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Dish, Dirt and Drivel - Food obsessed

Dish, dirt and drivel

Restaurant Talk: The beginning of 2006 will see the addition of several new restaurants to the Atlanta dining scene. The group that owns and operates Food 101 on Roswell Road, Soho in Vinings, and three metro locations of Meehan's Public House soon will open yet another Food 101 on North Highland Avenue in Morningside. The restaurant will feature a classic American menu in a 1920s, speakeasy-style atmosphere. Food 101 is set to open Fri., Jan. 13, (a risky opening date?) in the space formerly occupied by Indigo. ... Grant Park's somewhat short-lived Showtime Cafe, on Memorial Drive near Boulevard, has closed to make way for Redfish, a Creole-themed bistro. Jack Sobel of Agave and Gregg Herndon of the former Tiburon Grille are looking to open Redfish in mid- to late February.

Loft Talk: Dish also hears that Old Fourth Ward is getting a new eatery. Husband and wife team Joseph Truex and Mihoko Obunai will open Repast in the sprawling Ponce Springs lofts, on the corner of Glen Iris and North avenue. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will feature new-American cuisine and an outdoor patio.

Shopping Talk: Upscale (and reportedly affordable) grocery store Fresh Market is due to open this spring on Peachtree Road in the former Wherehouse Music location. The family-owned, North Carolina-based company already has opened stores in Alpharetta, Dunwoody and Marietta. With its European deli, imported cheeses, fresh-cut flowers, in-house bakery, and prepared foods, the new Fresh Market could give high-priced Whole Foods — particularly the new Buckhead location — a bit of healthy competition.

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