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Fry and Belline to Open New Restaurant in Decatur

Ford Fry, Owner/Executive Chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, announced that he is partnering with Drew Belline to open a new Italian-inspired restaurant in the old Eurasia Bistro space in Decatur in February 2011.  Belline, who was previously chef de cuisine at Floataway Café, will serve as executive chef/partner for the new restaurant.

“Drew is an amazing chef and I think it is time for him to have a partnership in his own restaurant,” says Fry.  “We share a passion for locally sourced, simple though not simplistic food and wood-fired cooking and are both really excited to bring Italian-inspired dishes to Decatur.  Plus, Decatur is home to Drew, so it’s truly a perfect location!”

Belline is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Johnson and Wales.  He began his career in New York, working first at Charlie Palmer’s Kitchen 22 and then at Tom Colicchio’s Craft, before returning to Atlanta to work under Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison at Quinones at Bacchanalia and Floataway Café.

Fry is currently the owner and executive chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, an Atlanta restaurant known for offering Southern farmstead cuisine.  He is a native of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute.  Fry’s culinary background also includes stints in executive and sous chef positions at The Ritz Carlton in Aspen, Houston and Naples, as well as Snowmass Lodge in Snowmass, Colorado, and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, California.   He is also the founder of one of Atlanta’s top food events, The JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.  This event, which raises funds for Georgia Organics, gives chefs and attendees the opportunity to meet local producers and develop longstanding relationships in order to further support the local food movement.  Fry currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Georgia Organics Chef Advisory Board and as a member of the Founders Council for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

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