Omnivore - Painted Table opens, closes and plans to reopen
New cafe in Grant Park
I stopped by the new Painted Table Cafe (465 Boulevard) a few nights ago. The restaurant occupies the space that housed the much-missed Zocalo Taqueria. Unfortunately, a sign announced that "technical difficulties" had emerged during the restaurant's soft opening, forcing it to close temporarily. It will reopen 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16, according to the sign. But I'd call ahead (404-622-4353).
Daily Candy mentioned the restaurant recently:
Chef Omega Idolion Angell has taken up residence beneath the Fine Line Gallery, serving breakfast and lunch in a cozy, eclectic space.
A mix of wood, metal, stone, and orange Venetian faux finish make the interior a canvas in its own right. A big band soundtrack and rotating local art up the art house ante.
The far-ranging menu includes aromatic peanut butter and jelly soup, French toast rolled in caramelized Frosted Flakes and served with vanilla-orange anglaise, and pistachio-encrusted red snapper. The selections pay homage to Angells work in 92 countries (including stints as an Alaskan king crab fisherman and Flying Biscuit exec chef) and his willingness to play with his food.