Bocado owner Brian Lewis recently opened STG Trattoria, named for the first letters of his three sons’ names, in Buckhead. Executive chef Joshua Hopkins, formerly of Abattoir, and chef de cuisine Adam Waller, formerly of Sotto Sotto, lead the kitchen in preparing Italian fare that pays homage to its roots but allows for chef-driven creativity. In a press release, Lewis said, “Our focus at STG will be on traditional execution, ingredient quality and disciplined creativity. I can’t think of better people to execute our vision than Josh and Adam.”
STG serves small plates, sandwiches, specialty dinner pastas and traditional Neapolitan pizza. The pizza is prepared in wood-fired Acunto ovens shipped here from Naples, Italy. They are approved by the APN, an Italian organization that regulates the preparation of Neapolitan-style pizzas throughout the world.
STG’s modern, yet rustic design features communal tables and a walk-in wine cellar. Guests can purchase wine from the cellar at retail cost or, in the tradition of Trattorias, order tapped wine “on draft” by the carafe. The wine list was co-curated by John Passman, owner of Buckhead’s Cellar 13 Wine Merchant. Bocado’s mixologist David Durnell developed the cocktail menu.
“With this Trattoria… we hope to re-create that old-world family restaurant feel and the sense of community that comes from sharing a good meal, some wine, a table and great conversation with others—strangers and family alike,” said Lewis.
5:30 – 9 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 – close Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – close Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Fridays, noon – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Saturdays. 102 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-844-2879. $$-$$$.
In other news:
Beer aficionados, this one’s for you. On April 22, Yard House opens its doors and its 100-250 taps of draft beer at Atlantic Station.
This new location will join a host of others around the country, but will be the first of its kind in Georgia. In a press release, Harald Herrmann, president and CEO of Yard House Restaurants, explains the location, “We feel that Atlantic Station is a great location to cater to residents and businesses alike and are looking forward to being a part of the Westside expansion that has been flourishing during the past few years in Atlanta.”
Yard House is best known for its signature glass-enclosed keg room containing the hundreds of barrels that supply the taps at the bar. Selections from local and regional brewers like Monday Night Brewing, SweetWater Brewing Co. and Terrapin Beer Co. will be available. Additionally, small-batch craft brewers will find a place in the extensive line-up.
The “American fusion” menu at Yard House promises something for everyone with a lengthy list of over 130 snacks, burgers, street tacos, salads and entrees. For the vegetarians, Yard House serves a range of options made with gardein, a meat substitute made from soy and wheat, which promises to approximate beef or chicken in look, taste and texture. The kiddos are not excluded here either — Yard House offers a Kids Klub menu for $6.95.
Yard House will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. The restaurant is situated at the corner of Atlantic Drive and 19th Street near Stairway 1.
11 a.m. -close daily. 261 19th St., Atlanta. 404-815-8990. $$-$$$.
Second Bhojanic location
Decatur’s Bhojanic Restaurant, serving home-style Northern Indian cuisine, recently announced expansion plans. Owner Archna Becker will open a second location this summer at the Shops Around Lenox. This new 135 seat spot is being designed by ASD, who has designed spaces for Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Lobby and Room at Twelve. The new Buckhead Bhojanic location will feature a full bar, outdoor seating and a private event area. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and will offer live music throughout the week. 3400 Around Lenox Drive, Buckhead.
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill locations
Florida-based fast casual concept Lime Fresh Mexican Grill recently expanded to Georgia, first with a location in Buckhead, now one in Midtown and another to come in the Peachtree Hills area. Lime is known for fresh Mexican fare prepared in exhibition-style kitchens. The restaurant offers 50 varieties of hot sauce and a homemade salsa bar. Look for items such as the surfer tacos with grilled mahi-mahi, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro sauce or the flautas with chicken, organic black beans, corn, jack and cheddar cheeses fried in corn tortillas and served with an avocado-ranch dipping sauce. Midtown location: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.903 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-9453. $.
New Atlanta Culinary Tours
Atlanta Culinary Tours organizes a number of culinary experiences around town including tours of Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the Batdorf & Bronson Roastery and restaurants in the Inman Park /Old Fourth Ward area. Now, you can explore Roswell’s growing dining scene on the second Saturday of each month. Restaurants on this excursion include Rice, Table & Main, Artisan Foods Bakery & Cafe and The Fickle Pickle. Additionally, check the website for newly added tours of Woodstock and downtown Decatur.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog