The latest effort from Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison is still an empty shell, so I wouldn’t be hounding Opentable quite yet for a reservation. Though the couple was shooting for an early 2009 opening, it doesn’t look imminent.
Abattoir — set in the White Provisions complex across the railroad tracks from Star Provisions and Bacchanalia — promises the coming of a new era of slaughterhouse chic in Atlanta dining. It is the former site of the United Butchers Abattoir complex that opened a century ago and, yes, was an actual slaughterhouse floor. (Click here to see a historical map.)
When I spoke to Quatrano about it a few months ago, she said the restaurant will specialize in “whole animal cuisine” and feature many items roasted in a wood-fueled oven as well as an expanded charcuterie program. Prices will be reasonable — less than those at the couple’s Floataway Cafe.
The most striking architectural element of the new building is the slanted ramp that cuts a diagonal angle up one side of the roof line. Can anyone figure out what it was for?
Yes, you in the back. Exactly right: this was the ramp up which the cattle were driven for, um, processing. When I spoke to Quatrano, she claims to have already had her eye on a ceramic cow to adorn the ramp.
Mmm. Yummy dead things.