Mediterranean Grill, the small chain out of Atlanta, is open on Lumpkin, in the former YoBo Cantina space.
Lighthouse Seafood, which was running a nice little seafood market with delicious steamed to-go orders on Gaines School Road, has closed in Athens, opening a proper bar and grill at 2077 Atlanta Hwy., in Statham.
Kumquat Mae will no longer serve dinner effective Oct. 20, "due to the high demand [for] our catering services and weekend pop-up dinners," according to owner Tracey Stewart. The Mitchell Bridge Road restaurant will continue serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. (The bar is open until 7 p.m.)
You may know Lay-Z Shopper best for its late-night world, but the convenience store on Clayton Street downtown has always made some excellent deli sandwiches. Now, its owners have taken over the former Volstead, next door, and opened R.U. Hungry, which offers an expanded range of sandwiches hot and cold, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, pizza and some sides.
Taqueria Tsunami's second Athens location, in the former Herschel's on East Clayton Street, is officially open, meaning you can give your sales tax dollars to Clarke County when you eat there. Kids eat free on Tuesdays.
Little City Diner, in Winterville, starts serving Friday-night dinners tonight, until 8:30 p.m.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people congregated on College Avenue outside City Hall Saturday afternoon for the Athens Downtown Development Authority's food truck festival, which drew almost a dozen food trucks from Atlanta (as well as a local truck or two). Flagpole photographer Joshua L. Jones documented the scene.
Photo Credit: Athens Food Truck Festival
Casa de Amistad will hold its Mojito Fest fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Broad 9A, in the Chase Street Warehouses. Local bars and restaurants will compete against one another to mix the best mojito. Attendees get to judge. Tickets are $25 (if you drink mojitos) or $10 (if you don't) and can be purchased on the website dedicated to the event. DJ YaTuSabes will provide music. All proceeds go to Amistad, which provides various and much-needed resources to the Hispanic community in Athens.
The shared kitchen/market version of Jennie de la Vega's Mama Bird's Granola, in the 909 Broad building, will close Sept. 24 after operating for two years. The space is up for lease.
Although some folks made use of the shared kitchen—which was licensed by the Department of Agriculture for the production of foods to be sold at retail, but not an option for food trucks—there weren't enough of them to cover expenses. This is unfortunate, as the groceries for sale in the space included fresh produce, making it a small oasis in the fresh-food desert that is downtown Athens. The granola side of the business will continue elsewhere and seems to be in fine shape.
Is this a sad story, because it means a longtime Athens business is moving out of its original location? Or is it a happy one, because it means a locally owned place is coming downtown?
You can read it either way, but the point is that Blind Pig Tavern is taking over the downstairs of the former Dirty Birds (or Wild Wing) on West East Washington Street. The upstairs is being put to other use.
Photo Credit: Blake Aued/file
The franchise owner has submitted plans to Athens-Clarke County, but there is no timetable for construction.
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