Photo Credit: The Expat via Facebook
The Expat, the fancy French-ish restaurant in the former Two Story Coffee space in Five Points, has been open for a few weeks now, with lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Sunday brunch. The Sunday supper menu changes weekly. The other one is here. Also: very serious cocktails.
Las Monarcas, at 645 Danielsville Road, has closed but was quickly replaced by Taqueria Mundos, which just opened and is cash only for the moment.
Sonny's BBQ on Atlanta Highway is closing as of tonight after 37 years in business, as its franchise license is not being renewed by its parent company. It will reopen as Malinda's Country Kitchen and Catering, which does not appear to be a franchise. The sign on the door describes it as, "an a la carte buffet featuring home cooking with a wide selection of proteins and vegetables that will change throughout the week... It will also feature a menu of sandwiches and side items for those who prefer a lighter meal." The management team and staff will remain.
One of Creature Comforts' most popular seasonal beers, Tritonia, is on shelves and taps this week.
Tritonia (4.5% ABV) is a sour gose-style beer flavored with cucumber, lime, salt and coriander. It's been hard to come by in years past, but thanks to the opening of Creature Comforts' second brewery in the Southern Mill development off Oneta Street, the company has upped production this year.
It wasn't a huge surprise when Pour, in Watkinsville, closed its doors recently after an expensive build-out followed by a social media dust-up in which the restaurant banned children and enforced a dress code. Now, the folks behind The Pine are coming in to take over the space. Owner Scott Parrish says the new place will be called Pub on Main and will be "An American Pub, casual, FAMILY friendly, everyday price points… taking advantage of the massive patio & grassy area out front." It should open this summer.
Buvez, Bain Mattox and Amanda Kapousouz's Euro-style cafe on Barber Street, in the former 1000 Faces space, had a soft opening this past weekend and is now open regular hours (approximately 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fancy sodas and pastries from The Comerian are available in the a.m., and sandwiches on baguettes take over a bit later. You can also get soft pretzels, bulk snacks, hard-boiled eggs, beer, wine, aperitivos (and cocktails based on such), sno-balls (boozy and nonalcoholic).
Dear Athens, please stop scheduling more events in April. Love, me and everyone else.
Local restaurants competed Saturday for the chance to have a dish added to the Clarke County School District's 2018–2019 menu, with Dondero's Kitchen coming out on top.
Dondero's won the annual School Lunch Challenge with its chicken fajitas and roasted sweet potatoes. The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's turkey, cheese and veggie panini with steamed broccoli and lemon zest finished second in the student vote, while Taziki's Mediterranean Café's entry, a "pizzadilla" with chopped salad won the silver medal among adults. The Last Resort Grill also competed.
Photo Credit: Marilyn Estes
If you still miss Rashe's Cuisine, and its delivery option isn't enough for you, you might want to know that Rashe Malcom is launching an Indiegogo to purchase a food trailer. It kicks off tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 23, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Jittery Joe's Roaster on Barber Street. The AthensMade-sponsored event will offer free samples of Rashe's food and lunch plates for $10, with profits going toward the food trailer.
Creature Comforts is finally releasing its fourth year-round offering, Reclaimed Rye, in cans this Saturday.
The amber ale—named for the reclaimed wood that local carpenters Oneta Woodworks used to make the brewery's long tables and benches—is aged with French oak spirals and is 5.5% ABV. It joins IPA Tropicalia, pilsner Bibo and berliner weisse Athena as year-round canned offerings.
"We have wanted Reclaimed Rye in cans for three years," CEO Chris Herron said in a news release. "It is a favorite beer around the brewery and in the market, but capacity restraints have kept it as a draft-only offering."
However, with Creature Comforts set to open a second brewery in Southern Mill off Chase Street this spring, capacity is no longer an issue.
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