Quick Bites: Kimball House, Greater Good BBQ open, Old Fourth Distillery delayed, and more

Atlanta restaurant news roundup


  • Photo by Blake Burton for Square Feet Studio
  • Kimball House is now open in Decatur.

Kimball House has opened in Decatur. The new venture from the teams behind behind Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service - debuted in an old train depot on Wednesday at 303 E. Howard Ave. The renovation by Square Feet Studio has created a vintage-y vibe complete with a handsome bar for enjoying oysters and cocktails from Miles Macquarrie. Other dishes include lobster cocktails, steak salad, grilled lamb, chicken confit, and a host of veggies grown at the on-site garden.

Greater Good BBQ is now open at 4441 Roswell Road near Chastain Park. From the folks behind Fillini's Greater Good offers house-smoked brisket, wings, chili, and more served from red-and-white checker-patterned tables.

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Atlanta food personality Grace Lee has acquired Cru Urban Lounge, the Old Fourth Ward restaurant that shuttered in August, and transformed it into Hookah Cru, a new restaurant opening this Friday at 620 Glen Iris Drive, Atlanta magazine reports. Citing a lack of low-key spots in the city to grab a hit of the traditional Middle Eastern tobacco pipe, her work on Cru has made it both cozier and more upscale. Lee has a history of rescuing flailing establishments, like Midtown Cuban restaurant Cruzado, which she revived with new decor and cuisine in 2012. For now, the culinary crew from Cruzado will preside over its new menu of small plates, which range from flatbread pizza, to sliders, to Latin chicken wings.

Flip Burger and Joystick Gamebar alum Mark Nanna is the Lawrence's new executive chef. Nanna succeeds chefs Shane Devereux, Jonathan St. Hilaire, and, most recently, Jeff Sigler, who departed on amicable terms in July.

Old 4th Distillery, Atlanta's first since the 1920s, was originally slated to open in fall 2013 at 487 Edgewood Ave., but this week, Atlanta magazine revealed that the craft gin and vodka joint's first tours and tastings will now be pushed to mid-2014. Though owners Jeff and Craig Moore have already acquired the necessary national permits, it's likely delays in city and state certificates are putting a wrench in their timelines. After installing a traditional copper potbelly still this November, the distillery will begin concocting spirits in December.

It seems a candy cart operation from confectioner Taria Camerino is getting ready to hit the streets on Tuesday, October 5. A recent Facebook post from the elusive pastry chef reveals that the treats will include ricotta fig caramels, tobacco-and-cream lollipops, guava-and-cream cheese caramels, carrot-cardamom milk fudge, and more.

Chef Asha Gomez, is opening a new breakfast and lunch spot at Studioplex, Spice to Table, this November. Going a bit more global with the fare, the new concept will serve dishes like appam muffins, open-faced samosas, and Bhel puri-style salads salads, for starters. The project will also include an open market with exotic spices, sweets, bottled sauces, and more.

Though originally slated to open September 19 in the former location of Luckie Food Lounge at 375 Luckie St., Suite Food Lounge has been delayed until October 8, according to a statement released Tuesday. The lunch-to-late-night concept from Morrow's Skyboxx Lounge owners Terry Clark and Tory Thomas will feature three levels - featuring a dining room, VIP lounge, dance floor, two full bars and a rooftop deck - and serve items like sharable small plates, wood-fired pizzas, fresh juices, and housemade pastries.

Oakhurst is on track to receive a new restaurant and bar called the Imperial this fall. The Facebook page for the new watering hole reveals the steady progress of construction, which is building out a corner patio, bar, and two intimate dining spaces. Look for the new spot to arrive this fall at 726 West College Ave. Details as they arise.

Buttermilk Kitchen owner Suzanne Vizethann and PorKman's Table founder Benjamin Portman have teamed up to launch a roving supper club series, Table on a Whim, which fuses the basics of Southern cuisine with the allure of molecular gastronomy. The idea is to defy diners' perceptions with deceptive versions of familiar foods. Think tuna tartare that's actually made of watermelon and wasabi, or "bacon and eggs" made of white chocolate, parsnips, and pop rocks. The inaugural event takes place September 30 at Buttermilk Kitchen (4225 Roswell Road).

A new Persian - and Israeli - focused food market, the Spicy Peach, will open at Toco Hills Shopping Center in October, Tomorrow's News Today reports. The Kosher concept will offer several exotic foodstuffs previously unavailable in Atlanta - from Zermatok Israeli chocolate, to Bouquets iMani, to Israeli honey.