Goodie Two Shoes, the offshoot of Mama's Boy that opened in the 909 Broad building in December 2014, will stop serving lunch after next Friday, Jan. 29. It will remain in business as a space for event rental and in which Mama's Boy can do catering prep.
Interested in supporting Hugh Acheson's home-ec reboot, Seed Life Skills? There's a benefit dinner this Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Foundry, with the chef lending his culinary presence, plusmusic by 6 String Drag. The menu consists of: a salad of little gem lettuces, pistachio, mint, lemon and olive; a family-style main course with trout, rack of lamb, leeks, farro with Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds, and the roasted carrot and beet salad with cumin dressing that is a personal favorite of mine from Acheson's first cookbook; and a butternut squash panna cotta for dessert.
Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file
And so it continues... Speakeasy, which found new life early in 2015 with a beautifully revised menu and a new sense of refinement in the kitchen, will close December 31. Owner/chef Patrick Anderson wrote, on its Facebook page:
If you've driven down Baxter lately, you may have noticed the paper in the windows of the space next door to home.made, Mimi Maumus's catering business that currently does weekday lunch and a monthly supper club. The florist that was in the adjoining space has moved out, and home.made is moving in.
Hot on the heels of Mediterranean Grill expanding to Athens, another small Atlanta-area chain is opening a location here. Cafe Istanbul has hung out a banner for the space between Utage and Jerzees, on Clayton Street downtown.
Photo Credit: Blake Aued
Open since 2009, Square One Fish Co. will do its last day of business in its current location on Sunday. Owners Erica and Joe Cascio have sold the building to a hotel that will open next to the Classic Center, something meeting planners have desired for a long time.
Also closed are the Hawthorne Avenue location of Dickey's Barbecue Pit (the Oconee location remains open) and Always Baked on Baxter Street.
Mediterranean Grill, the small chain out of Atlanta, is open on Lumpkin, in the former YoBo Cantina space.
Lighthouse Seafood, which was running a nice little seafood market with delicious steamed to-go orders on Gaines School Road, has closed in Athens, opening a proper bar and grill at 2077 Atlanta Hwy., in Statham.
Kumquat Mae will no longer serve dinner effective Oct. 20, "due to the high demand [for] our catering services and weekend pop-up dinners," according to owner Tracey Stewart. The Mitchell Bridge Road restaurant will continue serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. (The bar is open until 7 p.m.)
You may know Lay-Z Shopper best for its late-night world, but the convenience store on Clayton Street downtown has always made some excellent deli sandwiches. Now, its owners have taken over the former Volstead, next door, and opened R.U. Hungry, which offers an expanded range of sandwiches hot and cold, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, pizza and some sides.
Taqueria Tsunami's second Athens location, in the former Herschel's on East Clayton Street, is officially open, meaning you can give your sales tax dollars to Clarke County when you eat there. Kids eat free on Tuesdays.
Little City Diner, in Winterville, starts serving Friday-night dinners tonight, until 8:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Athens Food Truck Festival
Casa de Amistad will hold its Mojito Fest fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Broad 9A, in the Chase Street Warehouses. Local bars and restaurants will compete against one another to mix the best mojito. Attendees get to judge. Tickets are $25 (if you drink mojitos) or $10 (if you don't) and can be purchased on the website dedicated to the event. DJ YaTuSabes will provide music. All proceeds go to Amistad, which provides various and much-needed resources to the Hispanic community in Athens.
The shared kitchen/market version of Jennie de la Vega's Mama Bird's Granola, in the 909 Broad building, will close Sept. 24 after operating for two years. The space is up for lease.
Although some folks made use of the shared kitchen—which was licensed by the Department of Agriculture for the production of foods to be sold at retail, but not an option for food trucks—there weren't enough of them to cover expenses. This is unfortunate, as the groceries for sale in the space included fresh produce, making it a small oasis in the fresh-food desert that is downtown Athens. The granola side of the business will continue elsewhere and seems to be in fine shape.
Is this a sad story, because it means a longtime Athens business is moving out of its original location? Or is it a happy one, because it means a locally owned place is coming downtown?
You can read it either way, but the point is that Blind Pig Tavern is taking over the downstairs of the former Dirty Birds (or Wild Wing) on West East Washington Street. The upstairs is being put to other use.
Photo Credit: Simon Doggett/Flickr
The national chain Fatburger is owned by the same folks as the national chain Buffalo's, so it makes sense that a location of the former is opening next to our location of the latter, in the Beechwood Shopping Center, later this month [Edit: make that September; exact date is not set yet].
Photo Credit: Athens Land Trust
Mannaweenta (previously covered here and here in Flagpole), which has been serving Ethiopian and Etritrean food at the West Broad Farmers' Market for a couple of years, is officially open in the shopping center at 1055 Gaines School Road, next to the Omni on the Eastside, and will hold a grand opening Friday at 6 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
It's true. The barbecue restaurant we first heard about in November 2013 and that we've been watching go up in fits and starts on West Broad, across from Treehouse and Ideal Bagel, will open its doors Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Sweetie Pie by Savie (previously covered here in Flagpole) will open on Whitehall Road on Monday. Regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (after hours by appointment).
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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