A few crumbs here and there:
1. Bill and Micro P. over at Covered Dish broke the story that Pacci Ristorante will open adjacent to Midtown’s new Palomar Hotel in May. According to the restaurant’s publicist, this “Piemontese-style steakhouse…will offer the flavors and timeless elegance of Northern Italy.” (Wonder if they’re actually going to use Piedmontese beef.) Executive Chef Keira Moritz, formerly of Puccini & Pinetti in San Francisco, is a Georgia native. This is the second major Midtown restaurant announced from San Francisco’s Puccini Group, the folks behind Livingston in the Georgian Terrace.
2. I spoke with Joe McCarthy, the former Capital Grille and Houston’s exec who signed the lease on the former Globe space in Technology Square. He says the name “Waterhaven” is not yet a go (lawyers need to sign off) and that’s he’s targeting a summer opening. The Globe’s minimalist look will go. “It was very austere, so we’re going to warm it up a bit,” says McCarthy. Remember: the new spot will be a “farm-to-table concept.”
3. It looks like the former Vine space at 1190 North Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland will become a barbecue restaurant. A legal ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals that new owners are applying for a liquor license for that location for a restaurant that seemingly will be called “Barbecue.”