If dieting was one of your resolutions for 2020, this roundup might make you renege on that promise. A slew of new restaurants just opened – or will soon – around Intown. No matter what your taste buds are craving, there is sure to be an eatery to meet your needs. Dig in!

Now open in the Atlanta Dairies development on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. The restaurant, a collaboration between Big Citizen (Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins) and King of Pops (Steven and Nick Carse), offers unique takes on classic comfort food and baked goods, an extensive list of cocktails, alongside the debut of King of Pops soft serve. Visit @wonderkidatl on Instagram for more information.

Field Day
Finally open in the former Across the Street spot at 668 Highland Ave. in Old Fourth Ward, the restaurant has an eclectic menu of steak tartare, philly pork, grilled cheese, burgers, steak frittes, clam chowder and cocktails. For more, visit fielddayeveryday.com.

Chef’d Up
Celebrity Chef Bryan “Baul” Williams’ soul food restaurant is open at 701 Highland Avenue in Old Fourth Ward. Seafood, burgers, steaks, lamb and more are on the menu. Find the restaurant on Instagram @ChefdUpAtl.

Musicians/actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are the big names behind this expanding burger chain, which first opened in 2011 in Boston. There’s already an outpost at The Battery, and the Downtown location is set to open any day now at 218 Peachtree St. across from Hard Rock Café.


The fast casual salad chain has opened new locations at Madison Yards, Midtown Place and Atlantic Station. The restaurant offers fully customizable, built-to-order salads and wraps, soups, organic teas and lemonades. For more information, visit salata.com.

The Tampa-based Cuban restaurant is slated to open a new outpost at Krog Street Market in Spring. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hemingway’s second location will stick to the original restaurant’s menu with items like tostones rellenos topped with homemade spicy saffron aioli, the traditional La Frita Cubana sandwich, and build-your-own Cuban bowls.

Southern Belle and Georgia Boy
Chef Joey Ward’s debut concept, Southern Belle, is now open at Plaza on Ponce. The new restaurant is connected via a secret passageway to his second restaurant concept, Georgia Boy. The latter restaurant offers a separate, 16-seat tasting menu by reservation only. Southern Belle features a multicultural “New South” menu of small plates, which change frequently. The restaurant’s cocktail program is designed by Greg Best and Paul Calvert of Ticonderoga Club and pastry chef Billy Cole’s creations are served from an authentic Delta Air Lines galley cart. For more information, visit southernbelleatl.com.

Press Start
Carter has announced that Chef Richard Tang will open the combination arcade, bar and restaurant in Summerhill. Featuring a variety of Asian small plates, craft cocktails and retro video games, board games and pub games, Press Start will join the eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and retail along Georgia Avenue later this year.

A farm-to-table, fine casual eatery and bakery serving Southern-inspired food that’s gluten-, dairy-, nut- and GMO-free, is now open at 54 Pharr Road in Buckhead. The restaurant offers scratch-made, fresh dishes with locally-grown produce, humanely-raised pastured meats, sustainable seafood and organic dirty dozen fruits and vegetables. For more, visit EatKarmaFarm.com.

NoBaked Cookie Dough
This gourmet cookie dough chain is set to open its first Georgia location at Atlantic Station in early 2020. The raw cookie dough shop, which started as a pop-up in Nashville, serves a variety of eggless cookie dough flavors, including chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, cookies and cream, s’mores and more. For more information, visit nobakedcookiedough.com.


Now open in Midtown’s Colony Square, the restaurant offers fresh Japanese cuisine, including sushi, for grab-and-go meals or for dining in. The 2,000 square-foot space has communal tables and banquettes inside and four-top tables outside on the patio. For more information, visit facebook.com/sukoshiatlanta.

Perc Coffee Roasters
The Savannah-based coffee shop has been announced as the latest tenant at the Hosea + 2nd  in East Lake and is slated to open in the Spring at corner of Hosea Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue.

Food writer Meredith Ford will open her own gelato shop at 2657 E. College Ave. in Decatur this spring featuring seasonally driven selection of made-from-scratch gelato and other sweet treats. Visit cremalosa.com for more details.

Dos Bocas
Located at 275 Baker Street in Downtown, the restaurant serves up  “Cajun Tex-Mex.” Visit dosbocasatl.com for more information.

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Chef Hugh Acheson’s new French-inspired restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ground floor of the boutique Candler Hotel, 127 Peachtree Street, in Downtown. Find out more at this link.

Emily Chan, owner of JenChan’s Delivery Supper Club, has opened a brick and mortar location at 186 Carroll Street in Cabbagetown. The restaurant includes a market where guests can purchase frozen organic lasagnas, pizza rolls, egg rolls, potstickers, and other goodies made in house as well. Find out more at jenchans.com.

Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens
Now open on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail in the Lee + White development, 1010 White St., the 21,600 square foot building also features the restaurant FINA at Wild Heaven, a large taproom, and two private event spaces. Outside, overlooking the Westside Trail, is a 12,000 square foot patio and lawn area to be complemented by various gardens. For more information, visit wildheavenbeer.com.

Street Bistro
The Asian street food restaurant is now open in the former Hong Kong Harbor space at 2184 Cheshire Bridge Road serving up wings, fried rice, fish sandwiches and more. For more, visit atlstreetbistro.com.

26 Thai Kitchen & Bar
The second location of the Thai restaurant is now open at 824 Juniper Street in Midtown. For more information, visit 26thai.com.

Forza Storico

Forza Storico
The Italian restaurant from Pietro Gianni, Stephen Peterson and Chef Michael Patrick is located in the space once occupied by Little Bach at Westside Provision District. Visit forzastorico.com for more details.

Supremo Taco
Sharing a parking lot with Grindhouse Killer Burgers at 701 Memorial Drive, the dinner menu features a taco menu of al pastor, mole poblano with chicken, aguachile tostada. For more, visit supremotaco.com.

Ruby Chow’s
Chef Guy Wong (Ton Ton, Miso Ko) will soon open his new Asian fusion concept at 620 Glen Iris Drive at the corner of North Avenue. Follow @rubychowsatl on Instagram for opening updates.

Girl Diver
Expected to open this month at Madison Yards in Reynoldstown, Girl Diver will offer seafood boils and platters with Alaskan king crab, jumbo tiger shrimp, crawfish, octopus and more. Find more information search Girl Diver on Facebook.

Wood-fire pizzas, handmade pastas, and a mozzarella bar all on Chef Pat Pascarella’s (White Bull) menu for this new eatery slated to open this month in Piedmont Heights, 1835 Piedmont Ave. For more, visit granaatl.com.

Little Bear
Expected to open soon in the burgeoning Summerhill, 71 Georgia Ave., Chef Jarrett Stieber will have a rotating menu of seasonal, locally sourced, sharable dishes. The restaurant will be intimate with only 30 seats.

D Boca N Boca
Also coming this spring to Summerhill, 39 Georgia Ave., this brick and mortar offshoot of the Real Mexican Vittles food truck will offer tacos, tamales and more. Visit therealmexicanvittles.com for more information.

Pizza Jeans
The team behind Root Baking Co. is expanding their weekly Pizza Jeans pop-up pizza concept into a new restaurant and bar at Ponce City Market. Guests will enjoy pizza by the slice and whole pies, cocktails, beer and wine when the spot opens in the Spring. Pizza Jeans pop-ups will be held on Fridays until opening from noon to 8 p.m. at Root Baking Co.

Lily White
The Mediterranean-inspired concept with a Persian twist from Atlantis Group is now open at 321 Pharr Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit lilywhiteatlantaga.com.

Louisiana Bistreaux
With locations at the airport and Decatur, a new outpost has just opened in Buckhead at 3312 Piedmont Road. The menu includes fresh seafood, steaks, gumbos, jambalaya, etouffees and more. Visit louisianabistreaux.com for more details.


This fast-casual concept serving seasonal healthy food options, will join the lineup of restaurants and retailers along Georgia Avenue in late 2020. The restaurant will be located within the development’s 11,000-square-foot second phase, which broke ground last month. Visit maepole.com for more information.

Oliva Restaurants’ latest concept is now open at Ford Factory Lofts on the Atlanta BeltLine. Inspired by traditional skewer houses (or shipudiya) in Israel, the menu features classic Middle Eastern dishes such as pita sandwiches, skewers, seasonal mezze, hummus, salads, Israeli-inspired milkshakes, and more. Visit rinakitchen.com for details.

How Crispy Express
This Summerhill sandwich spot at 71 Georgia Avenue will offer counter-service, a window and patio space next to Wood’s Chapel BBQ and Junior’s Pizza.

Rock Steady
Afro-Caribbean cuisine, cocktails and music are on offer this newly opened spot at 907 Marietta Street in Downtown. Visit rocksteadyatl.com for more information.

Mr. Everything’s Café
Build your own salad bowls with choice of proteins, plus cheesesteaks, grilled chicken subs, burgers and hot dogs at this new Decatur spot at 627 E. College Ave. For more information, visit mreverythingdecatur.com.

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.