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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.)
Coming up this weekend, by which point the ground will presumably dry out some, is My Athens'/Terrapin's Taco Takedown, to be held out at Terrapin on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. Tickets will run you $35 for tacos and beer ($25 for tacos without beer), and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Terrapin is making Mexican shandies, 12 local restaurants are creating their own tacos (Tlaloc, Taqueria Tsunami, Hi-Lo Lounge, Seabear, Heirloom, The Pine, Pulaski Heights BBQ, South Kitchen + Bar, Catch 22, Streets Cafe, Taqueria del Sol and The World Famous), and there will be both a photo booth and a taco art gallery. A few tickets are reserved for sale at the door, but you might not want to count on snagging one of those.
The Athens Area Homeless Shelter is again holding its Culinary Catchall raffle, with tickets available here. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and give you the chance to win more than $1,600 in restaurant gift certificates from eateries/drinkeries including Agua Linda, Automatic Pizza, The Branded Butcher, Etienne Brasserie, George's Lowcountry Table, Goodie Two Shoes, Hi-Lo, Jittery Joe's, Kumquat Mae, La Dolce Vita, Mama's Boy, Marti's at Midday, The National, Piccolo's Italian Steak House, The Pine, Pulaski Heights BBQ, The Royal Peasant, Square One Fish Co., The Sultan, The Table Bistro, Taziki's and The World Famous. The drawing will be held Nov. 6.
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is taking early registration for its annual Hunger Bowl food drive competition, which runs Oct. 30–Nov. 13. Sign up your business, school, organization, church or civic group by Oct. 16 and you'll receive an extra 150 points. The registration form and more information are available here.
This post has been updated to correct information about Kumquat Mae's hours.