Category: Food & Drink

Brookhaven Farmers Market to feature rescue rabbits, egg hunt for Easter weekend

Two rescue rabbits – Lonnie and Sonya – will be at the April 20 Brookhaven Farmers Market as part of an Easter-themed event that includes a cooking demonstration and an egg hunt. The farmers market is from 9 a.m. to noon at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE. The rescue rabbits are from the Georgia House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehoming rabbits in need. Jardi Chocolates will be selling their artisan chocolates and also donating the profits of sales of their Easter Bunny Adoption Boxes to the Georgia House Rabbit Society. A chef with the Cook’s Warehouse...

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Owner of Sandy Springs’ Breadwinner Café says he will open restaurant in Dunwoody

The owners of Sandy Springs’ popular Breadwinner Café & Bakery says they are expanding into neighboring Dunwoody with plans to open a restaurant in the former location of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe. Breadwinner Café & Bakery co-owner Geoff Melkonian made the announcement via Facebook April 19 with the tease, “Hello, Dunwoody!! Let’s get Loafed and Ladled! We’ll see you late summer 2019! #rumorsaretrue #BreadwinnerDunwoody” In an interview, Melkonian, who owns Breadwinner Cafe with his wife, Katie, said the opening date for the new restaurant is currently planned for around Labor Day weekend. The new restaurant will be called the...

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Popular Brookhaven bars, restaurants face alcohol license suspensions

Brookhaven’s recent crackdown on several restaurants and bars they said owed back taxes on liquor sales could put some popular watering holes at risk of not being able to sell booze to customers, at least temporarily. Other venues were able to prove their record keeping was accurate and their alcohol licenses are safe. Among those affected are three nightclubs that previously sued the city for discrimination for another crackdown, and such popular neighborhood institutions as Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, the Rusty Nail and Villa Christina. One restaurant appealing the bill, Hudson Grille, faced testimony from an undercover private investigator...

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‘Food That Rocks’ to return to City Springs in June

The annual restaurant-tasting event “Food That Rocks” will return to City Springs June 8. The Sandy Springs event will feature tastings from local restaurants including il Giallo, Breadwinner Café, Henri’s Bakery, Cibo e Beve and Hearth Pizza Tavern, among others, according to a press release. The event will be held Saturday, June 9 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on the City Green, the park outside City Springs. Two new restaurants that are part of the City Springs’ complex, Flower Child and The Select, which plans to open in April, will also be at the festival. Also on the list...

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Farmers markets blossom for 2019 season

Spring is here, and so is farmers market season. Here are the details of local markets. Brookhaven Farmers Market Saturdays, April 6 through Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. The market is open rain or shine, and features local musicians. 1375 Fernwood Circle N.E., Brookhaven. Information: brookhavenfarmersmarket.com. Dunwoody Farmers Market Saturdays, May 4 through September, 8:30 a.m. to noon More than 25 vendors. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodyfarmersmkt.com. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market Saturdays, April 13 through Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. to noon. (Opening time shifts to 9 a.m. in October.) Nearly 50 vendors...

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The Select’s April opening to fill City Springs restaurant spots

  The Select plans to open in April, filling the last empty restaurant storefront in the City Springs complex. The Select, created by the owners of the popular Paces & Vine restaurant in Vinings, is set to open in late April, but doesn’t have an exact date yet, it announced. City Springs is a 14-acre mixed-use civic center that includes housing and retail, City Hall, a large park and the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. It opened in phases last year and the restaurants and businesses have been opening individually since. A year ago, the city announced that four...

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Brookhaven cracks down on liquor taxes

The city of Brookhaven has sent letters to some restaurants throughout the city where alcohol is served, claiming the businesses have not been paying their full share of liquor excise taxes. After two months, however, no further money has been collected by the city as business owners continue to dispute some of the amounts. In December, the city sent out the letters to 13 venues claiming they owed more in liquor excise taxes than what had been paid between 2016 and 2018. The letters asked the business owners to pay the stated amount in their letters within 10 days....

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Springs Cinema & Taphouse renovation gets rave reviews

At a Feb. 7 VIP reception, more than 100 people gathered to see for the first time the extensive renovations to Springs Cinema & Taphouse movie theater, formerly the Lefont. Plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” were expressed at everything from the new rug in the lobby area, the tasty food, bartenders slinging cocktails and such details as movie reel fixtures throughout the lobby. Attendees were able to catch a free screening of now Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book” while checking out seats that heat up or extend into recliners with a push of a button. “This theater is important...

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Buckhead’s Peachtree Road Farmers Market to open March 2

Buckhead’s Peachtree Road Farmers Market is getting a head start on the shopping season, opening March 2 – about a month earlier than usual. Farmers market spokesperson Carly Grady said the early opening of the 13th season comes from public demand and growers who are ready and willing. “Our customers have also requested an early opening and we are happy to support the demand for local-grown [food],” she said. Held rain or shine on Saturday mornings in at the Cathedral of St. Philip’s parking lot, 2744 Peachtree Road, the market features more than 50 vendors, chef demonstrations and more....

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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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