Drafts + Dogs

If checking out new restaurants is on your summer agenda, make sure you have plenty of time and a big appetite. Dozens of restaurants have newly opened, with others making plans to open soon. We also take a look at eateries planning to open by year’s end that you’ll want to add to your taste list.

Open Now

Drafts + Dogs
This new new cocktail and craft hot dog stall from the team behind 18.21 Bitters, is now open inside the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market. The walk-up eatery boasts an assortment of craft cocktails and hot dogs made from locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. Information: facebook.com/draftsanddogsatl.

Five Daughters Bakery
This family-owned shop founded in Franklin, Tennessee, was scheduled to open June 1 inside Ponce City Market. The shop will feature breads, pastries and coffee made fresh daily. Information: fivedaughtersbakery.com.

The PokéSpot
The New York City-based restaurant is open at 200 Peachtree in Downtown featuring poké bowls and signature appetizer – the Avocado Boat. Information: facebook.com/thepokespotecoatlanta.

Steel Head Trout at Mission + Market.

Mission + Market
Chef Ian Winslade has opened this eatery inside the new Three Alliance Center building in Buckhead. The menu features “globally influenced fresh flavors, rich textures and simple ingredients,” including brick oven pizzas, steelhead trout, fresh pasta and more. Information: missionandmarketatl.com.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
The seventh location is now open at 701 Memorial Drive in Grant Park with three outdoor dining options including a pet-friendly patio, full-size shuffleboard and ping-pong, and outdoor bar seating. Information: grindhouseburgers.com.

Farm Burger
The 100 percent grass-fed and locally sourced burger joint is now open at The George building in Grant Park, 275 Memorial Drive SE, Suite 2B. Information: farmburger.com.

Little Alley Steak

Little Alley Steak
Now open at One Alliance Center in Buckhead, the “butcher to table” restaurant will offer prime USDA cuts of beef from Meats by Linz in Chicago, charcuterie program, seafood options, extensive wine selection and more than 350 bourbon selections. Information: littlealleysteak.com.

Trade Root
Now open inside The Whitley Hotel in Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road, the menu features Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and signature cocktails under the direction of Executive Chef Marc Suennemann. Information: thewhitleyhotel.com/dining/trade-root.

Sage Woodfire Tavern
Now open in Buckhead at 3379 Peachtree Road in the former Morton’s space, the menu includes surf and turf, pastas, soups, salads and more. Information: sagewoodfiretavern.com/buckhead.


Castellucci Hospitality Group – the team behind Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero and The Iberian Pig – has opened Recess at Krog Street Market in Inman Park. The food stall features a menu of salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, toasts and vegetable sides, with a handful of optional meat, seafood and vegetable add-ons. Information: recessatl.com.

The White Bull
Now open on East Court Square in downtown Decatur, the menu includes seasonal dishes made from ingredients sourced from Georgia farmers and purveyors, including pastas made with flour milled at the restaurant. Information: whitebullatl.com.

Caravaca Market
This “urban food hall” is now open in Midtown at 782 Peachtree St. featuring Harry Bake’s Café, Taste Bar, Wine & Charcuterie, Beer & Pizza and Provisions. Information: caravacamarket.com.

Cultured South
Golda Kombucha creator Melanie Wade has opened this kombucha bar and fermentation marketplace on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Cultured South offers fermented food and beverage products to taste and take home at a 6,000-square-foot warehouse space in the Lee + White development at 1038 White Street. Information: culturedsouth.com.

The Local Pizzaiolo
Pronounced pizza-yolo, this new joint is open at 1000 Marietta St., Suite 202, on the Westside. The pizza restaurant plans to open three more locations this year and next at Toco Hills, Sandy Springs and Madison Yards. Information: thelocalpizzaiolo.com.

Lingering Shade Social Club
Located in a new addition to Irwin Street Market, 660 Irwin St., Lingering Shade overlooks the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The Old Fourth Ward gathering spot is serving up drinks – cocktails, beer and wine – and small-plate appetizers. Information: lingeringshade.com.

Daniel Reed’s Public Kitchen & Bar
“Elevated casual” at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead offering up burgers, shrimp and grits, chops, cocktails and more. Information: thepublickitchen.com.

Coming Soon

A rendering of Miso Ko at Ponce City Market.

Miso Ko
This sushi kiosk from local restaurateur and chef Guy Wong will open inside Ponce City Market this summer. Featuring grab-and-go offerings and seated dining, Miso Ko will serve made-to-order sashimi, nigiri, hand rolls, makimono, specialty rolls, and more.

Root Baking Co.
Coming this summer, the Charleston-based bread will move their headquarters to the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market offering freshly baked breads in addition to breakfast and lunch menus. Information: rootbaking.com.

The Halal Guys
The famed gyros will be coming soon to the under-construction Modera by Mill Creek apartment building on 8th Street in Midtown. Information: thehalalguys.com.

Full Commission
Expected to open any day now at Larkin on Memorial, the restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering Southern-inspired small plates, coffee, craft beers and cocktails. Information: facebook.com/fullcommissionatl.

Tiny Lou’s
This French-meets-Southern restaurant was expected to open in June inside the newly renovated Hotel Clermont at 789 Ponce de Leon Ave. Yes, that’s the same building that’s home to the Clermont Lounge. Information: tinylous.com.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
A staple in Nashville, Hattie B’s is set to open this month at 299 Moreland Ave. in Little Five Points. Offering six levels of heat – including “Damn Hot!!” and “Shut the Cluck Up!!!” – the chicken comes in sandwiches and as plates with various sides. Information: hattieb.com.

A rendering of The James Room.

The James Room
Set to open later this summer in the new SPX Alley in the Old Fourth Ward’s Studioplex development, the restaurant and cocktail bar is the brainchild of Miss and Kristin Koefod, creators of 18.21 Bitters.

Set to open this summer at 1271 Glenwood Ave. in East Atlanta Village, the restaurant – named after the Irish death-heralding spirit – will serve a menu featuring ingredients from local farms as well as cocktails and wine. Information: facebook.com/BansheeEAV.

Expected to open this summer, this Japanese restaurant from the creators of Brush Sushi Izakaya will be located in the Modera by Mill Creek development at 95 8th Street in Midtown. Information: facebook.com/momonokiATL.

Kong’s Kitchen
This late-night take-out and delivery-only spot is slated to open this summer at 1854 Piedmont Road next door to Smith’s Olde Bar in Piedmont Heights.

Gino’s East
Chicago deep-dish pizza is coming to the former Rize space at 775 North Highland Avenue in Poncey-Highland later this summer. Information: facebook.com/GinosEastATL.

Patria Cocina
This new Mexican restaurant from the creators of El Mexicano is expected to open this summer at The Beacon building, 1039 Grant Street in Grant Park. Information: facebook.com/PatriaCocinaAtlanta.

On the Horizon

Chef Ron Hsu of Lazy Betty.

Lazy Betty
Chef Ronald “Ron” Hsu is set to open his Malaysian-Chinese informed eatery at 652 N. Highland Ave. in Poncey-Highland later this year, but in the meantime twice-monthly pop-ups are being held at the Highland Inn. Search for Lazy Betty at eventbrite.com for details and reservations for the pop-ups. Information: lazybettyatl.com.

The Iberian Pig – Buckhead
After a decade in Decatur, Castellucci Hospitality Group will open a second outpost of its Spanish tapas restaurant in the new Hanover Buckhead Village at 3150 Roswell Road this winter. Information: theiberianpigatl.com.

Woodward & Park
Set to open this fall at the Larkin on Memorial development in Grant Park, this European-inspired bistro will offer locally-sourced American cuisine. Information: larkinonmemorial.com.

Aix and Tin Tin
Chef Nick Leahy will open adjoining French-inspired concepts – Aix restaurant and Tin Tin wine bar – at the Stockyards development in West Midtown later this year.

Hop City Craft Beer & Wine
A new location is set to open in the Lee + White development in West End this fall. The nearly 6,000 square foot location will include a second floor restaurant with an expansive deck. Information: hopcitybeer.com.

Ecco Buckhead
The third location – after Midtown and the airport – of this Euro-style restaurant from Fifth Group is set to open near Phipps Plaza this fall.

Collin KelleyEditor

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.