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Lickin' Chicken, a drive-through with fried chicken, fish and okra that is a small chain out of Covington, is open in the former Church's on Oak Street. The Athens location doesn't have a web presence yet, but the Covington menu is up on Facebook, should you want a preview.
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Chuck's Fish, an upscale seafood restaurant with an original location in Tuscaloosa, AL, is open for business, softly, in the former Greyhound station on Broad Street downtown. It's owned by the same folks at Five Bar and does dinner 4–10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the bar and sushi starting at 4 and the full kitchen opening at 5. As with Five Bar, the menu includes Japanese and Korean influences (brussels sprouts with kimchi, edamame, shishito peppers) and Gulf seafood. If you're expecting a fish shack, this is not it.
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Farm Cart's brick-and-mortar location on Baxter, in the space that was The Sultan until very recently, is open for business, much, much faster than anyone could reasonably have expected. Breakfast biscuits (topped with sausage, egg, cheese, organic micro-greens, pulled pork, fried chicken, gravy, ham, jam, housemade pickles and more—not all on the same biscuit) are available all day. Lunch starts at lunchtime. It's open 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and closed Monday.
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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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Hey, grilled cheese fans, do you need some good news? Half-Shepherd Market and Cheese Shop, which has had brown papered windows facing Prince Avenue in Normaltown for some months now, is open for business and serving lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., as well as retailing fine cheeses.
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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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As we creep ever closer to the world of Wall-E, Athens is getting its very own cookie dough café. Dawg Dough, owned by Mike and Jennifer Dollander, will open this fall at 480 N. Thomas St., across from 1000 Faces.
Jennifer Dollander visited New York with her daughter Stephanie in July, where they encountered the idea of an eatery that made it acceptable to eat raw cookie dough in public. Entrepreneurially minded folks, she and her husband thought it would be popular in Athens, especially with a Bulldog theme.
Jennifer developed the recipes, which are safe to eat raw, testing them with her five children.
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Rumors have spread on campus that Snelling Dining Hall will be closing for renovations and Oglethorpe Dining Hall, also known as O-House, will become the new 24-hour dining hall. However, a University of Georgia spokesperson said those rumors are false, and there are no plans to close Snelling at this time.
“Snelling is a popular dining hall, and we know students rely on its availability. Dining Services continuously seeks ways to improve the student dining experience,” said Greg Trevor, executive director of media communication.
Trevor said UGA will begin a “feasibility study this fall to explore ways we can enhance service at Snelling.” The study is expected to take four to six months to complete.
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