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Omnivore - Gravy Train: More Morelli's, Brooklyn-ized bagels

Also: Kirkwood Bar and Grill controversy, Saturday lunch at Holeman and Finch

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  • James Camp
  • Saturday lunch coming to Holeman and Finch

Morelli’s posted the following cryptic message on Facebook... “Looking at Vinings area to open another location. Atlanta’s best gourmet burger company will open in the same space so you can have burgers and ice cream. Can't say the name just yet but when you think who is the absolute best that’s the one!” They also hinted that they may be collaborating with a local pizza joint. Guesses?

Kirkwood Bar and Grill has been a controversial business for a while now. Local residents have been fighting to shut the bar down, citing safety concerns and code violations. Bar owners countered the claims and accused the Kirkwood community of racial prejudice. East Atlanta Patch was first to report that Mayor Kasim Reed has denied the bar’s liquor license, after months of deliberation from various local boards. A drive-by on Thursday night revealed the restaurant is still up and running.

Bagel purists, rejoice! Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Brooklyn Water Bagel Company is coming to Atlanta! The Florida-based bagel shop promises that their special water treatment system transforms plain old water into magical New York-ified water that will make your bagels extra authentic. The first Atlanta-area location will be on Akers Mill Road, off Cobb Parkway.

Fig Jam Kitchen and Bar opened this week on Peachtree Street in the former Baroni space. The restaurant says they want to allow diners to have a customized dining experience. They do this by having a diverse menu of dishes in all sizes, including: small plates, flat breads, meats and cheeses, plus a few traditional entrees. They've also got a fun cocktail menu (popcorn-infused rum, anyone?) headed up by an Ormsby's alum.

Eater reports that beginning in February, Holeman and Finch will open for Saturday lunch.