Front Burner: Revamp of Table 1280, new chef at Parish and more
Tony 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:
- Concentrics 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…
- Pop, 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.