The Cheesecake Factory, Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar and True Food Kitchen have opened at Lenox Square in Buckhead. All three restaurants are located at Lenox’s revamped main entrance that includes a two-story glass storefront and a redesigned porte-cochere. New to Atlanta are Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, which offers gourmet burgers, salads, shakes and wine, and True Food Kitchen, which has a menu based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. Menu options will include kale, quinoa, seabuckthorn and acai.

Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta has been honored by its parent company with the Top of the Rock award, which is presented to 12 cafes each year based on performance and community outreach, including partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Atlanta Community Food Bank. Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta will receive a one-of-a-kind Fender Guitar, featuring a custom mixed-media finish that pays tribute to Georgia peaches.

Restaurateur Okan Ozyurteri has opened his latest concept, Kabob Land, at 3137 Piedmont Road in Buckhead. The menu includes Middle Eastern dishes with Turkish, Lebanese and Greek influence. Kabob Land’s menu features traditional “Mezzes,” salads, kabob platters, pita wraps and flatbreads.

Chef Gerry Klaskala has announced he will open Atlas (atlasrestaurant.com), a new dinner-only restaurant inside The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. Featuring American cuisine with the freshest local ingredients, Atlas will open in late fall 2014.

Petite Auberge (petiteauberge.com) turns 40th this summer and is celebrating by adding Sunday brunch to its menu. Located at 2935 North Druid Hills Road, brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meehan’s Public House (meehanspublichouse.com) will open a fifth location in Buckhead on Aug. 1 on 322 East Paces Ferry Road.


MARBAR (marcoastal.com) has reopened at 314 East Howard Ave. in Decatur offering up Mexican-inspired dishes like coastal tacos, soups, salads and homemade tortillas. The eatery also offers an extensive tequila list and coastal specialty drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and micheladas, as well as diverse wine and beer lists.

The Cooking Channel has launched a new show, Belly Up!, hosted by Atlanta-based chef Eddie Russell. The chef, who has worked at Five and Ten in Athens and Parrish in Inman Park, helps pubs come up with new, innovative, enticing bar foods that will not break the budget, but will bring in more dollars than the traditional fare.

Boutique bowling alley and restaurant The Painted Pin (thepaintedpin.com) is now open at 737 Miami Circle. Along with the bowling, there’s also bocce courts, dartboards, ski-ball and basketball games. There’s an extensive cocktail, wine and beer selection, while the menu will include pizzas, sandwiches, sliders, ribs and tacos.

Fresh To Order (freshtoorder.com) will try and make a go at the seemingly cursed spot at the corner of East Ponce de Leon and Church Street in Decatur. The space was formerly Atlanta Bread Company, then a short-lived diner and, most recently, Hola! Mexican Cantina. The fast-casual F20, which has numerous locations around Atlanta, offers salads, panini sandwiches, wine by the glass and beer.

Kobe Steaks has closed at The Prado in Sandy Springs after almost 40 years in business.

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.