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Art Smith to open Southern Art at Intercontinental Hotel

Art Smith (credit: Swehla Photography)

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.

10 comments Add your comment


August 15th, 2011
12:26 pm

I had no idea that Au Pied de Cochon had closed…tells you something…


August 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

Hopefully Smith will rely on his food not his name (i.e. Tom Collicio & Emeril)!


August 15th, 2011
4:24 pm

Bring on the ham bar!


August 15th, 2011
4:26 pm

Loved him on Top Chef Masters! I wish him well here and can’t wait to queue up in line!

Glen Money

August 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

I’m an old friend of Art from college days. He is the real deal! I’ve eaten at both Table 52 and Art and Soul. Get ready ATL, we are in for treat.

ATL Diner

August 15th, 2011
7:07 pm

ATL needs another “sophisticated” farm to table southern restaurant like it needs a hole in its head!! Gheez, can’t restaurateurs come up with something more original?!? I can already predict the menu….


August 15th, 2011
10:27 pm

The name is atrocious.

Southern Art — who comes up with this stuff?


August 16th, 2011
9:14 am

Agree with you, ATL Diner, but it is Art Smith – I’ll definitely give it a try! I’m hoping it makes these over-hyped hipster doofus places like Miller Union and JCT Kitchen look like a Piccadilly.

carla roqs

August 17th, 2011
8:34 am

i had a valentine’s day meal at Au Pied de Cochon,, it was…interesting. hope art’s restaurant fairs well.


August 18th, 2011
2:21 pm

I had one meal at Au Pied… I am not surprised it closed. I’ve not had Art Smith’s food, but have seen his many appearances on TV and have always been intrigued by his POV and obvious skills. I look forward to being able to dine at one of his establishments soon.