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Omnivore - Gravy Train: MJQ Team to open EAV gastropub, Pizza Wars, Sister Louisa's Opens

New restaurant projects hit the Atlanta scene.

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  • Former East Atlanta Arts & Antiques Bazaar to become gastropub

The old Arts and Antiques Bazaar space on Flat Shoals in East Atlanta Village has been bought by MJQ owner Ben Rhoades, as well as managers Armando Celentano and Donald Durant. The trio, who are also behind the Bookhouse Pub, plan to open a "Brooklyn-inspired gastropub." Rumors in the neighborhood have swirled about a nightclub, probably due to the MJQ connection, but the owners are steadfast that the building is to become a restaurant, not a club. The project is in the very early stages, with a demo team working on the interior to clean it up and make it appropriately hip. They do plan to retain most of the original charm of the building (which was first a grocery store), including showcasing the exposed brick walls and heavy wood beams. Though plans for the cavernous 11,000 square foot space haven’t been finalized, the new owners say they intend to build and operate on the greenest platform possible. It’s a big project and there’s a long way to go, so don’t plan on grabbing a drink here until at least September 2011.

Foodie Buddha reports that chef Bruce Logue of La Pietra Cucina is reportedly moving on to start a new venture. We hear a lot of rumors about chefs looking to move on to their own ventures, but assume that while they are still employed at a current gig it isn't quite polite to let the search slip. We're assuming that's the case here, as Logue hasn't responded to requests for comment. We'll keep you posted as we hear more.