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QUICK BITES: Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards undergoes renovations, a fourth location of HobNob Neighborhood Tavern, and more

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DRINK FOR A CAUSE: SweetWater Brewing Co.’s debut brew, Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner, is brewed with and for the Building Conservation Trust.

Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits, the forthcoming restaurant from Kimball House partners, is anticipated to open on June 19 at Krog Street Market. The crew will be serving up Southern sustainable fare. Daniel Chance (W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Bacchanalia) helms the kitchen as executive chef in the former The Luminary location. KH bartender Adrian Fessenden-Kroll, will manage the bar, and Kate Flowe (Paper Crane) will work the bar as well. Both bartenders were part of KH’s opening staff.


On Sunday, May 20, Bagel Palace in the Toco Hill Shopping Center bid farewell. The New York-style deli and bakery was an iconic gathering place for more than 25 years. In a social media statement before the 4 p.m. closing, Bagel Palace said, “With the current rent, under the new landlord, it was impossible to stay. When the lights go out for the last time, know that you will all be remembered dearly.”


You may have noticed a missing patio at Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards in Decatur. Fear not, after extensive renovations, the patio and all its greenery will return.


Let’s taco bout Memorial Day in Decatur. The White Bull will have a lunch (11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and dinner (5-10 p.m.) menu devoted to tacos with all sorts of fillings. Much like their house made pasta program, tortillas will be fresh made from milled in-house masa. We have our eyes on the crispy trout taco.


Midtown’s TAP (1180 Peachtree St. N.E.) shuttered at the end of May. The Concentrics Restaurants-owned  gastropub decided not to renew its lease after 10 years. The second location of TAP: A Gastropub remains open at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Reminder to get in line. The Marcel burger, usually only available on the late night menu at the West Side fancy spot (1170 Howell Mill Rd.), will be available for lunch on Friday, May 25. Burgers will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. until they run out. And hey, it’s Friday; grab a boozy shake too.


As part of their ongoing beverage series, Bar Mercado is hosting Rosé All Day on Sunday, May 27. Sip and learn about 5 rosés with light bites from 4-7 p.m. (tickets https://rosealldaybarmercado.splashthat.com)


Atlantic Station has something new in the works, a fourth location of HobNob Neighborhood Tavern. The new build out will take the place of the former Strip near the green space area. This HobNob joins a forthcoming Dunwoody location, Brookhaven, and the original Midtown location on Piedmont Road.


This is how you get ants! Local Three is hosting a luau (full roasted hog spread, tiki drinks, palm trees, and more) Danger Island-style and celebrating with Archer cast members Amber Nash (Pam) and Lucky Yates (Dr. Krieger/Crackers). Tickets are $35 each, but only a limited amount are available for purchase. Raise a glass to 100 episodes of the Georgia-produced show on Tuesday, June 5 from 7-11 p.m. Luau attire encouraged.


What a power duo — West Midtown’s Better Half hosts another Better Halves dinner on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. with Chef Zach Meloy and Gunshow’s Executive Chef Joey Ward. Enjoy six courses, with wine and cocktail pairings, and ending celebratory cordials and truffles. Each chef will take a turn with a course. Tickets are especially limited, so hop on it.


Grillin’ & Chillin’ is back for the 3rd year at Emory Point on Thursday, from 6:30-9 p.m. This week’s chef (Thurs., May 24) is Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir, smoking beer can chicken tacos on The Big Green Egg with a signature cocktail, craft brews, and live music from Lilac Wine. 100% of proceeds go toward The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.


What’s better than a farm party for a long weekend? It’s chefs Terry Koval and Joel Penn’s birthdays and Wrecking Barn is having a bash with food from Wrecking Bar Brew Pub, Local Three, Rathbun’s, Better Half, and Holeman& Finch. Cocktails from some of the city’s best: Kirk Gibson (C. Ellet’s), Isabella Ordway and Neal Engleman (Wrecking Bar), Paige Lane (The Pinewood) and Caleb Brown (Empire State South). And of course, beer, wine, and lemonade for kiddos. Tickets for Sunday’s event from 3-7 p.m. can be found here.


Pull out that grass skirt. Victory and S.O.S. Tiki Bar’s Luau is back this Sunday, May 27 at their Decatur location from 2 p.m. until late. To go with a buffet and tiki drinks, DJs spin surf jams and tiki tunes. (Facebook)
Tomorrow’s News Today reported that Pao Pao Ramen and Pao Pao Rolled Ice Cream are coming to Toco Hill Shopping Center very near Spiller Park. Pao Pao has a location in Buford’s Mill Creek Village.


It tastes even better when it helps the environment, and SweetWater Brewing Co.’s debut brew has a purpose. Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner is brewed with and for the Building Conservation Trust, the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program. It’s available in draft and 16-ounce cans and $1 from each purchase goes toward SweetWater’s Save Our Water program. SweetWater has donated more than $1 million in their annual campaign to clean water and natural habitats through nonprofit initiatives.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 3 when Inman Quarter’s Char Korean throws a seafood boil of monumental proportions. Knowing Richard Tang, expect a flash mob, celebrity, or dance-off to go with all the boil.

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