Category: Food & Drink

Radio, TV personality Mara Davis to speak at Buckhead Business Association breakfast

Mara Davis, a radio and TV personality, will speak at a Buckhead Business Association breakfast on Sept. 12. A popular DJ on Atlanta radio for many years, Davis currently contributes to WABE and co-hosts the “Atlanta Eats” dining show on PeachtreeTV. The Sept. 12 breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3368 Peachtree Road. Non-member admission is $25. For registration and more information, see...

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French-Vietnamese restaurant to open in Sandy Springs

A new French-Vietnamese restaurant, 285 Colonial Kitchen, is set to open in the Prado shopping center, 5610 Roswell Road, #110 in late August. Owner Duc Tran, who also owns Vietnamese seafood restaurant 575 Bistro in Kennesaw, says he hopes to bring an experience to Sandy Springs that residents have not seen before, and that he has not done before himself. “[This restaurant] will be very unique,” Tran told the Reporter. “We are probably the first [restaurant] in the area to have something like this.” The restaurant will offer a lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu. The lunch menu will...

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Ribbon-cuttings in Reporter communities

The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Aviva Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, 110 Johnson Ferry Rd N.E., Center Pointe 2, Suite 470, Sandy Springs. Info: avivaplasticsurgery.com. Boardroom Salon for Men, Buckhead Court, 3872 Roswell Road N.E., Buckhead. Info: boardroomsalon.com. Expedia CruiseShipCenters, travel agency, 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: cruiseshipcenters.com. HOTWORX, fitness, 6115 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: hotworx.net. Ron Self & Associates, Allstate auto insurance agency, 2498 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 102, Dunwoody. Info: agents.allstate.com. Wallis Bank, 1710 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info:...

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Around Town: A farmers market director’s work is never done – and always delicious

Sara Craig-Goodell has a thing for food. She’s quick to say so. “Yes, I do like food,” she says with a grin. “I like eating it. I like learning about it. … How can you not care about food? I spend most of my day waiting for get hungry again so I can eat.” Her fondness for good food comes naturally. She remembers visiting her grandparent’s home and orchard in rural Mexico, where she dined on fresh avocados and pecan, limes and figs, persimmons and nectarines. “I’ve just always been a big eater,” she said. “I like to try...

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Please eat our plants: An edible landscaping trend began in Buckhead

Atop a steep, shrubbery-spotted embankment in a Buckhead office park, where I-85’s traffic roars by just behind a low concrete wall, is one of Morgan Carswell’s favorite places to go for a work-break snack. In that unlikely locale, many of those shrubs are blueberry bushes, and Carswell says she and her coworkers at EpiCity Real Estate Services have gleefully picked “two to three large Tupperware bowls” of ripe berries in recent weeks. It’s no coincidence of nature that the plants are there. EpiCity has partnered with a Decatur-based company called Natural Born Tillers to turn its Buckhead headquarters into...

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City Springs celebrates a ‘successful’ first birthday

The City Springs civic center and its Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center are celebrating their first birthday, after a year that included adding new public art, changing the theater’s operator and buying an outdoor stage to host concerts. And there’s more to come, including a new gallery, a restaurant and a brick-naming program to raise funds for the PAC. To Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, the Performing Arts Center, which opened in August 2018, has been “overwhelmingly successful,” citing over 500 events in the first year. It’s also brought the walkability, community gathering space and apartments for young renters...

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Kosher BBQ Festival returns to City Springs Sept. 8

The 7th annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival will return to City Springs Sept. 8. Presented by the Hebrew Order of David, the festival will feature a juried competition of barbecue that is kept kosher – meaning it meets Jewish dietary laws – and tastings that are open to attendees. The event will be held Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but the online silent auction supporting the event is open now. The festival returns this year to Sandy Springs’ civic center, City Springs, located at 1 Galambos Way. The festival moved to City Springs last year from...

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Demolition ends, construction begins at Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza makeover

Demolition has ended and construction is underway for the major redevelopment at Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza mall. A “phased opening” is now expected to start in early 2021, according to mall owner Simon Property Group. The project at the 3500 Peachtree Road mall, which had a groundbreaking in October 2018, is replacing a former Belk department store and parking garage with an office tower; a hotel and restaurant; a fitness club; a large green space; and a new parking garage. Another result of the project was a new home for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Station No. 3, located under...

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Atlanta tightens smoking ban inside bars, restaurants, airport

A ban on smoking and vaping inside nearly all bars and restaurants was passed by the Atlanta City Council July 1. The ban, which also covers Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2020. The new ordinance tightens existing laws that already restricted smoking inside most places of business, but had exemptions for private rooms or if they exclude customers or workers who are under 18. Those exemptions will go away. Outdoor smoking at bars and restaurants will still be allowed, but not near windows and doors. There is also an exemption that applies to...

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Photos: Food That Rocks festival draws a crowd to City Springs

The fourth annual “Food That Rocks” festival drew a crowd to City Springs to taste food from over 20 local restaurants June 8. The festival benefited three charity organizations: the Community Assistant Center, which works to prevent homelessness and hunger in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody; Ian’s Friends Foundation, which funds pediatric brain tumor research; and Second Helpings Atlanta, which rescues extra food to deliver to those in need and reduce food waste. Participating restaurants included il Giallo, Breadwinner Café, Henri’s Bakery, Bishoku, Battle & Brew and Hearth Pizza Tavern, among several others. Flower Child and The Select, which both...

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Ice cream, tacos and other Buckhead restaurants coming soon

Ice cream, taco and rotisserie restaurants are planning openings in Buckhead. Two of the restaurants will bring major changes to the Buckhead Marketplace on West Paces Ferry. “That whole area is going to look drastically different sometime late summer,” Matt Schell, a construction manager at developer Edens said at the May 1 Special Public Interest District 9 meeting, where the applications were reviewed. Edens owns the shopping center at 77 West Paces Ferry that is anchored by Whole Foods Market. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Velvet Taco, both chains, will take the vacant spaces next to each other in...

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Food hall, not stand-alone restaurants, could be coming to Dunwoody’s Georgetown community

A food hall where several restaurants are housed in small spaces within one large building could soon come to the Georgetown community in a new proposal for what’s known as the Dunwoody Green commercial site. This idea switches gears from a developer’s original plans to build several individual restaurants on the property. Representatives from Crim & Associates and their partner Ed Hall of Capital Properties Group met May 23 with the city’s Urban Redevelopment Agency to pitch their idea of building the food hall on the site at the intersection of Dunwoody Park and North Shallowford Road and adjacent...

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