The 4th annual Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest will be held April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Green. Tickets are on sale now for $30 in advance at or $40 at the gate. There will be more than 100 craft beers to sample, food, live music, a homebrew competition and more. You must be 21 or over to drink and attend the event.

Taste of the Nation,  a tasting event to raise money for childhood hunger nonprofit Share Our Strength, will be held May 8 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. The 26th annual event will feature dozens of restaurants from around metro Atlanta offering up bites for the cause. There will also be live and silent auctions, a wine tasting and live entertainment. General admission is $250 or $350 for VIP. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit

Atlanta-based Boneheads Grilled Fish and Chicken ( has opened a new location at 264 Pharr Road in Buckhead. An official grand opening celebration is set for April 25 at 11 a.m. The sixth location of the franchise is located in the Eclipse building, in the space formerly occupied by Aqua Bistro.

Willy’s Mexicana Grill ( has opened a 3,562-square-foot restaurant in Cherokee Plaza, 3883 Peachtree Road, in Brookhaven. The local franchise, which serves California-style burritos, chips, and fresh salsas, now has 23 locations around metro Atlanta.

Decatur-based 7 Hens, which is known for its chicken schnitzel, will open a second location in Sandy Springs at Abernathy Square later this year.

The 21-acre Sandy Springs Gateway project has already announced some tenants including Tupelo Honey Café, which originated in Asheville, NC; a restaurant concept from Hil Rogers of Verde Taqueria; Urban Cookhouse from Birmingham, Ala.; and a specialty grocer as the anchor. Sandy Springs Gateway is located at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs. The project will be completed in spring 2015.

Shoppers at Lenox Square in Buckhead hankering for a burrito bowl are in luck: Chipotle is opening a new location in the food court in May.

Mod Restaurant, a Japanese steakhouse, will open in July in the former Turffles Grill (and before that Ruby Tuesday) space on Lenox Road in Buckhead.

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.