event sponsored by Taste Network is Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 to 10 p.m. at SweetWater Brewing Company. Celebrating fire cooking, meat and the art of butchering, the event will feature guest chefs Todd Mussman, Todd Richards, Gary Mennie, Duane Nutter, Reggie Washington, Tony Seichrist, Tommy Searcy and Alex Friedman. Guests will be able to explore local flavors from chefs and butchers and sample boutique wines in the Oregon Wine Experience. General admission tickets for the wine, beer and meat tastings are $55; and, all-inclusive VIP tickets are $100 and include reserve wines, Benton’s Bacon Bar, grilled artisan cheeses, local brews and barbecue. Visit www.artofthebutcher.com for details.


Craft Atlanta will host a Beer Tasting Dinner on Monday, Nov. 2, with an Autumn menu prepared by chef and owner Tom Colicchio paired with beers selected by Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. There is space for 125 people and the price is $155 per person, including tax and service charges. Smoked hamachi, roasted monkfish and pheasant are part of the menu. Reservations: (404) 995-7580.


Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst Village will host its third annual Chili Cook-Off and Homebrew Tasting on Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at noon. Tickets are $5 and there will be beer specials and plenty of chili to taste. Those who would like to enter the competition should call (404) 373-1116 or visit www.steinbecksbar.com for more information.



Restaurant RIP

Wolfgang Puck Express and Z Pizza in Midtown, Little Azios in Decatur, ESPN Zone in Buckhead.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.