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Front Burner: Acworth Chef wins “People’s Platelist” on Nightline; lots of openings

Henry Chandler, the 51-year-old owner of Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, collected more than 10,000 votes to win the “People’s Platelist” competition on the ABC news program “Nightline.”  The award honors local chefs with loyal followings. Chandler, who has battled cancer for two years, talks with the AJC’s Christopher Quinn. You can read more about his award here, though you may wince at ABC News’ spelling of the word “palate.” The segment will be featured on the program this Friday, which begins at 11:35 p.m.

In other news, lots of openings:

  • P. Reds BBQ has opened at 999 Chattahoochee Ave. It’s a hilarious looking place, with a fake plane crashing into the roof.
  • The German Bakery has reopened at 2914 White Blvd. in Decatur, just off Lawrenceville Highway. Decatur Metro has the story.
  • Mark Sublette, the chef and co-owner of Trattoria One 41 in Johns Creek tells me that he hopes to open Viande Rouge in the same shopping center near the intersection of State Bridge Road and Highway 141 before year’s end. Look for red meat with a French accent.
  • Are creative pubs continuing to populate the city? Yes, and the ones I’m hearing the best reports on are Napoleon’s in Oak Grove (where former Misto and Burrito Art chef Ryan Aiken is cooking), and Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs in the Midtown space that was Matsuri Japanese Restaurant (across from City Hall East). Have you been to either? Would love a report.

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September 30th, 2010
4:14 pm

I love these quick news bites.

BTW: P. Reds BBQ is also known as Pappy Red’s BBQ, which had an establishment in Cumming for many years. I believe they opened the new establishment to be closer to Alton Brown (who has an office down that way). Ever since he mentioned Hankook a couple of days ago on Food Network, conspiracy theorists have been given substantiation to any rumors of new foodie joints moving in his direction. :-)


September 30th, 2010
4:25 pm

Henry’s has great food – really is worth the drive. During crawfish season he has a great boil that is priced right.

Anne-Caroline Brown

September 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

Napoleons is good. Hankook is phenomenal, hands down. I drive by P Reds often…. have been to their establishment in Cumming and it is very good. Look forward to tasting the Q at P Reds.

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September 30th, 2010
9:28 pm

Congrats to Henry’s. Great place to eat and have fun. I am glad to see Chef Henry there each time I go. My family and love it so much we were there twice this past week.


September 30th, 2010
9:40 pm

Congrats for sure Henry, still waiting on that Les Miles Plate. LOL.


October 1st, 2010
8:50 am

congrats Henry-this place is amazing and Henry often comes out of the kitchen to speak to his customers-great food, great service, and well worth the drive.

Brian Daniels

October 1st, 2010
9:07 am

Henry is an amazing chef. The restaurant is always alive, he is walking around talking to people. he had liver cancer a few years ago and it didn’t look good. I am glad to see he is doing better. Try the Chicken Oo La La (Henry says its like “sex on a plate”).


October 1st, 2010
9:32 am

We are luck to have this establishment within walking distance of our home. Congratulations Henry.

Jay Honeycutt

October 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Henry’s the real deal and a great story. Built his business from scratch and keeps the customer’s happy. In addition to his restaurant skills, he’s also a generous host with a wonderful family. Congratulations, Henry


October 1st, 2010
10:47 am

P Reds (Pappy Reds) BBQ was nasty when it was in Cumming. It was always empty with horrible food. I was glad to see it closed. I’m sad to hear that it has moved to sucker more people in. Take my advice and go by and look at the “plane crash” on the roof, then go somewhere else to eat.

Renee Simpson

October 1st, 2010
10:56 am

We moved away & haven’t been able to find a replacement to HENRY’s!!!! Only thing close would be in New Orleans! Congratulations to Henry – he works hard and cooks good! We truly miss our after boating hangout!

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October 1st, 2010
11:12 am

We went to Henry’s for a rehearsal dinner – it was awful, too spicy (I do like spice), and cold. Most people left the food on their plates, and the service wasn’t good either. I suppose we went on a bad night, but it’s not worth the drive from Atlanta to take the risk again. I was shocked when he got this award.


October 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

Have been to Deckards twice. They are friendly and it’s very pretty inside; they also have a nice patio. I tried an interesting scotch egg served with mustard that was quite good but different from normal bar fare. Have also gotten the meat/cheese tray and they have a decent wine selection.


October 1st, 2010
2:02 pm

@ 1164mgc : You probably went on a bad night – but do yourself a favor and go back and try again. Try the Ooh La La with an Andygator.


October 4th, 2010
9:15 am

Napoleon was a total disappointment – nothing distinguished it from every other fern/sports bar. I was really hopeful as it’s in a neighborhood that sorely lacking anything especially at lunch time that rises above the ordinary.


October 4th, 2010
8:06 pm

Thank you for mentioning The German Bakery! The bakery is now under a new owner and is now called A German Cafe and Bakery. We have the same bakers and the same goodies. Our phone number is (404) 508-5900.
Stop in and let us satisfy your sweet tooth!