Front Burner: The word of the week is “opening”
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I don’t know if this is a sign the recession is over, but for the first time in recent memory the week’s news seems to be filled with restaurant openings, not closings. Tops on the list? Bistro Niko, the first major Atlanta offering from the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group since Kyma in 2001 (concessions in Philips Arena and a Chops/Lobster Bar spinoff in Florida notwithstanding).It officially opens on the 5th.
In design and menu, Bistro Niko evokes a Parisian belle époque brasserie. Look for a friendly menu of French classics, such as tarte flambée, quiche, tournedos au poivre and frites cooked in duck fat. With Bistro Niko right across the street from the Intercontinental’s Au Pied de Cochon, we can expect a cross-Peachtree Gallic showdown.
May the best tarte au citron win.
In other news:
- Pure Taqueria in Inman Park has opened in the former location of Usher’s defunct franchise of the Grape. That makes three locations (including the original in Alpharetta and one in Woodstock) for the local franchise.
- The Painted Table Cafe has opened in Grant Park in the shuttered Zocalo space, serving breakfast and lunch. Thrillist is reporting the chef signs each plate with chocolate syrup or balsamic glaze. Um, fun.
- I see from poking around the Atlanta Cuisine forums that chef Paul Albrecht (formerly of Pano’s and…) and his son, Patrick, have jumped into the groovy burger biz with The Burger Club, scheduled to open this Wednesday.
- Blissful Glutton is chasing down the story about the two Cuban restaurants slated to open soon on Buford Highway that lay claim to the Little Havana mantle.
- Chow Down Atlanta is reporting on a couple of interesting new spots in the Assi Plaza food court in Suwanee. She sounds most excited about the hand-pulled noodles at China House, but the tornado potatoes at Fusion YoriJori Burger are what catch my eye. Tornado potatoes are, apparently, a street-food rage in Seoul. Look at this picture, taken alongside a bulgogi burger: Don’t you want one? Like, now?
Credit: Chloe Morris, Chow Down Atlanta