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Major Atlanta talent to open Miller Union on the west side

Steven Satterfield (left) — the longtime executive sous chef at Watershed — will join forces with Neal McCarthy — Sotto Sotto’s dapper general manager — to open a restaurant called Miller Union this fall.

Located on Brady Ave., near the corner of 10 St. and Howell Mill Road, Miller Union will feature simply prepared food with a strong focus on local and regional farm-to-table standards. 

“I kind of think of my style as a cross between Southern and California cuisine,” wrote Satterfield in an email. “A little fresher and lighter, but still true to roots.” The chef intends to bring attention to local growers on his menu, and the restaurant will have advanced recycling and composting programs. 

Local firm Ai3 is designing the 70-seat interior and covered patio. “The idea behind the dining space is a series of different volumetric spaces for different experiences, but they are visually connected,” wrote Satterfield.

The look will be rustic/modern. “Think oil can light fixtures, wood, concrete, glass, textured wallpaper, steel frame window walls, and cozy nooks here and there. Lots of shelving and cabinetry in some of the dining spaces, and some old wardrobes mixed with rustic wooden tables.” 

Watershed is currently looking for Satterfield’s replacement — no easy task.

36 comments Add your comment

Liz Lorber

March 18th, 2009
10:45 pm

I was lucky enough to work with Steven at Watershed. In addtion to being immensely talented, he brings quiet calm and intentioned thought to the kitchen. Atlanta will be a better place and a better restaurant community when Miller Union opens its doors!

Nancy Shea

March 19th, 2009
7:55 am

Steven, Tricia Mahany sent me this news of your new restaurant. I congratulate you on the new situation and hope to visit the restaurant the next time I’m in Atlanta (which won’t be soon, however, as I have to wait to have someone drive me up!)

It is always fun to hear of former WFHS student doing well. Keep up the great work.

Beckie Todd

March 19th, 2009
9:04 am

Congratulations, Steven. (Thanks to Tricia for keeping us Windsor folks informed.) Since I am in NE Georgia, you can look for me when you open Miller Union. I’ll bet Joey will accompany me. I can hardly wait!

Joe Todd

March 19th, 2009
9:04 am

Congrats Steven!! I can’t wait to try it out.

Angie Mosier

March 19th, 2009
9:24 am

Hooray! Can’t wait to taste and see. Congratulations Chef Steven!

Susan Parham

March 19th, 2009
9:54 am

So excited! Can’t wait to try it out!

Diane Ricks

March 19th, 2009
10:15 am

Can’t wait to come up and try it! Huzzah

John Kessler

March 19th, 2009
11:08 am

Steven, your fans are out in force!

"Rathead" Riley

March 19th, 2009
11:29 am

John, thanks for the great news! I just left Steven, our great friend and “Young Lion”, a voice message of congratulations and booked a table for six (6) on Opening Night. We can’t wait!!!

Anna Itoi

March 19th, 2009
1:47 pm

Steven, I remember that you were always so kind — and that’s saying a lot for anyone in the middle school years. Your success in life does not surprise me at all. I cannot wait to try out your restaurant. Much love, Anna

Neal McCarthy

March 19th, 2009
2:41 pm

Maybe I can get some love
Thanks John

John Kessler

March 19th, 2009
2:47 pm

Let’s hear it for Neal!
Are you going to ask Steven to put any English dishes on the menu?

Neal McCarthy

March 19th, 2009
3:34 pm

Maybe I will make fish and chip friday

Mindy Elms

March 19th, 2009
3:52 pm

This will be the best restaurant in Atlanta. Neal and Steven have put a lot of thought and hard work into this. Can’t wait until they open.

Bridget Lieb

March 19th, 2009
4:33 pm

We can’t wait make a special trip to try Atlanta’s best restaurant.

Dee Hudson

March 19th, 2009
5:01 pm

Congratulations! I hope we can get up that way to try out your restaurant. My son thinks it is so cool to know a chef. He loves to cook….just not popular when you are a 12 year old boy. can’t wait to try it out!

John Kessler

March 19th, 2009
5:20 pm

Neal: you had better have mushy peas with it.

Nicolas Bour

March 19th, 2009
7:29 pm

Congratulations to both of you, I know you will have a great place. Can’t wait to make a trip down to Atl. after you open.

Best of luck!

Nic

Rochelle Matthews

March 19th, 2009
8:32 pm

Congrats Steven! I always knew you would be a success at whatever you did!

Stephanie Burnsed Ritzert

March 19th, 2009
8:44 pm

That’s fantastic, Steven! I’m really excited for you and wish you tremendous success. I’ll be keeping up with it and hope to get to ATL someday soon to try out the new place! Good luck with EVERYTHING!

Susan Dugan

March 19th, 2009
9:56 pm

Suzan posted the link on Facebook. This sounds great! I look forward to visiting – and we don’t get out often. Please post again when you’re about to open!

Scott Satterfield

March 19th, 2009
10:06 pm

My brother,I am so proud of u and always knew this project would go thru!It may b a little early, but I’m celebrating rite now. I truly believe this will b a major sucess! xoxo

Tiffanie McHale

March 19th, 2009
10:07 pm

Congratulations Steven and Neal!!! Can’t wait…it all sounds amazing. Tiffanie

Erin Smith

March 20th, 2009
12:23 am

YES!!!!!!
Congrats and then some. Supersmacks.

Leighel snyder

March 20th, 2009
10:35 am

Wishing “full tables, mouths and wineglasses” to you both! You’re in my heart Steven! I just know you’ll succeed – you always had that talent “in the bag”!

Maya Heller

March 20th, 2009
12:40 pm

Hi Steven – Congrats! I am looking forward to trying out your restaurant. I also think it’s great that a former WFHS student has done so well. Best of luck!!!

Kat Shreve

March 20th, 2009
3:29 pm

Steven- all the luck to you! Look at you and your list of WFHS groupies… I know that you will continue to be successful. I will certainly dine at Miller Union and wear my stretchy pants. Congrads in your new endeavor!

Neil Satterfield

March 20th, 2009
10:59 pm

Narion and I are the proud parents of “Chef Steven”. Even though the restaurant will be on the other side of town, we will eat there often.
We know how great he has been at Watershed and we invite our friends at Central Presbyterian Church and elsewhere. You are in for a special
dining experience.

Neil Satterfield

March 20th, 2009
10:59 pm

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Suzy Cox Heffner

March 21st, 2009
9:18 am

Congratulations Steven!!!! I am so glad to see you are doing something so creative and innovative….I cannot wait to try the restaurant…..I know it will be out of this world!!!! Keep up the good work!!

Jon-David Headrick

April 30th, 2009
8:48 pm

Steven, congratulations! That is great news. I’m sure this is going to be brilliant. Make sure to put a smoked trout appetizer on the menu for me so that I can make a scene again!

Shonali Bhowmik

June 3rd, 2009
7:19 pm

I want to eat at Miller Union now!!

amber marshall-omes

September 21st, 2009
9:58 am

go on then! i’m proud of you neal! it’s a long time working for the man, it’s about time you took the reins!

ross

December 21st, 2009
11:28 am

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ross

December 21st, 2009
11:28 am

will you serve whole fish?
yummy!

Steven Satterfield

June 4th, 2010
6:19 pm

Howdy. You have my name . . . I can say that because I am older than you. I live in Peachtree City GA for another two years and then return to Idaho where I am from. Good luck to you!
Steve Satterfield