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April 4, 2013

Atlanta Eats Beat:  April 2013

A Rad Shipping Container Eatery, Eyester Delivers Pizza & a Diner, and Guy Wong Goes Well Beyond Ramen

By Nancy Staab

  • Photos via except Yumbii and Cafe Intermezzo

This edition of Eats Beat is all about coming New Nosh Spots—from Atlanta’s visionary, first container restaurant, to Guy Wong and Ron Eyester’s expanding restaurant empires—and who wouldn’t love a (rumored) new drinks den from Andy Minchow?

Scott Serpas, A Serpas dish, Andy Minchow and one of his libations, Yumbii food trucks Scott Serpas, A Serpas dish, Andy Minchow and one of his libations, Yumbii food trucks

Carson Young of Yumbii To Open Atlanta’s First Container Restaurant

First Carson Young, the, well, young owner of Yumbii food truck thought outside the restaurant box. He was one of the pioneers in Atlanta’s early food truck culture, putting the restaurant on wheels and taking it on the road. Now he is thinking inside the box---sort of—he recently announced that his latest restaurant would be housed in  an affordable, eco-friendly, recycled shipping container! It’s a trend that has already taken root in urban cities like NYC and San Francisco, but this would be the first for Atlanta. Young’s spot will be located at 10th and Peachtree in Midtown, on property owned by Dewberry Capital Corp. Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the space will serve an expanded version of the Yumbii menu (think Korean tacos and burritos; sesame fries with chipotle-ketchup; panko-crusted Tilapia with Hoisin-Tartar sauce; or a Yumbii Philly sandwich of marinated Asian ribeye beef on French roll with cucumber kimchee and Siracha cheese sauce) , and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Guy Wong Plots a Mini-Restaurant Empire with 3 New Projects in the Works

Guy Wong Guy Wong

Chef/Owner of Miso Izakaya Japanese pub, Guy Wong, appeared to be silently toiling away at his Edgewood Ave spot with rave-worthy daily ramen lunch specials and to-die-for duck buns. But it turns out he was quietly plotting 4 other culinary businesses. Move over Ford Fry, Wong is putting his own spin on culinary expansion. We have long known about Wong’s plans for the about-to-open Yum Bunz spot in Westside, opposite Toscano & Sons. The concept: a fast-casual joint offering dim sum and other delicacies. Think: steamed bao buns filled with savory meats like Szechuan chicken, pork, duck and/or vegetables. But local bloggers and recently buzzed about three other Asian eateries with Wong’s name on them. According to reports, Wong will open Ton Ton Ramen & Yakitori Bar in Inman Park, with Krog Park as the rumored location; Big Boss Chinese, with a Cantonese menu to be helmed by his chef-uncle in Decatur; and Rickshaw Kitchen Stand for takeout Asian street food in Home Park in 2014.  



Rosebud’s Ron Eyester To Deliver a Pizza and a Diner Concept

Speaking of restaurant empires, the mayor of Morningside, Chef/owner Ron Eyester, is planning to expand his neighborhood dominion, comprised of Rosebud and Family Dog, with a pizza spot on the same block. No doubt his NYC-style pizza parlor, called Timone’s after his mother’s maiden name, will be as popular as his current eateries. It will occupy the space of the short-lived Waffold. reports that the pizza place will open this summer and that Eyester is considering a takeout window for pizza-by-the-slice. And in his first foray out of Morningside, Atlanta magazine reports that Eyester will create a breakfast-to-late-night diner at Atlantic Station in the Fox Sports Grill space.



Scott Serpas To Open a Second Restaurant in Brookhaven?

Flash fried oysters from Serpas Flash fried oysters from Serpas

When we heard that chef/owner Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food, was considering a second eatery in Brookhaven, we rejoiced. The concept, according to Buckhead Patch, a “neighborhood-centric casual eatery” seating about 70 patrons.  In particular, he was eyeing a white house next to Savi Urvan Market. But unfortunately the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals and local residents were not so crazy about his request for re-zoning, fearing that restaurant parking would spill over into the narrow residential streets. Stay tuned to see if the issue is resolved or it Serpas locates a more controversy-free spot in this up-and-coming neighborhood. In the meantime we will have to hit up his Old Fourth Ward spot for fabulous New Orleans-inflected Sunday brunches and flavorful new-American cooking.


Does Holeman & Finch Mixologist Andy Minchow Have a New Project Up His Sleeve?

We couldn’t find a single buzz from local journalists, bloggers or other sources about a potential new project by star mixologist Andy Minchow, of Holeman and Finch. But our curiosity was raised when we saw his name listed as one of the mixologist competitors for this year’s Attack of the Killer Tomato fest, July 21, at JCT Kitchen, with the name of “Ration and Dram” as his affiliation. Andy: Call us!


Local Three Team To Open Common Quarter in East Cobb

Rabbit with grits and ramps from Local Three Rabbit with grits and ramps from Local Three

The successful trio of Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner (of Muss & Turner and Local Three) will open a new resto OTP, at Johnson Ferry Road in July. Atlanta magazine dished on the proposed new eatery, called Common Quarter. According to their report, the restaurant will feature local/organic/sustainable dishes inspired by Southern coasts and farms. Suggested menu items include: Tybee Island peel-and-eat shrimp with Sriracha cocktail sauce; charred Georgia peach salad with field arugula and pickled sweet peppers; Gum Creek pork loin with jalapeno creamed corn, crispy eggplant, cucumber basil; and pan-roasted Wreck fish with Carolina Gold risotto, summer tomatoes and blistered beans. We thought we were over farm-to-table but we have to confess this new menu sounds worth a drive OTP… and with a design by ai3 it sounds like a winning combo.

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Tom Catherall Gets SMASHed

It was only a matter of time before prolific restaurauteur/certified Master Chef Tom Catherall (Noche, Twist, Prime, Aja, etc) showed the new young guns how it’s done. He will open his new Brookhaven-based chophouse, Smash, at Town Brookhaven this June. Expect Catherall’s usual knack for creating buzzy environments with, according to the press release, “custom-engineered lighting and sound system, cozy seating for date-nighter and an ultra-modern square bar,” not to mention action on the patio. As for the menu, the press release promises “black-tie food at blue-jean prices.” What does this mean? Steaks, seafood, salads, wood-fired pizzas, seafood, signature smash potatoes, and even smash cocktails and slushies.



Opulent To Open in Roswell

F& H Food Trading Group, the team behind Inc. Street Food, Little Alley Steak and Salt Factory Pub, are opening a new concept on Canton Street, Roswell, called Opulent. The name may ring a little false in our stressed economic times, but the planned Roaring 20’s, speakeasy atmosphere could provide just the escapist vibe that is needed. According to the press release, the menu will include entrees such as West Coast cioppino; brick-pressed braised beef cheek with cheddar grits and Crimini mushrooms; and Carolina flounder with Parmesan crust, rapini, herb potatoes and burnt lemon. Add some bathtub gin martinis and we think Jay Gatsby would approve. Opulent will occupy the space formerly known as Inc. Street Food. Rumor has it, Inc. Street Food will relocate and the team are also opening a second Salt Factory in Alpharetta this spring.


Café Intermezzo Re-Locates to 11th and Peachtree, Midtown

Cafe Intermezzo Cafe Intermezzo

Dimly-lit, Old-World Café Intermezzo has long been a little slice of Europe in Atlanta and a godsend for daters hoping to romance their latest interest. The Brookwood location is now a thing of the past, but not to fear. The café and it’s many lattes, French crepes and Italian pastries, plus it’s trademark dark atmosphere, have merely relocated a few blocks to 11th and Peachtree in Midtown. The establishment serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to late-night coffee, for Atlanta’s many European expats and those who wish they were European.

Café Intermezzo Midtown, 1065 Peachtree, 404.355.0411



Ecco Now Open at Atlanta Airport

We hear that the Ecco restaurant at Atlanta airport is now open for business. Their signature, fried goat cheese balls with black pepper and honey should make that layover a tad more bearable!