Front Burner: Shake Shack clone headed downtown?
The perfunctory FountainSide Cafe in Centennial Olympic Park will be replaced by a new 175-seat restaurant modeled after New York’s redoubtable Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and elsewhere, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. If it’s anything like Shake Shack, expect lines. Serious lines.
In other news:
- John T. Edge steers his New York Times “United Tastes” cruiser to Atlanta to visit my favorite Crawfish Shack Seafood on Buford Highway. He tells the story of why and how Southeast Asian Americans carry on the traditions of preparing coastal Louisiana seafood. Check it.
- Speaking of the New York Times, its star food reporter Kim Severson will be in town Wednesday, May 5, to read from her new memoir “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life” (Riverhead Books, $25.95). One of those eight cooks was Edna Lewis, and Severson devotes a chapter to her relationship with Lewis and former Watershed chef Scott Peacock. The reading, sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book, will take place at the Decatur Public Library.
- The Atlanta Street Food Coalition will host another Urban Picnic tomorrow during the lunching hours at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Among the vendors, look for Black Tie BBQ, the King of Pops and Hankook Taqueria. Information is here.
- Once you’ve digested your street food, head over to the East Lake Farmers Market on Saturday for the first Collard Greens Cook-Off. You can enter with your own pot of greens or just buy a $10 ticket and graze. Proceeds will benefit Hosea Feed the Hungry.