By Collin Kelley

Back in February, we did an extensive preview of restaurants there opening Intown in the coming months. Here’s an update of what’s open for your noshing delight.

The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist
Located on the Westside, the restaurant’s name was inspired by owner Ford Fry’s father and his love for sailing and fishing. Executive Chef Adam Evans is cooking up “sustainable seafood” on wood-burning ovens and grills. Oyster Bar at The Optimist is adjacent to the restaurant and is a more casual “fish camp” style venue featuring a raw bar and an outdoor patio with a two-hole putt-putt golf course. 914 Howell Mill Road.

Seven Hens
The new Decatur eatery is giving fried chicken fans something to cluck about. Michael Gurevich, an Israeli residing in Atlanta, has devised a brand new concept that marries an age-old European cooking method with international cuisine in the form of a chicken cutlet. The upscale, fast-casual eatery opened last month serving an array of schnitzel-style chicken dishes with flavors from around the world for lunch and dinner. 2140 North Decatur Plaza.

Proof & Provision
Located underneath Livingston in the historic Georgia Terrace Hotel, the “community bar” featured craft beers and barrel-aged cocktails along with small plates such as deviled eggs, chicken liver mousse, hot pretzels with mustard and cheese sauce, grilled cheese and more. 659 Peachtree St.

Watershed has been reborn from its former home in location at The Brookwood condo building on Peachtree Street. The new 175-seat space – owned by Ross Jones, Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and Chef Joe Truex – offers private dining space, a patio and plenty of parking for diners to enjoy the Southern-inspired menu. Fried Chicken Night is still on the menu, now happening on Wednesdays. 1820 Peachtree Road.

Pinewood Tippling Room
The Pinewood Tippling Room, a restaurant serving “inventive, southern-inflected victuals” opened in May in downtown Decatur. Julia LeRoy is the consulting chef on the menu, which includes classics like fried green tomatoes, pork belly and fried bologna sandwiches. Cocktails will be made with locally sourced fruits and vegetables and house-made syrups, tinctures, infusions and sodas. 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Yard House
The California-based Yard House opened in Atlantic Station in April with a large selection of draft beers, American fare and classic-rock wafting from the sound system. 19th Street.

Collin Kelley

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.