Category: Food & Drink

Wright’s sandwich shop, a Dunwoody icon, abruptly closes

The owners of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody announced Feb. 12 the restaurant had immediately closed, shocking a community where the restaurant had been an institution for more than 30 years. Matt Wright, manager and member of the family that owns the restaurant, posted a farewell message on Facebook, but did not explain the reason for the abrupt closure. The landlord of the restaurant’s location at Shops of Dunwoody at 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road said he was surprised by the announcement, but later said Wright told him declining sales led to the decision. A simple “closed” sign was posted...

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Brookhaven extends alcohol sales hours for Super Bowl week

Brookhaven aims to get a piece of the Super Bowl dining and nightlife business by extending its alcohol-selling hours for the week leading up to the game. But the move came with a dissenting vote from a city councilmember concerned about public safety. The National Football League championship game will be held Feb. 3 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a 3-1 vote on Jan. 22, the City Council approved extending alcohol service from the usual 2 a.m. cutoff time on a schedule based around the game. Businesses licensed to sell alcohol on Sundays can do so starting at 11...

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Food for Thought: ‘Low and slow’ is the key for Chef Scott Serpas

Renowned chef Scott Serpas burst on the Atlanta restaurant scene more than a decade ago, working as executive chef at TWO Urban Licks before venturing out on his own in 2009 with Serpas True Food in the historic Old Fourth Ward. Just over one year ago, the award-winning chef opened Dixie Q in his own Brookhaven neighborhood where he’s lived for a decade. It’s just off bustling Dresden Drive, where other notable restaurants make their homes, such as Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, Verde Taqueria and Haven Restaurant and Bar. Dixie Q opened in the former Slice of Brookhaven site...

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South City Kitchen named Buckhead business of the year

The South City Kitchen restaurant’s local spot was named the Buckhead Business of the Year for 2018 at the Jan. 15 annual luncheon of the Buckhead Business Association. Operated by Fifth Group Restaurants, South City Kitchen opened in 2016 in the tower at 3350 Peachtree Road next to the Buckhead MARTA Station. It has sister locations in Midtown, Smyrna and Alpharetta. Steve Simon of Fifth Group and Michael Robertson of the restaurant accepted the award, which recognizes newer businesses that are growing and known for charitable contributions to the neighborhood. Other Business of the Year nominees included: Cheesecaked; the...

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Robin’s Nest: I am not a cook

A friend had — as women do — made dinner for our family when we were in a time of need, and her chicken cacciatore was so darn delicious that I asked her for the recipe. She graciously complied. I started reading it enthusiastically but stopped as soon as I saw “pound the chicken breasts.” There are lines in the kitchen that I will not cross, and pounding chicken breasts is one of them. Websites and cooking shows try to entice me into crossing my culinary line by presenting dishes that use just five ingredients, but I am not...

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Perimeter Mall parking lot project gets city approval

A project to build two restaurants on a corner of the Perimeter Mall parking lot got the thumbs up from the Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals and construction is set to start this year. The ZBA voted unanimously Jan. 10 to approve a variance to eliminate the 50-foot setback requirement on Ashford-Dunwoody and Perimeter Center West roads and instead allow for a 0- to 10-foot setback. The new setback allows the buildings to be built closer to the road and sidewalks as part of the city’s vision to create a more pedestrian-friendly Perimeter Center. Zoning for the approximately 3...

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5 Seasons Brewing closes Sandy Springs location

5 Seasons Brewing Company, a Sandy Springs restaurant and brewery located in The Prado Shopping Center, has closed. The restaurant, which was located at 5600 Roswell Road, announced in a Dec. 31 Facebook post that it would not reopen. “As many of you know, tonight marks the end of our lease here at the Prado location and we will be closing our doors here in Sandy Springs at midnight,” the business said in the post. The second location in Atlanta at 1000 Marietta St. will remain open. The brewpub’s announcement follows the closure of the Publix in the same shopping center...

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Heritage Sandy Springs cancels final farmers market

Heritage Sandy Springs has canceled its Dec. 8 Farmers Market, which was expected to be this season’s final day. Citing the expected inclement weather, the group announced Dec. 7 it would cancel the final day of the market’s ninth season. The farmers market is expected to return in mid-April 2019, the announcement said. The market debuted at a new location at City Springs this season, and Heritage Sandy Springs plans to make that its permanent...

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Ribbon-cuttings in Reporter communities

The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Chopt Creative Salad Co., restaurant, 3655 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Choptsalad.com. Club Pilates, exercise studio, 5968 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Clubpilates.com. Flower Child, restaurant, 6400 Blue Stone Road, No. 170, in City Springs, Sandy Springs. Iamaflowerchild.com. Office Evolution, shared work space, 56 Perimeter Center East, Suite 150, Dunwoody. Officeevolution.com. Personal Capital, financial advisors, 3340 Peachtree Road, Buckhead....

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Brookhaven council OKs ‘brunch bill’ amid questions over state law

Restaurants in Brookhaven can begin selling alcohol at 11 a.m. beginning Sunday following overwhelming approval of the “brunch bill” referendum on Nov. 7 and an amendment to the Brookhaven alcohol code approved by the City Council Nov. 13. But the new law also appears to prohibit the sale of alcohol past midnight on Sunday in Brookhaven, according to the city attorney, casting doubt on the council’s recent decision to extend Sunday hours for nightlife venues from midnight until 2 a.m. The City Council voted Nov. 13 to approve an amendment to its alcohol code to allow for the sale...

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Sunday-morning alcohol sales appear OK’d by voters

The so-called Brunch Bill allowing Sunday-morning alcohol sales appeared headed for approval by voters Nov. 6 in all four cities in Reporter Newspapers communities: Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. In unofficial tallies from a majority of precincts in all four cities, approval of the Brunch Bill ballot question was leading by large margins. The law would authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. rather than the current 12:30 p.m. The Brunch Bill legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven/Sandy...

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Food for Thought: Steaks and sides with restaurateur Michel Arnette

Restaurateur Michel Arnette made a name for himself with his restaurants in Brookhaven — Haven, Valenza and Vero — all located on bustling Dresden Drive and part of the Word of Mouth Restaurants group. He chose Brookhaven again to open his newest restaurant, Arnette’s Chop Shop, last year in the renovated Bagcraft Papercon building on Apple Valley Road in a complex named Apple Valley Brookhaven. Chef Stephen Herman, Arnette’s business partner, moved from Haven to Arnette’s Chop Shop, but is also the culinary executive director for all Word of Mouth restaurants. Arnette already has a fifth restaurant in the...

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