Omnivore - Cakes & Ale in Decatur

Walked by the old Viet Chateau location in Decatur today to try and get a glimpse inside the new restaurant that is promised to open there this month, Cakes & Ale. I couldn't see anything — the windows are papered — but the restaurant does have the menu posted. You can check it out online as well at www.cakesandalerestaurant.com.

The chef and owner, Billy Allin, has worked for the past three years at Watershed. It appears the restaurant will have a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as a Southern influence. The menu reminds me of some of the great, more casual but still upscale Southern bistros I've encountered in other cities, like Fig in Charleston.

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