Dish, Dirt and Drivel - Veuve for the Needy

CELEB TALK: Country music mega-star Travis Tritt and his third wife, Theresa, celebrated their eighth anniversary at Morton's steakhouse in Buckhead last week. Morton's was kind enough to give the couple a complimentary bottle of bubbly - Veuve Clicquot, to be exact - because, you know, they're poor and all. ... Some other celeb sightings this week: Actor Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans, Driven) checked out the Iron and Wine show at the Variety Playhouse; the nonscandalous-and-therefore-we-don't-care-too-much-about-her Hilton sister, Nicky, attended a Braves game as an honorary team captain - and to promote her new clothing line (is she bringing back activewear?); Set Shakur, sister of Tupac, graced the first-ever Atlanta Hip-Hop Film Festival to accept an award for her bro.

RESTAURANT TALK: Though not confirmed, we did hear this from more than one source: Kevin Rathbun, owner and chef of the acclaimed Rathbun's restaurant on Krog Street, is scouting a space for a new restaurant. ... In less upscale news, do you recall stumbling out of that Lower East Side bar (of course you don't) and being able to soak up your belly of booze with a slice of real New York pizza? It looks like Midtown will be getting a late-night slice of New York this summer, when 10th Street Pi opens. The man behind the pie is Gabriel Braswell, who's worked with his family in Smyrna's prized pizzeria, Bella's, for more than a decade. The best part: Pi will stay open until 3 a.m.

SHOP TALK: Word on the street is that longtime Virginia-Highland retailer Planetarian is closing its doors but will continue to sell clothes online. Neighbor Bill Hallman has plans to expand his store into the space. Planetarian, once filled with Balinese-style furniture and accessories, has recently been overtaken by trendy threads. No exact date is set for the closing, but expect to see slashed prices over the next couple of months.

BAR TALK: On the pub front, the latest addition to Cabbagetown's slowly growing bar scene will be Milltown Arms. Milltown is scheduled to open this summer at 180 Carroll St., just north of Carroll Street Cafe.


If you have any tantalizing tidbits about anyone or anything worth knowing about, send them my way. Really, I won't tell a soul.??