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The much-anticipated Donna Chang's, in Five Points, is kinda, sorta open for business, and from what I hear, has been very busy despite a very quiet soft open. For now, it's dinner only, five nights a week (closed Tuesday and Wednesday; 5–10 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Sunday; 5–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), but more nights and lunch will be added. Menu is up on the website linked.
Welp, it looks like La Dolce Vita isn't closing after all, at least not right now. Instead, it's switched from serving alcohol to BYOB, all of which is maybe good news for customers but also may be temporary.
According to Athens-Clarke County, "Alcohol Renewal applications were mailed out on September 15. The completed renewal applications are due in Financial Services by November 1." The same is true of the state-level liquor license, which is also required.
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April is probably still tops when it comes to scheduling food events, as it combines beautiful weather with a lack of football competition, but October is pretty dang crazy too. Here's some of what's coming up (click here for previous coverage of some other October food events that are taking place this weekend):
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Let's just put all the bad news in one post. La Dolce Vita, upstairs from what was its sister restaurant, Etienne Brasserie, is now also closed, announcing its shuttering on Facebook. It's been a bad year for that block of Broad downtown, between Jackson and Wall streets, which now houses only the bar Bourbon Street.
Shiraz, which retails wine and snacks in the Leathers Buiding, on Pulaski, hasn't updated its Facebook page yet but has sent out an email announcing a temporary closing, with no date when it might reopen.
And Hip Pops, in the Tracy Street warehouses, has announced that it will close its retail location for good (although the popsicle cart will still show up at events and can be hired for catering) in the next few weeks.
If you've been wondering what might fill the space of the former Speakeasy on Broad Street downtown, upstairs from Einstein Bros. Bagels, here you go: Thai Cuisine E3 is open for business there.
Tomorrow night (Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 7 p.m.), Hendershots, in the Bottleworks on Prince, is hosting a food/music/drink/fashion thingie called The Experience. The coffee bar/bar bar will provide drinks, Monsoon is playing music, and designer Kristen Stanfill will feature her clothes.
But what we're concerned with here is the food. It's being supplied by an LLC called Springhouse, registered in Augusta, that specializes in these kinds of events, and the menu looks appropriately interesting: sorghum caramel corn, fancy roasted vegetable tacos, chicken satay, a take on banana pudding, things like that. Tickets are $35 including online convenience fee and can be purchased from athensmusic.net.
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Joe Nedza is an undergraduate management student in UGA's Terry College of Business. He's also (like a lot of those students) a budding entrepreneur, but his business of choice isn't an app or an enterprise solution. It's waffles.
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Atlanta's Hankook Taqueria—which has a location near Cross Creek on Atlanta's west side, a partnership with the Yumbii food truck and two sister restaurants (both called Takorea, one in midtown Atlanta and one in Buckhead)—will take over the former Etienne Brasserie space at Jackson and Broad in downtown Athens, opening in November. Owner Tomas Lee has a fairly serious pedigree, and his Korean-Mexican fusion has done well in Atlanta.
If you're all fired up about canning after reading this week's Locavore, you should know that one-time Athenian Liana Krissoff will be signing the new (and expanded) edition of her book"Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry" today at 6:30 p.m. at Avid Bookshop, along with photographer Rinne Allen.
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After a little more than two years, Brixx, the franchise pizza place at the base of the West Washington Street mixed-use parking deck downtown, has closed. Should you have a gift card, other locations will honor it, and there are two in Atlanta. The Athens location has been for sale for a while now, through the Shumacher Group in Atlanta.
The Broad Street Dairy Queen has also closed and will apparently not be renovated into one of those fancy new DQs.
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Pizza chain Hungry Howie's opens for business today on Baxter Street, right by the UGA dorms, with a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce and large one-topping pies on sale for $7.99. Its owners, Tisha and Chad Cepuran, will also be making a donation to local 501(c)(3) Children First, Inc. Hungry Howie's will be open from 10 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.–1 a.m. Sunday.
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, out in the Epps Bridge area next to McDonald's, is offering single-scoop cones and dishes of its vanilla and chocolate "custard" (i.e. ice cream) today. Half of that dollar will go to benefit either Kids in Need Foundation (which distributes school supplies to kids who need them) or Playworks (which provides full-time recess coaches to schools). You can vote for the charity you prefer by texting the word "kids" for Kids in Need or the word "recess" for Playworks to 72727.
This Sunday, Jul. 31 at 6 p.m., Little City Diner in Winterville will host a three-course farm-to-table dinner with ingredients by Collective Harvest and Community Meat Co. Tickets are $35. Reservations at 706-742-7590.
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The Pine, in Five Points, is adding a downstairs bar called The Root, which will open in August. Co-owner Scott Parrish said it will be open seven days a week, until midnight Sunday–Wednesday and until 1 a.m. Thursday–Saturday. Unlike the upstairs, it won't serve food, but it will have "a tap and can list, a handful of wines and craft cocktails and a sizable whiskey selection," said Parrish.
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Every Tuesday this summer, The Foundry (previously known as The Melting Point, which you probably still call it if you are an Athenian of long standing, habituated to referring to places by their previous names) is offering a pretty good deal for a date night.
Further fleshing out the ground floor of the Georgia Heights building at Broad and Hull streets downtown, a location of the small franchise Cinnaholic will be opening soon. Promising 100 percent vegan gourmet cinnamon rolls, customizable with a wide variety of toppings, it seems like the counterpart to Zombie Donuts, on the other side of College, pumping out the scent of sugar into the already complex bouquet of downtown's fragrance.
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After a brief period as a near food-desert, the new Epps Bridge shopping wonderland has been adding eating options aplenty. Just to the left of Groove Burgers, Wok's Up will open in August and is currently hiring for all positions.
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