Dish, Dirt and Drivel - King of the Toad

Celebrity Talk: King of the Racetrack Jeff Gordon was in town last week and partied it up in Buckhead at the second anniversary party for the Jack Rabbit Lounge. According to club reps, the four-time NASCAR winner hung out for hours, graciously posing for pictures with ladies and signing autographs. Could Gordon's visit have anything to do with Atlanta's bid for the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

Restaurant Talk: Teaspace, the hip Little Five Points tea house and restaurant has closed. Though rumors abounded for months that the restaurant would expand into the recently vacated A Capella Books (which is now located next to Little 5 Points Pharmacy), Dirt confirmed with owner Landon Brown that Wed., May 25, was the eatery's last day in business. I personally am going to miss blushing and giggling every time I ordered the tofu treasure balls as my dinner.

Coffee Talk: Though the rumor mill is churning that independent coffeehouse Aurora in L5P is closing and that the equally indie Criminal Records is taking over the space, Dirt can confirm that the rumor is just talk. Though reliable sources have said there are plans for the java joint and record store to join forces under one roof, officials from both camps deny the partnership.

MTV Talk: Atlanta native Brooks Buford has inked a deal with MTV to host a 10-episode makeover series, "Trailer Fabulous." Buford (his stage name, because he grew up on the cultural highway) gained notoriety in 2000 as part of the Dirty South rap duo, Rehab. The group's debut album, Southern Discomfort, spawned a top 20 hit, but Brooks went solo, signing a deal with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def. His second solo album, Suspicious Package, is due out this fall. "Trailer Fabulous" debuts on MTV's The 10 Spot in September. Brooks also confirmed that Atlanta will be host to two trailer rehauls in July. So, if you're looking to spruce up your mobile home ... .

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