Atlanta’s most famous chef will once again step up to the stove. Richard Blais, the recent winner of “Top Chef All-Stars” has announced that he will open a Midtown restaurant that serves “simple American food that tastes great.”
Blais will open the restaurant this winter in a partnership with Concentrics Restaurants – the hospitality group responsible for such popular Atlanta mainstays as One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks and Tap. The restaurant will take over the 5th Street location near the Georgia Tech campus that previously housed the Globe and, more recently, Waterhaven.
Blais, who previously worked as chef at One, says he’s happy to work again with Concentrics.
“I’m honored to be teaming up with them again in this newfound partnership,” he said in a prepared statement. “I’m super excited about getting ‘back on the line’ and doing it in Atlanta this upcoming year.”
The chef, who was a finalist on a previous season of “Top Chef” before returning to the franchise to conquer the top spot and a $200,000 purse in “Top Chef All-Stars,” has several other restaurant projects in the works. Currently the consulting chef for three branches of Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta and Birmingham, he has plans to open a fourth Flip in Washington, D.C., as well as a gourmet hot dog restaurant in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. That restaurant will be called HD for “Haute Doggery,” and is scheduled to open this summer.
But the new, as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be his home base, a place where fans can go to see him in chef’s whites and actively involved in preparing food. Atlantans who remember the exciting dishes he prepared at One, Blais, Element and other venues around town over the last decade will be thrilled to see him back in the saddle.
The partnership is also a coup for Concentrics, which runs popular, well received dining venues but has less of a track record of promoting name chefs.
“I am thrilled that I can participate in the opportunity to anchor Blais in Atlanta,” said Concentrics owner Bob Amick in a prepared statement. “We are all looking forward to having a space where Blais can offer his talents to his fans on a nightly basis.”