Chris Hadermann, John “JP” Piemonte and Mike Evertsen have started their own restaurant group, Southern Proper Hospitality. The trio have opened a string of notable restaurants –East Andrews Café, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and Smokebelly among them – and is formalizing their privately-held company and adding two more restaurants to the group this year.

Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman will open later this year at Buckhead Atlanta. At the helm of the company’s day-to-day operations is Guido Piccinni, chief operating officer, who previously worked at fine dining restaurant Pricci, the acclaimed Five Diamond Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Cresta & Duc in Italy.

Former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl will open Gusto Wood Fire Grill in Brookwood Village, 1935 Peachtree Road, later this summer. The space was formerly Saigon Café. The menu had not been made available at press time.

Wild Wing Café ( will open a new location in Dunwoody on Ashford-Dunwoody Road this fall in the space formerly occupied by Romano’s Macaroni Grill, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. The menu will include wings, soups, salads, wraps, flatbreads, specialty burgers and more.

Mali Hu of One Sushi Plus in Brookhaven will open a Japanese steakhouse called Katana in late summer across from Lenox Square at 3345 Lenox Road in Buckhead.

Burger 21 (, a new franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to develop three restaurants in the Atlanta area: Buckhead, Cumberland Mall and the North Druid Hills areas. The Buckhead location is expected to open sometime in 2015.

The Southern Gentleman, a gastropub, will open later this year at Buckhead 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.