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Archive for November, 2009

Prohibition – a New Upscale Lounge Opening

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Prohibition will open on December 3rd at 56 East Andrews Drive in Andrews Square. This upscale Buckhead lounge has the feel of a 1920s underground speakeasy and no sign makes it more discreet. While it is not a members-only club, guests can only enter by securing a secret phone number and dialing it into an original antique London phone booth securing access though a secret entry way.

“We like to call our drinks prescriptions carefully compounded as our mixologists studied hundreds of lost cocktails, techniques, and the true art of an old style classic bartending that you just can’t find anywhere else in the South, ” says Master Mixologist Steve De Haan. “Using 300 lb blocks of hand chipped ice, only fresh squeezed juices, garnishes cut to order and the finest liquors available, our upscale, craft cocktails are without compare for quality and rarity of ingredients.”

The interior design keeps with the overall theme. With sconces from the 20s, the lighting is warm and subdued. The honey-onyx bar top and hand-painted ceiling complement the trimmed out oak paneling throughout the establishment. Guests will be able to cozy up in rich leather sofas by the fireplace and taste from the a special menu complete with desserts. Patrons can also enjoy a cigar from the house humidor with over 30 of the finest and rarest cigars found anywhere, such as OpusX, Padron 80th Anniversary and Davidoff.

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Doc Chey’s Takes Stella’s Place

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Grant Park’s Stella Pasta Pizza and Spirits will close its doors to the public on December 30, 2009 at 10 p.m. This news comes with an exciting twist: just in time for Chinese New Year, the same space will reopen as a Doc Chey’s Noodle House in February 2010.

HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts is taking care of their employees during the transition; the same people that ran Stella will have the opportunity to become a part of Doc Chey’s Grant Park family. Owner Rich Chey feels optimistic about the transformation of the space and the opening of Doc Chey’s. According to Chey, “The restaurant will continue to operate on the same principle of serving made-from-scratch food at affordable prices and fostering good karma by playing a proactive role in the neighborhood.”

Since opening in 2008, Stella has raised over $20,000 for local organizations including Oakland Cemetery, Zoo Atlanta, Cabbagetown tornado victims, Grant Park fire station 10, John Henderson reward fund, Neighborhood Charter School and many others.  Doc Chey’s Grant Park will continue this good karma mission throughout the neighborhood by giving back and getting involved.

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Metrotainment Cafes Opens Two New Locations

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Metrotainment Cafes announced the opening of its fourth Hudson Grille and the opening of its newest concept, Sugar Shack.

Located at 942 Peachtree Street in Midtown, Hudson Grille opened in November.  Sugar Shack is Metrotainment Cafes’ newest concept, which opened in Brookhaven Station shortly after the opening of the new Hudson Grille.  Sugar Shack is a dessert-sandwich-coffee shop, featuring desserts of the Metrotainment Bakery.

Metrotainment Cafes, Inc. has been in business since 1991 and it’s properties include Einstein’s, Cowtippers, Joe’s on Juniper, Joe’s on Sullivan, Metrotainment Bakery, Garrison’s Broiler & Tap locations in Vinings and Johns Creek and Hudson Grille locations in Alpharetta, Brookhaven and Perimeter Mall.

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Danielle Clark named Chief Financial Officer at Ted’s Montana Grill

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Danielle Clark has been named chief financial officer for Ted’s Montana Grill.  As CFO, she joins the senior leadership team, overseeing all financial operations for the 55-unit restaurant company.

Clark previously was manager of internal audit for Turner Enterprises, a privately owned company owned by Ted Turner which manages a variety of private investments and Ted’s Montana Grill.  While at Turner Enterprises, she oversaw operational and financial audits for all Ted’s Montana Grill restaurants nationwide, managed internal audit staff and all aspects of budgeting processes for the department.

Prior to her role at Turner Enterprises, Clark was an assistant vice president and controller of Trustway Insurance Agencies in Atlanta, a subsidiary of AssuranceAmerica and provider of personal automobile insurance.  Additional professional experience includes accounting, controller and corporate secretary positions for Ivan Allen Company, Grant Thornton and National Leisure Group.

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Third Annual GRACE Awards

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

November/December 2009

On November 15, the restaurant industry gathered at the third annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence Awards Gala to recognize and pay tribute to the leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry. This year’s GRACE Awards featured keynote speaker Virginia Willis.

The GRACE Awards, crystal works of art created by renowned local artist Hans-Godo Frabel, stand for excellence in the following five categories: Restaurateur of the Year, Industry Partner of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Innovator Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards show appreciation for our stars, the people devoted to our industry. On behalf of the Georgia Restaurant Association, congratulations to both the winners and the finalists.

Karen Bremer Wins GRACE Lifetime Achievement Award

Restaurateur of the Year: Hank Clark, Marlow ‘s Tavern

Distinguished Service Award: Patrick Cuccaro, Affairs to Remember Caterers

Innovator Award: Holly Elmore, Green Food service Alliance

Industry Partner of the Year: Jason Howell, Royal Cup Coffee

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Primal – Butcher Event

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

November 21, 2009 at Sweetwater Brewery.  For more information, visit www.artofthebutcher.com

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ACF – Strictly Social

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

November 19, 2009 at the Atlanta Brewing Company.  For more information, visit acfatlantachefs.org.

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3rd Annual GRACE Awards

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

November 15, 2009 – www.garestaurants.org

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Les Dames’ Afternoon in the Country

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

November 8, 2009 at The Inn at Serenbe near Palmetto, Georgia.  For more information, visit Les Dames’ web site.

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Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp – Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

November 7, 2009 – www.chompandstomp.com.

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