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Former Ecco chef Micah Willix to open new restaurant at Phipps

Chef Micah Willix, who recently vacated his position as executive chef at Ecco, will open his own restaurant, Latitude, at Phipps Plaza early this November. The new restaurant will be globally inspired, reflective of his style at Ecco.

Willix says Latitude will be about “good service, good cocktails and good food.” The food will be “simple, straightforward, grassroots food with no limitations” and the menu will be seasonal and ingredient driven. You’ll be tempted with items such as ceviches, Jonah crab bisque, spicy pork sausage with roasted cherries and more.

According to Willix, he and partner Kenny Pearlman, of Seasons 52, place great emphasis on sourcing. Latitude will use “the best farmers, sustainable fish, natural meats and all-natural produce and dairy products.”

The restaurant will take over he spot that housed The Grape at Phipps. There will be about 80 seats inside and about 30 on the patio. Willix says they are working with a designer to finalize the restaurant’s decor but that they want it to be “comfortable yet sophisticated.”

Looks like Latitude will be open just in time to benefit from the holiday shopping rush at Phipps Plaza.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

13 comments Add your comment


September 17th, 2011
9:18 am

Oh, should be good, I’ve always enjoyed the food at Ecco. Creative without being fussy and weird.

observer 1

September 17th, 2011
5:08 pm

Awesome news! Micah is one of the best in town!


September 17th, 2011
11:32 pm

What about the dang Food Court at Phipps?

Harry Ballantine

September 17th, 2011
11:48 pm

Taco Mac is the greatest in Atlanta! Places like this are pretentious spots for snooty, plastic people.


September 18th, 2011
12:11 am

I hope this place will be better than the Tavern at Phipps. That place is overpriced and doesn’t even serve good food and the people have bad attitudes. I don’t mind paying money for a good meal just make sure the food is actually GOOD served by people who actually care you are there. If this place is good I hope it runs Tavern at Phipps out of business.


September 18th, 2011
12:17 am

Tavern at Phipps has become too big for its britches…i hope this lawsuit with the former NBA player (and I am no fan of the NBA) puts them out of business…


September 18th, 2011
1:05 am

The Tavern has always been good to me and my crew. Also, I think the NBA guy lost his stupid law suit.

Jimmy Baron

September 18th, 2011
8:20 am

I love me some “ingredient driven” food. You just don’t find that anymore.


September 18th, 2011
8:47 am

jacx, The lawsuit was dismissed (bc it was bogus) guess you should have wished harder.


September 19th, 2011
10:05 am

Looking forward to it, as long as the food is more Ecco and less Seasons 52, or as I like to refer to it, No Seasons 52.

Had a lovely meal with great service at the Tavern yesterday, and will support it even more now that it’s under attack. Listen, I’m just going to say what a lot of people are thinking, but won’t say for fear of being branded – call me whatever you wish, I don’t care anymore. Tavern is one of the last places in Buckhead where affluent white people can go have a nice time without having the urbanity of hip-hop Atlanta thrust upon them. We’re not racists, ok? We just don’t want to hang out with them all the time. We’d like a place to go where it’s just us – and there’s nothing wrong with that. And on the flip side of that coin, they don’t want to hang out with us either. Look around. V103 DJ Frank Ski has opened a new restaurant on Peachtree that caters to rich blacks – good for him! I hope it does well. But seriously, what sane white person is going to stroll in there and expect to receive top-notch service?

The Tavern and Frank Ski’s Restaurant are PRIVATE BUSINESS, and therefore can refuse service to anyone they choose at any time. I fully support both restaurants right to operate under that banner. They cannot, however, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation when HIRING. Those egomaniacal chip-on-their-shoulder NBA players weren’t applying for a job – they were patrons. If they were not happy with the way they were treated, their only recourse is to stop patronizing the business. Yesterday at the Tavern, I saw several black servers, our server was gay, and most of the busboys were Hispanic. I’d like to know how many white servers Mr. Ski has hired. :-)


September 19th, 2011
10:36 am

This is great news! We deserve a decent restaurant in this area.


September 19th, 2011
6:10 pm

@DKBP – I seem to recall that Cracker Barrel and Denny’s were two private businesses that thought they could choose which customers to serve and which to exclude from their premises. Both of those companies lost enormous lawsuits for taking that approach to customer service. Your suggestion that a business owner can choose to close the doors to people of a certain race reflects an ignorance of the law and smacks of the Lester Maddox era.

I personally have no problem finding many great restaurants in Buckhead that are far superior to The Tavern and are patronized by clientele of all races that don’t bring a hip-hop culture or an NBA posse with them. If you don’t like the crowd in a particular restaurant, the crowd shouldn’t leave; you should.

chupa chup

September 20th, 2011
12:05 pm

If there is such a need for great restaurants in this area, why then has there not ever been any success in creating one? Id say it has a lot to do with the eating patterns of the demographic. Opening a restaurant that serves “seasonal” fare is cavalier at best when you consider that it’ll be surrounded by thriving establishments that serve, reheated frozen food. I commend anyone that wants to battle this 800lb social gorilla but the facts are the facts ,…Phipps and Lenox crave calamari with sweet chili sauce, sesame crusted Ahi salads and southwestern eggrolls . Maggianos, Carabbas,cheesecake factory and some local operators that mimic these national chains do well in the mall environment. As a buckhead neighbor, I hope this place does well and sticks around but I won’t hold my breath.