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Fifth Group’s new restaurant Alma Cocina

Alma rendering courtesy of Fifth Group Restaurants

Alma rendering courtesy of Fifth Group Restaurants

Fifth Group Restaurants released details today about its new restaurant, Alma Cocina. The restaurant, slated to open around November 1, will be located in One Ninety One Peachtree Tower and will serve contemporary Mexican fare. Here are more details from the press release:

“We originally thought we would do authentic Tex-Mex and Mexican-inspired dishes,” said Robby Kukler [of Fifth Group Restaurants]. “But after our travels and discussions with the creative leadership within Fifth Group Restaurants as well as with those who would be our regular guests, we decided to focus more on contemporary Mexican cuisine infused with the many flavors of Latin America. Then we found Chef Chad Clevenger and knew for sure this was the right direction.”

Clevenger has 14 impressive years of culinary experience that include work with famed chefs Rene Ortiz, Jesse Perez, Rick Bayless and Tim Love. He was executive chef at Coyote Café in Sante Fe, New Mexico and owned award-winning restaurants and a street cart focusing on global pork dishes in Denver. He moved to Atlanta in mid-July to begin training with the Fifth Group team as well as to focus on Alma menu development.

Fifth Group Restaurants also include South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco and The Original El Taco, as well as Bold American, a catering and events company.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

12 comments Add your comment


July 22nd, 2011
7:31 pm

I LOVED that street cart in Denver,,,,

Jim Warren

July 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

Love their restaurants so I look forward to this one as well. South City Kitchen is a favorite.


July 23rd, 2011
10:55 am

If Rosa Mexicano can pull off “contemporary Mexican” in Atlanta, Fifth Group certainly can.

jason gonzales

July 23rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Their food is terribly overrated. Pretty good service though.


July 24th, 2011
11:06 am

I can’t say I love the planned look of the interior, but I love this kind of food and anything to do with Rick Bayless, so I’ll give it a try.

Jackson Gibbs

July 24th, 2011
8:07 pm

Fifth Group is really good at creating nice restaurants with mediocre food. I doubt I’ll spend my money at this place unless I hear really good things.


July 25th, 2011
2:57 pm

LOVE Fifth Group restaurants…I’m sure this one will be another hit!


July 25th, 2011
9:41 pm

Hopefully he learned a whole lot from Rick Bayless!

Alton Brown

July 26th, 2011
10:12 am

Can’t wait!!!!


July 27th, 2011
9:20 am

So Jason and Jackson, the Fifth Group nay sayers, where do you eat that’s so much better than Fifth Group restaurants? Not to say there arent better in town, but Fifth Group restaurants consistently have very good food and very fair prices.
Where will find you?

Bob from Accounttemps

July 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

We must have more Mexican restaurants per capita here in Atlanta than any other city north of the border (if you can even call it Mexican).

Jaipur Property

July 29th, 2011
5:57 am

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