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1000 Faces' new location.
After a bit more than 10 years in business, 1000 Faces Coffee seems to be outgrowing its Barber Street space. Rather than move farther from the center of town, seeking more square footage, it's going right into the thick of things, renovating the interior of a historic building at Thomas and Dougherty downtown.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mother's Day and brunch go together like Halloween and candy corn. I guess. Here are some places offering special things for your moms and meemaws this Sunday. The list will be updated as we see more places.
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Hopefully not buried among the many things Avid Bookshop has going on tomorrow (Saturday, Apr. 29) for Independent Bookstore Day—which include local art for sale, free Ike & Jane doughnuts at the Prince Avenue location, free Independent Baking Co. pastries at the Five Points location, face painting, sidewalk chalk and poetry readings—is a meet-and-greet and book signing with Mary Kay Andrews for her brand-new The Beach House Cookbook. That's at the Prince Avid, starting at 11 a.m. and going until noon. Andrews is better known for her novels, but she also likes to cook—hence, the book.
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Pour Restaurant & Bar, an offshoot of an Atlanta business by the same name, opened for business early last week at 22 N. Main Street, in the Dolvin building across the street from the courthouse annex in downtown Watkinsville. Renovations have been in the works for a while to transform the space.
For tax day tomorrow (Apr. 18), pizza chain Hungry Howie’s, on Baxter, is offering a medium one-topping pizza for a mere 15 cents if you buy a large one-topping pizza at regular menu price (promo code TAXDAY) online.
Kristie Middleton, senior director of food policy for the Humane Society of the United States and author of MeatLess: Transform the Way you Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time, will be signing her book at Avid on Prince at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (still Apr. 18). Middleton isn't trying to get people to commit to vegetarianism immediately. Rather, her book tries to encourage people to incorporate vegetable-based meals into their diets more often. Also: Paul McCartney liked it.
Thursday, Apr. 20 from 8–11 p.m., Heirloom Cafe will host a pop-up cocktail event with T Silva from Hi-Lo to benefit the Boybutante AIDS foundation (which gets 10 percent of sales for the day). Bar snacks by Heirloom chef Joel Penn.
The same night, from 6-8 p.m. (so you can totally go to both), White Tiger hosts a fundraiser for Stranger Danger, Flagpole's band in the Athens Business Rocks competition, feature "Stranger Things"-themed music, food and drinks. Proceeds will benefit Nuci's Space.
Praise the Lord, Athenians (and engaged couple) Rachel Barnes and Alfredo Lapuz Jr. are just a few steps away from launching their food truck, Manila Express, which should start serving at various locations very soon. You might have seen the truck, with its temporary sign, parked next to Holy Crepe at Boulevard and Park.
Barnes says Manila Express gets its name from Lapuz's dad's band, and will likely set up shop on East Clayton next to Atomic or on Hancock at Creature Comforts, as well as elsewhere. She points out that Filipino street food goes well with brews, and describes the truck's offerings as "pulutan-esque items," which translates as "to pair with beer."
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If you've ever tried to park at Mama's Boy during a busy time of day (i.e., basically all of them) and ended up giving up, with a flood of profanity, you'll be pleased to hear about the restaurant's upcoming second location.
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If you've been in Athens for more than a year, you know that April is the month in which any day of the week probably has 16 different events parked on it, from G-Day to Plantapalooza, Fluke, Insectival and so on.
This weekend kicks things off, with the following opportunities to eat and/or purchase the ingredients to make delicious food. You don't have to make it to everything, and there's probably no way you can.
As part of her fundraising for Project Safe's Dancing With the Athens Stars, Airee Edwards (seen above with her Team 6 partner) has teamed up with Peter Dale of The National to offer Blue Apron-type meal kits, available for a limited time. As the saying goes, give the man a fish cooked by Peter Dale, he'll eat for a day; buy the man a meal kit that teaches him how to cook like Peter Dale, and he might actually learn something.
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After a couple of months of revamping, the restaurant that was previously The Branded Butcher (charcuterie, adventurous more high-end dining), next to the Georgia Theatre on Lumpkin Street downtown, is open in its new version, as Clarke's Standard.
As y'all know (or should know), Ciné, our only art-house theater, is also a nonprofit, and like all nonprofits, it needs to raise money apart from ticket sales. It's partnering with My Athens to throw a three-course benefit catered by The National, with beers from Wild Heaven, this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:15 p.m. in the CinéLab.
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The cute little building at Hancock and Broad that most recently housed Preserve is about to get a new tenant. Monica Huff will open The Fish Shack with her son, Julius, in February, although they're waiting on inspections to have an official date.
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The Seed and Plate, an online food-focused Athens magazine, is hosting an Athens location of a series of events called Empty Bowls South, not to be confused with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, which will be held Mar. 1 at the Classic Center. The Seed and Plate's dinner happens tonight (Jan. 16), with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The former is sold out, but there are stll tickets available for the 8 p.m. seating, or you can make a donation on its website.
Photo Credit: Cafe Istanbul via Facebook.
It took a little while, and it wasn't met with much hoopla, but the Athens location of Cafe Istanbul is open, next to Utage on Clayton Street. It still isn't listed on the Atlanta-based restaurant's website, which does include the Decatur, Kennesaw and Alpharetta locations, but you can at least take a look at the menu there. It features meze, kebabs, zatar bread and wonderful Turkish pizza, topped with everything that will give you terrible breath but tastes amazing.
Buffalo's Southwest Café, in the Beechwood Shopping Center, may technically be a chain, but the folks who own it locally (Rick and Sharon Roberts) have always run it more like a small business than like a franchise. Come Jan. 1, it (and the location of Fatburger just inside the door) will close permanently.
Those 'chos sure look outta bounds.
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The two-story space that housed East West Bistro for many years, on Broad Street downtown, finally seems to be getting a tenant: a diner chain out of Jacksonville, FL.
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One problem with the Chase Park warehouses, on Tracy Street in the Boulevard neighborhood, has been that there's not much to eat or drink there, unless you get lucky and happen upon a Canopy bake sale or a pop-up art opening. Since Hip Pops closed in October, there's been even less.
But now, Veronica's Sweet Spot, a project of local musician Veronica Darby, is finally open for business there, with coffee, tea and snacks for sale.
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