Piece of Cake - Strawberry Layer CakeNews & Notes

Piece of Cake has opened its third store at 307-A East College Ave. in Decatur. Cakes come in a variety of tantalizing flavors like white chocolate with cream cheese pecan frosting, chocolate and yellow cakes with chocolate frosting, as well as caramel, carrot, red velvet, coconut and even orange cakes. Customers can also try one of the “Cake of the Month” specials such as strawberry cake (May-August) and the decadent peanut butter cake (September-October), as well as delicious pound cakes in several flavors. www.pieceofcakeinc.com.

Uncle Julio’s will open a new location at Perimeter Town Center in mid-November at 1140 Hammond Drive. www.unclejulios.com.

Concentrics Resturants announced that it would not re-concept the TROIS space in Midtown and has removed any mention of the restaurant from its website. Meanwhile, Concentrics has partnered with Chef Jonathan St. Hilaire to open Bakeshop this month at 903 Peachtree St., which will offer an array of breads, croissants, cakes, quiches, sandwiches, salads and brewed coffees. www.concentricshospitality.com.

Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the month of October with a series of events and menu deals. Visit www.raysrestaurants.com to see all the details.

Proof of the Pudding has opened three kiosks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Concourse A at gates 18 and 28, and Concourse B at gate 10. The kiosks will offer gourmet-style health food including turkey sandwiches, chicken wraps, salmon, spinach, fruits and vegetables.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers has opened Downtown at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. www.grindhouseburgers.com.

Chef Ron Eyester and Street Foods, LLC are partnering to present an evening of local street foods on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Rosebud, 1397 N. Highland Ave. The seven course dinner will feature dishes inspired from street carts around the world but will also follow Eyester’s dedication to working with local ingredients. The dinner costs $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 404-347-9747 or


Relics & Rarities Ice Cream Parlor has opened in a 5,000 square foot space at at 409 N. McDonough St. in Decatur.

Pure Taqueria is opening its third location in Inman Park later this month. The space, formerly home to The Grape, is at 300 N. Highland Ave. at the intersection of Elizabeth Street. The restaurant serves up traditional Mexican dishes and has a full bar. www.puretaqueria.com

On Saturday, Oct. 10, Krog Bar will celebrate its 4th birthday bash with wine, pig and paella from 6-11 p.m. Cost for the party is $19.99 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Guests can purchase tickets via Krog Bar’s website at www.krogbar.com via Paypal or at the door the evening of the event.

Tavern 99 has opened at 128 East Andrews Dr. in Buckhead. The bar has 27 beers on tap, large patio, live music and more. www.tavern99.com.

SweetWater Brewery has created a new brew called Big Ol Belgian Blue Balls (BOBBB), a 9 percent alcohol/volume Belgian wheat and rye brew made with local, organic blueberries from Serenbe Farms. This is the first in a series of brews using local, seasonal organic ingredients, which SweetWater and Serenbe have dubbed a “farm-to-bottle” initiative. The beer will be a limited edition, and is expected to sell out. www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

Atlanta Fruit Company is now delivering fresh fruit weekly to offices in Midtown, Downtown and Buckhead. Most of the produce comes from Georgia farmers. Visit www.atlantafruitcompany.com for details.


HomeGrown Restaurants is holding Dine Out For Pride at Stella on Oct. 7, Doc Chey’s at Emory on Oct. 14, Osteria 832 and the Doc Chey’s in Virginia Highland on Oct. 21. Fifteen percent of your bill from lunch or dinner those days will benefit the Atlanta Pride Festival. www.homegrownrestaurants.com.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will hold the annual DIFFA Dining by Design Oct. 10 – 12 to benefit the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund and DIFFA Atlanta. Held at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, Dining by Design will include a series of events taking place over three days that showcase the personal passions of some of the city’s most prominent designers through over-the-top tablescapes. The three-day series of events invites Atlantans to view the tablescapes in a variety of atmospheres. For more information, visit www.diffa.org.

Georgia Aquarium’s fourth annual Aqua Vino will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 -10 p.m. The event will feature more than 200 wines from around the globe and gourmet food from more than 25 of Atlanta’s premier chefs and restaurants. Wine and restaurant stations will be located throughout the Aquarium’s five galleries. Proceeds from the event support the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art veterinary services facility through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. Tickets are $150 for the tasting and $200 for the VIP tasting. To buy tickets visit www.georgiaaquarium.org or call (404) 581-4000.

Restaurant RIP

The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton  and Roy’s Hawaiian in Buckhead, Son’s Place in Inman Park and Tastings in Decatur.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.