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Big changes at Repast

Mihoko Obunai

Mihoko Obunai-Truex

Mihoko Obunai-Truex announced today that she will take over as chef and owner of Repast Restaurant — a position she has shared with her husband, Joe Truex, since the restaurant’s inception in 2006.

Truex will leave by the end of the month to pursue a new Atlanta-area venture.

“The menu will have a different format with a lot of new dishes,” Obunai-Truex said, “but we’ll still keep a number of the Repast signatures, such as our crab cake and hanger steak.”

I got a look at the new menu, which is a fair bit less expensive than the current menu and thick with small plates and dishes to share. A number of items reflect Obunai-Truex’s Japanese heritage, such as tako-yaki (soft dumplings with octopus) and blistered shishito peppers with Okinawan sea salt. Other new dishes will include pork tonkatsu with shiso cheese, miso-cured foie gras with sansho pepper, and pork belly steamed buns with house-made ramp kimchi. Meat and seafood entrees will be served with sauces but no vegetable garnishes, a number of which will be available à la carte.

“It’s like when you buy a bikini bathing suit these days,” said Obunai-Truex. “You buy the top and bottom separately so it fits just right.”

The restaurant will also dramatically upgrade its selection of Japanese spirits — sake and shochu — served with the traditional overflow in a masu box placed over a saucer.

“We want Repast to be a place where you can come in for a nice drink and a few small plates,” she said.

The new menu will debut sometime around June 1.

Since its opening, Repast has earned many awards, including “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire and “Rising Star Chef” from Starchefs.com.

As I’ve disclosed before, the Truexes are my neighbors and personal friends.

16 comments Add your comment

hudson rouse

May 17th, 2010
11:04 am

nice. look forward to the new format, and can’t wait to see what Joe does

[...] Kessler reports that Joe Truex will be leaving Repast “by the end of the month to pursue a new Atlanta-area venture.” Truex’s wife, [...]

snn

May 17th, 2010
11:17 am

was planning on going to repast for the first time tomorrow and saw this on twitter! when are they going to be starting the new menu?

K-Dogg

May 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

Any idea what Joe’s new Atlanta-area venture is???

Andrea

May 17th, 2010
12:28 pm

I’m sure whatever Mihoko comes up with will be worth drivng over there for…love that place!

jack trent

May 17th, 2010
1:15 pm

so its now a japanese fusion restaurant?

John Kessler

May 17th, 2010
1:49 pm

Snn — Beginning of June.
K-Dogg — I do but am not at liberty to say until I get the go-ahead.
Jack — Not precisely, because a number of dishes won’t be Japanese at all, but I think it is trending that way.

Shane

May 17th, 2010
2:30 pm

I had heard that Joe and Mihoko were being courted by the new Ritz for their new residence bldg. My guess is that Joe is B’head bound.

Bob from Accounttemps

May 17th, 2010
2:34 pm

Another overrated and overpriced Atlanta eatery. I’m pleased to hear the prices will come down; perhaps we’ll go back for another vist – and hopefully the unfortunate garbage smell from across the street will be blowing away next time.

Jed

May 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

My wife and I love this place and look forward to the changes.

RK

May 17th, 2010
5:15 pm

Maybe he is starting a new burger restaurant.

burgerfiend

May 17th, 2010
10:04 pm

i’m sure whatever joe does it will be great. looking forward to seeing how repast evolves, sounds interesting and unique.

[...] John Kessler reported that Mihoko Obunai-Truex would be taking over full responsibility for the kitchen at Repast because her husband and co-chef Joe Truex was moving on to another Atlanta-based project. Today, we [...]

[...] As I reported here yesterday, Mihoko Obunai-Truex will take over as sole chef at Repast and take the restaurant in a new direction. [...]

Reid in EAV

May 18th, 2010
12:36 pm

Love Re-Past and have celebrated a few special occasions there. I always single them out to friends as they’re one of the places that “gets” good beer, and has a beer list in keeping with the wine list. (I always think it’s amazing when a restaurant will have a wine list with high-end bottles… then the beer offerings are Bud/Miller/Coors/Heineken. Those are the beer equivalent of cheap screw-top wine.)

Anyway, I look forward to seeing how Re-Past evolves, and I look forward to see what Joe has in store next. Hopefully, instead of one good restaurant from the pair, we’ll soon have two!

sockster

June 21st, 2010
9:05 pm

3 weeks after she takes over, it is closed for good