If you were at the last Saturday Athens Farmers Market, you might have noticed a familiar stand there. Journey Juice, operating at AFM and out of a retail location at Prince and Satula, shut its doors earlier this year, but it's about to open them back up.
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This week, local brewer Creature Comforts is re-releasing one of its most popular limited releases from last year: Tritonia, a version of its Athena berliner weisse (a light and tart style) brewed with cucumbers and limes.
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The itty-bitty building on Whitehall Road that was most recently Rooter's has turned over a number of times in recent years, but it never sits vacant for long, despite the fact that zoning doesn't allow for sit-down service. Next up is Sweetie Pie by Savie, a custom and walk-up bakery that hasn't had its own space in Athens yet but has built a reputation for impressive work with fondant.
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Eddie's Calzones, which took the place of Al's Beef downtown (265 E. Clayton), is now open, very quietly, but plans to get louder by giving away free calzones on Thursday from 4–7 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m.–4 a.m., and it offers delivery. Eddie's has what seems to be a personal page on Facebook rather than the more standard business page, which does allow it to let you know that it "Studied Awsomeness [sic] at University of Georgia." Here's the menu for the Columbia, South Carolina, location.
With Sal Speights taking off to hike the Appalachian Trail, Heirloom Cafe is announcing Joel Penn as its new head honcho in the kitchen. Owner Jessica Rothacker says Penn, who has worked at both The National and East West Bistro, "will make his debut at the Tailored Events Ecuadorian pop up dinner here at Heirloom on Sunday evening, and will roll out his new dinner menu on Tuesday evening. His style of cooking will bring an update to Southern classics and native Georgia dishes, reflecting the international influences found in Georgia foodways, while still paying homage to the original classic techniques. We are very excited to have him with us." Tickets for the pop-up are $50 and can be purchased online here.
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BBQ giveth and BBQ taketh away. Rooter's, on Whitehall Road, which took over the building and the sauce recipes of Jot 'Em Down, will close Saturday. Sorry, folks. On the other hand, Bill's Bar-B-Que in Hull (reviewed forever and a day ago in Flagpole, before the website crashed and was rebuilt, making the old story unlinkable) seems to be returning next month, in the same location, on Fortson Store Road.
Athens' third craft brewery will make its public debut Sunday at the Classic City Brew Fest.
Southern Brewing Co. will offer six beers at the festival: a kolsch, an IPA, a milk stout, an English bitter and two brewed with wild yeast.
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