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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/22/23

Friday, May 26th – All Day

The Hall at Ashford Lane is proud to announce its grand opening as Dunwoody’s premier destination for food enthusiasts. This innovative establishment brings together nine food stalls along with multiple full-service options. The Hall at Ashford Lane is set to revolutionize the local dining scene, offering an unmatched experience for residents and visitors alike. The Hall at Ashford Lane is located at 4550 Olde Perimeter Way Atlanta, GA 30346 and will be open to the public beginning May 26, 2023. For hours and more information visit explorethehall.com. Reservations can be made through the Resy app.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/26/22

Festive and Philanthropic Celebration Featuring a Ribbon Cutting, Cocktails, Chef-Driven Cuisine, Live Music and More

Monday, November 7, 2022 From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Opening its doors in late September, ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is ready to officially celebrate its arrival with a festive and philanthropic celebration. On Monday, November 7, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., revelers are invited to ENZO’s Grand Opening Gala, an exciting evening that kicks off with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony with Fayetteville Mayor Edward Johnson and Dan T. Cathy, Chief Visionary of Trilith. Guests are then invited to walk the red carpet and enter an elegant and spirited atmosphere featuring live music from the UpScale Band, signature cocktails including the Palmariva, Donna Rosa, and Luna di Miele, and an array of Executive Chef Montobbio’s chef-driven cuisine. The evening’s proceeds benefit Two Sparrows Village, a nonprofit organization serving special needs families in South Metro Atlanta. Tickets are on sale for $95 per person at https://enzo-itl.com/experience/grand-gala-opening and include food and beverages. 

Open for dinner, weekend brunch, and lunch (beginning November 9), ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is a new chef-driven dining concept by chef Andrea Montobbio and fashion industry veteran Carmine Noce. Combining Northern Italy-inspired cuisine with the comforts of a modern steakhouse and vibrant bar, diners will revel in a warm and sophisticated atmosphere while exploring Montobbio’s menus of signature and seasonal offerings boasting bold flavors, hand-made pastas and sauces, choice cuts of steaks, chops, fresh seafood, plant-based dishes and more. An impressive wine, cocktail, and beer program, impeccable design, and rotating works from local artists are among the thoughtful details that round out each experience at ENZO. The 180-seat restaurant also features a stunning private dining room, group dining table, and alfresco dining on the expansive, dog-friendly patio. ENZO is located in the Town of Trilith at 300 Trilith Pkwy, Suite 230, Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more information or to make a reservation, visit enzo-itl.com or call (770) 756-9188.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/29/21

The Full Sensory Experience will feature a Distillery, a Modern Art Gallery, Bar Area, ‘Living Wall’ Garden, and a 2800sq. ft. Event Space
Seven Distinct Spirits to include Atlanta Vodka, Peach Flavored Vodka, Bourbon Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Nouveau Gin, and Digestivo
Built on a foundation of experiences, Distillery of Modern Art, a new concept coming this fall to Chamblee, GA, is an amalgamation of distillery, gallery, event space, covered patio, ‘living wall’ with fresh grown herbs, and cocktail lounge. Guest are invited to immerse themselves in this purpose-driven concept which showcases art in all its many forms and challenges them to leave their perceptions at the door. Going beyond what’s in the bottle, the 15,000 square foot space is a modern art gallery whose walls feature local artists and installations- several of which are utilized for DoMA’s bottle art. Moving into the bar area, this is where the spirits come alive as master mixologists create signature cocktails using one of the house-created spirits, often pulling garnishes from the ‘living wall’ garden adjacent to the lounge. And while DoMA provides the setting and experiences for its guests, it also includes a 2800 square foot private event space to allow you to create your own unique experience. In short, Distillery of Modern Art is an accessible meeting of both art and spirit.
True to its name, this is a distillery, and that warrants putting the spotlight the seven distinct spirits. Shaped by an adept team of innovators, each is a graced missive for connoisseurs everywhere. Atlanta Vodka, Peach Flavored Vodka- made with Georgia-grown peaches, Bourbon Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Nouveau Gin, and an easy-drinking Digestivo have all been developed over the past few years with perfection in mind. With the vision of making the creatively impossible possible, DoMA boasts a backdrop of artistic expression with support from emerging artists in the community. Creators already secured include Xie Caomi, Juliana Lupacchino, and Josh Jalbert, who showcase their designs on the in-house Rye Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, and Atlanta Vodka bottles, respectively.
“I am an instigator. I live to inspire those around me.” says Distillery of Modern Art founder Seth Watson. “I want to facilitate creativity in all possible ways. I like to be a dreamer but what I like more is allowing dreamers to bring ideas to reality.”
Finally, on the top shelf are the Tour & Tasting bookings that run daily from noon to 3 p.m. For only $15 per guest, groups of 10 or less can relish signature-crafted cocktails while absorbing the history of DoMA and the Chamblee region. The interactive, step-by-step walkthrough of the distillation process is a riveting activity-friendly for friends, family, and co-workers. For larger parties, guests can take advantage of either the 735-square foot Kandinsky Tasting Room, 861-square foot Watson Gallery, or 2,800-square foot Rothko Room. These contemporary and lofty spaces can complement an array of bustling celebrations.
Distillery of Modern Art is conveniently located at 2197 Irvindale Way, Chamblee, GA 30341, in close proximity to MARTA. For more information or to book an event, visit www.distilleryofmodernart.com or call 404-482-2663.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/14/21

Dan Collier (The Merchant, Archer Paper Goods, Sweet Inman’s + More) Brings Three
New Retail Concepts to the Redevelopment, Set to Open Mid-Summer 2021

On the heels of announcing a September opening at The Eastern music venue and its first retail tenant, YOUNG BLOOD, Atlanta Dairies is thrilled to unveil three new retail tenants from Dan Collier. Set to open at the historic redevelopment mid-summer, City Champion, Proper Wax, and Paradiso Plant Shop are three new concepts from Dan Collier and team, most notably known for shops across Atlanta and beyond including The Merchant, Archer Paper Goods, Sweet Inman’s, Collier Candy Co., Daily Dose, Read Shop and more.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Dan Collier, and his shops have been key retail components to many of our development projects, including Krog Street Market, Vinings Jubilee, and Optimist Hall in Charlotte,” said David Cochran, President and CEO of Paces Properties. “We are thrilled to have Collier’s shops as part of the Atlanta Dairies retail lineup and even more thrilled to be home to three new concepts for the growing Collier brand.”

From its inception, Collier and his team found interest in the fast-growing Reynoldstown redevelopment. “When COVID hit, I encouraged my team to study trends to best predict what retail may look like post-pandemic, and with that came these new adventures which we cannot wait to execute,” said Collier, Principal at daniel*richards. “It’s always exciting to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We love the location, and the Reynoldstown area is untapped when it comes to retail.”

Discover more about each concept below.

Stats: 1,314 SF
City Champion brings back the nostalgia of the glory days while pairing contemporary style with old-school cool. Based out of Atlanta, City Champion is set to focus on regional apparel that represents the civic pride of the city and the state of Georgia. Most items carried will be custom-made by City Champion and manufactured in-house. Amid City Champion’s athletic-themed shop, guests will find unique apparel, gifts like postcards and pins, and vintage pieces that will make them feel victorious.

Stats: 516 SF
Proper Wax will be the go-to place for all candle lovers, new and old. The shop will carry well-known popular candle brands mixed with new-to-market candlemakers. Proper Wax’s doors will open with curated candles for even the most selective candle enthusiast. Fixtures throughout the space carry clean lines and will marry industrial metal shelving and brass lighting.

Stats: 1,339 SF
Paradiso Plant Shop will make any humble abode a living paradise. The shop will focus on houseplants, plant accessories, and plant supplies and will carry all things needed for new and experienced plant parents. Paradiso’s ceramic and planter selection will have an emphasis on small-batch and local artisans. Guests can expect the space to have a southwestern flair with deep greens, orange crush tile, and copper accents.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/14/21

Tre Vele, Italian Restaurant and Market, to Open Mid-Summer

Following the success of opening award-winning Buckhead restaurant Mission + Market, brothers Ryan and Jonathan Akly and Ian Winslade today announce their expansion into the Atlanta restaurant scene with new restaurant, Tre Vele. The new concept will open in the former {three} sheets location in Sandy Springs and will be a modern, elevated Italian restaurant specializing in handmade pasta as well as other classic Italian dishes.
In collaboration with Chef/Partner Ian Winslade, most notably of Mission + Market, Executive Chef Giancarlo Ruiz will be at the helm of Tre Vele. Ruiz touts vast experience in Italian cuisine with both his Italian heritage and culinary training in Florence where he lived for 16 years. Following his tenure under Italian chefs, Ruiz moved to Atlanta where he gained experience in some of Atlanta’s top restaurants, including Storico Fresco, before being appointed Executive Chef at the new concept.
Chef Giancarlo will be serving up classic Italian dishes with a modern twist including fresh house-made pasta courses like Cavatelli al Sugò D’agnello (homemade Cavatelli with lamb sugo) and Strozzapreti with vegan kale pesto. Guests can expect starters like fresh burrata with heirloom tomatoes and grilled baby artichokes with salsa verde. Mains will consist of items including Veal Milanese, Coda alla Vaccinara (braised oxtail with a red wine tomato sauce), and Red Snapper Acqua Pazza. The dessert selection will be comprised of items such as Basilico Panna Cotta finished with Saba and summer fruit Tiramisu.
Tre Vele features a 3,500SF dining room as well as a 1,500SF rooftop patio. The restaurant will also offer a 600SF Italian market and café, open for specialty coffee drinks and fresh pastries all day, and retailing house-made pastas, sauces, and prepared meals to go. In addition, the market will retail a specially curated selection of Italian wines while also hosting wine tastings, wine dinners, private events, and pasta-making classes.
Restaurants Consulting Group, Inc., an award-winning full-service design-build firm with a focus on hospitality, restaurant, bar, and nightclub design, led the interior design transformation of the space. At the helm, President of RCG, Tony Akly’s, vision has created a light-filled, bright atmosphere with inspiration from Italy seen throughout, from the plant-filled trellises on the ceiling to the Carrara marble accents. Elements of the market and café include a glass-enclosed pasta room upon entering where guests can observe Chef Giancarlo in action, retail wine, pasta, and dessert displays, design accents of white and black marble, and white ceramic walls accented by gold leaf mirrored backlit shelving. The dining room, featuring a 30-foot Carrera marble bar, is designed to be humble and exciting, inviting guests to meet up with friends and loved ones. The interior feel is warm yet striking with natural wood accents and bold geometric shapes all against a white background. Above the dining room, guests will find the rooftop terrace and bar, designed to create a continuous experience operating as additional dining and lounge areas. With seating for up to 90 guests, the rooftop bar is the perfect place to begin the night with an Aperitivo or end the night with a relaxing cocktail.
“While we are so proud of our long tenure running {three} sheets, we are very excited for this next chapter,” said partner and co-owner Jonathan Akly. “Like many in the industry, the pandemic brought upon challenges, especially for {three} sheets since its focus was hosting large corporate events and gatherings. Looking ahead, this presented us with the perfect opportunity to pursue this new endeavor. Additionally, Sandy Springs’ food and beverage offerings have transformed so much in the last few years, and we are excited to be a part of the evolution.”
Additional details, website (www.tre-vele.com).


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/29/21

Now Open!

The award-winning Moe’s Original BBQ restaurant opened another Atlanta area location in Wellington Center at 5005 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners on Tuesday, March 23rd. The almost 2000 square foot fast casual restaurant is open on Tuesdays-Sundays from 11am-9pm. Moe’s Original BBQ is a great place for the community to enjoy a meal together, celebrate little league victories, birthdays and watch their favorite sports on TVs around the full premium bar or on the large outdoor patio. Pick up and delivery service is available from Chow Now and Uber Eats. Premium catering services with a service-oriented staff is ready to accommodate any group for parties and events.

“Born, raised and currently living in Peachtree Corners, I always felt that this particular location would be a perfect fit for a Moe’s Original BBQ as it has the capability to service all of Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake and South Johns Creek,” said partner Harris Carlock. “So, I partnered with my cousin, Scott Carlock, who has an extensive restaurant background, as well as another Moe’s Original BBQ owner Kyle McCarter.”

Serving Alabama-style BBQ since 1988, Moe’s Original BBQ has been named in the Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USA Today and The Daily Meal, one of the fastest growing, emerging restaurant chains by Restaurant Business Magazine, and one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish. Served with red BBQ and Alabama white sauces, the award-winning smoked menu features pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken as well as fish and shrimp selections. Prepared fresh daily, a rotation of 60 traditional Southern sides and house made desserts are also offered. Customers can dine in, take out, order delivery or enjoy catering for parties and events.

For additional information about Moe’s Original BBQ, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/15/20

The Award-Winning Indian Fast Casual Will Celebrate With 50% Off App & Online Orders All Day Long

Curry Up Now, the award-winning Indian fast casual known for its innovative and creative approach to Indian cuisine, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its newest restaurant in Atlanta on Thursday, September 24. The restaurant, which is located at 915 Memorial Dr SE Suite 210 in the Madison Yards retail-living center, will celebrate by offering 50% off orders placed via the Curry Up Now app and website all day long with code CelebrateATL. This location joins another in Decatur, which opened last summer, and will be closely followed by another Curry Up Now opening at 24 S Main Street in Alpharetta in October. The local franchisees are also on the fast track to complete another Curry Up Now outpost at The Interlock, which will also feature Curry Up Now’s craft cocktail bar concept, Mortar & Pestle.

“Our Decatur opening last year was the perfect way to introduce Curry Up Now to the greater Atlanta area, but we’re thrilled to be opening closer to the heart of the city in a popular center like Madison Yards,” said Hemant Suri, Atlanta franchisee for Curry Up Now. “We are excited to welcome the community to the newest Curry Up Now restaurant with our Grand Opening event, and look forward to becoming a go-to spot for Indian cuisine lovers in Atlanta.”

Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is approachable for the everyday American consumer by utilizing formats that are more recognizable to the mainstream. Their signature dishes include Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Indian-style tacos, Naughty Naan and more, as well as a wide variety of Indian street food snacks and traditional dishes like Thali Platters, Kathi Rolls, and more. Ingredients are clean and sourced from local vendors whenever possible, and the menu is designed to support vegan, gluten-free, and Halal diets in an effort to accommodate all guests, no matter their dietary preferences. In the last ten years, the Kapoors have expanded the Curry Up Now empire to include three food trucks, 13 brick-and-mortar restaurants spanning coast to coast, and a globally-inspired craft cocktail bar concept, Mortar & Pestle, that is housed within select Curry Up Now restaurants.

“Despite the crazy and unprecedented year that 2020 has been, we’ve seen great growth as a brand and are very excited to welcome the new Madison Yards restaurant to our expanding Curry Up Now family,” said Akash Kapoor, founder and CEO. “Hemant and the Atlanta team have worked tirelessly to get this restaurant ready for the opening, and now that they have Alpharetta and The Interlock on the horizon, it’s shaping up to be a big year for Curry Up Now’s Atlanta expansion. With the opening of the Madison Yards location, we have now opened 5 restaurants since February.”

The Madison Yards location will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Catering and takeout will be available, and guests are invited to order ahead using the Curry Up Now mobile app. For more information, call 678-732-0953, visit www.curryupnow.com, and follow @CurryUpNow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/2/20

The burger-forward casual dining restaurant opens city’s second location on February 4, 2020

Wahlburgers has announced that its highly anticipated restaurant in Atlanta at Peachtree Street will open Tuesday, February 4 at 11 a.m. The new restaurant and bar will be the brand’s second restaurant in Atlanta, with the first located at The Battery. The 5,550-square-foot restaurant is located at the corner of Andrew Young and Peachtree (218 Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA 30303) and will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

The popular casual dining burger concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg (which recently wrapped 10 successful seasons as A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show) will give Atlanta fans another opportunity to enjoy its diverse lineup of crave-worthy burgers, sandwiches, sides and specialty drinks from its chef-inspired kitchen.

“We have fallen in love with Georgia and its people as they have been so welcoming to our family. We are truly looking forward to bringing our second location to the state as we open our doors on Peachtree in Atlanta,” said Mark Wahlberg.

Created by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, the chef-inspired menu features an emphasis on made-to-order, high-quality, delicious food that represents a selection of his family’s favorite dishes they shared together. The brothers’ favorite burgers include:

  • Donnie’s choice: BBQ Bacon Burger, described as a “spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun,” topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, fresh jalapeños and barbecue sauce
  • Mark’s choice: Thanksgiving Day, “like Thanksgiving leftovers on a bun,” made with fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Paul’s housemade orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo
  • Paul’s choice: Wahlburger’s signature Our Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul’s signature Wahl sauce and pickles “just like Dad used to grill in the backyard”

“Each of our openings here have been really special for us,” said franchise owner Nino Cutraro. “The continued love and support from our guests has been overwhelming, and we are thrilled to add another Wahlburgers to the state of Georgia.”

Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a perfect gathering spot offering an impressive selection of cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski: A Boston-based Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale. In addition, Wahlburgers is well-known for its dessert selections, most notably its frappes, made with farm fresh milk and local ice cream, available in several delicious flavors.

The location hours will be Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Learn more online, including details about menu offerings, at Wahlburgers.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/26/19

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen opens at The Battery Atlanta

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen invites the metro-Atlanta community to its grand opening on Friday, Feb. 7 with a ribbon cutting, giveaways and free samples beginning at 3 p.m.  The famed Southern candy franchise continues to expand its presence in the Atlanta area by welcoming its newest franchisees, Doug Hicks, of Milton, Georgia and Jamie Wright, of East Cobb, to the candy family.

“We looked at several potential locations in Atlanta and it was obvious that none compared to The Battery Atlanta,” said Doug Hicks. “The product, the location and the people on the team are a perfect fit for us.”

Friends and associates, as well as members of the Cobb Chamber and the Strickland family, will be in attendance at the grand opening to officially welcome River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen to the destination. A portion of the proceeds from all Chocolate Loggerhead® sales on opening day will be donated to the Caretta Research Project, a charity partner of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen will be located at 455 Legends Place at The Battery Atlanta and will feature Southern confections that guests have come to know and love since the flagship store opened in 1973. Popular confections include World Famous Pralines®, handmade Chocolate Loggerhead® and homemade ice cream and gelato, to name a few.

“We’ve seen time and again that our Southern confections, family friendly atmosphere and old-fashioned approach to candy making appeals to people nationwide,” said Jennifer Strickland, co-founder and co-CEO of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. “We’re confident that The Battery Atlanta’s visitors will fall in love with our historic brand and are excited that Jamie and Doug are the ones to bring it to the area.”