News & Happenings

On Monday, Aug. 9, restaurants in Virginia Highlands will host Dine Out Night for Hope and Light. Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent of your bill to the Hope and Light Foundation, which is searching for the cure to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer for babies under age 2. The event is spearheaded by Renee Payne of George’s Bar and Restaurant, whose friend Stephanie Miller is the founder the Hope and Light Foundation. Miller’s 6-year-old daughter, Aleena, suffers from Type I SMA, the most severe and fatal form of the disorder. Participating restaurants include George’s,Everybody’s PizzaHighland Tap and Fontaine’s Oyster

The Atlanta Food Rave is set for Friday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery. This interactive night of food, fun, cocktails and live entertainment will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Slated to participate are chefs from P’cheen, Pacci Ristorante, The Shed and more. Tickets are $55 per person for ages 21 and up and are on sale now at

The German Bierfest is back at Woodruff Park in Downtown on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2 to 7 p.m. Get a dose of German culture and enjoy more than 30 beers. Tickets are $30 per person and available at

Bottle Bar is now open at 268 E. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead serving up brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu, created by Chef Ian Winslade, includes small plates with crab fritters and cicken livers along with more ample entrees including steak and burgers. A.D. Allushi created the extensive wine and cocktail menu.

Zaya Mediterranean has closed in Inman Park, but plans to reopen on the second level of the food court at the Georgia Tech Student Center.

SnoFlake Ice House, which serves up shaved ice drinks, is expected to open this month in Inman Park at the Highland Steel Lofts.

, a Connecticut-based restaurant franchise, will open in the old Zaya Mediterranean Grill space in Inman Park later this year serving up Spanish tapas.

Yoforia is now open in Village Place Brookhaven, with 12 self-serve yogurt flavors and a big selection of toppings. This is the fifth location in the city.

Moto Bistro and Bar at 2257 Lenox Road in Buckhead is now serving a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. They even make their on baguettes in-house.

Menchie’s, a California-based frozen yogurt chain popular with the Hollywood celebrity set, plans to open five locations in north Atlanta in the next two months and a total of 12 by year’s end. Intown locations include the Toco Hills Promenade on Lavista Road and Northside Parkway in Buckhead. For more information on store openings, visit or at

Executive chef and co-owner Zach Kell and co-owner Seth Hendricks have opened a second location of Goin’ Coastal, “a sustainable seafood joint” in Virginia Highland, 1021 Virginia Ave. The menu features an array of Southern-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. The original restaurant is located in Canton.

Established Atlanta sommelier Perrine Prieur will open her own boutique, Perrine’s Wine Shop, this fall at White Provision in West Midtown. Prieur’s namesake wine store will feature more than 200 wine labels, all hand-selected and tasted by the certified sommelier and Atlanta hospitality industry veteran herself. Prieur worked as a sommelier at Le Gavroche in London and, most recently, as the sommelier of the 800-plus wine list at JOËL Brasserie.

Restaurant RIP

JOËL Brasserie and Mama Fu’s in Buckhead; Repast in the Old Fourth Ward; Vino Libra in East Atlanta.

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.