Yum Yum Cupcakes
Yum Yum Cupcakes

Tassili’s Raw Reality (tassilisrawreality.com) in West End will host the second annual Wonderful Wizards of Raw ~ A Raw Foods Extravaganza on June 7 from noon to 7 p.m. This celebration of raw foods will be held in the back yard of the restaurant at 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. In addition to samples, there will also be guest chefs, speakers and musical entertainment.

The annual Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will be held June 21 at the Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. The event will feature 150-plus beers, ciders, and a small selection of wines. There will be live music on the main stage outside, as well as out front. Inside, there will be additional music and televised World Cup Soccer matches. Advance tickets are $35, $40 after June 12, and $50 day of event. Tickets can be purchased from Xorbia through our event website, atlantasummerbeerfest.com.

A local food truck has branched out by opening a brick-and-mortar store. Yum Yum Dessert Co. (yumyumcupcake.com) is open at 3792 Roswell Road in Buckhead. Owner Nadia DeMessa is whipping up more than just cupcakes for her new location. The menu will also include homemade macarons, sundaes, pastries, ice cream sandwiches and espresso drinks. There is also outdoor seating and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Fox Restaurant Concepts is scheduled to open its first southeastern outpost of True Food Kitchen (truefoodkitchen.com) at Lenox Square in Buckhead this month. With a menu dedicated to seasonal fare and based on an anti-inflammatory diet, True Food Kitchen will offer a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, organic and gluten-free options, along with dishes for those following a paleo or Mediterranean diet.

Virginia-Highland favorite George’s (georgesbarandrestaurant.com) now has a full service bar so you can enjoy a cocktail with one of the joint’s classic burgers.

Despite the fact that the team is moving from Downtown in a few years, the Atlanta Braves All Star Grill will open in late summer at 200 Peachtree. The sports bar will be filled with memorabilia similar to the one located at the airport. The Grill will be operated by the Goldberg Group, which runs Goldberg’s Bagel and Delis.


Smokebelly (smokebellybbq.com) is now open at 128 East Andrews offering a menu of “chef crafted barbecue.” Along with ‘cue from inspired by different regions, the restaurant also offers craft beer and cocktails. Smokebelly also has “The Lawn,” a 1,500-square-foot patio complete with faux grass.

Guy Wong, local chef and owner of Miso Izakaya, is launching Vietnamese restaurant Le Fat this summer. The restaurant will showcase Vietnamese com (rice), bun (vermicelli), clay pots and stir-fry.The new concept will be located at 935 Marietta Street in West Midtown.

Second Self Beer Company (secondselfbeer.com) will debut in West Midtown this summer under the direction of brewers and co-owners Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle. The brewery, located at 1311 Logan Circle, will feature a 10,000 square-foot warehouse including a space for brewing equipment as well as a tasting area. Sampling tours will be available to the public.

A second location of fast-casual Asian restaurant Chow Bing (chowbing.com) has opened at 3330 Piedmont Road. The restaurant allows diners to build their own platters with proteins, rice, noodles and vegetables.

Varuni Napoli (varuni.us) has opened at 1540 Monroe Drive in Midtown offering traditional Neapolitan pizzas.

The Emory Village location of Doc Chey’s Noodle House will transform into a new concept, Doc’s Dragon Bowl (dragonbowlatl.com), in late July. Dragon bowls were first introduced as rotating specials at Doc Chey’s locations. Guests will create their meals from a seasonal list of ingredients listed on the menu each day. To assemble a dragon bowl, diners will choose their “style” of vegetables and sauce (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese or Garden), base (ramen, grain-blend, rice noodles or salad mix), and protein (freshly grilled chicken, ribeye, pork belly or tofu).

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.