French American Brasserie owner Fabrice Vergez has quietly unveiled a new, lower-priced menu and an updated look for his downtown eatery.
The new menu (right, and enlargeable with a click) features a new line-up of small plates called “brasserie bites,” including a frog leg and bean salad, and stuffed mussels and clams. Most entrees are now under $20.
“So many tourists on their way to the [Georgia] Aquarium would poke their heads in the door but not stop because the menu was too expensive,” he said. “This economy isn’t going to change, so we’ve got to adjust.”
Minor adjustments to the decor include an expanded bar area and removal of some of the brass railings to give the room a more casual look.
The last fine-dining chef to work at F.A.B., Cyrille Holota, has decamped to BLT Steak across the street, where he’s picked up a good review from Besha Rodell at Creative Loafing.
Vergez plans to open an upscale French restaurant called F&B in the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead.