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The Spence to open this Saturday

Credit: Concentrics Restaurants

Credit: Concentrics Restaurants

The wait for Richard Blais’ newest venture is nearly over. Originally announced back in August of 2011, The Spence is finally set to open to the public this Saturday, May 26th.

The new restaurant sees Blais partnered back up with Concentrics Restaurants, and will serve the Top Chef All-Stars winner’s takes on classic American dishes. The restaurant will open in the old Globe space at 75 5th street in midtown. At the heart of the new kitchen sits this behemoth, a 2500 lbs. refurbished English forge found abandoned on a road in the UK.

It has been a few years since Blais has truly run a kitchen in Atlanta, operating instead as a consultant for Flip and HD1. It should be interesting to see if a busy few years and a little notoriety has changed his style.

For the first few nights, the new restaurant will be reservation only, and tables can only be reserved through DMs to their Twitter account.

 

UPDATE – 5/22: I just spoke with Hannah Huffines with Concentrics and she clarified the Twitter situation. Apparently, The Spence’s Open Table account won’t be set up until Tuesday and their phone system is not up and running. However, they wanted diners to have the chance to make reservations somehow, and Twitter was the best short-term solution. The Twitter reservations will cover Saturday and Sunday night, and by next week, phone and Open Table reservations will be available. The Spence will tweet details of how to submit a reservation shortly.

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

27 comments Add your comment

david c

May 22nd, 2012
7:51 am

A self-important chef opening another precious restaurant (twitter reservations only?) for deluded foodies.

seriously?

May 22nd, 2012
8:13 am

twitter reservations only? is this a joke?

AJ

May 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

My guess is that it’s Twitter only until they get set up on OpenTable.

AC

May 22nd, 2012
9:12 am

It is a joke, considering nobody bothered to return my DM about it. Sooo don’t feel like I’ll be going anytime soon since they can’t even respond to their stupid idea of a reservation system.

AJ

May 22nd, 2012
9:15 am

@AC – Per their Twitter account, the DM was not working.

Next!

May 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Whats more of a joke is SGT Tratoria I-Pad ordering! Wierd! I mean it’s not some NEW technology! I guess when your food is mediocre (bad dough) and expensive, ya have to have something: different/odd/strange!

Baltisraul

May 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Jon, what is a DM? I am technology challenged, but happy!

bongostella

May 22nd, 2012
10:35 am

Yay! Finally a place to go where all the self absorbed little dorks won’t be around.

missnadine

May 22nd, 2012
10:49 am

Is there some Blais quota the AJC needs to fill? Seems he is the topic of your blog once a week.

Pot Pie

May 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Hipster with ironic hair cut

Baltisraul

May 22nd, 2012
12:09 pm

bongostella………you might be in for a shock. Sound like a place alot of little dorks will roost.

david c

May 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

Per the update, so you have to follow this place on twitter just to learn how to twitter a reservation. Maybe Blais should have waited to open until he knew what he was doing.

Jon Watson

May 22nd, 2012
12:20 pm

All – I spoke with Concentrics to get clarification about the Twitter reservations. Post has been updated with the reasons behind it.

Porterhouse

May 22nd, 2012
12:28 pm

The photos in the Thrillist story today look amazing

Amy

May 22nd, 2012
1:41 pm

I don’t know why y’all keep haiting on Iron Chief Richard Blais. He is the best chief in Atlanta hand down to God. He opened Flip and sold hamburgers like they was going out of style. Then some imposer tried to open a hot dog place call HD1 like a copy cat and is still getting his butt kicked by the Iron Chief! Spence is going to be off the hook. You will Twitter and Myspace if he wants all day long it will be so good. I will send Richard a nother friendship bracelet. It will be like his dream catcher to stop all your evil thoughts and angry word.

Edward

May 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Well, now that Richard’s creepy stalker has chimed in…

Baltisraul

May 22nd, 2012
2:18 pm

WOW Amy, that is creepy!!!!

GaPeachy

May 22nd, 2012
2:20 pm

I’m very excited to try Spence, don’t have Twitter so I guess I’m waiting till next week. I was a big fan of Blais on both seasons of Top Chef and love FLIP buger boutique, so hopefully this place will be a new fav.

jack trent

May 22nd, 2012
2:40 pm

AMY- “chief”….yes he is a chief and he is the one that opened HD1

david c

May 22nd, 2012
4:25 pm

Baltisraul

May 22nd, 2012
5:06 pm

david c…..Yes Iron Chief! That is the new Food Network show about the Miami Indians of Ohio who are famous for their ponhaus and mush dishes. Season starts next week, Sunday at 3:00 am. Can’t wait

david c

May 22nd, 2012
8:07 pm

Thanks, Baltisraul. That sounds wonderful. Just like the wonderful Food Network to bring us a show we can all enjoy!

Baltisraul

May 23rd, 2012
7:35 am

david c…….is it just me but is the host of “Man vs Food” putting on some weight? Say it ain’t so!

Ryan

May 23rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Jack Trent, don’t feed the troll.

Baltisraul

May 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Ryan…..you sir, have no sense of humor!

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david c

May 26th, 2012
11:54 pm

So, did y’all get your overpriced, over hyped ironic haircut chef foodie on tonight? Sorry.