If you've driven past The Sultan, on Baxter, in the past few days and seen its windows papered up, your worst fears are now confirmed. Long-time owner Zouheir Abouharb is retiring from his restaurant, although he will continue to be at the Athens Farmers Market with hummus et al.
Homewood Social, Matt Downes' redo of the bowling alley in Homewood Hills, is open for business and now has a website. The menu includes a bunch of tasty-looking foods that'll grease up your fingers, such as cheese curds, funnel cakes, pizza, fried cauliflower and sandwiches, plus beer, wine and cocktails.
Open in what was most recently 180° Cafe, on Broad at Finley, is Restaurante El Zarco, open for lunch and dinner daily with tortas, tacos, hot wings, burritos and sopes.
And out in Nicholson, Birrieria & Taqueria Jalisco, which also has a branch in the Pendergrass Flea Market's food court, is open at 494 Broad St.
Holy Crepe is now doing breakfast and lunch every weekday (7:30–10 a.m. and noon–2 p.m.) in the parking lot by its homebase at Boulevard and Park. Text your order to 706-765-7087 and it'll be ready by the time you get there.
Fresh Air Barbecue's Atlanta Highway location is now closed on Sundays.
Off the Vine Produce, in Winterville, has added dinner from 6–8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
home.made, on Baxter, now has a meat-and-two lunch special.
And KiKi's Bakeshop, in Watkinsville, is opening a café at Piedmont's Oconee Health Campus, on Jennings Mill Road.