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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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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.
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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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Local food writer/Crop Stories editor/bartender/teacher/et al. André Gallant's first book, A High Low Tide: The Revival of a Southern Oyster, comes out via UGA Press on Sept. 15, and you can come celebrate its release, check out The Old Pal's new cocktail menu—the Normaltown bar is also hosting the event—and enjoy oysters from Seabear on Monday, Sept. 17 from 5–9 p.m. Can't make it? Want to learn more? You can get a copy directly from the press or at Avid Bookshop.
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Peter Dale's Maepole, a veggie-focused fast-casual place on Chase Street, between Boulevard and the Loop, is softly open, from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). You can see the menu here.
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