Not only is Big Family Cafe, in Homewood Village, still open, despite being one of Athens' best-kept secrets, but it's recently expanded its hours to offer dinner until 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It also now serves bottled beer, sangria and mimosas. Woop!
South Kitchen + Bar, in the Georgian, downtown, is also adding hours, though in the other direction, instituting lunch as of Aug. 11 (Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.) with options like a fried green tomato BLT, a BBQ chicken sandwich, a cheeseburger, a grilled veggie sandwich, soups and salads. It's also adding Wednesday night "Date Nights," where you get an appetizer, two salads, two entrees and a bottle of wine for $40.
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Oh, did you think the fro-yo bubble had already burst? Well, here comes Di'Lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar to prove you wrong or something. The "Athens" location opens Saturday at 11 a.m. in the big new Epps Bridge shopping center, with games and such. The franchise makes its headquarters in Asheboro, N.C., and stores offer 10 flavors at a time, a bunch of toppings, a focus on environmental friendliness (recyclable containers, eco-friendly cleaning products, etc.) and a smart program that gives to local charities quarterly. They also make fro-yo for your pets.
Athens may be a little behind Atlanta when it comes to artisanal foods, but we're working on it, and here's the next step. Nicholas Dale, along with brother and The National chef-owner Peter Dale, plans to open Condor Chocolates in the Five Points space next to J. Christopher's sometime this fall.
Occupying one of the spaces nearer to the street in the Bottleworks, Seabear, the new oyster bar project (early details were here) from Patrick Stubbers, Peter Dale and barman Chris Luken, and which is, we have to assume, not named after the critter from Spongebob Squarepants, starts serving at 3 p.m. today.
It seemed like we took a little breather in June from the cavalcade of food events, but now they're ramping up again. Here's some of what's coming up over the next month:
Sweet Peppers Deli, at the corner of Broad and Pulaski downtown, has also announced that it will be closing after lunch on July 20. In that case, the situation is a little different, as owners Alan and Ryan Pope said they were offered a deal to sell the building they couldn't turn down.
Gigi's Cupcakes and Artini's will remain open, and there is a possibility of Sweet Peppers opening in a different location in the future, but that's all very tenuous. The new owners haven't figured out what they want to do with the space yet, so we'll see.
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After Mama's Boy moved to an all-brunch/breakfast format, appreciators of everything else the restaurant had to offer were left to mope around, sampling the meat-and-three offerings at hipster weddings the business catered.
That catering business has been expanding significantly, which led to the decision to rent the bottom corner space of the 909 Broad building for an as-yet-unnamed second restaurant/catering space/rental facility.
So, the sad news here is that The Granary, a marvelous little bakery in downtown Watkinsville that sold hard-to-find baking ingredients and focused on whole-grain versions of standards that were just as good as those made with refined flour, is closed.
The good news is that local Kirsten Bradford bought the business and has turned it into Kiki's Bakeshop.
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If you're in that in-between zone of wanting to prepare your own food but not exactly wanting to shop for it yourself or make too many decisions, PeachDish is a new ingredient-delivery service based out of Atlanta that also reaches the Athens area. Pre-portioned ingredients for two meals that consist of two courses plus a "treat" ship out on Tuesday and arrive Wednesday (in the Atlanta metro area) or Thursday (anywhere else in the country), complete with recipe cards. Visit the website for pricing, menus, details and more.
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For a couple of days, all we knew was a name: South Kitchen + Bar. That was who had taken over the Capital Room in the Georgian on Washington Street downtown. Now it seems fairly clear that the folks behind Trappeze are the ones responsible, and Chris Benson, who's been capably running the kitchen at Trappeze, is doing the same at the new place as of yesterday (Saturday).
Rashe's Cuisine (first covered here), the Jamaican restaurant set to take over the Tallassee Road space still best known as Caliente Cab and most recently home to Kabana, has an actual opening day set: Friday, June 13. Let's hope the ominous date doesn't bode poorly.
Owner Rashe Malcolm has been setting up at the West Broad Farmers Market on Tuesday evenings to retail her food and build an audience, and her business's Facebook page is here.
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe starts doing bidness in the Bottleworks officially today (June 3), after a couple of days of "family and friends" previews.
Also, the Oglethorpe Avenue Transmetropolitan, which has no web presence, reopened over the weekend.
If you enjoyed this winter's Noodle Bowl, brought to you by the aptly named People Who Like to Eat, Rachel Bailey says you should mark your calendars for the upcoming ice cream social from the same group, scheduled for noon to 2:30 p.m. June 14, on the porch of Five & Ten. That restaurant will be participating, as well as The Savory Spoon, Viva! Argentine (which says it's contributing ice cream sandwiches), Coterie & Tie supper club and Cinco y Diez.
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Have you always wanted to see Alton Brown in person but would rather pay for the privilege than stalk him at the suburban Atlanta grocery store he frequents (ot at least did when "Good Eats" was on the air)? Well, you'll get your opportunity Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Classic Center Theatre, for a cost of $38–$105. "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" will have participation opportunities, comedy, music and more. Standard tickets are $38–$58 (plus fees). Fancy shmancy tickets that include a meet-and-greet, an autographed photo and special seating are $105. Both kinds go on sale Friday.
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The nice little building still probably best known to long-time Athenians as The Arctic Girl and most recently housing Broad Street Coffee is finally getting another tenant and one doing something more ambitious than hot dogs. The new place, called Preserve, aims to open in June and is headed up by Ella Sternberg and Lenny Miller, of local band Cancers. Reached for comment, Miller said:
What's Jackie doing? Well, Aromas, in Five Points, which has operated successfully pouring wine, beer and coffee for 13 years now, will be closing May 25 and reopening as The Pine, with Burton in the kitchen. She describes the new venture as "wood-fired oven, casual Southern/fusion" and says it will open as "soon as we renovate the space… shooting for mid-August."
Lest you think Aromas is being booted out, owner Sachin Patel is still involved with the new venture, as is local wine dude Scott Parrish.
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Although the news isn't yet reflected on its Facebook page, Skogie's on Baxter has closed. The seafood shack, the original location of which is on Lake Lanier, opened two years ago in the strip that also houses Domino's Pizza.
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, in the Bottleworks, is hiring, which suggests its projection of a May opening date was fairly accurate.
Junkyard Dawgs, on Commerce Road, is temporarily closed due to some water-treatment upgrades, but its second location, The Bunkhouse, should be opening soon (no official date) in the building formerly home to The Woods at the J & J Flea Market.
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It is dang difficult to write a headline that encapsulates exactly what Sister Louisa's Churchis for those who don't know. Basically, it is a bar, but a far more interesting one than most we have in Athens, run by Grant Henry, a.k.a., Sister Louisa, an Atlanta artist who already has one location (Sister Louisa's CHURCH of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium) on Edgewood Avenue, serving drinks and light eats in an environment one could describe as nouveau Southern rococo.
Henry says he's been looking for space for an Athens location for six months and decided to take over the space at 254 W. Clayton St. that most recently housed Jack's Bar (and was formerly The Mercury Lounge, among various other iterations).
Henry says he is shooting for an opening date of Aug. 15, as he plans extensive renovations.Whether or not he'll offer food—or ping pong—is up in the air as of now Sister Louisa's Church (It's a Glory Hole)—yes, that appears to be the official name—will offer food and ping pong, according to Henry's comment below, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the Athens bar scene.
After a sort of hiccup between announcing its first Athens location (back in July) and starting work renovating the interior of what was most recently The Local Jam (which closed in July 2012), J. Christopher's, the Atlanta-based breakfast chain, opened for business today.
There were some experiments with free pancakes over the weekend, but now you can go and pay for a plate of eggs, etc., from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. daily. The menu is here, and the place is a step up from national breakfast franchises, plus you can park in the Stiles building spaces to eat there.
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