Quick Bites: Spice to Table to open, Highland Bakery has a food truck, and more

Atlanta restaurant news


  • Photo courtesy of Highland Bakery Facebook
  • Highland Bakery's food truck is now rolling through the streets of Atlanta.

Chef Asha Gomez's Spice to Table will open August 1 at Studioplex. The new "Indian patisserie" will offer a broad range of globally inspired cuisine, including samosa pockets, pork vindaloo sandwiches, and curried chicken, which can be stuffed into house-baked bread. Sweets range from a seven-spiced carrot cake to chocolate chai bon bons (for dine-in or takeout), all of which can be enjoyed with a surplus of teas, coffees, and chai.

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Eli Kirshtein's new American brasserie, the Luminary, is reportedly slated to open any day now at Krog Street Market (99 Krog St.). Named for Atlanta's first newspaper, Kirshtein's concept offers everything from a raw bar and French bistro fare (like mussels and steak frites) to Vieux Carrés cocktails. Look for upscale white tablecloths, retro subway tiles, and a brass bar adorned with lion heads. Details as they arise.

The first Atlanta location of Dallas-based Italian concept Princi Italia is coming to the mixed-use development at 77 12th St. (H/T to What Now, Atlanta). The upscale pizza and pasta restaurant boasts the same owners as nearby Steel Restaurant & Lounge, and replaces the restaurant originally slated for that real estate, the planned relocation of Fig Jam (whose original location conspicuously floundered in Brookwood Square). The switchup comes on the heels of a similar cancelation by Taco Diner, the Mi Cocina spinoff we previously reported was abandoning its plans to infiltrate Midtown.

Henry & June, the coffee shop and boutique from owners Jim Chambers and Camryn Park, opened July 11 at 784 N. Highland Ave. Offering Nashville-based Crema coffees in the same vicinity as hard-to-come-by contemporary brands of women's and men's clothing, it brings a fresh concept to the neighborhood with micro-roaster coffees sourced from around the U.S. San Francisco's Four Barrel variety kicks things off.

Bob, the kabob concept that usurped Bell Street Burritos at the Irwin Street Market (660 Irwin St.) last December, has closed, Eater reports. A subsequent Facebook post from the restaurant indicates that the space will soon welcome a new concept and a new name. It is not yet clear whether Bob will be replaced by a concept from the same owners, or different ones. Details as they arise.

Former Mar Coastal executive chef Joey Zelinka has launched a new pop-up dinner series, Junk Food, which will make its debut at 6 p.m. on July 30 at SoundTable, his most recent culinary stomping grounds. The series, which will occur every Wednesday through August 20, will offer Zelinka's spin on the traditional "crap" food, but using locally sourced and fresh ingredients.

Café Moulin Rouge Bar & Bistro, the long-promised Mediterranean concept that replaced Cafe Intermezzo in South Buckhead (1845 Peachtree Road) is now open for weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Expect panini sandwiches, salads, quiches, and more. The liquor license is in the works; look for drinks to debut in the next few weeks.

Charlotte-based Amelie's French Bakery has opened its first Atlanta location on the Westside, Zagat reports. Replacing Acoustix Jazz Lounge at 840 Marietta St., it offers sandwiches, house-made cheeses, soups, and classic French treats such as petit-fours, macarons, and gâteaux.

California-based Bludso's BBQ will open its first location in Castleberry Hill August 6. Assuming the former digs of the Olde Kitchen at 323 Walker St., the eatery will offer Angus beef ribs, whole pork shoulder, and more.

Highland Bakery has unveiled a food truck, which brings treats like BLT sandwiches, muffins, sunny-side-up eggs, fried chicken, and more to a roving clientele from Underground Atlanta to Alpharetta. Visit the concept's Facebook page for frequent updates.

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