VI?TVANA Ph? Noodle House has opened its second Atlanta location at Square on Fifth at 848 Spring St. in Midtown. Husband and wife team Dinh Tran and Khanh Dang, who also operate the original restaurant in Avondale Estates with a third under construction in Duluth, have created their own ph? noodle and banh mi bread inspired by what they enjoyed in Saigon and regions across Vietnam. For more information, visit

The Chastain Executive Chef & Co-Owner Christopher Grossman (left) and Partner & Co-Owner Geno Dew (right);

The Chastain, a new restaurant from Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, will open this summer in the former Horseradish Grill space at 4320 Powers Ferry Road. Grossman’s partner and co-owner Geno Dew, who most recently served as general manager of Atlas, will be general manager and help oversee the restaurant’s wine program. The menu is described at “new American” The Chastain Executive Chef & Co-Owner Christopher Grossman (left) and Partner & Co-Owner Geno Dew (right); with local ingredients and seasonal harvest to create dishes ranging from classic favorites to inventive new takes. For more, visit


Wahlburgers, created by musicians/actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, has opened its second metro location in Downtown at 218 Peachtree St. across from Hard Rock Café. First opened in 2011 in Boston and the subject of a hit reality television show, the burger chain already has an outpost The Battery. For more, visit

The 5th annual Atlanta Brunch Fest will be held Saturday, March 7,  noon to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Station’s event space at 241 20th St.  More than 60 restaurants will be participating in the event and they will all bring their tastiest brunch items for the crowd to sample. Samples will all be priced at $3 and paid directly to the vendors. There will be Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, Brunch Punch, as well as a selection of beer, wine, cider and hard seltzer to choose from. A live band and everyone’s favorite DJ Q-Tip will get the crowd moving. The list of restaurants and menu items are continuously being added to the website at, where you can also purchase tickets.

Tickets are now on sale for the Edgewood Mac & Cheese Festival, a volunteer-organized event that will take place in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood on Arkwright Place SE on March 28 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. After a three-year hiatus, the festival is on track to be bigger and better than ever, with a celebrity-judged mac & cheese competition, live music, kid-friendly activities and entertainment, and beverages and food trucks. Participating restaurants include El Tesoro, Revival, Jen Chan’s Supper Club, New Realm Brewing Company, Dish Dive, Wisteria, Ray’s in the City, Argosy, BQE Lounge, and Arby’s, who is also a premier sponsor for the event. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes unlimited samples of mac & cheese. All proceeds will benefit Neighbor In Need, a volunteer-run organization committed to allowing longtime Edgewood residents to ‘age in place’ by providing transformative home repairs. For more, visit

Bloody Mary Festival

The 2nd annual Bloody Mary Festival will take place at The Fairmont on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tickets to the festival include participating Bloody Marys, tastes of local food and beverage products, temporary tattoos, photo ops and one vote for The People’s Choice Award. Tickets are $47.50 (1 p.m. entry) and VIP tickets are $62.50 (noon entry). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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.