Atlanta Brunch Festival is March 9 at Atlantic Station from noon to 4 p.m. More than 40 restaurants will be taking part and serving up brunch favorites, mimosas, bloody mary’s and more. Tickets are available at

Inman Park Restaurant Week is set for March 25 – 31 offering special deals at local restaurants, including Fritti, Sotto Sotto, Wrecking Bar, Parish, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Barcelona, Il Localina, Wisteria, Char, BarTaco, Bar Mercado, Hampton + Hudson, Rathbun’s and Pure. For more, visit

The Bloody Mary Festival will be held Sunday, March 24, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW. The celebration of the beloved brunch cocktail will feature special concoctions from local mixologists and restaurants with an opportunity to taste them before voting for a favorite. There will also be food, products and more. Tickets are $45 to $65. Visit for more.

Pancake Social, a breakfast-focused eatery, was expected to be open at press time at Ponce City Market. The 120-seat restaurant features both indoor and patio dining located near the North Avenue entrance of PCM. Open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant will also serve dinner, dessert and coffee Thursday through Saturday until 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Lazy Betty from Executive Chef/Partner Ron Hsu and Chef de Cuisine/Partner Aaron Phillips is now open at 1530 DeKalb Ave. in the former Radial Café space. The Lazy Betty Tasting Menu is available for walk-in guests in the lounge, and reservations for the dining room and chef counter can be made in advance through Resy. A la carte dining will be available this spring in the lounge and outdoor patio. For more information, visit

Now open at the Peachtree Road entrance of Phipps Plaza, the Daniel Reed-concept Agency Socialthèque is offering cocktails and dining options – such as the popular spinach-artichoke dip, lobster tacos and peach cobbler – for happy hour, dinner or dessert. Additionally, the venue hosts live musical performances and is available for special events. Visit for more details.

Scott Switzer and James Rangel have teamed up to open Bar.bacoa in Virginia-Highland featuring a menu of food that has roots in Latin America and the Caribbean. An extensive cocktail menu will feature movie-themed drinks such as the “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “The Wolf Pack.” Bar.bacoa is located at 1000 Virginia Ave. For more, visit

Ice cream purveyor Queen of Cream has teamed up with Revelator Coffee Company to open three new locations around Intown. Already open is Coffee & Ice Cream at Lenox Square in Buckhead, while Revelator: Sweet Tooth Café is set to open this month at Phipps Plaza. Also this month, Queen of Cream will open another location next door to Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland. For more, visit

Boxcar, the new restaurant by the creators of Hop City Beer & Wine, is set to open this month at West End’s Lee + White development at 1020 White St. The farm-to-table menu will feature lobster rolls, fried chicken and burgers along with a big list of rotating beers and cocktails. For more information, visit

Restauranteur Stephen de Haan will open Saito – Sushi, Steak and Cocktails later this year in a 2,200 square foot space at the newly rebranded The Department Building, 207 Peachtree St. in Downtown. The building, formerly home to Regenstein’s Department Store, is being renovated as part of a mixed-use project.

Olive Bistro Midtown has relocated to 1050 Juniper Street across from Joe’s on Juniper and is offering lunch, dinner and a wine bar. The Mediterranean restaurant has been serving the city for 20 years.

Food truck favorite Local Green Atlanta has opened a bricks and mortar restaurant serving up vegetarian and pescatarian menus in the Vine City/West End neighborhood, 19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. For more information, visit

North American Properties has selected award-winning team Oz Rey to develop its food hall at Colony Square in Midtown. The team is working with architects to design the space to accommodate approximately 15 purveyors in an artful, theatrical environment. The 25,000-square-foot food hall is slated to deliver in 2020.

Atlanta Brewing Company’s dry-hopped Pilsner, Homestand, took home a bronze medal in the recent Best of Craft Beer Awards.

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.