Lots of exciting new eateries opened their doors in metro Atlanta in 2017 (and, sadly, many closed too), but we already have our sights set on what’s to come for 2018. From unnamed projects from big-name restaurateurs to the first Atlanta locations of well-established concepts, these are the restaurants we can’t wait to see make their debuts in the new year.
Achie's -- This spot from star restaurateur Hugh Acheson, to be house at The Omni Hotel at The Battery, recently named its leadership team. Look for breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings including Georgia shrimp and grit and poached salmon with Brussels sprouts and whipped celery root and "plates for two" such as spatch-cocked local chicken with pickled raisins and lemon herb gravy.
2625 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta. UPDATE: Opened January 2018.
Arnett’s Chop Shop — The team behind Word of Mouth Restaurants —the umbrella group for Brookhaven favorites Vero Pizzeria , Haven and Valenza — is planning to open this steakhouse in the Apple Valley Brookhaven development that will offer several different cuts of beef, as well as raw bar selections and seasonally driven composed dishes and salads. The kitchen will put to work both a steakhouse charbroiler that can be cranked up to 1,200 degrees and a wood-burning hearth, and the space will feature a rooftop bar.
2700 Apple Valley Road, Brookhaven. Expected to open in early 2018.
Banshee — Former employees of Ford Fry restaurants and Wrecking Bar are behind this Paces Property restaurant whose design will draw from the turn-of-the-century bungalows found throughout the neighborhood. The menu will offer “New American” cuisine, including hand-cut pastas, as well as a selection of classic and house cocktails and a curated list of beer and wine.
1271 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta. Expected to open in spring 2018.
Chai Yo — DeeDee Niyomkul,who owns Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, is collaborating with her mother, Nan Niyomkul of Nan Thai Fine Dining and Tamarind Seed on this Two Buckhead Plaza spot that will serve classic Thai dishes with some modern touches.
3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. UPDATE: Opened January 2018.
Crafthall Kitchen — This mini food hall from the former marketing director for Tropical Smoothie Café is set to feature four concepts: fried chicken eatery Fowl and Scratch; chicken wing spot Sugar Britches; Bowl Cookhouse, which will serve a variety of bowls; and Salty Bandita, a taco concept.
1165 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta. Expected to open in the first-half of 2018.
Gyu-Kaku — The chain of approximately 700 Japanese yakiniku restaurants in 11 countries is set to open its first Georgia location in Atlantic Station next year. Look for a variety of appetizers, soups, vegetables and cooked meats, including steak, pork, lamb, duck and chicken, as well as Japanese sake, shochu and beer.
265 18th St., Atlanta. Expected to open in early 2018.
Restaurant Holmes — An alum of Ford Fry spot St. Cecilia is set to open his own North Fulton spot in the new year. Roswell native Taylor Neary’s eatery, which will be located in the historic Jones House at Alpharetta City Center , will offer an often-changing lunch and dinner menu of salads, small plates and entrees made with local ingredients, with highlights on the dinner menu including dishes such as coal-roasted beets, crudo, pasta and wood-fired fish.
50 S. Main St., Alpharetta. Expected to open in early 2018.
Snackboxe Bistro — If you’ve never tried Laotian street food, you’ll have the opportunity in 2018. Expect Laotian-style noodle soups, a variety of salads (papaya, shrimp and a meat salad known as larb), sausages, beef jerky, wings, pork skewers and other casual fare inflected with Laotian flavor.
6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville. UPDATE: Opened February 2018.
Tiny Lou’s — Hotel Clermont is getting a major overhaul before it reopens next year, complete with a brand-new restaurant. American-French brasserie Tiny Lou’s, which will be helmed by executive chef Jeb Aldrich and Hotel Clermont director of restaurants Nick Hassiotis, will offer a menu with French dishes with Southern accents including Blue Ridge trout almondine with haricot vert, capers, cipollini and almond milk and braised short rib with red wine salsify, bone marrow macaire, baby carrots, lacinato kale and banyuls bordelaise. The hotel will also feature a lobby café by day, cocktail lounge by night, and a rooftop bar with a small food menu.
789 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. Expected to open in spring 2018.
Unnamed Morningside project — Atlanta star restaurateur Ford Fry will add to his established Tex-Mex offerings Superica and The El Felix with this sister concept offering wood-roasted “chicken al carbon,” salads, salsas, and takeaway options such as breakfast tacos and whole chicken. 1878 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. No announced opening date.
Unnamed Old Fourth Ward project — There’s been a Grandma Pie-shaped hole in intown Atlanta residents’ hearts since O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina closed up shop and took his talents to Duluth . Spina will return to the neighborhood where it all started with a new partner (Billy Streck, owner of Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Hampton + Hudson) and a new location (mixed-use development Studiplex). Look for the top-sellers from O4W Pizza, as well as Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads and pasta, including vegan and gluten-free options and a beverage program with a full bar. 659 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. Expected to open in mid-2018.
Watchman's Seafood & Spirits — The team behind Kimball House is taking over the former Luminary space with a seafood-centric restaurant and bar using sustainable Southern seafood, including clams, crab, oysters and grouper. Expect Kimball House-level cocktails conceived to pair with the food.
99 Krog St., Atlanta. Expected to open in late spring or early summer 2018.
The White Bull — The space next to Brick Store Pub that was previously home to Truman Tavern will get a touch of literary inspiration when this new concept from alumni of Ford Fry restaurant The Optimist opens in the spring. The White Bull — a nod to Ernest Hemingway referring to the blank page as such — will feature 15 seasonal dishes with a global bent, five of them pasta dishes made from flour milled at the restaurant, as well as a drink menu with a rotating list of seasonal beverages. 123 E. Court Square, Decatur. Expected to open in spring 2018.
Other spots we're keeping an eye on:
The Battery at SunTrust Park eateries: New concepts will open next year in the entertainment area next to SunTrust Park including a second location of Ponce City Market spot El Super Pan ; the first Atlanta location of Punch Bowl Social ; and ice cream and candy spots Farrell's and Sweet Pete's.
Bazati Hall and Estrella -- The Common Ground development off the Eastside Beltline trail will be home to Bazati Hall, a European and Latin-inspired brasserie with eight artesian shops, and Estrella, a rooftop champagne and cocktail bar withh a menu of small plates.
Eastside Beltline between Ralph McGill Boulevard and North Avenue at 550 Somerset Terrace NE. Expected to open in early 2018.
Coalition Food & Beverage: A holdover from last year's most anticipated restaurants list , Coalition is set to deliver “progressive and signature interpretations of American wood-fired classics” including steaks, sandwiches and salads, as well as a full bar, from the team behind the popular Osteria Mattone and Table & Main.
50 Canton St., Alpharetta. Expected to open in early 2018.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken -- The popular Nashville eatery will open its first Atlanta location, offering hicken sandwiches, tenders and wings at six different spice levels ranging from Southern (no heat) to Shut the Cluck Up (burn notice), as well as a variety of sides and desserts.
299 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta. Expected to open in early 2018.
LLoyd's: This concept from Victory Brands, the company behind Victory Sandwich Bar , Little Trouble and S.O.S. Tiki Bar will be an “unholy mix of Chili’s and southern comfort food" according to co-owner Ian Jones. The spot will also feature a coffee house next door.
900 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta. No announced opening date.
Manny's Grant Park Pub: Longtime Atlanta barman Manuel Maloof, who is the grandson of the founder of Manuel’s Tavern, is set to open this bar in Grant Park.
588 Woodward Ave., Atlanta. Expected to open in late spring 2018.
Marietta Square Market concepts: The new food hall will introduce pizza spot Forno; Mexican street food concept Street Taco; Grand Champion BBQ; TopPoke Korean and Poke; Pita Mediterranean Street Food; and Tiny Bubble Tea Bar.
68 N. Marietta Pkwy NW, Marietta. Expected to open in summer 2018.
Mary Hoopa's House of Fried Chicken and Oysters: Another holdover from last year's list, this concept from One Eared Stag owner and chef Robert Phalen will specialize in fried chicken as well as oysters every which way in East Lake's Hosea + 2nd development.
2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta. UPDATE: Opened in February 2018
Momonoki: This restaurant from the team behind Brush Sushi Izakaya in Midtown will put an emphasis on Japanese comfort cuisine in the Modera Midtown development.
95 8th St. NW, Atlanta. Expected to open in the first quarter of 2018.
Ramen Station: The ramen spot from the team behind Taiyo Ramen, Suzy Siu's, Double Dragon and the newly-opened Noona is set to debut soon in the Larkin development in Grant Park.
519 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. Expected to open in spring 2018.
Zunzi's: The first Atlanta outpost of this Savannah sandwich favorite is set to open in Collier Hills.
1971 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. No announced opening date.