In the space vacated by J.R. Crickets at Hawthorne and Oglethorpe, there’s a sign up promising a new place called Southern Culture Fish and Grits. It’s already undergone its health inspection, so it should be open soon. It has no social media presence that I could determine.
The Pub on Main in Watkinsville, is shutting down May 15 and becoming a Blind Pig.
If you’ve been wondering what happened to the original Inoko on Alps, it will be bulldozed and replaced with a location of Atlanta’s gusto! (the exclamation point is part of its name). The franchise describes itself as “inspired by leadership expert Dale Carnegie’s immortal words to ‘live today with gusto,'” and says that it’s on “a mission to disrupt the standard of quick-casual at every level.” What this means in practice is bowls and wraps made fast. The new place will have a drive-through and plans to open late this year.
The Normaltown location of Winghouse Grill in the former Ike & Jane is officially open, and the Watkinsville location is officially closed.
The Watkinsville location of chain Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also closed.
Classic City Eats, which kept its name despite moving to Watkinsville, is open in its new location there.
Paloma Park, in the former Max/Uncle Ernie’s downtown, is now open for lunch and dinner. You can check out the menu here. It includes things like bao, steak frites, churros, bubble waffles, tacos and “chicken from Herschel Walker’s farm.”
A sign up in the building on Milledge by the Islamic center that most recently housed Athens Pizza is promising something called Iguana’s Mexican Grill, and a banner on the side of the same building is touting something that sounds more exciting: an Indian/Pakistani market, a need that could be filled in this town and hasn’t been in a while.
Donna Chang’s has changed its name to Dinner Party, “out of respect [for] the Asian American & Pacific Islander community and [for] all communities, races and ethnicities.” The Chinese restaurant formerly named for a “Seinfeld” character says, “Our restaurant began as a series of dinner parties hosted in our home. [W]e also train our team members to treat our guests as if they are hosting a dinner party at their own home. [W]e feel that the name ‘Dinner Party’ represents our restaurant well!”
EIC (Everything Is Cool) Espresso, a tiny pop-up specialty coffee cart (the kind of thing, it was recently pointed out to me, we have a dearth of in Athens), is making appearances at The National the first and third Mondays of the month from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with snacks by the restaurant. Check its Instagram (linked above) for details.
Opa Robby’s has partnered with Market Wagon for home delivery for some (but not all) items.
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