Omnivore - Gravy Train: Changes at So Ba, Farm Burger Buckhead opens today

An industry night worth a pho, and Fork and Screen gets some competition


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Nhan Le, owner of So Ba, is planning on creating an every night industry night at his restaurant in East Atlanta Village. Le is totally revamping the restaurant’s patio, bringing in local artists to decorate, and creating a kind of restaurant within a restaurant from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Helping him with his endeavor is chef Angus Brown, who currently works at Miller Union. The new menu will cater to the libertine palates of all the night-crawling restaurant folks who find themselves wandering the streets, famished and thoroughly parched after a hard night’s work. Between them Brown and Le are planning a menu with Asian, French and Italian small plates and family style meals such as whole fish and whole chicken. The patio-turned party should be open in a couple of weeks - Le hopes to launch right around the East Atlanta Strut. Hooray for industry nights that don’t include Jägermeister!

Farm Burger Buckhead is open as of today with Dan Latham at the helm as chef.

Houqua Tea Room opens on Sept. 6 and is located below Saba in Emory Village. Hoqua will feature more than fifty different varieties of “loose” teas, specializing in teas of the orthodox manufacture. Ortho-what? Orthodox manufacture is to tea, as viticulture is to wine.

Watch your back, Fork and Screen, Cobb Theatres’ CinéBistro is coming to town. The motion picture exhibitor plans to open its “dinner-and-a-movie” concept at Town Brookhaven (next to Oglethorpe University) in late September. CinéBistro will feature first-run and independent films in addition to offering full-service, in-theatre dining, American bistro cuisine courtesy executive chef Isaac Stewart, fine wines, and signature cocktails.

Fifth Group Restaurants announced Wednesday that executive chef Craig
Richards of La Tavola Trattoria will replace chef Micah Willix as the executive chef at Ecco beginning Sept. 26. Chef Brent Banda, who has worked as Richards’ sous chef at La Tavola for the past three years will replace Richards as the restaurant’s executive chef. No word yet on where Willix will land.

Chef Mark Nanna has left FLIP Burger Boutique, where he has lead the kitchen since its opening in December 2008. Eater Atlanta caught up with Nanna, and spoke with him about why he left. Nanna cited that he and management “had reached an unfortunate impasse in regards to the vision they had for his position.”