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Watershed announces reopening plans

courtesy of Watershed on Peachtree

courtesy of Watershed on Peachtree

“When is Watershed reopening?”

That’s one of the questions we’ve heard most since Watershed closed its Decatur location last August. Now, we have an answer. Last night, the restaurant sent a teaser to its email subscribers with the message “opening soon.” I spoke with Managing Partner Ross Jones this morning, who told me that Watershed, now called Watershed on Peachtree, is slated to open May 24, barring delays.

Jones calls the restaurant’s new location, 1820 Peachtree Road, their “new house,” with Decatur being their first. She says, “Decatur was awesome, but our new, bigger house has more of the features we were looking for, like outdoor and private dining and a large bar area.”

The restaurant will feature two distinct spaces: a large bar area Jones describes as “cool and casual” and a separate, more quiet dining area. Most of the extra seating will be found in the bar area and on the patio overlooking Peachtree Road.

According to Jones, designer Smith Hanes is using natural woods in the restaurant, but not the blonde woods that were associated with the Decatur location. She says that they are adapting the design to the current space.

You’ll also find a new menu at Watershed on Peachtree. Jones confirmed that chef Joe Truex remains at the helm and “has been working on the menu all winter long.” She says that they are not completely reinventing the menu, but that they’ve opened the door for creativity. The menu will change more frequently and will be more inventive than traditional — not as “old-school Southern.” Yet Jones says, “it will resonate with what we’ve always done.”

Some of your old favorites from Watershed’s menu may rotate through as specials. Watershed’s famous fried chicken nights will return, but on Wednesdays at this location.

Watershed on Peachtree is currently hiring for most positions, but says they are bringing back some key employees from the Decatur location.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

22 comments Add your comment

dave

April 17th, 2012
11:01 am

Cant’ wait

Edward

April 17th, 2012
1:06 pm

Nice, it is walking distance for me.

TYRONE

April 17th, 2012
2:10 pm

WATERSHED IS BACK!!

I LOVE THEY CHICKEN!!

jerry gardner

April 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

Tyrone:
Remember your grammar! It’s not “they chicken,” it’s “theys’ chicken.”

Atlantan

April 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

looking forward to it returning

up north

April 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

I wonder how much the price of the fried chicken will go up to now.

Needabailout,too!

April 17th, 2012
4:45 pm

…and Emily is still in the picture, too, right?

Shame on a brother whose dealin'

April 17th, 2012
4:46 pm

Up North… Since they are in Butthead, the price will increase substantially. High rent district.

Too Bad

April 17th, 2012
4:57 pm

Restaurant competition much stiffer in Atlanta than Decatur and Watershed heading for a rude awakening. They may do fine for 6-12 months on the re-opening hype but will struggle from then on. Personally, I enjoyed dining at Watershed while in Decatur but have better options in Atlanta and can’t see going to this new location.

Just Sayin......

April 17th, 2012
6:23 pm

Yeah sure it’s great…..if you don’t mind paying $20 for a fried chicken meal!!!

LOL!

Just Sayin......

April 17th, 2012
6:25 pm

….and that doesn’t include the sides!!

SAWB

April 17th, 2012
7:13 pm

No surprise they moved Decatur was fun once, but now there are too many hipsters and not enough parking.

Needabailout,too!

April 17th, 2012
9:38 pm

Could it occur to you that in this new neighborhood, eager for a new restaurant destination, that $20.00 fried chicken dinner is chump change? Maybe needing a more moneyed clientel was actually a planned geographical move? Maybe someone did their demographic homework in deciding **where** to relocate?…Such Killjoys…Much continued success, Watershed.

Mark

April 17th, 2012
10:18 pm

@Too Bad, SAWB–wait, competition is “much stiffer in ATL than Decatur?” Ummm, let me think–246, Cakes and Ale, Leon’s, Brick House, Iberian Pig, Farmburger (which ate Watershed’s lunch during the last dying days), Sapori di Napoli. And by Watershed’s new location, the competition is…Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican?? (Though I do like the tortilla machine).

Seriously, of course, there is competition–Tuk Tuk, Eugene, La Pietra (but new chef, right?), even Houston’s. But realistically, Decatur has as much happening restaurant-wise as anywhere in Decatur. And I know where to park.

[...] Watershed, the much-loved Decatur restaurant that closed last summer, plans to reopen May 24 in Buckhead, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. [...]

Baltisraul

April 18th, 2012
9:00 am

jerry gardner……..the correct version “thems chickens” if I am not mistook’in.

Baltisraul

April 18th, 2012
9:02 am

SAWB…….ask Mark where to park. He seems to know everything about everything.

Edward

April 18th, 2012
10:58 am

Or just take MARTA to the Square in Decatur and casually stroll to a lot of great dining choices. Oh, right, this is Atlanta. Nobody wants to walk more than 10 steps.

Mark

April 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

@Bastisraul: In Decatur, right behind Parkers on Ponce, there’s this big concrete building with all these parallel white lines painted on the floor, and I believe I’ve seen cars carefully arranged between said lines. Now admittedly this structure is at least a ONE block walk to the restaurants in question, so maybe that’s too suburban for those accustomed to Buckhead valet service, but it seems to work for me and a lot of others when we need parking. Or take MARTA, though as Edward’s noted, that is another one of those hated 1/2 block walks.

60's Relic

April 18th, 2012
9:50 pm

Mark, what about the 5 level deck behind courthouse? Is that unsafe or what? Plenty of spaces and free after work hours. Now Downtown, Mid-town, Buckhead … parking nightmare or $$$.

[...] AJC says Watershed is planning to open in their new Buckhead location on May 24. What’s changed at the new Watershed? There’s more space, a private dining room, and [...]

Too Bad

April 22nd, 2012
12:29 pm

@Mark- Decatur has many good restaurants to which Watershed had its niche. In their new location, they’ll have to find a niche amongst the countless restaurant options from Buckhead to midtown. I stand behind my prediction that their struggle will begin somewhere in year 2 of the new operation.