Quick Bites: Victory Sandwich Bar, Brigantine Beer Parlor open and more

At long last, Victory Sandwich Bar has soft-opened in Inman Park — this time at 913 Bernina Ave. The popular bar and restaurant shuttered in summer 2013 due to development of 360 Elizabeth St., soon to become known as Inman Quarter. Owner Ian Jones had to jump through about a year's worth of permitting hoops with the city to get his drinking establishment, perhaps best known for its cheap sandwiches and bourbon-and-Coke slushies, back in the neighborhood. A second location resides in Decatur.

Brigantine Beer Parlor and Recreation Hall has soft-opened in the back of East Atlanta Village restaurant and bar Argosy (470 Flat Shoals Ave.). The hidden spot is themed to the hilt with antique-style parlor games and lots of trivia. Patrons will also find slightly more modern diversions like skee-ball and table shuffleboard. Creative cocktails and comfortable lounge spots are both in abundance.

In conjunction with Cakes & Ale owners Kristin and Billy Allin, all-star bakers David Garcia and Abigail Quinn will open Proof Bakeshop at 100 Hurt St. in Inman Park. Slated to debut on Monday, May 11, it will serve high-quality baked goods that will eventually feature at the Allins’ forthcoming Inman Quarter concept, Bread and Butterfly, which is slated to open this summer.

Consulting with chef/partner Jey Oh, Craft Izakaya general manager Richard Tang will open a Korean barbecue restaurant in Inman Quarter (299 N. Highland Ave.) this fall. The as-of-yet-unnamed eatery should arrive by October, by which point Tang will have chosen a new chef, he tells Eater. Look for dishes like bo ssam, sea snail, spicy soba noodles, kimchi-pork belly fried rice, tartare, and approachable craft cocktails. Details as they arise.

On Fri., May 8, the Virginia-Highland location of Kristen Hard’s chocolate shop, Cacao, will rebrand slightly, becoming Cacao Cafe. Atlanta magazine reports that the retooled 1046 North Highland Ave. boutique will soon offer new specialty desserts and drinks (think pistachio-cacao nib milkshakes, gelato sundaes, affogatos, brownies a la mode, four varieties of sipping chocolates, and more). Guests can also look forward to breakfast-time treats and free Wi-Fi.

Leon's Full Service executive chef Eric Ottensmeyer has departed the Decatur restaurant/bar to take on the lead role at Marietta’s soon-to-reopen Paper Mill Grill, the AJC reports. The restaurant, which shuttered at 305 Village Parkway in December, is known for New American cuisine. 

Doctah Mojo’s Juice Clinic, a collaboration between Jake’s Ice Cream founder Jake Rothschild and Organic Mountains Honey’s John Wright, has soft-opened at Irwin Street Market. Serving organic and gluten-free juices and smoothies, it will launch in larger scale later this month. Visitors can look forward to creative juice flavors; healthy cookies made from dates, walnuts, chia seed, and chocolate chips; raw carrot cake; daily salads; and more. 

Emory Village’s Bad Dog Taqueria is preparing to build out its new, Old Fourth Ward location at at 476 Edgewood Ave., in the midst of other hipster hot spots like Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Mother. The building permit was filed with the city on Monday, April 27. No exact opening timeline is yet available. Details as they arise.

A comics-and-craft beer bar concept, My Parents' Basement, has found a little piece of real estate (formerly home to James Joyce Irish Pub) in Avondale Estates, Decaturish reveals. There, owners Tim Ensor, Lawson Wright, and Dave DeFeo can bring their dream establishment to life. An impressive bar and patio at the 22 N. Avondale Road helped seal the deal for the entrepreneurs. Look for the opening by early August.

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