Get excited. More than a dozen new restaurants are set to open in Atlanta this year!
This highly anticipated restaurant opened Jan. 13 in the space formerly home to Bluepointe. Led by chef Brian Horn, the restaurant's menu is inspired by the flavors of the southern European coastline.
Cinco y Diez
Empire State South owner Hugh Acheson will open Cinco y Diez in Five & Ten’s former Lumpkin Street home on Jan. 21. Sourcing the majority of its ingredients locally, the restaurant will feature Mexican-style braised meats, seafood and shared plates.
Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein’s brasserie is set to open at Inman Park’s Krog Street Market this spring. Look for bistro fare inspired by Paris, Montreal and New Orleans, a large raw bar and a beer-focused beverage program.
Staplehouse is the brainchild of Ryan and Jen Hidinger and an evolution of their supperclub. Ryan recently passed away after a yearlong fight with stage IV gallbladder cancer. After the cancer diagnosis, the restaurant community joined forces to support him any way it could. Now, that support has been incorporated into the Staplehouse concept as the Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit established to offer assistance to restaurant and hospitality workers facing catastrophic illness. Ryan Smith, formerly of Empire State South, will be the chef of Staplehouse.
The first restaurant by Spotted Trotter’s chef Kevin Ouzts, this “New American Charcuterie” will open in Krog Street Market and will be connected to The Spotted Trotter’s new butcher and cheese shop.
Polaris at Atlanta Hyatt Regency
Downtown Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency will reopen the Polaris -- the iconic blue-dome saucer that has been a skyline hallmark since it opened in 1967 -- in late March/early April. With the exception of the kitchen, everything else will rotate. A bar and media zone, a cozier living room, a more traditional dining area and a library will set the restaurant space into four distinct experiences. The view will be incredible, with glimpses of Stone Mountain, the Georgia state capitol and everything in between.
Known as “the angry chef,” Ron Eyesterm, with three restaurants currently operating in Morningside, will expand to Atlantic Station with Diner. Expect breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night service and a dessert counter.
Octopus Bar’s Angus Brown and Nhan Le will open Lusca in the Bluefin space in South Buckhead. Serving lunch and dinner, Lusca will focus on seasonal foods and raw seafood.
The Pig and the Pearl
Housed in Atlantic Station in the space formerly occupied by Geisha House, the Pig and the Pearl will be a smokehouse and raw bar created by Todd Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood and Shed owners Cindy Shera and Todd Martin. Look for slow-smoked meats such as beef brisket, pork shoulder, lamb, duck and wild game, as well as fresh raw and smoked seafood.
Named after both the Italian city and Savannah’s famous Waving Girl statue, the Florence will be an Italian kitchen and café. Here, Hugh Acheson and his team will serve local seafood, pizza, pasta and vegetables, starting in April.
Cooks & Soldiers
The Castellucci Hospitality Group behind Iberian Pig and Double Zero Napoletana sold its Sugo Roswell location last year, but it’s opening a new Basque-inspired restaurant this April. Expect dishes like whole grilled fish and large grilled rib steak, with plates ranging from tapas-like pinxtos to larger portions, or raciones. The restaurant will reside in the Elan Westside building in West Midtown.
Fred’s Meat and Bread
Last year, chef Todd Ginsberg opened Jewish-style deli the General Muir, and this year he and his team will open a small sandwich spot in Krog Street Market. Coming this May, look for po’ boys and cheesesteaks.
Late Spring/Early Summer
Ford Fry will open his sixth restaurant in Inman Park’s Krog Street Market This casual eatery will serve Tex-Mex fare influenced by Fry’s Austin, Texas, roots, along with wood-burning grills and an indoor/outdoor patio bar set up to host live music.
Big Boss Chinese
Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya in Old Fourth Ward will open a Cantonese restaurant in Decatur this winter. Located near Church Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue, the restaurant will feature a Chinese barbecue station and private karaoke rooms.
Sarah Johnson, APR, is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). She is a freelance communications consultant whose prior roles include working as an internal communications strategist for WellStar Health System and a public relations specialist for ACVB. She resides in Cumming with her husband and their 1-year-old son where they fill their free time exploring the fun, family-friendly activities and attractions in and around Atlanta.