Cooler weather might be on the way, but Intown’s restaurant scene continues to heat up as a slate of new restaurants open – or prepare to open – to diners looking for the next hot spot. Here are some of the new eateries making mouths water in anticipation.
Atlantans of a certain age will remember the elegant, Danish-inspired Midnight Sun restaurant that used to be at Peachtree Center in Downtown. Almost 50 years later, creator and architect John Portman plans to create a modern interpretation of the Midnight Sun called JP Atlanta this December. 230 Peachtree, which Portman first designed and developed in 1965 as part of his Peachtree Center complex, has been reacquired for adaptive reuse. John Portman & Associates will once again design a signature restaurant space within the building, which will also be home to a new 203-room Hotel Indigo hotel. Although the menu will feature new American cuisine, expect sleek glass, stone and skylights that are hallmarks of Portman’s design aesthetic.
Venkman’s, the new dining and entertainment concept from Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson of Yacht Rock Revue, and local chef Nick Melvin, just open its doors last month 740 Ralph McGill Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward. The menu features classic comfort food and cocktails alongside curated live music performances and DJs inside the renovated NuGrape Soda Factory. For more information, visit venkmans.com.
Revelator Coffee Company
Located in the Elan Westside Apartment building at 691 14th Street, the shop provides a simple menu of its specialty seasonal coffees, tea, and foods from local artisans, including H&F Bread Company, Flora & Flour and Queen of Cream. Visit revelatorcoffee.com for more information.
The new Virginia-Highland/Morningside location at 1402 N. Highland Ave. offers customized juices, smoothies and “essential oil shots.” There’s also an eats and treats menu with quinoa salads, spring rolls, fruit cups and soups. More information at ilovejuicebar.com.
Expected to open this fall in Midtown, chef and owner Adrian Villarreal’s taqueria on 6th Street between Peachtree and Juniper will feature fare inspired by his Mexican heritage. The menu will include customizable tacos like grilled adobe chick and whole grilled fish with charred corn tortillas and housemade salsa. Be sure to follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter @RrealTacosATL for more information.
Queen of Cream
Queen of Cream is now open at the Highland Walk building, 701 Highland Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward, serving up ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, floats, coffee and more. The ice cream parlor was co-founded by David Sandling and Cora Cotrim, who formerly worked as a pastry chef at Paper Plane, Victory Sandwich Bar, and Cacao. For more information visit queenofcream.com.
The Canadian fast casual favorite has opened its first Atlanta location at 950 West Peachtree in Midtown. As the name suggests, soft pita bread is rolled and filled with grilled meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and sauces. Visit pitapitusa.com for more information.
Restaurateur Justin Anthony (10 Degrees South, Yebo) will open this South African-inspired steak and seafood kitchen at 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road in Morningside in the old Woodfire Grill space later this month. Menu highlights from executive chef Philippe Haddad will include grilled lamb chops over basmati rice, Chilean sea bass and peri-peri duck. For more information, visit facebook.com/CapeDutchRestaurant.
Ford Fry has a new seafood restaurant opening in the Inman Quarter development on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park called Beetlecat. Billed as a companion restaurant to Fry’s popular The Optimist, the new eatery is expected to open in November.
The Central Food Hall is already buzzing with the opening of Chef Linton Hopkins H&F Burger (those double cheeseburgers are heavenly) and Hop’s Chicken (chicken and biscuits); sandwiches and salads from Farm to Ladle; sweet treats from Honeysuckle Gelato; olive oil, salt and spice purveyor Strippaggio; Asian delights at Simply Seoul Kitchen; Prohibition-style cocktail shop 18.21 Bitters; and Hugh Acheson’s coffee kiosk Spiller Park Coffee. Coming soon: gourmet Italian market Bellina; beef jerky, pies and South African wine at Biltong Bar; Indian street food concept Boti; Latin-inspired sandwiches from El Super Pan; authentic Szechuan-inspired food from Jia; cold press juice bar Lucky Lotus; kebabs and hummus at Marrakesh; casual Mexican concept Minero; cocktails with your lunch and dinner at The Mercury; Guy Wong’s Japanese concept Ton Ton; and W.H. Stiles Fish Camp from Anne Quatrano. For more information, visit poncecitymarket.com.
After numerous delays thanks to city’s permitting department, Staplehouse is open at 541 Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward. The dream of Jen Hiddinger and her late husband, Ryan, the restaurant’s purpose is to give proceeds to nonprofit The Giving Kitchen, which assists restaurant workers who experience unexpected hardships. The executive chef is Ryan Smith, previously of Empire State South. For more information, visit facebook.com/staplehouseATL.
A local version of Miami’s Italian café-style restaurant, which earlier this year won the Bravo reality TV show “Best New Restaurant,” is now open in the Buckhead Atlanta development. The menu includes classics ranging from handcrafted pastas, to indulgent seafood risotto, meatballs over creamy polenta, and a selection of specialty Neapolitan-style pizzas. For more, visit buckhead-atl.com.
Brush Sushi Izakaya
Chef Jason Liang, creator of Craft Izakaya, will bring sushi to Downtown Decatur later in the fall in a gastro pub-style setting. The restaurant will be located at 316 Church Street.
The new bar/restaurant concept from the team behind Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park and Decatur is located in Westside Provisions District underneath Marcel (a steak concept from, you guessed it, Ford Fry) featuring an Asian menu of dumplings, yakitori and noodle bowls alongside craft cocktails. For more information, visit facebook.com/littletroubleatl.
Just open from Chef Fry is Bar Margot at the Four Seasons in Midtown. The new concept places Park 75 Lounge and serves up lunch, dinner and cocktails, of course. The bar is named after Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Margot Tenenbaum, the secretive playwright in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums. For more, visit facebook.com/barmargotatl.
Urban Cannibals and Madre + Mason
Chef Calavino Donati and Doria Roberts moved their beloved Urban Cannibals from East Atlanta Village to Midtown at 368 5th Street. They are serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner at the deli and café with offerings like soups, salads, sandwiches, po’boys and more. The duo also plans to open Madre + Mason, a “Southern-Latin family kitchen” at 560 Dutch Valley Road on Oct. 5. For more information, visit facebook.com/urbancannibals.