cast-ironChef Evan Cordes (formerly of Atlanta restaurants Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station) has opened his first restaurant, Cast Iron, at 701-5 Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward tonight. The restaurant is open Tuesday’s through Sundays for dinner starting at 5 p.m., with brunch coming soon. The menu includes simple starters, entrees, sides, desserts and signature cocktails inspired by the jazz music of Charles Mingus. Check out the menu at

Jackmont Hospitality in partnership with rap star and restaurateur Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges have opened Chicken+Beer, named for Ludacris’ third album, at Concourse D of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Suzy Siu’s Baos is now open at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street, in Inman Park. The 420- square-foot stall offers steamed buns, seasonal sides and soft drinks. The signature Pork Belly Bun is on the menu along with a number of new seafood and vegetarian bun options. For more information, visit

Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have opened The Federal, named after the nearby Federal Reserve Bank, at 1050 Crescent Ave. in Midtown. The menu feature a roadmap of Doty’s and Gummere’s culinary experiences from New York City to Belgium to previous Atlanta restaurants such as Shaun’s, MidCity Cuisine and Mumbo Jumbo. Check out the menu at

Bob Amick, owner and founder of Concentrics Restaurants, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association last month at their 10th annual GRACE Awards Gala held at The Delta Flight Museum.

The Pinewood in Decatur is expanding into the space previously occupied by Decatur Bikes at 248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. The updated concept will bring a brand new façade, full service lounge area, various private dining options, extended weekend hours and refreshed menus.

Chile-base La Fête Chocolat is now open in a 350-square-feet space at Lenox Square on the main level next to Bloomingdale’s.

Foxtrot Liquor bar

Foxtrot Liquor Bar is now open at 45 13th Street in the former Cosmo Lava Lounge space. The menu features a big selection of craft coctails and bites. For more, visit

Varuni Napoli will open a second location at Krog Street Market in winter 2017. Like it’s Morningside location, the restaurant will offer authentic Italian cuisine and Neapolitan pizzas.

The Lindbergh/Piedmont Kroger at 2542 Morosgo Way is now open, and offering up quite a selection of in-store eatable options including a Starbucks, deli, sushi bar, salad bar, juice bar, beer and wine bar, cheese shop and a bistro with prepared hot and cold meals.


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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.