QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 1/3
Restaurant closures, Instagram news, and more
Dang, it was fun to say “Taco Cowboy.” Tom Catherall’s 2 year old Virginia Highland joint, which was initially called Tom Tom, then Taco Cowboy, is undergoing another rebranding to Bar Bacoa. A Facebook post notes it will be, “same place, same staff, same tacos with a Spanish themed menu,” in spite of Catherall’s seaside sabbatical to write a cookbook.
Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere’s (Bantam + Biddy) King BBQ in Avalon closed on Dece. 24. Rumors have swirled of a new location in 2019, and it was recently confirmed that pitmaster Carey Wise’s barbecue will operate out of Savi Provisions in Buckhead at 308 Pharr Rd.
We feel a bit Keatsian about those golden sticks filled with pommes macaire fluffy mashed potatoes at Kimball House. They are ode-worthy and now but a dream. A cryptic Instagram post pointed us in the direction of their new menu, which sadly omits pommes macaire. RIP.
Other breaking news from Instagram, Guy Wong (Le Fat, Ton Ton) noted that in 2019, “I am going to introduce you to Ruby Chow’s.” We said a sad goodbye to his Edgewood restaurant Miso Izakaya this year after 10 years and are rapt with excitement for the new culinary venture.
On New Year’s Eve, after 19 years in the business 5 Seasons Brewing closed its doors for good at the Prado in Sandy Springs, stating “It has been our pleasure to provide millions of handcrafted beers, meals and good times to so many for so long.” The Westside location at 1000 Marietta St. is still operating.
There’s been another closure at The Battery. Marc Taft closed Feed Fried Chicken and Such on Dec. 30. Feed opened mid August of 2018.
Bantam pub owners Tim Lance and Richard Baum hinted about “one happy sandwich” shop coming soon near Ponce City Market. Motorboat will replace Marco’s Pita space at 752 Ponce de Leon Ave. Hopeful the theme is nautical.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes are incoming at Phipps. Public Kitchen took over the former Twist space in early 2018. Agency Socialtheqúe promises to be “the premier lounge of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood,” and opens Jan. 4.
DaVinci’s Pizzeria in the former Mellow Mushroom space in Decatur’s CVS shopping center closed last week. The space opened early 2015. You can still get a Davinci Deluxe of The Bianco at DaVinci’s Midtown, Smyrna, and Kennesaw locations.