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  • Oglethorpe Transmetropolitan to Close Sunday

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    It is, unfortunately, that time of year. Co-owner Brian Colantuno confirmed that the Oglethorpe Avenue branch of Transmetropolitan, which opened in 2008, will close permanently Sunday, Jan. 12.

    More after the jump.

  • Yes, Echo Is Definitely Closed

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    Flagpole is still waiting on official word from owners Juan and Vanessa Molina, but a staff member at vegan eatery Echo (Flagpole review), which opened at the beginning of September in the former Farm 255 space on West Washington Street downtown, confirmed that the Molinas told employees the restaurant was closing permanently. The staffer also says there are no plans to move back to the original Broad Street Coffee location.

    Reports had previously come in from diners who said the staff told their party it was quits and from former employees.

    More after the jump.

  • New Chefs at Heirloom, 5 & 10, Georgia Theatre Rooftop

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    Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    After about a month with the Four Coursemen's Eddie Russell running the kitchen, on a temporary basis, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market has a new official full-time chef: Jackie Burton, formerly of home.made Catering, 5 & 10 and Farm 255.

    Russell is working on some other Athens projects, which he's keeping under wraps for now, but look for his cooking to pop up elsewhere. Heirloom also successfully applied for a full liquor license, so cocktails are coming in the new year.

    More restaurant news after the jump.

  • Classic Center to Offer Culinary Scholarship

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    As part of an expanding mission, the Classic Center Cultural Foundation will be offering a new culinary scholarship for local college students, with applications due Jan. 10.

    The restaurant and food production industries are good ones for Athens, in that they attract tourism, which is a big area of concern for the CCCF, so the connection makes sense. More than anything, the scholarship program seems aimed at students in Athens Tech's Culinary Arts program, but as long as you're from Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee or Oglethorpe County, you are eligible.

    The scholarship provides $1,000 to the student and $500 to his or her college. Check the specifics after the jump.

  • Always Baked Returns in a New Place and Form

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    After leaving its location in Athens Bagel Company on Jackson Street (ostensibly to focus on delivery but coincidentally closing on the heels of chain Insomnia Cookies opening around the corner), Always Baked is returning to a walk-in location, this time in the former YoDawgs on Baxter. Brian Gamsey writes:

    Always Baked Goodies is very excited to announce we will be opening a new store front at 723 Baxter Street (the old YoDawgs). The menu will include all of the old favorites cookies, fried goodies and other munchables. We will also have an expanded menu including "Get Baked Panini's" - creating your sandwich with your choice of cheese and meat grill pressed on Texas Toast and "Pack a Bowl" - french fries with your choice of cheese and/or chili. The store is scheduled [to] be open around the beginning of this coming Spring semester.

    So… they're not abandoning their clientele.

  • Rashe's Cuisine to Open on Tallassee in 2014

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    The always promising but also always problematic space at Tallassee and Mitchell Bridge still best known as the former Caliente Cab (Google Maps screenshot above) is about to get a new tenant. Rashe Malcolm, who has been running a personal chef service for a while, both in Athens and elsewhere, is opening up Rashe's Cuisine, a Jamaican restaurant, in the new year.

    In a phone conversation, Malcolm related her travels from St. Mary's Hospital, where she worked in food service, to North Carolina, where she worked for Marriott, to a stint doing contract work for the EPA. When her contract was up, she decided to "take a leap of faith," as she put it, and dive into the restaurant business.

    More after the jump.

  • Weaver D's Not Closing After All

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    Psych! The on-again-off-again saga of Weaver D's is entering an "on-again" phase, according toDexter Weaver's Facebook page, which reads:

  • New Viva Location and Hi-Lo Are Open

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    Photo via Yelp.com.

    The once-Eastside-based restaurant is opening its new location in the Bottleworks on Prince this coming Friday, so if you're sick of turkey and want something different, head over.

  • Hugh Acheson Signing Books at Avid Tonight

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    Surely, if you yourself don't like to cook, you at least know someone who does. I have found Hugh Acheson's A New Turn in the South to be among my favorite cookbooks, not so much because of its lovely photography (courtesy of Rinne Allen) and committed localism, but because of its clear, direct recipes that, if followed, result in deliciousness.

    More after the jump.

  • Turkey Day Options in Athens (for Pick-Up or Eat-In)

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    We all have different skills in this life, and cooking is not among them for everyone. If you are looking to have someone else shoulder the burden of Thanksgiving, there are some options for you after the jump. We'll update this list as we hear more, so keep checking back.

  • Chili Cook-Off at Terrapin and Other Food Events

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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    The Athens Area Humane Society will hold its fourth annual Charity Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Terrapin Beer Co. (on Newton Bridge Road). The $22 tickets benefit AAHS, and competitors include 13 local charities (Dee’s Haven Parrot Rescue, Athens Community Council on Aging, Free IT Athens, BikeAthens, Learning Ally, Oconee Warrior Foundation, Humane Society of Morgan County, Georgia Equine Rescue League, Oconee Regional Humane Society, Casa de Amistad, Hope Haven, The Ark and Community Connection).

    The charity that wins the most votes gets a $300 cash prize. Tickets are $10 for ages 13-21 and kids 12 and under get in free. Groovekid will supply music, and there will be adoptable dogs on hand to look at you with sad brown eyes.

    More foodie news after the jump.

  • Troubadour Pub & Grill, Saucehouse to Open; YoDawgs and Others Closed

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    So, using the old Harris Street Locos as an event facility didn't last too long. Instead, Doug Cason plans to open Troubadour Pub and Grill there in the near future. Cason didn't have much in the way of details on the food/drink (still a work in progress), but he did ask us to mention the parking scholarships he's offering: 

    We are working to be part of the community and give back to the students where we are able to. That being said, we are offering 60 free parking scholarships. I understand they pay from $200 to $450 a semester to park. We will have applications available and look forward to helping them out.

    More news after the jump.

  • Cheese Shop to Open in Elberton

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    Nature's Harmony Farm (brought to you by Tim and Liz Young), in Elberton, has been producing quality cheeses for a while now, and you can sample the results at The National, the Branded Butcher and Heirloom Café, as well as purchase them from Earth Fare and the Murray’s counter at the Alps Kroger.

    Now you can also buy the stuff from the farm's new venture, Artisanal Provisions, a store that opens this Saturday (Nov. 16) and will be open in the future on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    More after the jump.

  • Weaver D's Is Closing for Real

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    This post could stand with just its title. The details are almost beside the point. When you've already threatened to close and then put your business up for sale officially, the announcement that you really, really are closing this time (which came today via owner Dexter Weaver's Facebook page) isn't a surprise, even if it is a sadness after 27-plus years.

    The announcement, after the jump.

  • Vegan Cookbook Author Isa Chandra Moskowitz at Avid Next Sunday

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    Avid Bookshop continues to do a great job focusing on special events, and it has emphasized food-related ones since the beginning. The bookstore's next in the category features Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of "Post Punk Kitchen" and author of VeganomiconVegan with a Vengeance and, most recently Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week, which she'll be signing Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. (in Fire Hall No. 2, next door to Avid).

  • Mama Bird's, Juice Up Both Open

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    Mama Bird's Kitchen

    As of about two weeks ago, Mama Bird's Granola and Kitchen is officially open in its brick-and-mortar location at 909 Broad St., on the ground floor of the high-rise condos there. Not only can you get the tasty granola, but the store also offers 1000 Faces coffee (50 cents if you BYO mug), real groceries (fruit, local veggies, local eggs, local meats), baked goods (some gluten-free), art, pre-made sandwiches, frozen homemade soup, pesto, local preserves, Luna bread, cheeses and more.

    More after the jump.

  • Daily Groceries Adding Beer, Wine, Bread from Independent Baking Co.

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    Hey-o. Prince Avenue's Daily Groceries Co-op, heretofore known for bulk bins, tasty veggies, all kinds of natural products, a well-stocked popsicle case and a fine selection of veg sandwiches, is now adding beer and wine sales.

    The grocery was issued its license by Athens-Clarke County this past week, but is still working on other issues: finding distributors, picking specific beverages and, most of all, making space in its tight quarters.

    More after the jump.

  • Eat Local for Life Wednesday

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    Leading up to Saturday's AIDS Walk, even non-walkers can help out and eat well at the same time, with Wednesday's Eat Local for Life event.

    AIDS Athens organizes the percentage night every year (Flagpole is a sponsor), and most of the participating businesses are giving a chunk of your bill to the charity for lunch, dinner or even drinks.

    Places you can eat/imbibe are listed on the flyer after the jump.

  • Ike & Jane Adds Evening Hours

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    Yet another sign of the increasing foot traffic around Normaltown is Ike & Jane's addition this week of night hours. I caught wind of the new development a few days ago, but everyone was being tight-lipped until the restaurant updated its Facebook to confirm.

    Dinner runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with burgers, wieners, veggie options and Frito pie, making it a nice replacement for the loss of Farm Cart at Normal Bar.

    The shuttering of the Ike & Jane outpost on College downtown (replaced by Ok Cafe) means it's unlikely the additional hours mean more staff, and until Hi-Lo opens (November), the only other evening food option on the strip is Agua Linda.

  • Ideal Bagel Is Open

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    I honestly thought that Ideal Bagel, whose impending existence has been rumored for quite some time, might turn out to be a white whale on the Athens food scene.

    Luna Baking Co. owner Matt Downes always has a lot of projects going, and this one has been in the works for several years. Well, color me surprised to see the bagel shop open this morning, next to Treehouse Kid & Craft on Broad in the former Nuwaubian Temple/Ideal Amusement Co. (the latter provides the new restaurant its name and portions of the sign).

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