Photo Credit: Classic City Eats via Facebook
The owners of the Baxter Street location of Champy's Famous Fried Chicken, which opened in 2015, recently decided to separate from the franchise and create their own restaurant. The renamed Classic City Eats has a similar menu but does not have the Delta tamales that were a highlight. it does still have plenty of fried chicken, draft beer, fried green tomatoes and such. It's open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
International Grill & Bar, the Iranian restaurant on Mitchell Bridge Road, has added an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $12.65 a person.
Square One Fish Co., in Normaltown, has added Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. You can see the menu on its website.
Photo Credit: Nedza's Waffles via Facebook
Cravings, a restaurant with another location in Milledgeville, has opened an Athens location in the former Franklin House Cafe downtown, at the corner of Thomas, Broad and Oconee streets. The Milledgeville location focuses on deli sandwiches and bubble tea, with breakfast to go, as well as occasional Filipino specialties like pancit. Cross your fingers for the latter.
Nedza's, which started out as a pop-up puffle waffle business at a table at Athens Farmers Market, then expanded to doughnuts and more out of a truck, is set to move into the old Your Pie in Five Points, opening around April. It'll serve doughnuts, biscuits and waffles (with ice cream and fruit), with gluten-free options and vegan options, but not pizza (the oven was removed). The business will still do events.
Happy 20th birthday to Barberitos, which managed to franchise without losing its identity or going out of business. It's a real achievement! Making it to 20 years is genuinely difficult in the restaurant industry, so props.
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Pouch, which has been serving savory and sweet pies on Broad in downtown Athens for nearly five years, is closing its doors. (If you haven't heard, Target is moving in next door.)
It won't be your last chance to get the Malcher family's pies, though. They've already moved into the commercial field, with a USDA kitchen in Atlanta that makes pies for retailers, including Stripling's. The restaurant is holding a customer appreciation day Nov. 2 (its last day) from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. with drink specials, prizes and samples.
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Photo Credit: Square One Fish Co. via Facebook
Seafood restaurant Square One will be open in Normaltown this Friday at 5 p.m. and is not taking reservations, so you might have to wait a bit.
The last location of Mirko Pasta anywhere nearby, in downtown Watkinsville, closed a few weeks ago. Locations remain in Atlanta, Marietta, Mobile, AL and Nashville.
Off the Vine, in Winterville, where you can get breakfast biscuits and hot lunches along with the baked items and fresh produce, has added Sunday hours for groceries and ice cream.
Holy Crepe doesn't have regular hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday anymore, but still does catering and can be found many places around town.
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The space that was The Sultan won't be vacant for long. Beloved local food truck Farm Cartwill be taking it over this spring, with breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Yes, there will be biscuits. There will also be espresso and beer. Woop! The Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park, at which you can find the cart, gets going for the season this Saturday, Mar. 23 at 8 a.m.
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.
Photo Credit: Eden's Cafe/Facebook
College Avenue's Koa Surf Bar and Restaurant (reviewed here) has closed, probably making way for another bar. Around the corner, on Broad, the downtown branch of Einstein Bros. Bagels also appears to be no longer, although you can still get the chain's wares in UGA's Main Library and Science Learning Center. Magnolia Cafe, in Crawford, has also closed.
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After a brief hiatus—it closed downtown effective Nov. 25—Taste of India has completed its move to the Eastside, in the Ansonborough development on Gaines School Road, and is back open for dine-in for lunch (11 a.m.–2 p.m.) and dinner (5–10 p.m.) daily. Its popular lunch buffet, however, has been discontinued. The phone number is 706-850-6118 for the moment, but the restaurant hopes to get its old number back.
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Fall events are starting to pop up on the calendar, and you can expect a busy October and end of September. Here are some of the food-related ones.
If you've been watching the SEC Network, it's likely you've caught the trailer for "TrueSouth," a new show from professional Southerner and food writer and one-time/sometime Athenian John T. Edge. The Athens episode premieres this Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., and there's a watch party that starts half an hour earlier at Normal Bar.
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