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Saucehouse Barbeque may not have broken ground yet on the spot that used to house Peaches and is now a dirt pit, but it should in the very near future, with hopes to open in August. In the meantime, the dudes who own it are focusing on catering, with a mobile smoker that can be brought to your event, should you want bbq, and a new business (Elegantly Southern Catering) that does more high-end events.
Hugh Acheson has a new book out. No, it's not the promised CSA-based cookbook that's still in the works (referred to informally as "what the heck do I do with kohlrabi?" and formally titled Eat Well) but a cute little packet of recipe cards titled Pick a Pickle. The man of style will be signing it at Five & Ten on Sunday from 2:30–4 p.m. His flagship restaurant also has a brand-new bar menu, with a burger, confit chicken wings, cookies and more.
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Hey, juice folks, Journey Juice is opening its second location (underneath Jittery Joe's at the corner of Broad and Jackson downtown) today, meaning you don't have to deal with the parking lot at Satula and Prince (read my review of that location here) if you desire a beet zinger or something green to go along with the theme of the day.
The Athens branch of Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, a Charlotte-based chain that will be opening in the West Washington Street parking deck downtown, is slated to start doing business Monday, Mar. 17 (probably). It also has its own Facebook page, distinct from the corporate one.
Spring break always means a super-quiet Athens, which means it's a good opportunity for restaurants to do some spring cleaning, close for a day or two or just cut back hours for the week. Here's what's going on that we know of:
After sitting empty for a few months, the space at 255 W. Washington Street downtown best known for housing Farm 255 and home to Echo most recently, has been leased, this time to Diane and Jay Suh of Shokitini, who plan to open a Korean bbq restaurant there as early as May.
Saphir Grici is still pretty new to Athens, and he moved here not for career reasons or school but for love, having met his now wife (an Athenian) during her studies in Paris. Now, inspired by a visit to Los Angeles, he's starting his own business: a food truck called Holy Crepe.
Do you regularly make the drive out to Umaido in Suwanee just to get a bowl o' ramen? Do you wait all week just to see if Pulaski Heights BBQ is doing ramen on special? Did the news of Five & Ten's Tuesday-night ramen pop-up fill you with joy? Oh, and also, shouldn't you be contributing more to charity?
Even if the answers to all of those questions aren't "yes," you should for sure invest your $35 for a ticket to this Saturday's Ramen Bowl at Ciné, organized by André Gallant of the Athens Banner-Herald and benefiting United Way.
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Four Brothers Sports Tavern, which is slated to take over the space on Mitchell Bridge Road that started out as a Harry Bissett's and has since been a couple of other things, has a soft opening set for Feb. 25. Its website is up and running, complete with menu, which features some vegetarian options a cut above most sports bars.
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If you were not among the throngs treating local grocery stores like a cloud of locusts, and you somehow missed planning for the Snow/Ice/Sleetpocalypse that is now upon us, what can you do to fill your belly and get your drink on? Here are the places we know of that are open Wednesday.
Photo Credit: Photo via Facebook
If you have not driven the particular stretch of Baxter lately where Locos used to have its sign, you may not have realized that Troubadour Pub & Grill is now open in that location and has been for a week or so. The old UGA scoreboard remains up, but the interior has been somewhat made over, with a more streamlined look (still including plenty of sports memorabilia).
You can get a look at the inside here, in its Facebook photo album, and the menu is available on the official website. The front of it reads, "Nachos - Wings - Salads - Chicken - Burgers," which is a fair representation, but you can also get a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, grilled salmon, "Doug's Almost Famous Half Fried Chicken," loaded potato skins, wings, kids' meals, carrot cake, milkshakes, smoothies and veggie sides such as green beans with "smokey pepper" and collard greens. The place has a full bar and does live music.
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Feeling like you need some elbow room at Normal Bar, especially after that whole Southern Livingthing? Wondering what's happening in the space next door, which most recently housed the Sew Normal Studio but is currently empty? Owner Bain Mattox is here to serve.
Look, minor menu modifications are not usually cause for an entire Grub Notes blog post, but Little Italy has recently gotten rid of its amazing $5 lunch special (half a sub and a drink or two one-topping slices and a drink), and a knee deserves to be taken in sadness. Here's what the Facebook post says:
The cheese market rise is due to the global economy. Search out info on it on the web. Long story short, high corn prices for feed, Chinese demand for milk, drought in Austrailia and New Zealand (exporting milk powder). Worse of all, a 1940's-50's Farm Bill still has yet to be re-negotiated by our Government. Farmer subsidies are at risk. Little italy lunch special is over but now you can get any half of sub for $4.00 all day every day
Even though the drinks in question were (and remain) Pepsi products, it was one of the best deals in town. Canada is apparently in the same boat, according to Canadian Pizza magazine.
Does it still bring a tear to your eye every time you think about the poor old Farm Cart, no doubt rusting away in someone's backyard, unused and unloved? Well, dry your face because the cart is coming back, at least to the Athens Farmers Market. Michael Farfour and his wife, Iwalani Farfour, both of Full Moon Farm Coop, plus mother-in-law/mother Carole Brucato, of Backyard Bread, which was already a regular vendor at the market, have rescued it and are trying to get it up and running when AFM opens up again in April.
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Hey, fellow old folks who have come to believe nothing good happens after midnight, New Belgium Brewing and The World Famous have planned something for you. And by you, I mean me. Starting Feb. 9 and continuing Sundays through at least Mar. 2, the downtown bar/eatery will have beer and brunch pairings, plus live music starting at 12:30 p.m. (the current confirmed lineup is Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Josh Perkins, Wieuca and Madeline, in that order).
Dear Normaltown Friends, It seems as though the unusual weather is appropriate on this day [Jan. 7], as I must announce that today will be the final day of operation for the Normaltown Cafe-Danielsville. Since the departure of my business partner in mid-December, the Normaltown staff has dedicated themselves to keeping this venture going. I cannot express enough gratitude to Alicia, Summer, Stephanie, Sean, Jenica, Samantha and Rebekah for all of their hard work and dedication. In spite of all of our hopes and wishes to continue to serve all of you at the current location, we've been unable to come to agreement with the necessary parties in order to do so. Thanks so much to each and every one of you out there who has given us your support, encouragement and patronage over the past five months. May God bless you, every one. --Judy
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Since The Arbor mixed-use complex was built on Mitchell Bridge Road, the restaurant space in it has been a Harry Bissett's, the Iron Grill and Los Coyotes, a casual Mexican eatery. Now, making perhaps the most sense of all, it's slated to become Four Brothers Sports Tavern, a family-friendly gastropub/sports bar headed up by chef Andrew Miller.
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