Quick Bites: A new chef at Canoe, the Spotted Trotter to expand, and more

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  • A variety of charcuterie will be served in a "saloon" at The Cockentrice, The Spotted Trotter's forthcoming restaurant at Krog Street Market.

The Spotted Trotter is expanding with a 2,752-square-foot, full-service restaurant at Krog Street Market. Slated to open in spring 2014, the Cockentrice will feature seating for 50-60, a street-front patio, and a "charcuterie saloon."

Matt Basford, the recent chef de cuisine and longtime sous chef of Canoe, has been promoted to the role of executive chef, filling the shoes of mainstay Carvel Grant Gould. No word just yet on where Gould will land. Details as they arise.

Tom Catherall's newest Brookhaven restaurant, Shucks Oyster Bar (705 Town Blvd., Suite 320), is slated to open on Thursday, October 10, with Catherall's sons Ryan and Nick taking the reins in the kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot space, which was inspired by dining experiences Catherall had in London, will feature a British vibe, with granite tables, a sailboat wheel, and patio seating for 28. Diverse and interesting oysters from Italy, France, and the UK will round out the menu, which also includes clams, crabs, shrimp, mussels, and more.

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In case you missed it, Korean-Southern diner Sobban has opened at 1788 Clairmont Road in Decatur, filling the void left by Kitsch'n 155. The concept from the owners of Heirloom Market BBQ serves items such as kimchi pancakes, Korean-style ramen noodles, housemade dumplings, and more.

A new Korean-Chinese fusion restaurant is slated to open in a vacant space left of the main entrance of the Marriott Courtyard (130 Clairemont Ave.) in Decatur. The restaurant is reportedly planned for early 2014 and will feature a handsome patio and a nice selection of dishes inspired by Asian street and comfort foods. Details as they arise.

After three years behind the bar at speakeasy-inspired Prohibition (56 E. Andrews Drive), mixologist Tom McGuire has left his post, and Atlanta, too. Word is he'll be traveling across the country to mix drinks, beginning his journey in Tampa. No word yet on who will fill the vacancy left by McGuire.

The third metro Atlanta location of First Watch opened earlier this week in Dunwoody, in a 3,500-square-foot space at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway complete with an outdoor fireplace, lots of interior light, and free Wi-Fi. The Bradenton, Florida-based franchise offers made-to-order breakfast, brunch, and lunch items like Parma Hash, fresh fruit crepes, and a pesto roast beef sandwich. A fourth, Alpharetta location is on the way. Details as they arise.

Antico Pizza Napoletana's founder Giovanni Di Palma is gearing up to launch a new bread with H&F Bread Co., which he says was inspired by his childhood in Italy.

After less than eight months in its location at 340 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Native - A Local Joint has shuttered. A report from Eater Atlanta suggests that Buckhead Turkish spot Istanblue could be eyeing the building for a second location (or perhaps a new concept). Details as they arise.

Executive chef David Guilford, a culinary alum of multiple fine golf clubs, will open a new restaurant, Etris Kitchen & Bar, in Roswell's Sweet Apple Village (12020 Etris Road) by the end of October. The 1,400-square-foot eatery, which fills the space vacated by Franco's Italian Tavern, will offer mostly locally sourced veggies, seafood, and meats, (think brick oven-roasted rack of lamb with garlic and rosemary, and a local vegetable stir fry with quinoa, basil, and oregano) plus a lengthy wine list for expert pairings.

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