The itty-bitty building on Whitehall Road that was most recently Rooter's has turned over a number of times in recent years, but it never sits vacant for long, despite the fact that zoning doesn't allow for sit-down service. Next up is Sweetie Pie by Savie, a custom and walk-up bakery that hasn't had its own space in Athens yet but has built a reputation for impressive work with fondant.
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Eddie's Calzones, which took the place of Al's Beef downtown (265 E. Clayton), is now open, very quietly, but plans to get louder by giving away free calzones on Thursday from 4–7 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m.–4 a.m., and it offers delivery. Eddie's has what seems to be a personal page on Facebook rather than the more standard business page, which does allow it to let you know that it "Studied Awsomeness [sic] at University of Georgia." Here's the menu for the Columbia, South Carolina, location.
With Sal Speights taking off to hike the Appalachian Trail, Heirloom Cafe is announcing Joel Penn as its new head honcho in the kitchen. Owner Jessica Rothacker says Penn, who has worked at both The National and East West Bistro, "will make his debut at the Tailored Events Ecuadorian pop up dinner here at Heirloom on Sunday evening, and will roll out his new dinner menu on Tuesday evening. His style of cooking will bring an update to Southern classics and native Georgia dishes, reflecting the international influences found in Georgia foodways, while still paying homage to the original classic techniques. We are very excited to have him with us." Tickets for the pop-up are $50 and can be purchased online here.
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BBQ giveth and BBQ taketh away. Rooter's, on Whitehall Road, which took over the building and the sauce recipes of Jot 'Em Down, will close Saturday. Sorry, folks. On the other hand, Bill's Bar-B-Que in Hull (reviewed forever and a day ago in Flagpole, before the website crashed and was rebuilt, making the old story unlinkable) seems to be returning next month, in the same location, on Fortson Store Road.
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April is a time for food events in Athens, just as it is a time for every other kind of event. Here is some of what's coming up:
Are you super into the delicious Ethiopian food that Mannaweenta serves up at the West Broad Farmers Market on Saturdays (reviewed here last year) but you wish you could get it at other times and on other days? Well, it looks like a regular physical location will be an option soon.
Well, darn. Journey Juice is closing at the end of March, meaning you're down to Juice Up and Arden's Garden should you believe the hype and choose to take your nutrition in liquid form. Its product was always lovely and its Prince storefront a nice change from the succession of unhealthy eateries that occupied the same space.
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Pi Day (Mar. 14 = 3.14) is coming up this weekend, and Your Pie will offer a special of $3.14 off your pizza (a slightly different deal than in previous years) and $3.14 pints at all its Athens-area locations. It's especially nice that the yearly promo tends to coincide with spring break, which means the lines are short, too.
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Tim and Carrie Kelly are in the middle of renovating the space that's part of the former Sunshine Cycles building, now Philanthropy, on West Washington Street (next to Ted's Most Best), into The Rook and Pawn, a board game café.
The space in the Baxter Street lofts building that previously housed Silver Lining Cupcakes now has a new restaurant in it: The Table. The name is a little generic, but the food looks not uninteresting, and the folks who own it have done this before (not in Athens).
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Graduate Athens has been rolling out its changes slowly, and the latest is a revamp of its food and drink options. The space formerly known as the Melting Point is now The Foundry Bar and Mill and opened last week. The "mill" in the title is no typo: The restaurant mills its own grits on-site (usually in the kitchen, but the mill is on rollers, so demos in the dining room happen from time to time).
After some months vacant, the little space next to Jimbo's convenience store on Baxter that once was Ronnie B's and since then has been a succession of barbecue joints is once again serving up pig. Porkhouse BBQ opened there this week and has its Facebook and Twitter accounts up, but not its website or phone (yet).
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If you don't know Swen Froemke's name, you might at least remember his desserts, if you ever went to Cinco y Diez while it was open. Like many aspects of the dearly missed restaurant, they were forward-thinking and intelligent, combining boundary-pushing with pleasure in a rare way. Froemke is now the new general manager at Speakeasy, and he's changing its direction, judging by the new menus.
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Well, dang it. Local Table (reviewed here), which was doing such a nice job in downtown Watkinsville, is closed, due to issues with its flooring that were not covered by insurance and were too expensive for the restaurant to fix. Kiki's Bakeshop next door, also owned by Kirsten Bradford, remains open.
Seabear Oyster Bar is hosting an Athens Chefs Dinner this MLK Day, at 7 p.m., with eight courses plus beer pairings by Creature Comforts for $60. Call the restaurant at 706-850-4367 for reservations (only 40 seats available).
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, kind of a Steak 'n Shake-type franchise, opened this past Sunday in the Epps Bridge Center off the Oconee Connector, giving the weary and hungry another option besides froyo and tacos.
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Flagpole has been hearing dribs and drabs of information for some time now about the savory pie shop that is taking over the former Picante's space on Broad downtown, but we finally made contact with owner Charmaine Enslin, and she gave us the scoop.
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