Quick Bites: Caffe Gio opens, Stir It Up shutters, Le Petit Marche update, and more

Atlanta restaurant news


  • Austin Holt
  • Article 14 welcomes bartender Arianne Fielder and other changes

If all goes off without a hitch, Giovanni Di Palma’s long-awaited Caffe Gio will open today, at 1099 Hemphill Ave., behind Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, it will serve numerous gelati and sorbet flavors including lemon, pistachio, and chocolate-mint. You can also expect paninis (yellowfin tuna, prosciutto, caprese, and more), chicken soup, and Italian-inspired salads. The limoncello bar, set to open across the street from Antico after Labor Day, will offer limoncello drinks, bellinis, prosecco, and antipasti.

Little Five Points Jamaican restaurant Stir It Up (1083 Euclid Ave.) has shuttered, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant on August 6. The owners said that they are moving to a “bigger, better, sexier location in Midtown.” No news yet on that exact location. We’ll keep you posted.

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Rock ‘n’ Taco, a rollicking late-night taqueria themed after - you guessed it - hard rock ‘n’ roll culture, is now open in Buckhead at 3247 Roswell Road. Expect upscale tacos, salads, seafood plates, a variety of tequilas, “sexy staff,” and more.

Chef Josh Hopkins made the transition to Empire State South (999 Peachtree St.) this week. According to Eater, Hopkins will take the reins next month following chef Ryan Smith’s departure.

Miso Izakaya (619 Edgewood Ave.) has claimed Sugar-Coated Radical maven Taria Camerino as its new pastry chef. Camerino recently left Ford Fry’s Rocket Farm Restaurants group, expressing intentions to reopen her long-shuttered sweets shop. For now, Camerino has resurfaced alongside chef-owner Guy Wong, developing several new recipes - all with a strong Japanese influence - Wong tells CL.

Olmsted in Midtown is transitioning to an events-only operation, canceling regular brunch and lunch service to meet its growing demand for weddings and other fetes. In response, sister restaurant-and-bar Article 14 (1180 Peachtree St.) is adding numerous new weekend brunch and Sunday dinner items, starting tomorrow, August 17. This news comes in tandem with that of a new hire, acclaimed barkeep Arianne Fielder, who has left Seven Lamps (400 Around Lenox Road) and taken a new post as head mixologist and beverage manager for Article 14.

The Midtown location of Ru San’s sushi restaurant was closed last week due to a failed health inspection, the AJC reports. The Fulton County health inspector said that the roaches on site presented an “imminent health hazard” for patrons at the restaurant at 1529 Piedmont Ave.

Kirkwood’s Le Petit Marche, the French-inspired sandwich shop and market located at 1963 Hosea Williams Drive, will open in a larger, 2,000-square-foot location right across the street at 1986 Hosea Williams Drive by the end of 2013. The new location will offer visitors 30 additional seats, a covered patio with outdoor seating, and many more parking spaces.

A second location of D.B.A. Barbecue (569 Asbury Circle) has opened at Emory University. The restaurant, whose original location resides in Virginia-Highland, serves smokehouse classics, burgers, sandwiches, draft beers, and more. Also new to Emory’s Cox Hall are Top Hat Pizza, Star Ginger, and the seventh location of Twisted Taco, which opens Monday.