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Large Manufacturing & Irinox USA

Friday, October 31st, 2014

October 30 and 31, 2014, Customer Resource Center Demo Kitchen, Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit Georgia Power 


Illegal Food to Open First Full-Service Restaurant

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Illegal Food’s first full-service restaurant is scheduled to open early December 2014 in Virginia Highlands, moving into the former Bar Meatball space on Greenwood Avenue. Illegal Food will continue to serve its popular burgers— including “The Hank” — in addition to a full menu comprised of appetizers, sandwiches, entrées, desserts and a custom cocktail program.

“We are really looking forward to opening our new restaurant and having the opportunity to show our customers more of what Illegal Food is about,” Executive Chef and Co-Owner Steven Lingenfelter said. “We aim to serve the best food made from scratch while delivering top-notch service in an inviting atmosphere.”

All ingredients for the dishes are made with regionally-sourced products, such as heritage breed pork from Gum Creek farms, grass-fed beef from Brasstown farms, pasture-raised chicken, duck and quail from Grass Roots farm and regional seafood. All burgers are prepared with Illegal Food’s proprietary blend of grass-fed, pasture-raised and antibiotic- and hormone-free beef and served on fresh baked H&F buns.

Illegal Food’s emphasis on making items from scratch extends even further. The French onion dip, for instance, is not just a housemade dip: its main ingredient, sour cream, is also an in-house creation. Rubs, brines, pickles and hot sauces, and condiments like mayonnaise, catsup and barbeque sauces are all made on the premises.

With its new full-service restaurant, Illegal Food will also provide its own contemporary Southern twist on classic cocktails and a craft beer program. Lingenfelter, a Kentucky native, will introduce a wide selection of bourbons to the cocktail menu as both tasting bourbons and key influences for the cocktails themselves.

The restaurant space includes a seated dining room, seated bar and covered patio dining. The main dining room accommodates up to 57 diners and the patio comfortably seats 36. Illegal Food will be making targeted design improvements to make the space their own.




Bento Hut Brings Fast-Casual Pan Asian to Atlanta

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The burgeoning Pencil Factory Flats & Shops recently announced the opening of Bento Hut, a fast-casual Pan Asian, sushi and fresh juice bar. Head Chef Buddy (of Sushi Avenue in Decatur and R. Rice in Sandy Springs) brings his Dutch-Indonesian background to every dish he creates.

Signatures such as the Chicken Rice Bowl ($6) with coconut butter, cilantro lime rice, black beans, sautéed onion and peppers, sweet corn, Asian slaw, creme fraiche and smoked gouda cheese provides an example of the Dutch-Indonesian flavor combination. The Bento Hut Four ($11), a classic bento box with beef yakiniku and chicken katsu provides a complete and varied meal. Sushi options offer fresh and healthy bites and include the Nashville Roll for $10 (smoked salmon, lemon, scallion, cream cheese, spicy tuna) and the LOL roll for $12 (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and eel).

Bento Hut houses a full fresh juice bar complete with made-to-order smoothies, cold-pressed juice, and bubble tea. The Tropical Paradise smoothie, the Mango Mojito smoothie, the Honeydew Bubble tea, and the Crazy of Beauty melon and mango cold-pressed juice are all customer favorites. All juice bar offerings are available in 12oz or 16oz sizes and cost $3.50 to $6.50.

Pencil Factory Flats & Shops, located at the historic intersection of Hill Street and Decatur Street, is fast becoming one of Intown Atlanta’s growing mixed use communities. Bento Hut is joining an array of businesses in the Pencil Factory Lofts. Neighbors include Bada Bings, Caramba Cafe, Intown Market, Village Theatre and the nearby Memorial Drive establishments; Six Feet Under, Tin Lizzy’s, The Republic and more.




Barberitos Experiences Sales Growth and Plans Expansion

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant, has finished the 3rd quarter of 2014 with a 25 percent sales increase from 2013. Barberitos also exhibited an average of 17 percent increase in same-store sales. The company was recently ranked No. 1 Best Burrito in Athens, GA for the 12th year in a row.

In 2015, Barberitos plans to open 15 new restaurants, including a milestone 50th location. The 14-year-old company has signed 20 new franchise deals bringing their total to 53 franchises. In 2015, Barberitos brand will start an expansion into its 6th state, Virginia.

More than 30 fresh ingredients are prepared daily, and the menu caters to those looking for low-calorie, vegetarian and gluten-friendly options. Barberitos also offers free chips and salsa with every meal and coca-cola product.

“Customer’s eating habits are changing,” said Barberitos Founder and CEO Downing Barber. “They want real food made fresh. Barberitos is built just for them.”



‘Pindustry Night’ at The Painted Pin Honors Industry Comrades

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Painted Pin will now have an ongoing event called ‘Pindustry Night,’ which will honor those in the restaurant and bar industry every Sunday from 8:00pm to midnight by offering one hour of complimentary bowling.

To participate in ‘Pindustry Night,’ you must present your restaurant or bar business check stub or business card. In addition to the free bowling, bowling shoes are on the house, along with a plethora of interactive throwback games including: bocce ball, shuffleboard, southern skittles, skee-ball, pop a shot, ping pong, giant jenga, darts and the Bimini ring toss.

The Painted Pin offers ‘upscale alley fare,’ including signature wood fired pizzas, tacos, sandwiches and small plates. The bar offers signature and classic cocktails, local and craft beer and artisanal wines by the glass.

Complimentary bowling is available for a max of one hour, on one lane, that can accommodate up to 6 guests.


Fresh To Order Continues Expansion with Decatur Location

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o) will open its ninth Atlanta location in the city of Decatur, seat of DeKalb County, Ga.

Only minutes from Atlanta, Decatur is part of a larger growth strategy for Fresh To Order. Decatur fits into the restaurant’s submarket criteria with its neighborhood appeal, community spirit and lively downtown scene. Keeping the smaller, local communities in mind, Fresh To Order customizes its typical restaurant design to adapt to the local feel, and has done so in Decatur.

Fresh To Order is scheduled to open 15 new locations over the next 18 months, of which three to four of them will be in Atlanta.

Fresh To Order offers entrees, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads made-to-order in less than 10 minutes for around $10. The menu includes healthier options and a broad selection of combinations including a crushed almond crusted tuna steak, brown sugar roasted pork loin with caramelized onion apricot chutney and ‘better for you’ black bean, bison and tuna burgers made in-house. Upon ordering, customers can watch as the kitchen crew fire up the grill and cook proteins like chicken, steak and fish. Dressings and soups are prepared from scratch twice-daily in-store.

In addition, Fresh To Order features a selection of wines and beers to complement dishes. The restaurant offers keg wine and local Sweetwater and Terrapin beers. The keg wine and local beers will be self-serve and available through the purchase of a beverage card.

Fresh To Order is actively pursuing franchisees in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, the Carolinas, Texas, the mid-Atlantic and lower Midwest states. For more information, visit or



Twisted Taco Rebrands With New Standardized Concept

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Launched in 2002, Twisted Taco has matured from a taco and margarita joint to an expansive dining concept featuring multiple locations, franchise opportunities and a University Program. Closing down the original Midtown location in 2009 along with any location that didn’t have the option to build out a rooftop patio, partners Paul Gibbs and Ray Sieradzki set their sights on creating a standardized, family-forward concept that reflects a mix of a modern Mexican cantina and sports bar.  Now with locations throughout Georgia including Johns Creek, Suwannee, Alpharetta and Fayetteville, diners can experience expansive rooftop patios and bar areas, rich color palettes and murals, updated interiors with eclectic décor, and numerous HD TVs throughout.  Additionally, Twisted Taco has introduced a new Tex-Mex menu.

“As Twisted Taco has grown from a one-off unit in Midtown Atlanta, we’ve learned how to better serve our guests in a fast, friendly and unique environment. The addition of rooftop patios at all of our Cantina models has been wildly successful and will be a requirement to help standardize our brand at the Cantina level,” says Ray Sieradzki, co-founder of Twisted Taco.

In 2013, Twisted Taco opened its first “in-line” on-campus unit in the Emory University Cox Hall Student Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Maintaining a consistently high sales volume and receiving positive guest evaluations, Gibbs and Sieradzki launched a “University Program” allowing the brand to bring a similar concept to universities throughout the country that provide Twisted Taco’s twists on Mexican cuisine that is served made-to-order.

Twisted Taco has added the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia to its University Program roster. They will open in The Georgia Tech Student Center in January 2015. Gibbs and Sieradzki recently signed a Master License Agreement (MLA) with the Aramark Corporation and will be added to their portfolio of brands to be placed in universities across the country.

In conjunction with the evolution of the brand, Twisted Taco is again offering franchise opportunities. Not only can franchisees open a Twisted Taco Cantina, but the duo has also created a fast-casual version of their brand that mirrors the family-friendly dining concept. The first fast-casual Twisted Taco will open in November of 2014 in Lawton, Oklahoma. A second fast casual and the first in Georgia will open in Cumming, the first quarter of 2015.





Webinar: Georgia Sales Tax Refund for Restaurants

Monday, October 27th, 2014

If you weren’t able to join the Georgia Restaurant Association for their “Georgia Sales Tax Refund” webinar on October 21 with Stephen Bradshaw of Bennett Thrasher regarding an overview of the Georgia Sales Tax refund changes, and the process for claiming a refund, you can gain full access to the recording and presentation by clicking here.


5th Annual Sunday Supper South

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

October 26, 2014, Bacchanalia, Westside Provisions District, Atlanta. For more information, visit James Beard Foundation


Cooking Oil Management Seminar

Friday, October 24th, 2014

October 24, 2014, Customer Resource Center Demo Kitchen, Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit Georgia Power 

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