QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 12/20

Summerhill gets pizza, Trader Joe's stocks the shelves with cheese, and more

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SLICE OF HEAVEN: Pizza from City Tap and Juniors Pizza coming soon to Atlanta

The Plaza Theatre, an Atlanta landmark as well as its longest continuously operating movie theatre, is making some new friends. In addition to Chef Joey Ward’s (Gunshow) upcoming concepts in the plaza, Queen of Cream is opening a second location next to Insomnia Cookies in 2019. LA based Jinya Ramen, which currently has two stellar locations in Atlanta, will open an outpost on the backside of the plaza.

Chef Spencer Gomez (Gunshow, Holeman and & Finch) will be Chef de Cuisine over both Joey Ward’s upcoming restaurants: Southern Belle and Georgia Boy.

City Tap, described as “an elevated American gastropub,” is opening early 2019 in Midtown in Gordon Biersch’s former space, 848 Peachtree St. NE. The is the 7th location nationwide and it will display over 60 brews on tap with plenty of local varieties.

Cowtippers, the 25-year institution at 1600 Piedmont will close for good on Thurs., Dec. 27. Loyal patrons believed they could still visit the eatery for a few more weeks, but were shocked to find this somber announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “The sun is finally setting on the ol’ cow… We would like to thank you for the years of great memories. We love you, The Cowtippers Family.”

More Summerhill news, New York style pizza delivery pop-up sensations Alex and Jennifer Aton are finally settling down. Junior’s Pizza will join Little Bear, Wood’s Chapel BBQ, Halfway Crooks Brewing, and Little Tart Bakeshop in the 80 acre mixed use development.

Wednesdays are for wine over at Babalu Tapas & Tacos (33 Peachtree Pl. NE). Bottle are half off all day long as well. House wine is just $5 a glass. Cheers.

It’s happy hour all night long, and technically for the rest of the year, Dec. 31 at Krog Street Market’s Watchman’s. They will be slinging $1 oysters all night with a complimentary Chartreuse shot midnight toast. This will also herald the beginning of Monday dinner service for 2019.

During a very special dinner hosted by Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron and Collards Society, chef Kevin Gillespie will introduce Gunshow’s new executive chef, and cook a special meal with them following the announcement. Passing the Torch will be a 5 course meal with cocktails paired by Gunshow’s Mercedes O’Brien and wines by 3 Parks Wine’s Sarah Pierre. There will be two seatings (6 and 8:30 p.m.), so no spoilers early eaters. Tickets

Cocktail enthusiasts, your Saturday afternoons are sorted. Decatur’s The Pinewood has two months of cocktail classes focused on whiskey. From 4-6 p.m. learn how to shake and stir with ease while sipping on the fruits of your labor and enjoying Southern style treats. $32 per class. American Whiskey classes: Jan. 5, Jan. 9, Feb.2, Feb. 16. International whisky classes: Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23.

The South has done it again, this time by influencing Trader Joe’s. VP of marketing Matt Sloan questioned on a recent Inside Trader Joe’s podcast, “Why isn’t pimento cheese a thing everywhere?” followed by the announcement that the fan favorite cheese will be hitting the shelves at all locations

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