Atlanta Food News: Joël downscales, juke joint comes to downtown, Food 101 starts evening brunch, new chef at Parish, Whole Foods sells organic air
Courtesy Whole Foods
Get ready for Joël Brasserie. That’s the new, slightly tweaked working name for the soon-to-be-formerly upscale French restaurant where Joël Antunes once cooked.
Chef Cyrille Holota will debut a slightly revised menu within the next week with fewer big-ticket items and more casual (i.e., inexpensive) choices. Burger? Burger.
The bistro lunch menu — with all items under $10 — will continue. A new logo will stress the restaurant’s partial rebranding.
In other food news:
- The former Macy’s building at 180 Peachtree will house two new restaurants. The first, tentatively called Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, will feature live music and the comfort-food stylings of Todd Richards (One Flew South). The second will be a new branch of Meehan’s Ale House — the Irish-ish pub from 101 Concepts.
- Speaking of 101 Concepts, the restaurant management company has sold the Morningside location of Food 101 to its chef, Ron Eyester, who has made his first executive decision. He’s expanded the popular Sunday brunch to Monday night. Yes, folks, breakfast for dinner in a restaurant. Comfort food is back with a vengeance. Think breakfast burritos, pancakes and something called the “Big Nasty” that involves fried chicken, bacon, eggs and cheese. My, that does sound nasty.
- From the Big Nasty to the Big Easy. Chef Nick Melvin, who left his post at the Farmhouse at Serenbe moments after a flattering New York Times article, will take over the kitchen at Parish. Melvin, a New Orleans native, knows his way around an étouffée as well as an organic radish.
- And how about some organic, flavored air? The Whole Foods chain is pitching this, along with free spiders and grackle tetrazzini, on its website. Check it out today. Has to be today.