Art Smith to open Southern Art at Intercontinental Hotel
Art Smith (credit: Swehla Photography)
Art Smith (left), the Chicago-based restaurateur who made his name as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, gave us a phone interview to talk about his plans for a restaurant in Buckhead’s Intercontinental Hotel to replace the defunct Au Pied de Cochon. Smith, who runs Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., will call his new place Southern Art. Smith foresees a September 21st or 22nd opening, and he shared these details:
- The restaurant chef will be Daryl Shular, who currently teaches at the Art Institute of Atlanta culinary arts program and coaches the U.S. Culinary Olympics team.
- The interior “will look like a Sea Island beach house.”
- “Gorgeous African American art” will hang from the high ceilings on ropes and pulleys. Says Smith, “We always have a lot of art in our restaurants. My partner [Jesus Salguerio] is a painter, and it’s very important to us.”
- This Southern boy, who grew up on a family farm near Valdosta, defines the menu as “Southern with a twist.” Smith says his menu will distinguish itself with dishes that are “on the lighter side but also with a strong farm to table component. For instance, we’ll have fried chicken but we’ll also have unfried chicken.”
- Smith hopes to use grass-fed beef from his family farm, permitting permitting. He also envisions a ham bar where guests can sample artisan country ham with butter and fresh homemade bread.
- We may want to get ready for Oprah sightings. “Ms. Winfrey and all her friends, such as Tyler [Perry] and all those people, have always been very supportive of my work.