Grazing: 30 Tables
Remember the ‘70s? Probably not, but if you were dining out then, you remember the revolution in Atlantas restaurant scene, courtesy of the Pleasant Peasant. Owners Steve Nygren and Dick Dailey opened the restaurant on Peachtree in Midtown in 1973. It featured creative cooking, an informal atmosphere and theatrical waiters who flashed blackboard menus in your face and recited the menu.
The following year, Nygren and Dailey were joined by Bob Amick (whose father gave his name to Micks, the Peasant Groups retro diners). Eventually, the Peasant Group spawned 40-odd restaurants that were sold in 1989. The chain was so pervasive that both John Kessler and Meridith Ford Goldman, food writers at the AJC, worked for it during their respective restaurant careers.
(Photo by James Camp)