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Front Burner: Revamp of Table 1280, new chef at Parish and more

photo 2Tony Conway, the owner of A Legendary Event catering, wrote to say that his firm just secured the contract for the Woodruff Arts Center, including operations at Table 1280. Until now, the New York firm Restaurant Associates has been in charge of the Midtown arts center’s fine dining restaurant. It runs the dining operations for many of the East Coast’s top arts venues, including those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center in New York, the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

My recent blog post about a dining experience at Table 1280 engendered a heated discussion in the comments section. Many past patrons complained of the sterile environment and high prices and wished for something more affordable in its stead.

Conway has not yet responded to an email requesting follow-up on his plan for Table 1280. A source at the Woodruff Arts Center neither confirmed or denied the changeover of management, so stay tuned. This story is developing.

But if you have any wishes for Table 1280 you might post them here.

In other news:

  • Executive Chef Joe Schafer-1Concentrics Hospitality has announced that Joe Schafer (right) will take over the kitchen at Parish Foods & Goods, its Old Fourth Ward kinda New Orleans/kinda Southern restaurant and quick-service cafe. Schafer has most recently been sous chef at Concentrics’ hopping Midtown pub Tap. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta School of Culinary Arts and cut his culinary teeth at Alpharetta’s late Rainwater restaurant. He makes his own bacon, which sounds like a promising calling card.
  • I spoke briefly with Pinkberry C.E.O. Ron Graves, and try as I might could not get him to divulge the locations for the frozen yogurt chain’s expansion into I.T.P. Atlanta. For now, the California sensation has one area shop in the Akers Mill shopping center in Cobb County. He didn’t say no to Midtown…
  • photo-26Pop, pop, pop: Looks like the King of Pops has some commoners nipping at his ermine robe. First, Frescopops started showing up at local green markets, and now the Pop Shop has surfaced. I managed to snag the last few pops from the freezer case at the Kirkwood Corner Market before it closed shop to move a couple of doors down in its shopping strip. They were a bit icier than other local pops (perhaps because they had been around for a few days) but had exciting flavors. I really loved the barely sweetened blackberry cardamom — you could smell the spice as soon as you popped the plastic sleeve. The pineapple got a smoky, spicy kick from either chipotle or pimentón that was weird but underscored the ripe, ripe fruit.

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Matt

July 8th, 2010
3:18 pm

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Matt Porter

July 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

Great idea! A nice cafeteria at the High complex! It seems a sensible use of a lot of empty space at Table 1280… Here is a name idea: Cafe $12.80….

and… does anyone know what happened to the delightful Little Malaysia in Asia Square on the Buford??????

Matt Porter

July 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

Great idea! A nice cafeteria at the High complex! It seems a sensible use of a lot of empty space at Table 1280… Here is a name idea: Cafe $12.80….

and… does anyone know what happened to the delightful Little Malaysia in Asia Square on the Buford??????

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John Kessler

July 8th, 2010
3:38 pm

Matt – No idea but funny story. Last weekend I arrived at Little Malaysia with a busload of people from the Southern Foodways Alliance only to find it boarded up. Wehad to think fast and ended up at Ming’s.

RK

July 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

That was a quick stint for the guy that was at Parish (from Serenbe).

HM

July 9th, 2010
8:49 am

SO excited for Joe! As a fan of ‘Joe’s Bacon’ I only hope he will still have time to make his smoky goodness!!!

RK

July 9th, 2010
8:54 am

I finally went to Pinkberry, to see what the fuss is about. It’s yogurt. That’s frozen. That is all. Don’t waste your time.

A

July 9th, 2010
11:49 am

I think all the modern “fro yo” places are the same. We have Yoforia in Alpharetta with a Yogli Mogli opening up soon on Windward. As long as it’s the tart yogurt and not the TCBY ice cream wannabe, I’m happy!

ebay

July 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

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ebay

July 9th, 2010
5:11 pm

I am excited to see what Joe does at Parish. I love anyone who makes bacon. As for Restaurant 1280, the food has always been good but overpriced. I agree let Tracy Bloom remake the restaurant.

is30303

July 11th, 2010
1:21 am

WHAT !! ! ! ! ! ! the maylasian place is GONE???!!! why why wwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyy . . ..

first Sizzlers now this??? the humanity. . . . someone make it stop. i can’t take it.

Jason

July 15th, 2010
10:20 am

I always liked the Malaysian at Hong Kong BBQ (in the Chinese food court) and Penang better.