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Front Burner: Chef Gary Mennie heads to Woodruff Arts Center, Empire State South to open

Courtest Morningside Farmers Market

Courtesy Morningside Farmers Market

We’ve been very bad here of late at bringing you delicious batter-fried nuggets of restaurant news, but here’s a good one, along with two choice dipping sauces:

Legendary Partners of Atlanta — the group that was recently awarded the contract for dining and concessions at the Woodruff Arts Center — has tapped Gary Mennie (left) as its new executive chef. Mennie was most recently executive chef at Livingston Restaurant & Bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel, but you may remember him from his Brookwood Plaza restaurant Taurus or his long tenure at Canoe. No word yet on what Mennie’s and Legendary Partners head honcho Tony Conway plan to do with Table 1280, the Woodruff’s oft-empty restaurant. (”No shame in a great cafeteria,” he mutters under his breath.)

  • Empire State South — the first Atlanta venue from celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson — opens August 30, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu reads like a gourmet meat-and-three — an idea whose time has come.
  • Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse has opened in Phipps Plaza. The menu is on the expensive side, but it looks like you can choose between a $42 prime steak and a $20 pasta, depending on your budget. It’s a large, menu with lavish foodie creations such as lobster ravioli with sweet peas and corn foam sharing space with goofy sounding (and trademarked!) Philly cheese steak spring rolls. It’s the fourth link in a small Northeastern chain.

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August 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

I love the spring roll selection at Davio’s. cool idea. the menu looks really tasty.


August 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

Just had dinner at Livingston two nights ago (Millionaire Mondays) and chef Gary Mennie was there, resplendent in his chef’s whites. (Perhaps that’s why my lobster was so good, and why my husband’s filet was cooked exactly to his liking.) Has Livingston tapped a new chef, or will chef Gary be pulling double duty for a while?

Elvis Prez

August 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Taurus – RIP. Great food.


August 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

It is interesting that Empire State South has Georgia/locally grown this and that on the menus, but not a single Georgia (locally grown and produced)wine to be found on the libations list.


August 25th, 2010
2:16 pm

loved Taurus!!


August 25th, 2010
2:57 pm

Local – interesting comment. I’d like to see some restaurants add a local wine or two – at least make the effort. I do look forward to trying the restaurant.


August 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

Where is Empire State South to be/???

John Kessler

August 25th, 2010
5:37 pm

Carol – 10th and Peachtree. In that big office building on the SE corner.
Local – Interesting point. I think the Petit Manseng from Tiger Mountain is very nice! » Blog Archive

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Bill W.

August 25th, 2010
7:11 pm

Very excited about Empire State. With a son at Georgia, we eat at Five and Ten three or four times a year, and I can honestly say it is my favorite restaurant in the state right now. But Georgia wines? John, you may have had a good experience (I’ll give Petit Manseng a try if I ever find it), but mine has been otherwise. I’d really rather have a glass of MD 20/20. At least it’s fortified.

MU fan

August 26th, 2010
11:15 am

To: “local”
Because wine from Georgia is disgusting.

Son of Puerquito

August 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

Agreed with MU Fan. Just becasue something is local does not make it good. The current state of GA wine is deplorable.


August 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Know the difference between a case of Georgia wine and a case of gonorrhea? You can get rid of a case of gonorrhea.