Photo Credit: Cafe Istanbul via Facebook.
It took a little while, and it wasn't met with much hoopla, but the Athens location of Cafe Istanbul is open, next to Utage on Clayton Street. It still isn't listed on the Atlanta-based restaurant's website, which does include the Decatur, Kennesaw and Alpharetta locations, but you can at least take a look at the menu there. It features meze, kebabs, zatar bread and wonderful Turkish pizza, topped with everything that will give you terrible breath but tastes amazing.
Buffalo's Southwest Café, in the Beechwood Shopping Center, may technically be a chain, but the folks who own it locally (Rick and Sharon Roberts) have always run it more like a small business than like a franchise. Come Jan. 1, it (and the location of Fatburger just inside the door) will close permanently.
Those 'chos sure look outta bounds.
Photo Credit: Metro Diner
The two-story space that housed East West Bistro for many years, on Broad Street downtown, finally seems to be getting a tenant: a diner chain out of Jacksonville, FL.
Photo Credit: Veronica's Sweet Spot/Facebook
One problem with the Chase Park warehouses, on Tracy Street in the Boulevard neighborhood, has been that there's not much to eat or drink there, unless you get lucky and happen upon a Canopy bake sale or a pop-up art opening. Since Hip Pops closed in October, there's been even less.
But now, Veronica's Sweet Spot, a project of local musician Veronica Darby, is finally open for business there, with coffee, tea and snacks for sale.
Photo Credit: Pulaski Heights BBQ via social media
Owner Chuck Ramsey says they put out all of their Thanksgiving food Thursday morning, "shut the smoker down, and left around 1 [p.m.]. I got a call at 2:40 from a neighbor saying the smoke coming out didn't look right. It totally gutted the smokehouse and destroyed the smoker. The fire inspector hasn't been able to determine a cause yet, but said it didn't look like arson."
Thanksgiving is a time for, well, giving thanks, in addition to, as Louis C.K. put it, eating until you hate yourself.
It's also a time when the preparation of various foodstuffs can go horribly awry—not to mention an occasion for getting into epic political arguments with your Fox News Russia Today-watching relatives, plus various other wine-fueled conflicts that occur whenever you pack a bunch of people into a house who don't really like each other but are supposed to pretend they do.
Athens brewery Creature Comforts is rereleasing its popular milk porter, Koko Buni, later this month in cans and on draft—just in time for the cold weather that a week ago seemed like it'd never come.
Koko Buni (6.8% ABV) is brewed with Ecuadorean chocolate from Condor Chocolates and 100 Faces coffee, as well as vanilla and toasted coconut. Local artist David Hale won a CNBC competition in April for his can design.
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