Park Tavern – An Evening of Silly Love Songs with Yacht Rock Schooner,

Friday, February 10, 7 p.m.


Music lovers can kick off Valentine’s Day weekend with Yacht Rock Schooner and an evening of silly love songs at Park Tavern in The Piedmont Room on Friday, February 10, 2017.  Performing a selection of their favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s, lovebirds and singletons alike are invited to enjoy a fun-filled night featuring cocktails and great tunes overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Of course, The Rink and Park Tavern will also be open for skating, dinner, cold brews, libations and more prior to the concert. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for ages 21 and up only. This annual show always sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 404.249.0001. Park Tavern is located at 500 10th Street NE, at the corner of 10th and Monroe, Atlanta, Ga 30309.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/6/17


Atlas Introduces New Menu Featuring Chef-Driven Small Plates, Cocktails and More

ATLANTA (January XX, 2017) – Atlas, the acclaimed restaurant located at the St. Regis Atlanta celebrating both art and seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences, has introduced The Tavern at Atlas. The newly designed library and lounge open at 4 p.m. daily and offers guests a fresh menu of locally-sourced small plates and hand-shaken cocktails served in a comfortable and lively atmosphere.

“We want to create an experience that’s left up to the guest. We hope The Tavern at Atlas will become a go-to destination for creating social connections fueled by a spirited bar and live music,” says Atlas General Manager Geno Dew.

Created by Executive Chef Chris Grossman, The Tavern at Atlas menu boasts perfectly portioned small plates crafted to be shared at by guests at their leisure. New favorites include petit lobster pot pie; citrus-cured salmon flatbread; Atlas sliders; Island Creek roasted oysters on the half shell; rosemary roasted ruby beet tartare; 24-hour cast iron seared steak and more.

Complimenting Chef Grossman’s menu is an impressive beverage program comprised of creative, signature cocktails, wines, bubbly, craft beers and more. With something for all tastes, a sampling of expertly crafted cocktails include the Zac 23 Old Fashioned – Ron Zacapa 23 Rum, Aztec Chocolate and Angostura Bitters, Grapefruit Peel, Ice Ball; Southern Buck American Spirits White Whiskey, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice, Shaved Ice; and The Titaness – Raventos Sparkling Wine, Cocchi Rosa, Creme de Cassis, Lime Juice.

With a goal to convert the lounge and library spaces into a lively environment positioned for a more casual experience within Atlas, The Tavern at Atlas features over-scaled tables and chairs ideal for lingering and catching up with friends over shared plates and cocktails. Introducing gold tones, velvets and faux ostrich upholstery paired with walnut burl wood tables, the new design contrasts the rich colors and patterns of the restaurant’s architecture and fine art collection by using subtle complimentary colors that let the richness of the existing space take center stage.  With more seating available, guests can feel comfortable stopping in for a quick bite to lingering long into the night.

Now featuring two unique environments, Atlas will continue to provide a fine dining experience in the dining room in addition to the new menu at The Tavern Atlas. Regardless of which dining options guests choose, both experiences will maintain the Atlas standards for quality, locally-sourced ingredients, artful presentation and unparalleled service.

Atlas and the new Tavern at Atlas are located at The St. Regis Atlanta, situated within the shopping and financial district of Buckhead. Atlas is one of 16 award-winning brands operated by Tavistock Restaurant Collection. For more information or reservations, visit

About Atlas: 
Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. Revel in a fine dining experience in the dining room or join us at The Tavern featuring an all-new, chef-driven small plates menu and hand-shaken cocktails. With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. For more information, visit  Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @AtlasBuckhead.

About Tavistock Restaurant Collection
Tavistock Restaurant Collection operates award-winning restaurant concepts including Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish Co., Atlas, AquaKnox, Blackhawk Grille, Cafe del Rey, Canvas Restaurant & Market, Canonita, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Coach Grill, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo, Timpano, Top Catch, and ZED451. For more information, visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/2/17

Atlanta’s TWO urban licks and Boston’s STRIP by Strega Place Friendly Wager in Time

Super Bowl LI

 In Honor of the Big Game this Sunday, Local Restaurant Raises the Stakes

In honor of the rivalry brewing between the two cities leading up to the Super Bowl game, Atlanta’s Concentrics Restaurants has placed a friendly wager with Boston restaurateur Nick Varano of STRIP by Strega.

If Atlanta comes out on top this Sunday and defeats New England on the field, STRIP by Strega will ship down an authentic taste of Boston by sharing a traditional New England Clambake, expertly crafted by STRIP by Strega Executive Chef Farouk Bazoune, along with a $250 donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  If New England gets the win, Chef Michael Bertozzi of TWO urban licks will send up a traditional southern BBQ dinner, boasting favorites including mouth-watering brisket and pork ribs, and will make a $250 donation to a Boston-based food pantry.

The wager has been placed and the stakes are high. Both cities are confident in their hometown team, however only one city will be celebrating the big win with a full belly, and we have a feeling that TWO urban licks will be enjoying a clambake come Monday.


Super Bowl Sunday – February 5, 2017



TWO Urban Licks

820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE

Atlanta, GA 30306


STRIP by Strega

64 Arlington St

Boston, MA 02116


About TWO urban licks:

TWO urban licks has been heating up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its “Fiery American Cooking” since opening in the fall of 2004. The one-of-kind experience has won over the Atlanta dining scene making it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis. TWO has garnered an abundance of local and national accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”, Bon Appetit’s “Hot 50 Tables” and one of Rachael Ray’s “favorite restaurants” in the country as told to InStyle Magazine. Nominated year after year as “Best Restaurant Scene” and “Best Place to Take an Out of Towner”, it is no wonder that guests keep coming back for more. Located at 820 Ralph McGill Boulevard in Atlanta, Ga., TWO serves dinner seven nights per week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. They also feature live blues Wednesday through Saturday. For reservations and more information, call 404.522.4622 or visit Stay connected on Instagram and Twitter at @twourbanlicks and on Facebook at

About Concentrics Restaurants:

Concentrics Restaurants, founded in 2002 by Bob Amick and Todd Rushing, is an Atlanta-based restaurant operating group that offers a full-service design, development, consulting and management firm that provides A to Z food and beverage solutions for freestanding restaurants and hotels across the nation. Concentrics currently owns five properties in Atlanta including ONE. midtown kitchen, TWO urban licks, TAP, Parish, and Nexto. Current and previous client concepts include Atlanta’s Murphy’s, The Painted Pin, The Painted Duck, FLIP Burger Boutique, HD1, La Pietra Cucina, STATS (a partnership with Atlanta’s Sports Radio 790 The Zone and Legacy Property Group), Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria (a partnership with Legacy Property Group). 30 Tables and 11 Stories at Glenn Hotel and Lobby Bar and Bistro and ROOM at Twelve within TWELVE Hotels, owned by Novare Development. Nationally, Concentrics has proudly created, consulted and represented a variety of hotel and restaurant clients including Winter Park, FL’s Luma on Park and Prato  (with CEO and Chairman of the Board of NASCAR, Brian France), Three Sixty, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar offering unparalleled view and perched atop of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark (owned by LHM), St. Louis’ The Cheshire Hotel  (Boundary, Basso, The Back Room, The Market, Upstairs – owned by LHM), 8UP: Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen at The Hilton at Clay Commons in Louisville, KY (FHG), Montgomery, AL’s Central, Chicago’s The Restaurants at theWit Hotel (ROOF, cibo matto, State + Lake – owned by the ECD Company), San Diego’s Juniper and Ivy (Chef Richard Blais and Juniper Hospitality) and more. Concentrics Restaurants has been recognized in nationally-acclaimed publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Food Arts, O: The Oprah Magazine, Delta SKY and many more. Amick and his concepts have been nominated for several James Beard Awards including “Outstanding Restaurateur” and “Best Restaurant”. For more information visit

About STRIP by Strega:

Located at 64 Arlington at Park Plaza in the new Boston Park Plaza, STRIP by Strega is a high-energy, uber-modern Italian steakhouse concept serving as Boston’s epicenter for exceptional, inspiring dishes, creative cocktails and upscale nightlife. Created by Boston-based restaurateur Nick Varano and The Varano Group, STRIP by Strega is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 4pm and serves dinner seven days a week from 4:00pm to 10:00pm seven days a week, with late night service beginning at 10:00pm nightly. Valet parking is available. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 617.456.5300 or visit Facebook: STRIP by Strega; Instagram: @STRIPbyStrega; Twitter: @STRIPByStrega.

About The Varano Group:

The Varano Group, owned by Boston restaurateur Nick Varano, operates several establishments including, Strega North End located in Boston’s historic Little Italy; Strega Waterfront located in Boston’s hottest dining destination, the Seaport District; Nico Ristorante, also located in Boston’s Little Italy; Strega Prime in Woburn and STRIP by Strega in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The Varano Group is known for its authentic Italian cuisine and unparalleled customer service.  For more information please visit


Sunday, January 22nd at 7 pm

Location: Southern Exposure

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/31/17

Immersive Creative Experience “Blends” Together Hair Styling, Music, Makeup, and Performance Art

Atlanta, Georgia (January 26, 2017) – Keune Haircosmetics, a global hair care company with North American headquarters in Atlanta, launched its much-anticipated new hairstyling product line BLEND at an exclusive, invite-only event on January 22, 2017.  Produced by  Bill Kaelin Marketing and located at the striking  Southern Exposure venue within King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside, the event hosted over 250 hair  stylists  and  tastemakers,  and played off of a “blended” theme throughout, including a variety of unexpected artistic experiences, entertaining performances, and creative food and drink.

“Keune BLEND’s launch party was a celebration of individuality, personal style, true beauty, and art,”  says Atlanta-based Rachael Hoffman, VP of Marketing for Keune North America. “We are thrilled with the positive reception to Keune’s hot new hair styling line, and look forward to continuing to expand BLEND’s reach for consumers and hair stylists alike throughout Atlanta and North America’s hair salons. For a company that has been around for over 97 years, in 72 countries – we are just getting started in the states and the response has been tremendous.”

Southern Exposure’s expansive 7,000-foot space with soaring 25-foot ceilings, more than 2,000 panes of glittering glass windows and unique vignettes set the scene for the BLEND creative experience to unfold.  Everywhere guests turned there was something to stimulate the senses Atlanta  DJ Ree De La Vega put a bounce in partygoers’ steps with her sick beats, while famed local graffiti artist Dr. Dax created a large scale painting that was given away at the end of the evening. An aerialist flew over an all-white photography area where guests were given the opportunity to take part in a live photo shoot. Performance artist Diego entertained onlookers through a glass-walled bathroom space, where he played with BLEND products and various hairstyles, while hair models with makeup by Crush Studio and styling by nationally renowned Keune artists George Alderete, Edward Woody and Switzerland’s Mike Karg showcased trendy BLEND looks throughout the crowd.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax Exclamation Point, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrand” shows in Atlanta.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax ExclamationPoint, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrandz” shows in Atlanta.

Bold American Catering tantalized taste buds with creative bites that juxtaposed flavors like sweet and savory and cool and hot, such as bacon and peanut butter shots and cantaloupe and pineapple with smoked chili powder. At the open bar, Bai cocktails matched BLEND’s hot-hued packaging in flavors like blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit and Atlanta’s Wild Heaven provided yellow cans of Emergency Drinking Beer. Plus, mobile sips and treats  included Cult Carts’ “adult” cotton candy in unexpected blended flavors, such as Strawberry Fig Balsamic, Lavender Cookies & Cream, and Vanilla Popcorn, as well as a model who brought bubbly to partygoers with her “Champagne dress.” Tito’s Vodka served up Moscow Mule slushies from the dry ice bar in VIP.

Fashioned for the modern muse, style chameleon, and free spirit, Keune BLEND sparks creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. The 14 premium products in the modern and colorful BLEND collection feature packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, and look just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The line encourages personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places.

Need inspiration? Keune has got you covered with eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion and DIY videos to help you create them. Watch another video introducing Keune BLEND here.

All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit

A family-owned and founded company based in The Netherlands, Keune Haircosmetics has served hair stylists, colorists, and consumers since 1922 by providing the finest professional hair color, hair care, and styling products to more than 70 countries. For more information, visit

Atlanta Winter Beer Festival

Date:  Saturday, February 4th
Time: 1 pm

About: On, Saturday, February 4th, Atlanta Beer Festivals presents Atlanta Winter Beer Fest from 1-6pm at Atlantic Station. Just imagine 150+ Beers, wines and ciders, Live Music, and even a DJ. It’s all so much fun for $45 advance, $55 day of the event.


Annual Three Piece Suit Football Game

Date:  Saturday, February 4th
Time: 2 pm

About: 600 attendees are expected at the 9th annual charity event THREE PIECE SUIT FOOTBALL (TPSF), happening Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the athletic field of the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. The location is along Atlanta’s popular BeltLine urban trail, kickoff is set for 2 pm, and admission to the event is free.The charity festival will feature food trucks, beer from Monday Night Brewing, face painting for kids, live music from Wasted Potential Brass Band, and a Frisbee dog halftime show by the Greater Atlanta Dog and Disc Club. The centerpiece of the fun-for-all-ages festival is a picture-worthy game of tackle football being played by men and women wearing three-piece suits. The yearly event first began as a pickup game of football on the morning of the Super Bowl in 2009. “The first year, there were 14 of us playing and a handful of spectators,” explains TPSF president Cameron Miller. Attendance at the event increased each year, and after three years the players decided the game should be used as a platform to raise support for local charities. To date, TPSF has raised over $38,000 for various causes at these events. Miller continues, “It’s grown because people love football and the ridiculousness of witnessing the game being played in colorful, fancy suits. It captures the imagination.” This year’s event benefits the Georgia chapter of Pets For Vets, who rescue and train shelter dogs and pair them with local military veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. Support is raised during the event through beer sales, prize raffles throughout the afternoon, donations, and a 50/50 raffle to cap it all off.