News & Happenings

The 26th Annual March of Dimes Dining Out is Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at participating restaurants, with an after party at The Buckhead Theatre at 9 p.m. Tables of 10 guests will enjoy a three-course-meal with wine pairings at one of the city’s culinary gems , and then party the night way at “Stepping Out,” the after-party being held at the Buckhead Theatre (you may know it as The Roxy).  The Buckhead Theatre reopens this spring and patrons of the “Stepping Out” after-party will be among the first to experience the newly renovated landmark. All of the U Restaurants, including Sotto Sotto, Fritti and Lupe, will host a table for the cause.  Nearly 60 restaurants – some classic favorites and newcomers to the culinary scene – will join the March of Dimes in this year’s event, including:  ONE. Midtown Kitchen, SerpasThe Capital GrilleThe Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, and many more.  Check for a the updated list and to buy tickets.

Favorite downtown eatery Jack’s Sandwich Shop has reopened, after several moves, in the Peachtree Center food court. Deli favorites, salads and the famous cheese grits are back on the menu.

Three Sheets has opened in the CityWalk shopping center in Sandy Springs, serving cocktails designed by Ben Durrett and small plates from executive chef Josh Carden (formerly of Cellar 56 and No Mas Cantina). The menu features St. Bernardus braised short rib, Applewood Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Heirloom Tomato Bisque and more. Music, from Sinatra to Lady Gaga, will be a big component of the space and cigar-lovers will want to check out the humidor.

More than 50 top chefs from the Atlanta area will participate in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta on Wednesday, May 12, at the Georgia Aquarium. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, Taste of the Nation will feature specialty food samplings, live, silent and beverage auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. Tickets for Taste of the Nation Atlanta cost $250 per person for General Admission and $350 per person for VIP Admission. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (770) 436-5151.

Inspired by the Virginia Highland filling station that once stood in its place, Diesel Filling Station has become a neighborhood destination that is equal parts pub, restaurant and late night hangout. In addition to a 50-plus beer menu featuring craft and high gravity beers, Diesel has a variety of cocktails that are perfect for spring, including the Motor Oil Martini, Skull & Bones, the Jalapeno Margarita, and the Rope Candy and Sugar Daddy shots. Diesel is at 870 N. Highland Ave.

The Greek has opened inside Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Ave., serving gyros and pizza, Greek lasagna, moussaka, salads, wraps, calzones and an assortment of traditional pastries for dessert.

May brings margaritas, mimosas and patio season at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. The tavern’s three patios are perfect for both Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Diners can sip on $5 margaritas ($18 for a pitcher) and sample Chef Brett Ring’s Fish Tacos – $3 each  – on Wednesday, May 5. Then for Mother’s Day, moms receive a complimentary mimosa during brunch.

Planet Smoothie has launched the Pink Promise Smoothie, named after the fighting survivors of breast cancer who have rallied around the global efforts of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Pink Promise Smoothie features a blend of pomegranate juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, strawberries, and Planet Smoothie’s new prebiotic and probiotic yogurt, giving it high levels of anti-oxidants and live cultures, ideal for the warrior in all women.

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show returns to Atlanta on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features demonstrations by award-winning and celebrity chefs, fresh ideas for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts and hosted tasting and entertaining workshops filled with useful trends and tricks. There’s also a showcase of gourmet foods and beverages, kitchen gadgets and appliances, floral linens and fashion wear from more than 150 exhibitors. It’s a fun, all-ages event where even the youngest cooks can get some experience. Atlanta event welcomes celebrity chefs Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, as well as top local chefs like Kevin Gillespie and Richard Blais. Tickets for adults are $20 in advance, and $25 on site, while tickets for children are $10 in advance and $13 on site.  Updates on the 2010 Atlanta show are available at

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will host its sixth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser May 30 to June 5 to benefit the internationally-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of various food and beverage items to help treat and cure children with life-threatening illnesses. RA Sushi has raised more than $500,000 for St. Jude since the fundraiser was initiated in 2005 and has a goal to donate an additional $125,000 to the organization this year. For more information, visit, and for more information about St. Jude’s hospital, visit

Concentrics Restaurants has ceased their development and management contract with Legacy Property Group restaurants’ STATS, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 30 Tables and 11 Stories. Moving forward Legacy Property Group will operate their concepts under internal management. Sage Restaurant Group, The Glenn Hotels’ management company, will now handle food and beverage operations at 30 Tables and 11 Stories.

Restaurant RIP

Figo Pasta in Virginia Highland.

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.