Diners at the landmark Cheshire Bridge Road restaurant The Colonnade might have noticed the brand new, gleaming neon sign. Owner Jodi Stallings said many diners did not realize the restaurant has been dishing up Southern food for more than 80 years until the “Since 1927” became prominent on the new marquee. www.colonnadeatl.com.
Good news for lovers of ice cream and Southern food! INtown reported last month that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop at 800 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland was to close, due to a miscommunication about another location outside the Perimeter. We are thrilled to report that Ben & Jerry’s is still open and scooping cones and taking catering orders at www.benjerry.com/highland. Last month, we also heard that Bobby & June’s Kountry Kitchen – the iconic meat-and-three restaurant at 375 14th Street – was closing after 30 years. Customer response was so great that the owners decided not to close after all.
IHOP is returning to Midtown at the space formerly occupied by a Krystal and, more recently, Louise’s at 428 Ponce de Leon Avenue. IHOP formerly had a location on North Avenue at Courtland Street. The new IHOP is expected to open in late June.
Garlic Thai & Sushi is now open in the former Little Azio space at 340 West Ponce de Leon in Decatur.
TeaFuse (www.teafuse.com) has opened in Vinings Jubilee shopping center. The contemporary tea house has a menu of more than 50 teas, coffees and light bites, according to owner Kendall Harper. Also in Vinings Jubilee, The Grape (www.yourgrape.com) has re-opened after renovations, featuring a new bistro dining room and full bar along with the extensive wine list.
Chef Nick Oltarash has returned to Lobby Bar and Bistro at TWELEVE Atlantic Station to revamp the menu, including new breakfast items. www.lobbyattwelve.com.
Sammiches n’ Stuff is now open at 515 McDonough St. on the courthouse square in Decatur. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a “build your own sammich” option. www.sammichesnstuff.com.
Au Pied de Cochon, located in the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, has begun a new “Passport to France” series, which will be held the third week of each month and feature cuisine from a different French region. This month, it’s southwest France from June 21 to 27. www.aupieddecochonatlanta.com.
Morton’s The Steakhouse locations in Buckhead and Downtown are holding Philanthropy Week June 14 to 18. Each day will see proceeds from the $75 prix fixe menu go to a different local charity: Operation Homefront (June 14); Give a Lift Foundation (June 15); Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (June 16); Ovarian Cancer Institute (June 17); and Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (June 18). www.mortons.com.
The Sandy Springs Farmers Market is now open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 235 Sandy Springs Circle. You’ll find fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, artisan cheeses, pastries, jams and jellies, plants, flowers, handcrafted soaps and much more. See a full list of vendors at www.sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com.
Real Men Cook on Father’s Day returns on Sunday, June 20, at the Georgia Railway Depot at 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (adjacent to Underground Atlanta). Local dads and celebrities will be cooking to benefit Communities in Schools, Real Men Charities and Choices. Guests will be able to taste the dads’ creations as well as enjoy music from American Idol winner Ruben Studdard (who will also put on his chef’s hat during the event. If you’re a dad, there’s still time to register to cook or volunteer. More information and tickets at www.realmencook.com/Atlanta.