Blog Topic: Food Roundup

  • Grub Notes: Preserve Is Open, Kumquat Mae Is Moving and More Food News

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     Photo via Instagram


    After my spending the last few months driving slowly past the cute building on Broad where Lenny Miller and Ella Sternberg announced they were shooting to open Preserve in June, it seems the itty-bitty restaurant is finally open for reals, as of two days ago. A brand-new Facebook page lists the hours as 10 a.m.–8 p.m. today (and, indeed, every day but Tuesday), and an Instagram account has pictures of food and a little bit of the menu. Things look tasty.


  • Grub Notes: Stuffed Burger Is Closed, Local Table Is Open and More Food News

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    Photo Credit: via Facebook

    Stuffed Burger

    Drew Meyer of Stuffed Burger confirms that his restaurant is now closed, partially due to his partners relocating to Atlanta and partially due to lots of burger competition (it's a crowded field), but he said he hopes to reopen it in a larger city.

    Kiki's Bakeshop, in downtown Watkinsville, is moving in the opposite direction, expanding its offerings to include a hot breakfast and lunch in the space next door, formerly occupied by Big Easy Cafe. The new spot is called Local Table and can be reached at 706-310-4188. Breakfast and lunch will get running Sept. 9 and serve Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., with Saturday brunch from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. You can get homemade biscuits, egg dishes, meat and three plates, sandwiches, salads and any number of desserts made at Kiki's.


  • Grub Notes: Shane's Rib Shack to Close; The Comerian Opening Brick & Mortar Location


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    Shane's Rib Shack, on Milledge, across from The Varsity, will close Aug. 31, reportedly to make room for the expansion of the Best Western, next door. The BBQ chain had another location in Athens, on the Eastside, but that one closed a while back. It is, however, planning to open in the big Kroger-anchored shopping center on Highway 29 at Highway 72, along with locations of Jersey Mike's, Pizza Hut and a quick-service Chinese restaurant.

    More below.


  • Grub Notes: Di'Lishi Opens Saturday; Denny's Coming Soon


    Di'Lishi Frozen Yogurt

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    Oh, did you think the fro-yo bubble had already burst? Well, here comes Di'Lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar to prove you wrong or something. The "Athens" location opens Saturday at 11 a.m. in the big new Epps Bridge shopping center, with games and such. The franchise makes its headquarters in Asheboro, N.C., and stores offer 10 flavors at a time, a bunch of toppings, a focus on environmental friendliness (recyclable containers, eco-friendly cleaning products, etc.) and a smart program that gives to local charities quarterly. They also make fro-yo for your pets.


  • Grub Notes: Four Brothers is Closed, Sweet Peppers is Closing

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    So long, sweet pepper. We barely knew ye.

    Well, dang. I had really hoped Four Brothers (reviewed here) might be able to make a go of it in the Arbor on Mitchell Bridge Road, but that space has claimed another victim, as of a few weeks ago.

    Sweet Peppers Deli, at the corner of Broad and Pulaski downtown, has also announced that it will be closing after lunch on July 20. In that case, the situation is a little different, as owners Alan and Ryan Pope said they were offered a deal to sell the building they couldn't turn down.

    Gigi's Cupcakes and Artini's will remain open, and there is a possibility of Sweet Peppers opening in a different location in the future, but that's all very tenuous. The new owners haven't figured out what they want to do with the space yet, so we'll see.

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  • Grub Notes: PeachDish Comes to Athens and More Food News


    Lamb kofta via PeachDish

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    If you're in that in-between zone of wanting to prepare your own food but not exactly wanting to shop for it yourself or make too many decisions, PeachDish is a new ingredient-delivery service based out of Atlanta that also reaches the Athens area. Pre-portioned ingredients for two meals that consist of two courses plus a "treat" ship out on Tuesday and arrive Wednesday (in the Atlanta metro area) or Thursday (anywhere else in the country), complete with recipe cards. Visit the website for pricing, menus, details and more.

    More after the jump.


  • Grub Notes: Taziki's, Transmet Open and More Food News


    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe starts doing bidness in the Bottleworks officially today (June 3), after a couple of days of "family and friends" previews.

    Also, the Oglethorpe Avenue Transmetropolitan, which has no web presence, reopened over the weekend.

    If you enjoyed this winter's Noodle Bowl, brought to you by the aptly named People Who Like to Eat, Rachel Bailey says you should mark your calendars for the upcoming ice cream social from the same group, scheduled for noon to 2:30 p.m. June 14, on the porch of Five & Ten. That restaurant will be participating, as well as The Savory Spoon, Viva! Argentine (which says it's contributing ice cream sandwiches), Coterie & Tie supper club and Cinco y Diez.

    More news below.


  • Grub Notes: Alton Brown Coming to Town, Transmet Reopening and More


    Have you always wanted to see Alton Brown in person but would rather pay for the privilege than stalk him at the suburban Atlanta grocery store he frequents (ot at least did when "Good Eats" was on the air)? Well, you'll get your opportunity Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Classic Center Theatre, for a cost of $38–$105. "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" will have participation opportunities, comedy, music and more. Standard tickets are $38–$58 (plus fees). Fancy shmancy tickets that include a meet-and-greet, an autographed photo and special seating are $105. Both kinds go on sale Friday.

    More news below.


  • Grub Notes: Skogies is Closed, Taziki's is Hiring and More

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    Photo Credit: Emily Hall


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    Although the news isn't yet reflected on its Facebook page, Skogie's on Baxter has closed. The seafood shack, the original location of which is on Lake Lanier, opened two years ago in the strip that also houses Domino's Pizza.

    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, in the Bottleworks, is hiring, which suggests its projection of a May opening date was fairly accurate.

    Junkyard Dawgs, on Commerce Road, is temporarily closed due to some water-treatment upgrades, but its second location, The Bunkhouse, should be opening soon (no official date) in the building formerly home to The Woods at the J & J Flea Market.

    More after the jump.


  • Grub Notes: Reggie DiSante to Open Eastside Restaurant this Fall, More Food News

    Reggie DiSante, whom you may remember from his days at Harry Bissett's and more recently the man behind George's Lowcountry Table near the bypass on South Milledge, is planning a new venture to open in early August. The new place, Charlie Noble's, will be next to the space that houses Mirko Pasta in the Ansonborough mixed-use development on Gaines School Road.

    The menu should be more straightforwardly Southern (but still on the upscale end of things) than the Lowcountry cuisine his current restaurant serves, and although it's still a work in progress, DiSante says he will have specialty mac and cheese. The restaurant, like George's, gets its name from the late George Davis, DiSante's mentor, who used to own a place by the same name on Prince Avenue years ago.

    More news after the jump.


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