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Floataway Cafe chef to helm new Decatur spot

Drew Belline (credit: StarChefs)

Drew Belline (credit: StarChefs)

Publicist Melissa Libby confirmed today that Drew Belline (left), the longtime chef at Floataway Cafe, will be the chef at the as-yet-unnamed new Decatur restaurant from JCT Kitchen & Bar’s Ford Fry. The restaurant, which will take over the Eurasia Bistro space on E. Ponce de Leon Ave., will be casual and contemporary, with Italian overtones to the cooking. Fry cites San Francisco’s A16 as inspiration.

“Drew is an amazing chef and will be a great partner in our new Italian-inspired restaurant,” said Fry. “We share a passion for local sourced, simple yet not simplistic, wood-fired cooking. And he lives in Decatur!”

No word yet on a time line.

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November 29th, 2010
4:43 pm

Doesn’t anybody proof-read this stuff? The photo is on the left side of the text – and what does this mean: “will take be the chef” ??


November 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

Its right there with the restaurant search capabilities… very poor

Bride of Puerquito

November 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

John is drinking on the job again…

John Kessler

November 29th, 2010
5:40 pm

Ndekalb — Ack, embarrassing. Fixed, and thanks…


November 29th, 2010
9:46 pm

Tough crowd.


November 30th, 2010
12:02 am

Yea for Decatur.


November 30th, 2010
12:18 am

Congrats Drew…we will be there when you open…!!!!


November 30th, 2010
9:19 am

Good news. Last couple of visits to Floataway, the food was really disappointing. Hope they get a good replacement. Used to love this place.


November 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

Our food was wonderful last week at Floataway but the restaurant was not very full.

Son of Puerquito

December 1st, 2010
6:39 am

who cares if the restaurant was not very full? That is one of the weirdest comments I hear about restaurant experiences. I have had amazing meals at not very full restaurants.
Oh well, I guess people need to be reassured that the restaurants is worthwhile…


December 1st, 2010
1:37 pm

I agree that Floataway had taken a slide. The last time I was there, we were crammed between two other tables, and the service was nonchalant. But even worse, the cold food I returned came back reheated and subsequently overcooked. I never went back. Might try it again with a new chef. This news certainly doesn’t have me scrambling to try out the new place in Decatur.

Hijo de little pig: VickiF may have simply been implying that Floataway is inconsistent, which always hurts business.


December 1st, 2010
2:17 pm

Awesome news for Decatur and Drew!

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December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

I’m 0 for 2 on Floataway experience, and I don’t really go to JCT anymore either. I always feel like they are rushing me out of there, and have had some inconsistent food there as well. The JCT bar would be great if they didn’t always have a teary-eyed acoustic guitarist playing Wonderwall on repeat.

John Kessler

December 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Jimmy – Haha! Totally know what you mean about the guitarist…

Ella Fleming

December 6th, 2010
5:29 pm

Drew is an incredible chef and will be a true asset to the decatur area. Can’t wait to till you open!!!