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Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sam Smith III from Samuel Smith Brewery recently visited the U.S. for the first release of Oatmeal Stout in kegs. CONTRIBUTED BY: Samuel Smith Brewery.

Samuel Smith, otherwise known as the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, was founded in Yorkshire in 1758. It’s a truly historic institution, as well as one of the few remaining independent breweries in England.

Celebrated for draft ales at its pubs around England, and around the world for its distinctive bottled beers, such as Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Taddy Porter and Imperial Stout, the company has never been much for marketing in the modern sense.

But ...

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Beer Pick: Steady Hand Flower Business Double IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Saturday from 4-7 p.m., Steady Hand Beer Co. is teaming up with the Chastain Park Conservancy for Goat Fest, an autumn beer festival featuring the likes of Georgia Farmhouse Ale, Imperial Coffee Stout, and Rye Saison. Tickets can be purchased here.

Steady Hand has acquired the space and equipment for a taproom and production facility set to open on the Westside in spring 2018.

In the meantime, though, brewmaster Brian Sullivan has been producing the company’s beers at Jailhouse Brewing Co. in Hampton, GA.

And last week, Steady Hand released its first batch of canned beers, including Paradise Waits ...

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First Look: Italian restaurant Allora debuts at Twelve Hotel Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Allora Carbonara Pizza with Pancetta, Cracked Pepper, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and a Farm Egg. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Among the current wave of Italian restaurants popping up around Atlanta, Allora is the newest concept from Concentrics Restaurants, the group behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Tap and Parish.

Located inside Twelve Hotel Midtown at Atlantic Station, it replaces another Concentrics restaurant, Lobby Bar and Bistro, and moves executive chef Chris Maher, most recently the co-executive chef at One Midtown Kitchen, to a new starring role.

The remodeled space updates the dramatic circular bar, a leftover from Lobby, ...

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Manny’s Grant Park Pub will anchor Paces Properties Grant Park development

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Paces Properties

In early 2016, Paces Properties purchased the Grant Park property at 588 Woodward Ave., at the corner of Woodward Ave. and Boulevard, with long-term plans to add new restaurants and other amenities to the neighborhood.

Now comes word that Manny’s Grant Park Pub, a new bar and restaurant concept from longtime Atlanta barman Manuel Maloof, who is the grandson of the founder of Manuel’s Tavern, will anchor the development.

The project, which is taking over the former Stone Soup Kitchen and No Brakes bicycle shop spaces, is expected to open in late spring 2018.

Maloof is one ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns 2017 Inceptus Georgia Wild Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

At Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, Belgian-born brewmaster, Joran Van Ginderachter, has been experimenting with a beer called Inceptus (Latin for “beginning”).

It’s a spontaneously fermented wild ale with an unlikely back story.

During the December 2013 Atlanta “Snowpocalypse,” Van Ginderachter decided that the temperature was just right to wrangle some wild yeast from the air around the brewery for what he would call a “Georgia wild ale.”

Since then, he’s used that “mother beer” to infect wine barrels filled with a wort made with pilsner, wheat and spelt malt. Successive generations of Inceptus have taken on a variety ...

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Beer Town: Creature Comforts Table Beer for food and friends

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creature Comforts Table Beer is chef-inspired seasonal brewed “for food and friends.” CONTRIBUTED BY: Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

The label on the can of Creature Comforts new Table Beer features the enticing words “for food and friends.”

But the limited edition ale will be available to fulfill that promise for only a very short time. And that’s a shame, because like the Athens brewery’s other recent seasonal offering, Automatic Pale Ale, it’s perfectly suited for year-round enjoyment.

If you’re wondering where the name comes from, table beer is a style that’s been around for a long time, originating in ...

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First Look: Barbecue, beer and more at Loyal Q in East Cobb

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Loyal Q Meats and Sides including (clockwise from top left) cornbread, St. Louis Ribs, Collard Greens, Pit Beans, Pulled Pork, Smoakhouse Sausage, and Brisket. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The new Loyal Q and Brew in East Cobb is all about smoked meat and beer on draft.

Given that the owner is Bob Campbell, who spent years opening and operating multiple Taco Mac locations around Atlanta, that’s not exactly surprising.

In addition to barbecue, the menu from chef Dan Diersen features shared plates, sides and vegetables, such as salt-roasted beets, cauliflower salad and a hefty portobello sandwich.

Diersen grew up in ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Jude Belgian Style Tripel

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today with the limited edition bottle release of barrel-aged 500, a strong, dark Belgian-style quad.

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. featuring live music, a menu from the Oyster Co., and the full lineup of Reformation beers on tap, including Jude, its highly rated Belgian-style triple.

And in honor of all that, Jude is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick
Jude Belgian Style Tripel
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
Available year-round on draft and in cans.

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Brewed as part of Reformation’s year-round portfolio ...

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First Look: Muchacho brings coffee and ‘California cuisine’ to Reynoldstown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Muchacho Tacos (from left to right) Breakfast, Short Rib Barbacoa, Al Pastor, and Mole Grilled Pineapple. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

When Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox opened Muchacho on Oct. 16, it was already a hot topic on the Atlanta dining scene.

Serving up coffee and “California cuisine,” and sporting a sunny Los Angeles look that stirred up a bit of controversy among some Reynoldstown neighbors, the tidy counter service space on Memorial Drive occupies the front of a former railroad depot that was most recently home to H. Harper Station.

But Lennox’s master plan for ...

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Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Wok Fried Long Beans paired with Jing-A Brewing beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst. Photo credit: Fred Crudder.

One of the side benefits of The Festival — the expansive international beer tasting presented in Atlanta in August by Shelton Brothers Importers — is the number of rarities that made it to the city for the first time, and even stuck around for a while after the event.

Certainly, the Chinese beers from Jing-A Brewing Co. are a prime example of that.

Somewhat shrouded in mystery, the brewery was founded by two expat friends living in Beijing. ...

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First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on traditional Spanish tapas,” the menu features signature small plates and larger entrees meant for sharing.

Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is owned by Centurion Restaurant Group, which operates four Florida locations, in Coral Gables, Doral, Winter Park and Tampa.

Managing partner Tony Ramirez, a Miami native who ...

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Drink up this award-winning Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta breweries did very well at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, held Oct. 5-7 in Denver — with Monday Night bringing home two medals, and Max Lager’s, Torched Hop and SweetWater grabbing one medal apiece.

In honor of those accomplishments, the most readily available of the bunch, SweetWater TripleTail IPA, which recently went from a seasonal to a year-round offering, is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

TripleTail Tropical IPA
SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta
Available year-round in 12-ounce bottles, cans, and on draft.

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Of course, fruit-juicy-forward beers are the thing right now. And at ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla Imperial Porter

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, Red Brick Brewing Co. will mark its 24th anniversary on Saturday with a big party at its Westside brewery and newly remodeled tasting room.

Look for the 2017 release of Vanilla Gorilla Imperial Porter on draft, and for the first time it will be available in 16-ounce cans. Plus, there will be several variations of the popular fall seasonal on offer, along with more one-off special releases, and the full lineup of Red Brick beers, including the new Penguin Pale Ale.

Tickets are $25, $50 and $75 in advance, and include goodies at each price point.

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Monday Night Han Brolo Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Monday Night Brewing is celebrating two major milestones this weekend.

This year’s annual “Tie One On” party will not only mark its sixth anniversary, but the grand opening of The Garage — its second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End.

The festivities run from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, with big lineup of special, one-off and new beers, live bluegrass each day, and Nappy Roots performing on Saturday evening.

More details and tickets are available at Freshtix.

Iin honor of Monday Night’s anniversary and the opening of ...

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First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado.

The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market space formerly occupied by the Cockentrice.

The makeover by Atlanta’s Square Feet Studio features bold colors and geometric patterns in keeping with the theme of a lively Spanish market. Seating stretches through the bright sunken dining room adjacent to the open kitchen to a cozy-cool bar area with a ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat. Credit: Heidi Geldhauser.

Scofflaw Brewing celebrates its one year anniversary at noon on Saturday. And what a year it’s been.

The brewery that literally started in a basement, and birthed one of Atlanta’s biggest buzz beers, Basement IPA, grew by leaps and bounds in just 12 months.

Along the way, there were triumphs, trials and weird moments that appeared unprecedented for a brewery that seemed to suddenly surface out of nowhere.

I latched on to the story early, and probably wrote more about Scofflaw than many readers or rival breweries might consider cool. But I’m a ...

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First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blaze Pizza Veg Out signature pizza with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dallops. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The first Blaze Pizza opened in 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and has since spread across the U.S., billed as the “fastest growing fast casual restaurant brand,” with over 200 locations in five years.

The first metro Atlanta location opened last week on North Decatur Road, with a free pizza giveaway that made for long lines outside the free-standing building that was previously home to longtime Decatur diner Evans Fine Foods.

The changes to the space include a contemporary ...

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First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blaze Pizza Veg Out signature pizza with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dallops. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The first Blaze Pizza opened in 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and has since spread across the U.S., billed as the “fastest growing fast casual restaurant brand,” with over 200 locations in five years.

The first metro Atlanta location opened last week on North Decatur Road, with a free pizza giveaway that made for long lines outside the free-standing building that was previously home to longtime Decatur diner Evans Fine Foods.

The changes to the space include a contemporary ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin Hammer 58 Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Baseball season is heading toward playoff time, college and pro football are kicking off, and Atlanta is crazy for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, United FC and Major League Soccer.

For me, anyway, it’s the best time of year to be a sports fan. And it’s the best time to enjoy a well-made pale ale — a venerable British style that American craft brewers made their own with all-American ingredients, most notably the likes of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops.

Call it ingenuity or serendipity, but bright, citrusy American pale ales make a perfect match for all the foods we love ...

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Beer Town: A month of milestones for Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

September marks some major milestones for Georgia beer drinkers.

Senate Bill 85, which for the first time allows breweries to sell beer directly to consumers, took effect on Sept. 1.

In response, you’ll find new and improved taprooms with extended hours and a host of special offerings at most breweries around the state. But stay tuned, because it’s likely to take several months to fully figure out what all the changes will mean for the bigger beer scene.

In Atlanta, two very different breweries, Red Brick and Scofflaw, will celebrate important anniversaries this month. And in many ways, they ...

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Beer Town: A month of milestones for Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

September marks some major milestones for Georgia beer drinkers.

Senate Bill 85, which for the first time allows breweries to sell beer directly to consumers, took effect on Sept. 1.

In response, you’ll find new and improved taprooms with extended hours and a host of special offerings at most breweries around the state. But stay tuned, because it’s likely to take several months to fully figure out what all the changes will mean for the bigger beer scene.

In Atlanta, two very different breweries, Red Brick and Scofflaw, will celebrate important anniversaries this month. And in many ways, they ...

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First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Angry Fried Chicken Sandwich with white bread and pickles. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Former Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus recently opened the first restaurant of his own, partnering with Andy Lasky to create Bluetop on Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Serving both lunch and dinner seven days a week, the concept combines fast-casual service with a menu from Marcus that’s both quirky and comfy.

Consider the likes of a Maine lobster corn dog, a signature burger made with Snake River Farms beef and Red Dragon cheddar, and a kale salad tossed with milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette.

In addition to draft and canned beer, and a concise list of wines by the glass or bottle, there are adventurous drinks from beverage director Jonathan L. Joy, including “Meat Locker” cocktails stirred with duck and lamb washes.

While the name pays homage to the taxi stand that once occupied the space, the Bluetop build-out offers multiple places to drink and dine, including two bars, two dining rooms and a design that melds the indoors and outdoors with backyard picnic tables, bocce and cornhole, and sometimes live bands.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Back dining area, looking out into backyard and patio. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

In keeping with Chamblee’s history as a destination for antique and curio shops, Marcus and Lasky bought a 1969 45-foot Global Van Lines moving truck for $500 and retrofitted it to be the kitchen.

“We’re basically running a restaurant out of a food truck,” Marcus said during a recent interview, “but the concept is basically about utilizing the relationships that I’ve built with local purveyors and farmers in over 14 years-plus of being in Atlanta.

“I’m trying to deliver that to the guests at a way more reasonable price than I’m used to in fine dining. The way we found to do that was we took out the china, we took out the fine silver, and we took out the servers, essentially. That freed up a lot of overhead to where we can put that into the menu. Actually, my food cost is higher than it’s ever been.”

Marcus calls his cooking at Bluetop New American, though somewhere along the line that got translated as Americana. Either way, he’s using high-quality ingredients, often in unusual ways, including a Border Springs lamb sloppy Joe.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

(From left to right) The Bluetop team: Jonathan L. Joy, beverage director, executive chef/co-owner Matt Marcus, and Paul Sidener, chef de cuisine. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“I’m taking things that came throughout my life,” Marcus said. “My grandmother used to make me a sloppy Joe with lamb necks, and it’s just happy comfort food for me. A double stack burger with a cheese I found 12 years ago in Mississippi. The Red Dragon cheese makes it for me. And so that’s my little taste of a Mississippi gas station burger.

“I remember the first time we ever figured out how to fry gnocchi. I said if I ever open a fast-casual place, I’m going to put them on the menu and call them tater tots, and give them to the people.”

Besides calling fried gnocchi tater tots, Marcus said the atmosphere was meant to reinforce the cool casualness of the food.

“We totally want it to be a hangout,” he said. “We don’t want any tension in the building. We want you to feel at home. It’s a place where on the weekend I’ve seen people hanging out in the backyard from like 2 in the afternoon until early evening, playing some bocce, and listening to the band.”

Another thing Marcus likes about the backyard, which is close to the kitchen, is that he has a place for his custom Kudu grill.

“I love the Kudu,” he said. “We sat down with the engineer and we designed the one for Bluetop. I’ve got to tell you, it’s everything I ever dreamed it could be. My favorite thing I’ve done on it was an Ossabaw pig head that I let sit for about eight hours on the highest elevation with a pound of chervil underneath.”

While certain items will remain for the long run, Marcus said he’ll be tweaking the menu fairly often.

“The menu will constantly organically grow, and we’re going to really try to pay attention to the neighborhood and what they want. Seeing 80 to 90 ceviches sold a day lets me know that I should probably put a crudo on and maybe expand the oyster program.

“But as far as a demographic, we don’t have one. I don’t know how that’s possible. I’ve seen everything from strollers to wheelchairs in here. And I’m happy with that. I think we’ve created a place for everybody.”

5362 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-620-3490, bluetopchamblee.com.

More images from a First Look at Bluetop

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Ceviche with native seafood, Georgia shrimp and yuzu, lemon, and capers. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Blue Top Buffalo Octopus small bite. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

The Kale salad with baby kale, milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Chilled Peach Soup. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Bluetop Burger with Snake River Farms beef, onion jam, red dragon cheddar, butter lettuce, Dukes, and a pickle with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

0 Ducks Given cocktail with apple brandy, averna, duck washed curacao, bitters blend, orange oils, and salt (left) and Whisky cocktail with bourbon, lemongrass, pomegranate, brown sugar, lime, champagne vinegar, mint, and angostura bitters (right). Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

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First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Credit: Three Taverns Brewing

Sept. 1 is a big day for beer in Georgia. For the first time, breweries across the state can now sell beer directly to consumers.

That means most brewery tasting rooms are offering extended hours, you can buy a pint of beer or enjoy many other options, including taking home up to one case of 12-ounce bottles or cans.

And, to celebrate, there will many new packaged beers for sale, and many brewery-only releases today.

For example, Three Taverns in Decatur is releasing German Chocolate Helm’s Deep as a brewery-only treat. Priced at $25 per 750 mL bottle with a two bottle limit, it’s a collector’s treat.

And in honor of this new day for Georgia brewing, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep imperial stout is today’s Beer Pick

Beer Pick

German Chocolate Helm’s Deep Imperial Stout
Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur
Available in 750 mL bottles at the brewery only.

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The original version of Helm’s Deep was brewed in 2016, and aged in different types of barrels, including sherry and bourbon. The result was a high gravity black beer that displayed heady notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet chocolate.

The new German Chocolate version was aged in Sherry puncheon barrels for over a year. Then toasted coconut and espresso were added. With the sherry producing chocolate notes and the coconut adding distinctive toasted, sweet and creamy notes, it’s said to taste like German chocolate cake in liquid form.

Pair with

This is the kind big, robust beer that calls for sipping on a cool night, or cellaring to see how it develops new and different flavors. But it certainly would make an easy pairing with dark chocolate or, of course, German chocolate cake.

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Beer Town: Monday Night Brewing is making some bold new moves

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

The new Monday Night core line-up will be packaged in cans with a new design.

If all goes according to plan, in late September, Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing will open a second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End.

Dubbed The Garage, the ambitious 22,000-square-foot warehouse space at Lee and White streets is being transformed into new facility for sour and barrel-aged beers.

The buildout will feature a tasting room and private event space, the capacity for open fermentation with a coolship and multiple foeders, and a landscaped urban orchard that will ...

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First Look: Holler & Dash Biscuit House debuts first Atlanta location on Tuesday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Holler and Dash Pork Rambler biscuit (left), Kickback Chicken biscuit (right) and strawberry pineapple Aqua Fresca drink. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Much anticipated and much discussed, Holler & Dash Biscuit House is set open its first Atlanta location at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in the Westside Iron Works adaptive reuse project on Howell Mill Road.

The fast-casual breakfast-lunch-brunch concept from parent company Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. debuted in 2016, and not counting the Atlanta location, it operates four restaurants, between Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, with a Nashville location coming soon.

Sometimes dubbed “Cracker Barrel for millennials,” the Southern-inspired ...

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