First Look


First Look: The Real Fix Pizzeria

Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac of F&H Food Trading Group recently opened their fifth restaurant together, The Real Fix Pizzeria, in downtown Roswell. Piazzolo Giacomo Lazzano moved from Palermo, Italy to oversee the kitchen, which prominently features a pair of handmade wood-burning ovens. The look: Located in a strip center between Alpharetta and Canton streets, the narrow fast casual space is set...
First Look: Bellwoods Social House, Westside

First Look: Bellwoods Social House, Westside

Recently opened on Marietta Street, Bellwoods Social House is the new bar/restaurant from Leif Johnson, chef/owner of the popular Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta. The concept features Johnson’s updates of American bar food and beverage director Arianne Fielder’s craft cocktails.
First Look: South Main Kitchen, Alpharetta

First Look: South Main Kitchen, Alpharetta

South Main Kitchen opened in late August on South Main Street in downtown Alpharetta, a stretch that’s been enlivened by a redevelopment project that includes a new city hall, town plaza, park and parking facility.
First Look: Spice to Table, Old Fourth Ward

First Look: Spice to Table, Old Fourth Ward

In July, chef/owner Asha Gomez closed Cardamom Hill, the critically acclaimed Indian restaurant she opened on Northside Drive in Berkeley Heights in January 2012. But in August, Gomez opened a new bakery cafe concept in the Old Fourth Ward, called Spice to Table. And later this year, she will debut a new fried chicken stand, Spice Road Chicken, at nearby Krog Street Market.
First Look: Memphis BBQ Co., Dunwoody

First Look: Memphis BBQ Co., Dunwoody

The newest Memphis BBQ Co. location from Mississippi Delta pitmaster and winner of several World BBQ championships, Melissa Cookston, recently landed on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Cookston’s two previous locations are in Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Fayetteville, North Carolina.
First Look: Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl, Emory Village

First Look: Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl, Emory Village

In July, Doc Chey’s Noodle House in Emory Village closed to make way for a new Doc Chey’s concept dubbed Dragon Bowl. The focus is on Asian-inspired made-to-order bowls with grilled meats, healthy grains and a variety of local and seasonal ingredients. The look: The interior was redesigned to create a fast casual flow.
First Look: Zinburger, Lenox Square

First Look: Zinburger, Lenox Square

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar recently opened at the front of Buckhead’s rejuvenated Lenox Square, next door to fellow Fox Restaurant Concepts’ True Food Kitchen. Zinburger has nine more locations in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. The look: Like True Food, the Zinburger look is clean and contemporary, with pale wood and earth tones.
First Look: Bartaco, Westside

First Look: Bartaco, Westside

Barcelona Wine Bar spinoff, Bartaco, opened last month on Atlanta’s Westside. With four locations in New York and Connecticut, and at least two more planned for metro Atlanta, the Mexican-style concept features “upscale street food” and a good time atmosphere.
First Look: Panbury’s Double Crust Pies

First Look: Panbury’s Double Crust Pies

In the spring, Adam Panayiotou and Lauren Duxbury opened Panbury’s Double Crust Pies in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Inspired by the offerings at pie shops in South Africa, where Duxbury grew up, the menu features an array of savory pies, plus small bites, sides and a few seasonal fruit pies.
First Look: Max’s Wine Dive, Midtown

First Look: Max’s Wine Dive, Midtown

Max’s Wine Dive — the Texas-based boutique chain with the mantra “Fried Chicken and Champagne? Why the Hell Not?!” — opened on July 1 on 12th Street in Midtown, serving dinner and brunch. Helming the kitchen, executive chef Jason Hall (formerly of Saltyard and Livingston) adds seasonal dishes to the standard menu of Wine Dive “classics.
First Look: True Food Kitchen, Buckhead

First Look: True Food Kitchen, Buckhead

True Food Kitchen from Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts recently landed at the revamped main entrance of Lenox Square in Buckhead, along with another Fox concept, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. True Food features menus based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet.
First Look: Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Town Brookhaven

First Look: Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Town Brookhaven

Named for the owners’ mascot golden retriever, honored on the company logo and dog-friendly front patio, popular Roswell spot Lucky’s Burger & Brew recently opened a second location at Town Brookhaven.
First Look: Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Town Brookhaven

First Look: Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Town Brookhaven

Named for the owners’ mascot golden retriever, honored on the company logo and dog-friendly front patio, popular Roswell spot Lucky’s Burger & Brew recently opened a second location at Town Brookhaven.
First Look: The Painted Pin, Buckhead

First Look: The Painted Pin, Buckhead

The Painted Pin, an upscale bar, bowling and entertainment concept from Justin Amick and William Stallworth, recently opened in a renovated warehouse in Buckhead’s Miami Circle. Amick, son of Concentrics Restaurants’ Bob Amick, and an advanced sommelier, has been on the Atlanta hospitality scene for years. But Painted Pin is his first independent venture.
First Look: Sugar Shack in the Back, Roswell

First Look: Sugar Shack in the Back, Roswell

Pioneering Roswell chef Andy Badgett has helmed an assortment of restaurants around the Canton Street corridor — turning fine dining Asher into the popular Fickle Pickle cafe, and opening and closing Southern-inspired Relish and budget-Mexican Pico Autentico in the same spot on Mimosa Boulevard.
First Look: Negril Village, Midtown

First Look: Negril Village, Midtown

A few months back, Negril Village took over the historic firehouse building on North Avenue that was once home to Engine 11 Tavern. Since then, the classy Caribbean spinoff of the Greenwich Village spot of the same name has been flying under the radar, making do without a working website of its own, and only a handful of reviews on Yelp.
First Look: Smokebelly BBQ, Buckhead

First Look: Smokebelly BBQ, Buckhead

Smokebelly BBQ, the new concept from the team behind Tin Lizzy’s, Big Ketch, Saltwater Grill and Milton’s, recently opened in Buckhead with executive chef Darrell Rice in the kitchen. The menu features barbecue inspired by multiple regions of the country, 20 craft beers on draft and classic and specialty cocktails.
First Look: The Bishop, Avondale Estates

First Look: The Bishop, Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates restaurant and bar, the Bishop, opened May 13 featuring a mix of small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees, and an atmosphere owner Luellen Marshall calls “neighborhood-centric.” The look: Situated in Avondale’s distinctive Tudor-style row of buildings, the neat storefront space is decorated in a mix of neutral colors and roughhewn wood.
First Look: Cook Out, East Atlanta

First Look: Cook Out, East Atlanta

The Cook Out chain originated in the late ’80s in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a burger and shake concept with double drive-through windows. Since then, it’s grown to multiple locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, while enjoying a cult following and several fan sites dedicated to its brand of bargain-priced fast food.
First Look: Vine & Tap, Buckhead

First Look: Vine & Tap, Buckhead

In February, Ian Mendelsohn, a former beverage director of the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, and his wife, Susan, opened Vine & Tap in the former Pizzeria Venti space in the Lenox Village shopping center on Lenox Road. Clearly a labor of love, the elegantly remodeled restaurant, wine bar and beer garden serves up small bites made to pair with the curated beverage selections.
First Look: Cabana Grill, Snellville

First Look: Cabana Grill, Snellville

On April 14, Fiesta Restaurant Group, which owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, debuted its newest concept, Cabana Grill, in Snellville. The fast-casual restaurant with limited table service touts affordable Mexican food made from scratch with fresh ingredients.
First Look: Ration and Dram, Kirkwood

First Look: Ration and Dram, Kirkwood

Ration and Dram, the new family-friendly neighborhood spot from former Holeman & Finch partner and star barkeep Andy Minchow, has a lot of things going on in a modern two story Arizona Lofts space with two patios, two bars and an assortment of food and drink. The look: The downstairs area, which includes a spacious bar flanked by tall windows and cozy seating areas, makes for an inviting hangout....
First Look: Foundation Social Eatery, Roswell

First Look: Foundation Social Eatery, Roswell

Newly opened in the former Dick and Harry’s space on Holcomb Bridge Road, Foundation Social Eatery from chef/owner Mel Toledo conjures the current wave of suburban casual fine dining concepts, such as Table & Main in Roswell, Seed Kitchen & Bar in east Cobb and Century House Tavern in Woodstock, where Toledo recently worked.
First Look: Bar Meatball, Virginia-Highland

First Look: Bar Meatball, Virginia-Highland

Bar Meatball, which recently replaced Virginia-Highland’s Pozole, features a customizable menu similar to the offerings at New York City success story the Meatball Shop, with a variety of mix-and-match meatballs and sauces, sliders and sides.
First Look: Le Bistro, Roswell

First Look: Le Bistro, Roswell

Roswell Provisions, the popular Canton Street market and cafe with wine, cheese, meats, baked goods, fancy foods and an espresso bar, has added to its considerable offerings with a new French-inspired restaurant, christened Le Bistro.
First Look: Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Poncey-Highland

First Look: Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Poncey-Highland

Known for its Sweet Auburn Curb Market stall, food truck and catering operations, Sweet Auburn Barbecue recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former Pura Vida space on North Highland Avenue. Full service, an expanded menu and a full bar are part of the new concept, which continues to riff on Asian-meets-Southern cuisine and fusion barbecue.
First Look: Chicken Salad Chick, Marietta

First Look: Chicken Salad Chick, Marietta

Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown started the company in 2008 making chicken salad in her kitchen in Auburn, Ala. Now there are some 85 locations throughout the Southeast, with a dozen new franchises planned for metro Atlanta and Athens. One of the first of that number opened in Marietta this week in the Providence Square shopping center on Roswell Road.
First Look: La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, Westside

First Look: La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, Westside

True to its name, La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, the new Westside spot from Jesus Onate, owner of Zapata Tacos & Tequila Bar in Norcross, features a contemporary urban atmosphere and a host of specialty cocktails made with agave-based spirits.
First Look: Souper Jenny, Decatur

First Look: Souper Jenny, Decatur

Actress-turned-cook Jenny Levison, aka Souper Jenny, recently opened a second location of her popular Buckhead soup and sandwich shop in downtown Decatur. Judging from the crowds, it’s already a big hit. The look: Located next to the Old Courthouse on West Court Square, the storefront space faces a narrow courtyard with outdoor seating.
First Look: Cuts Steakhouse, Downtown

First Look: Cuts Steakhouse, Downtown

The newest addition to the downtown Atlanta dining district, Cuts Steakhouse is a spinoff of Truva Turkish Kitchen. Truva now occupies the upstairs of the recently remodeled space on Andrew Young International Boulevard, and Cuts has taken over the downstairs.
First Look: Lovies, Buckhead

First Look: Lovies, Buckhead

Atlanta’s legions of barbecue lovers have a new spot to try. Recently opened in Buckhead, Lovies BBQ from Atlanta natives Nate Newman and Drew Gregory keeps it simple with a daily menu of smoked meats and Southern-style sides, and dine-in or takeout options.
First Look: G’s Midtown, Midtown

First Look: G’s Midtown, Midtown

Located on 10th Street in Midtown, Gilbert’s Cafe had been a longtime neighborhood favorite. Recently, though, owners Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan, who also own and operate HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont, decided it was time to make some changes, including updating the decor and the menu, and rebranding the concept as G’s Midtown.
First Look: Sprinkles Cupcakes, Buckhead

First Look: Sprinkles Cupcakes, Buckhead

Candace Nelson, the pastry chef who opened Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills in 2005, helped create the cupcake bakery craze that generated Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” with Nelson as a permanent judge. Now Nelson is bringing her brand of cupcake chic to Atlanta, with her newest store at Lenox Square, which also features a cupcake ATM.
First Look: Shoney’s, Sugarloaf Mills

First Look: Shoney’s, Sugarloaf Mills

Recently, Shoney’s opened a new prototype restaurant at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville that revealed several firsts for the Nashville, Tenn.-based chain. It’s the first inside-a-mall concept for the brand.
First Look: Villagio Italian Kitchen, Decatur

First Look: Villagio Italian Kitchen, Decatur

In November, Villagio Italian Kitchen quietly opened in the former Capozzi’s space on Clairmont Road in Decatur, offering a casual dining and drinking atmosphere, and a menu of rustic favorites, from starters and salads to pizza, pasta and entrees.
First Look: Kirkyard Public House, Kirkwood

First Look: Kirkyard Public House, Kirkwood

Kirkyard Public House recently opened in the two-story space on Hosea L. Williams Drive that’s been home to Vinocity, Kirkwood Public House and Kirkwood Bar & Grill. The sports bar from former Taco Mac man Dano Kirk features a tried-and-true formula of draft beer, pub grub and plenty of flat-screen TVs.
First Look: Etris Kitchen & Bar, Roswell

First Look: Etris Kitchen & Bar, Roswell

Etris Kitchen & Bar recently took over the former Franco’s Italian Tavern space in Roswell’s Sweet Apple Village, with a team that includes former personal chef David Guilford, and Massi Mekhmoukh, a former general manager at Salt Factory and Inc. Street Food.
First Look: The Imperial, Oakhurst

First Look: The Imperial, Oakhurst

From the moment the Imperial softly opened in Oakhurst last week, neighbors were packing the casual pub, taking advantage of the free-for-all seating policy and bargain-priced food and drink. It probably doesn’t hurt that popular Atlanta bartender and trivia master Robert Holland and his partners, Matt Hanes, Jeff Bowie and Ken Rogers, are all old friends and area residents.
First Look: Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar, Town Brookhaven

First Look: Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar, Town Brookhaven

Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar is the newest addition to the Tom Catherall/ Here to Serve restaurant group’s concepts in Town Brookhaven, joining Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar and Smash Kitchen & Bar in the mixed-use development. Notably, also, Shucks is a family affair, with several of Catherall’s children in the kitchen and front of the house.
First Look: Hoof & Ale, Marietta

First Look: Hoof & Ale, Marietta

Though the name sounds more like a made-up English pub in a mad Monty Python bit, Hoof and Ale is a tidy little mom and pop burger and beer joint on Roswell Road in Marietta. The look: The storefront space, tucked into a corner of the Pavilions at East Lake shopping center, is marked by signs announcing “Neighborhood Tavern” and “Craft Beer.
First Look: Osteria Cibo Rustico, Toco Hills

First Look: Osteria Cibo Rustico, Toco Hills

Osteria Cibo Rustico, a new Italian concept from the co-owners of Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, recently opened in the Toco Hills Promenade spot formerly occupied by Mirko Pasta. The look: The space was given a face-lift with a new bar area that does double duty as a cozy foyer with a pair of mini tables.
First Look: Suite Food Lounge, Atlanta

First Look: Suite Food Lounge, Atlanta

Located in the Luckie Street space formerly occupied by Luckie Food Lounge, Suite Food Lounge is a full-service restaurant with multiple bars and the glitzy light show atmosphere of a nightclub. The look: The sprawling layout is arranged on three levels, with the main dining room situated on the ground floor, along with two bars, a VIP lounge and a dance floor.
First Look: Stem Wine Bar, Marietta

First Look: Stem Wine Bar, Marietta

A few weeks ago, owner and executive chef Doug Turbush opened Stem Wine Bar adjacent to his wildly popular Seed Kitchen & Bar in east Cobb’s busy Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center. The look: The intimate 40-seat space has its own semi-secret entrance marked by a corkscrew design etched on the door. But it also can be accessed through the Seed dining room.
First Look: Salt Factory Pub, Alpharetta

First Look: Salt Factory Pub, Alpharetta

Now open on South Main Street in Alpharetta, the long-time-coming second location of Roswell’s popular Salt Factory Pub offers the same easygoing atmosphere and food as the original with a few new wrinkles.
First Look: Pallookaville Fine Foods, Avondale Estates

First Look: Pallookaville Fine Foods, Avondale Estates

On Halloween, Atlanta deep-fried corn dog master and TV personality Jim Stacy opened Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates with partner John Gianoulidis. The soda fountain and deli is a brick-and-mortar spinoff of Stacy’s carnival food truck, with an evolving menu that features burgers, sandwiches and a full bar with adult “shaketails.
First Look: Smoke Ring, Castleberry Hill

First Look: Smoke Ring, Castleberry Hill

Smoke Ring, a new “Georgia-style barbecue” joint from 101 Concepts (Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Meehan’s Public House), recently opened in Castleberry Hill. Jordan Wakefield, former executive chef at Meehan’s downtown, is in the kitchen. And Wakefield’s wife, Erin, is in charge of the bar. The look: Situated on Nelson Street in the former J.R.
First Look: Taco Mac Sports Grill, Decatur

First Look: Taco Mac Sports Grill, Decatur

An early outpost of Buffalo-style hot wings, in recent times Taco Mac has become better known as a sports bar, serving up craft beer and nachos, along with a whole lot of HD TVs. But Atlanta-based TM Restaurant Group is trying something a little different with Taco Mac Sports Grill.
First Look: Common Quarter, east Cobb

First Look: Common Quarter, east Cobb

Local Three partners Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner recently opened Common Quarter in east Cobb with former Muss & Turner’s operating partner Chris Talley. Talley is a musician who grew up in coastal Georgia, and those things are reflected in both the decor and the menu.
First Look: Sobban, Decatur

First Look: Sobban, Decatur

Dubbed a Korean Southern diner, Sobban recently opened in the former Kitsch’n 155 location on Clairmont Road. The name of the new concept from Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee of the wildly popular Heirloom Market BBQ means “Small Wooden Table Set Aside for Humble Meals.
First Look: Hurricane Grill & Wings, Johns Creek

First Look: Hurricane Grill & Wings, Johns Creek

Hurricane Grill & Wings opened its original oceanside location in Ft. Pierce, Florida in 1995. Now there are locations throughout the eastern U.S. and as far away as Colorado and Arizona. The first Georgia franchise opened in late September in Johns Creek, serving “jumbo wings” with 30 flavors, along with burgers and Mexican and Caribbean-style entrees.
First Look: Bantam Pub, Old Fourth Ward

First Look: Bantam Pub, Old Fourth Ward

True to its name, Bantam Pub is a diminutive corner spot on Ralph McGill Boulevard in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, featuring a full bar and a concise menu of small plates, entrees and desserts. The look: Dwarfed by nearby condos and apartments, the free-standing building stands out like a quirky urban oasis. There’s a small patio in front and a larger courtyard on the side.
First Look: 1910 Public House, Lilburn

First Look: 1910 Public House, Lilburn

The new concept from the owners of Sprig in Oak Grove, 1910 Public House, is situated in a vintage brick storefront on Main Street in Lilburn. The Southern-influenced neighborhood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and will soon feature a market with boxed lunches, drinks and house-made to-go items. The look: A row of sidewalk tables leads to the front entrance.
First Look: Ink & Elm, Emory Village

First Look: Ink & Elm, Emory Village

Now open in Emory Village, Ink & Elm announces itself as “a restaurant, tavern, and lounge for residents of the community and anyone else in need of an elevated or casual dining experience.” Walk through the door, and it’s immediately apparent that this is an ambitious place with a lot going on.
First Look: The Crab Boil, Doraville

First Look: The Crab Boil, Doraville

Though it stakes its claim as a Cajun restaurant, the Crab Boil in Doraville has more in common with Asian Cajun places, like the Crawfish Shack on Buford Highway, where you’ll find boiled crawfish and oyster po’ boys on the menu, but no jambalaya or etouffee.
First Look: The Sun Dial, Downtown

First Look: The Sun Dial, Downtown

More than a restaurant and bar, the Sun Dial is a tri-level attraction and Atlanta landmark spinning atop the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza. Recently reopened after a renovation, with an updated menu by chef Jason Starnes, locals and tourists have been returning for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and the 360 birds eye view.
First Look: Folk Art, Inman Park

First Look: Folk Art, Inman Park

Folk Art, the new breakfast, lunch and brunch spot from Wisteria chef/owner Jason Hill, serves up variations on all-day favorites, like waffles and eggs any style, plus soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, in an atmosphere fitting of its name.
First Look: Timone’s, Morningside

First Look: Timone’s, Morningside

Adding to his Morningside empire, chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud and The Family Dog recently opened his third restaurant on the same stretch of North Highland Avenue. Timone’s, “a local pizza joint,” is an homage to Eyester’s New York roots, with Italian-American starters, pasta dishes and sandwiches on the menu.
First Look: Yum Bunz, West Midtown

First Look: Yum Bunz, West Midtown

It took a while for Yum Bunz to finally open. And the team behind the much anticipated “Dim Sum Fast” concept — Real Chow Baby founder Mike Blum, Miso Izakaya chef/owner Guy Wong, and executive chef Chris Lee — is still ironing out a few kinks.
First Look: Sunday Gravy, Sweet Auburn

First Look: Sunday Gravy, Sweet Auburn

Atlanta’s High Road Craft Ice Cream recently reopened its stand in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in partnership with Sunday Gravy, a New York City Italian food company known for its meaty, slow-braised red sauce, which sells online for $25 a jar.
First Look: Hop Alley, Alpharetta

First Look: Hop Alley, Alpharetta

Brewer Brandon Hintz says the concept was simple: “Bring a great beer bar/brew pub to outside the perimeter.” With that in mind, and chef Matt Schreiber in the kitchen, Hintz and his wife, Jodi, opened Hop Alley in Alpharetta in June. The look: Located in a vintage storefront, the pub lives up to it’s name in several ways.
First Look: Chick-a-Biddy, Atlantic Station

First Look: Chick-a-Biddy, Atlantic Station

Less than a year after they opened Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall, chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are back with Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station. The duo’s second restaurant featuring regional, all-natural poultry appears franchise-ready, with a fast casual menu designed to appeal to shoppers looking for healthy eating options mixed with a bit of fun.
First Look: Brunswick’s Tavern ’45, Marietta

First Look: Brunswick’s Tavern ’45, Marietta

Brunswick’s, a new upscale bowling and entertainment center in Marietta, features Tavern ’45, a sports bar-style restaurant concept with small plates, burgers, cocktails and local craft beers. The look: Tavern ’45 has its own front entrance in the freestanding Brunswick’s space on Delk Road.
First Look: Couscous, Morningside

First Look: Couscous, Morningside

In May, chefs Khaled Chebbi and Lotfi Chabaane collaborated with owner and general manager Haykel Arfaoui of Perla Taqueria to open Couscous, a cozy Mediterranean-American cafe near the Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park. The look: Hidden away in the former Amuse space at the end of Dutch Valley Road, the restaurant features a lush garden patio.
First Look: Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Roswell

First Look: Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Roswell

Hugo’s Oyster Bar brings a new casual Southern seafood concept to Roswell from Rich Clark and chef Jon Schwenk, the partners behind C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar in Vinings. The look: Located in the old Slope’s BBQ building on Alpharetta Highway, the painted brick space is decorated with New Orleans-style gas lanterns, Delta-inspired art, colorful murals and vintage tin ceiling tiles.
First Look: Saltyard, Brookwood Hills

First Look: Saltyard, Brookwood Hills

Saltyard, the lively new restaurant from Christian Favalli and Kristy Jones-Favalli, joins one-year-old Watershed on the ground floor of The Brookwood condo building on Peachtree Road. Favalli, son of La Grotta co-owner Sergio Favalli, and Jones-Favalli share long resumes in the restaurant business.
First Look: NOCA, Roswell

First Look: NOCA, Roswell

NOCA, the new bar and restaurant from the creators of Roswell’s Zest Sushi Tapas Bar, recently opened in the former Indigo space on the quieter end of ever-busy Canton Street. The initials stand for North on Canton, and the contemporary American menu features fine dining comfort food in a relaxed setting.
First Look: Zocalo, Midtown

First Look: Zocalo, Midtown

In early May, Richard Sandoval, chef-owner of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, added Zocalo to his international restaurant group’s more than 30 locations. As part of the deal, there are new upscale Mexican food and beverage menus, plus new decor and tableware.
First Look: BurgerFi, Alpharetta

First Look: BurgerFi, Alpharetta

Florida-based BurgerFi recently arrived in metro Atlanta with franchises at Emory Point and in Alpharetta. Sites in Midtown and Kennesaw are coming soon. The “better burger” concept updates the hamburger stands of the ’50s and ’60s with healthier menu items and earth-friendly design elements.
First Look: Villains Wicked Heroes, Midtown

First Look: Villains Wicked Heroes, Midtown

A spin-off of Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Villains Wicked Heroes has landed in Midtown. Grindhouse guy Alex Brounstein partnered with Jared Lee Pyles, formerly of HD1, and Jason McClure, formerly of Flip, to create the fast-casual, cartoon-inspired sandwich shop featuring cocktails and craft beer.
First Look: Opulent, Roswell

First Look: Opulent, Roswell

Last week, restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac opened their newest venture, Opulent, in historic downtown Roswell in the former INC space on Canton Street. Along with culinary director Bob McDonough, Azhari and Kovac are the team behind two other Canton Street favorites, Little Alley Steak and Salt Factory Pub.
First Look: BoccaLupo, Inman Park

First Look: BoccaLupo, Inman Park

At Atlanta’s La Pietra Cucina, chef Bruce Logue focused on what he calls the “handmade aspects” of Italian cuisine, building a reputation for his deft ways with pasta. At Logue’s new Italian-American neighborhood restaurant, BoccaLupo, several of his La Pietra noodle favorites star on the menu, but there’s antipasti, and few entrees and desserts, too.
First Look: Mac McGee, Roswell

First Look: Mac McGee, Roswell

Mac McGee opened its first Irish-style pub in January 2010 on Decatur Square. The second Mac McGee opened in March 2013 in historic Downtown Roswell. Like the original, the Roswell location features a made-from-scratch menu and well-curated beer and whiskey lists. The look: As in Decatur, the ultra-bright red facade announces the entrance.
First Look: Paper Plane, Decatur

First Look: Paper Plane, Decatur

Repeat after me: Paper Plane is not a speakeasy. At least not according to barman Paul Calvert and his partners at Victory Sandwich Bar + Emporium in Decatur, where Paper Pane is not-so-secretly stashed as a separate bar and restaurant with its own kitchen.
First Look: Moderna, Sandy Springs

First Look: Moderna, Sandy Springs

Moderna may have a Sandy Springs address, but it’s located closer to Roswell. The clubby new taqueria in a remodeled shopping center storefront on Roswell Road stands out from the nearby chains and sports bars with a sleek postmodern facade befitting its name. The look: Despite its proximity to the parking lot, the front patio manages to conjure something of South Beach.
First Look: Argosy, East Atlanta Village

First Look: Argosy, East Atlanta Village

A year-and-half in the works, Argosy in the heart of EAV is a hand-crafted and whimsical labor of love bar/restaurant from the partners behind the Bookhouse Pub — Ben Rhoades, Donald Durant, and Armando Celetano. The look: Beyond the covered patio entrance, the wow-em build-out is basically one big room under a high barrel ceiling with exposed beams.
First Look: Joli Kobe Bakery/Cafe, Sandy Springs

First Look: Joli Kobe Bakery/Cafe, Sandy Springs

An offshoot of Kobe Steaks, founded by Katsuhiko “Vic” Watanabe in 1975, French-Japanese Joli Kobe Bakery/Cafe has been an Atlanta fixture since 1985, offering everything from baguettes to madeleines and red buns. Mihoko
First Look: Chai Pani, Decatur

First Look: Chai Pani, Decatur

Chai Pani is one of the hottest restaurants around right now. The Asheville-by-way-of-Mumbai Indian street food shop’s new Decatur outpost has been busy since opening earlier this month in the former Watershed space, boasting a vibrant atmosphere and a menu of snacks, sandwiches, and traditional thalis.
First Look: Pier 213 Seafood, Marietta

First Look: Pier 213 Seafood, Marietta

Pier 213 Seafood recently opened near Marietta Square, evoking the simple pleasures of Southern fish shacks. Brother-and-sister owners, Kevin and Kammie Sakprasit, have ties to both the metro Atlanta area and fishing communities along the Gulf coast, where they source most of their seafood.
First Look: Big Kahuna, Atlanta

First Look: Big Kahuna, Atlanta

A new franchise-in-the-making, Big Kahuna on Peachtree Center Avenue looks like it should be situated somewhere on the Las Vegas Strip. Tom Nahas, one the founders of the Twisted Taco brand, partnered with downtown retailer Rahim Kaba to create the colorful “flex casual” California surf food and drink concept.
First Look: The Mill Kitchen and Bar, Roswell

First Look: The Mill Kitchen and Bar, Roswell

Opening in the sprawling former funeral home building that was once home to Relish, then Pico Autentico, the Mill Kitchen and Bar takes over one of those locations that could be considered cursed.
First Look: Victory Sandwich Bar + Emporium, Decatur

First Look: Victory Sandwich Bar + Emporium, Decatur

When Victory Sandwich Bar first opened in Inman Park in 2011, co-owner Ian Jones said the idea was to make the former Johnny’s Pizza space look like “Steve McQueen’s sandwich shop.
First Look: Bite, Alpharetta

First Look: Bite, Alpharetta

Former wine country chef Leif Johnson operated a catering business in Dunwoody before opening a small, mostly lunch-centered spot called Bite in Alpharetta in 2011. In January, Johnson took another step, remodeling and doubling the size of the restaurant, adding a patio and full bar, expanding dinner service to six nights a week, and updating the menu with more New American entrees.
First Look: Honey Bubble, Atlanta

First Look: Honey Bubble, Atlanta

Honey Bubble. Try saying the name without thinking Honey Boo Boo. But rather than representing too-cute hick culture, Atlanta’s new bubble tea and laptop hangout is the epitome of Gen Y hip culture. A place where Yelpers can dig free Wi-Fi while discussing the merits of tapioca pearls and aloe vera jelly and snapping iPhone photos of candy-colored Parisian-style macarons.
First Look: Ray’s on the Creek, Alpharetta

First Look: Ray’s on the Creek, Alpharetta

In early 2013, the restaurant formerly known as Ray’s at Killer Creek got a new name, Ray’s on the Creek, a new look and another round of menu tweaks from executive chef Tracey Bloom and other chefs of the Ray’s Restaurants group. The result is a more modern-casual atmosphere, more dishes under $30 at dinner, more sharable plates and a new lunch menu.
First Look: La Tagliatella, Emory Point

First Look: La Tagliatella, Emory Point

La Tagliatella, an Italian-style pasta and pizza concept with over 130 restaurants in Europe, chose Midtown Atlanta for its first American outpost, opening in mid-December at the Shops at Metropolis. A second location opened a few weeks ago at Emory Point.
First Look: Reveille Cafe, Marietta

First Look: Reveille Cafe, Marietta

Reveille Cafe might conjure images of a cozy French restaurant. But beyond omelets, crepes and quiche, the hearty breakfast-centered menu features a medley of Mexican, Cajun and American flavors, plus sandwiches and salads. And, of course, the name comes from the bugle wake-up call that signals it’s time to rise and shine and eat.
First Look: Tony Morrow’s Real Pit BBQ, College Park

First Look: Tony Morrow’s Real Pit BBQ, College Park

The eponymous new restaurant from the chef of the Pecan in College Park, Tony Morrow’s is a long-time-coming homage to Morrow’s family tradition of Alabama-style pit barbecue, serving up smoked meats and soul food sides.
First Look: SeaBass Kitchen, Sandy Springs

First Look: SeaBass Kitchen, Sandy Springs

SeaBass Kitchen in Sandy Springs opened last week in the Roswell Road space formerly occupied by Rumi’s Kitchen. True to its name, the fine dining restaurant focuses on seafood, but also serves appetizers and beef, pork and poultry entrees, all prepared with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors.
First Look: Seven Lamps, Buckhead

First Look: Seven Lamps, Buckhead

Seven Lamps, chef Drew Van Leuvan’s new Buckhead restaurant, takes its name from an essay on architectural ideals by Victorian artist and critic John Ruskin. But beyond the high concept, the atmosphere is communal and convivial, and the food and drink are crafty but comfortable.
First Look: Ice Martini & Sushi Bar, Woodstock

First Look: Ice Martini & Sushi Bar, Woodstock

Ice Martini & Sushi Bar recently opened in the bustling downtown condo, shopping and dining nexus around Woodstock’s Main and Chambers streets. Husband and wife owners Danny and Peggy Snow say they wanted to bring a touch of Buckhead to Woodstock with a place that goes from a relaxing drinks and dinner destination on weekdays to a lounge with a dance floor on weekends.
First Look: Cook Hall, Buckhead

First Look: Cook Hall, Buckhead

Billed as an updated gastropub, Cook Hall replaces Market as a lively drinking and dining destination inside the W-Buckhead Hotel, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus weeknight specials and brunch on the weekends. The look: The renovation by Atlanta’s Blackdog Studio mixes the look of a traditional pub with contemporary design elements.

First Look: The Corner Taqueria, Smyrna

From the owners of Zucca Pizzeria and Vintage Tavern, The Corner Taqueria joins those two spots in Smyrna Market Village, offering a full-service menu of gringo tacos and specialty drinks and an energetic sports bar atmosphere. The look: Located in a corner storefront, TCT’s neat brick facade blends with the bustling Village street scene.
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