2102 Bolton Road, Atlanta. instagram.com/bryanfurmanbbq/
Roble’s house. Chef and El Salvador native Laura Orellana will bring a menu of Spanish tapas with Latin American influences to this Roswell eatery, which is set to open this spring. Expect to find a range of traditional Spanish tapas, as well as tacos and pupusas, plus a wine list with a heavy South American focus and a cocktail list that will lean on rum, tequila and mezcal. Casa Robles comes from RO Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Roswell’s Table & Main and Osteria Mattone and Coalition Food and Beverage in Alpharetta.
45 Oak St., Roswell. casaroblesroswell.com/
Untitled Duane Nutter restaurant. Duane Nutter has done great things since leaving Atlanta – and the acclaimed Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport restaurant One Flew South – several years ago to open Southern National in Mobile, Alabama. The restaurant was recently recognized by The New York Times, and Nutter was named James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Regional Chef. Now Nutter is returning to Atlanta with restaurateur Reggie Washington to open an as yet unnamed restaurant in the thriving Summerhill neighborhood (other concepts to open in the area by the end of the year include How Crispy Express, Redacted, D Boca N Boca and Press on Start). Details are scarce for now, but expect to find a restaurant that is “upscale but a place where everyone is welcome,” according to Washington.
72 Georgia Ave., Atlanta.
Untitled concept from the El Tesoro team. Few details have been released for the as yet unnamed concept coming to Oakhurst this spring from Alan Raines and Darryl Howard, the owners of the popular Edgewood taco shop El Tesoro. Expect to see a menu of mezcal drinks and dishes from El Tesoro chef / chef Hugo Suastegui’s hometown of Acapulco, Mexico, in the former Lawrence’s Cafe room.
910 College Ave., Decatur.
Humble Pie. Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips from Inman Park’s gourmet restaurant Lazy Betty and the new Vietnamese eatery Juniper Cafe have made a lot of turns since the beginning of the pandemic. Their upcoming concept, Humble Pie, is yet another departure from the norm for the couple. Humble Pie is set to open this spring in West Midtown’s Interlock development, and Humble Pie serves pizzas with cereal painted from DaySpring Farms outside Athens, plus appetizers like pot pie, a burger and a roasted cauliflower steak and pie for dessert. Rinse everything down with a cocktail, biodynamic beer or local beer from the restaurant’s beverage list. Also on the way to Interlock in the coming months are Pour Taproom, Rooftop LOA, Kinjo Room and La Lau.
1115 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. humblepieatl.com/
The seed. Veterans from the restaurant industry Reid Trapani and Sophia Marchese have developed a following since the launch of their plant-based Latin American pop-up Happy Seed in 2018. The couple plans to go brick and mortar this spring in Reynoldstown with La Semilla, which will feature Happy Seed- goods as well as more vegan dishes made with local ingredients. A covered patio will offer the perfect setting to enjoy a selection from the venue’s planned cocktail list.
780 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. lasemilla.køkken /
Leftie Lees. If you’ve never had the chance to try one of Chef Vivian Lee’s milk bread cakes on one of her Foodcation Forever pop-ups, you’ll get a treat in 2022 when she opens her first brick and mortar. Located in the Avondale Estates mixed-use development Olive and Pine, Leftie Lee’s will serve cakes and pastries as well as breakfast and breakfast sandwiches built on homemade bread. Expect to wrap your hands around the gemstones like a mojo-fried pork sammi with fried yucca and cabbage slaw. The space will also serve as an incubator for future chefs to serve their food.
6 Olive St., Avondale Estates. instagram.com/leftielees/?hl=en
Mujo. What started as a pop-up inside the West Midtown restaurant Cooks & Soldiers in May 2020 is set to become its own restaurant located in a space next to its original home in early 2022. New York City sushi chef J. Trent Harris, who helped launch Mujo, will oversee the restaurant’s two-level menu of edomae sushi in addition to kappo-style hot and cold dishes. The space, designed by Elizabeth Ingram Studio, will include a six-seater bar for drinks and a 15-seater sushi bar.
691 14th St., Atlanta. mujoatl.com/
SGC chicken and seafood. Smith’s Gourmet Creations has developed a following over the years for its Creole-inspired Southern dishes through its catering business and food truck. Now chef Antoine Smith is bringing dishes including garlic butter, crab fries, fried lobster mac and cheese and Cajun butter salmon rolls to a brick and mortar set to open in March. A few months after SGC Chicken and Seafood is up and running, you can expect to see the food truck drive through the Atlanta subway again.
3886 Broad St., Powder Springs. smithsgourmetcreations.com/
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