Mennie is looking forward to a mid-April opening of Livingston in the Georgian Terrace after the Midtown icon gets an $11 million facelift. The name pays homage to former Atlanta mayor Livingston Mims — a well known turn-of-the-(20th)-century gourmet whose residence was at at the site of the Georgian Terrace.
Micropundit — who moved from eGullet to the Atlanta Magazine blog — posted a good recap of the whos and whys behind the restaurant.
Speaking of the competition, take a look at the Omnivore blog at Creative Loafing online, where Atlanta’s favorite Top Chef has started a regular column called “Knife’s Edge.” I think he’s referring to his hair…
Omnivore also reports that Concentrics Hospitality will take over the Maxim Prime space in the Glenn Hotel downtown with a new comfort food concept called 30 Tables. It takes native Atlantans to realize the only way to make that space work is by selling it as cozy.
Uptown, plans for two new restaurants seem to be in a holding pattern. Leases have not been signed on Japonais and La Goulue — two New York transports slated to open in the new Streets of Buckhead development in 2010. I spoke with La Goulue principal Jean Denoyer, whose well loved Upper East Side original recently lost its lease. Denoyer says the company would still like to open in Atlanta, but is monitoring the state of the economy before making any more progress. Partner Rick Wahlstedt (who’s also a principal in Japonais) was out of the country and not available for comment.