Front Burner: Home restaurant to close
June 2008 at Home, watching the "Top Chef" finale
Home restaurant — the tony Buckhead eatery where Richard Blais was cooking during his “Top Chef” run — will close at the end of the month and reopen as Coast Seafood & Raw Bar in the beginning of April. Is it the first “Southern farm to table” spot to meet Davy Jones’ locker? (Or would it be Bubba Jones’ turnip patch?) Would this signal a peaking trend? Hmm….
Perhaps more significantly, this is the second time in recent months that Home’s parent company, Here to Serve Restaurants, has reconcepted an underperforming restaurant. In December, it closed Lola Bellini Bar to reopen as Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar, home of the $25-but-free-if-you-finish-it burrito the size of a Dachshund.
You can read more about the change here from he who broke the story.
In other news:
- Pizza Fusion — that healthy, LEED-certified, thoughful pizza parlor in the Aramore building in South Buckhead — bit the dust. Maybe it couldn’t compete with the hyper-successful Varasano’s Pizzeria down the road. Maybe people want greasy, bad-for-you pizza these days.
- Kevin Gillespie mouthed off a little more about his hoped-for barbecue restaurant around the corner from Woodfire Grill, which sounds like it will serve a couple of whole hogs a day. Gillespie is eyeing a former Brake-O location.
- I hear that Yeah! Burger, Shaun Doty’s White Provision hamburger heaven, will be counter service, with build-your-own garnishes, organic ingredients and (please make this happen) $1 sliders after 10 p.m.
- The Decatur Metro blog is reporting that the defunct Atlanta Bread Company space in downtown Decatur will become a 24/7 offering from the Marietta Diner folks. So when you spill out of Leon’s Full Service across the street at 1 a.m., you’ll have someplace to absorb your double bock with food.