Omnivore - Woodfire Grill gets new owners

It's official. Michael Tuohy has sold Woodfire Grill. Here is the official announcement:

Effective Friday, Aug. 8, the new owners of Woodfire Grill are seasoned restaurant managers Nicolas Quinones and Bernard Moussa of Five Senses Restaurants. The partners plan to continue the Woodfire Grill mission of providing Atlantans locally-sourced, sustainable and organic food originally started by its founder and chef, Michael Tuohy. The existing kitchen team will remain and will be led by Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie, Tuohy’s chef de cuisine for the past two years.

“Kevin shares my passion for sourcing and utilizing products from local farmers,” said Tuohy. “I know he will carry on the tradition, and add to it, as he assumes the role of executive chef at Woodfire Grill.”

“Woodfire guests can expect the same great dining experience they have been used to,” said Quinones. “The transition will be seamless to diners, thanks to Michael’s support and generosity. We hope many of his fans will come in and meet us.”

“When I decided to move back to California, I had discussions with several potential buyers for Woodfire Grill,” said Tuohy. “The partners of Five Senses really impressed me with their enthusiasm and commitment to carry on what we have worked so hard to build. I feel like I am leaving my restaurant in very good hands and look forward to watching the new team grow in this new era for Woodfire Grill.”

“We are indebted to Michael for creating such a wonderful restaurant and for his efforts to share his knowledge about the importance of eating locally and supporting our farmers, and the great taste that comes from that,” said Moussa.

Tuohy, who is moving to California to open Grange restaurant in Sacramento’s The Citizen Hotel, will be in the restaurant through August 12.

Quinones and Moussa worked together most recently at Loca Luna.