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Cook Hall to replace Market at W – Buckhead and more news

wLogoBuckhead’s W Hotel will soon have a new gastropub, Cook Hall, to replace Market. Renovations begin next month to create what a press release calls “a place where chefs would dream of gathering.”

The beverage program will be the handiwork of 2011 James Beard award winner Belinda Chang, whose resume includes time at New York’s Monkey Bar and The Modern, as well as Charlie Trotter’s of Chicago. Cook Hall will serve boutique wines and a daily menu of handcrafted cocktails.

Chang has also designed the Cook Hall Cocktail Kit, a signature item for the beverage program. The kit will serve 2-10 guests and will include a spirit of choice with tinctures and mixers for custom cocktails made tableside. Recipe included.

Cook Hall, a concept conceived by Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group, will serve global gastropub fare under the direction of chef David Gross. Think small plates, charcuterie, tacos, flatbreads and sandwiches.

Local design firm Blackdog Studio will redesign Market’s interior, incorporating “found objects” into the design, as well as a new 18-seat bar.

3377 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta.

In other news:

Nava closes

  • Nava, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s southwestern-themed spot, recently closed its doors. Buckhead Life also closed Bluepointe last November but plans to open Pano’s, a nod to the former Pano’s and Paul’s, on the main level of 103 West event facility. 3060 Peachtree Road N.W., Buckhead.

Nava’s replacement

  • Nava’s prime location won’t sit empty for long, as the space has already been snapped up by chef and restauranteur Ford Fry. Fry also has ownership in JCT.Kitchen, No. 246 and The Optimist. His newest restaurant will serve wood-roasted meats, fish and fowl. The restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner, with lunch entrees incorporating wood-roasted products into lighter sandwiches and salads.

F & B now open

  • Owners Fabrice Vergez and Cindy Brown of the former French American Brasserie (F.A.B.) returned to their roots in Buckhead with the opening of F & B, a new concept in the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The French American Brasserie began its life as Brasserie Le Coze at Lenox Square Mall but relocated to a downtown spot with the new name F.A.B. when Neiman Marcus expanded in 2006. Last December, F.A.B. closed, a few months after the announcement was made about the new concept. F & B, now open for both lunch and dinner, calls itself a “rustic neighborhood bistro” with contemporary French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 3630 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-254-1797,, $$-$$$.

Table 1280 closes temporarily

  • Table 1280 at the Woodruff Arts Center closed after brunch this past Sunday. Manager Will Sprewell indicated that the restaurant will not close permanently. He said, “As you know, the majority of our business comes during symphony and theater season. During the next two weeks, we will be closing down and revamping.” According to Sprewell, the restaurant will reopen for dinner when the season resumes, but the exact date and lunch service are both “up in the air.”

Busy Bee Cafe to open new multi-unit concept

  • Tracy Gates, owner of Busy Bee Cafe, is a busy bee herself with a new multi-unit concept in the works. The new restaurant will also serve soul food favorites including Busy Bee’s famous fried chicken and ox tails.

Taqueria del Sol expands to five new markets

  • Taqueria del Sol has plans to enter five new markets across the country. Contracts for multiple units have been signed in Philadelphia, Orlando and Cary, North Carolina, near Research Triangle.

Fox Bros. Rib Joint to find an alternate location

  • Although owners were originally eyeing the former Maddy’s location, Fox Bros. Rib Joint is now on the hunt for an alternate space. Buckhead locations are being considered, but no decisions have been finalized.

Swit Bakery & Cafe changing name and concept

  • West Midtown’s Swit Bakery & Cafe, which opened last spring, will soon be changing both its name and concept. It will convert from a bakery to a bistro and bar.

Buttermilk Kitchen opens this fall

  • Suzanne Vizethann’s new breakfast-centric spot, Buttermilk Kitchen, is on track to open this fall in either October or November.

Fig Jam gets new chef, new location

  • Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar is making changes by naming Andy Thomas as the new executive chef. It will also make a move to a smaller, more casual 2000 square foot space at 1010 Peachtree.

5 Napkin Burger closed

  • What Now Atlanta recently reported that 5 Napkin Burger in Midtown closed. The Atlanta location’s website has been taken down and its name removed from the national listing on the the 5 Napkin Burger website.

Del Frisco’s Grille opening this fall, now hiring

  • Del Frisco’s Grille, serving steak, seafood and comfort cuisine, will open a location in Atlanta this fall. The restaurant is hosting a job fair 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 for a range of positions. 3525 Piedmont Rd. N.E., 7 Piedmont Center, Suite 300.

Share Our Strength’s Annual Give Me Five Dinner this Sunday

  • Share Our Strength, an organization devoted to ending childhood hunger, will host its sixth annual Give Me Five Dinner this Sunday. Six chefs, including Pano Karatassos, Kevin Gillespie and Heather Hurlbert, will serve five courses with wine pairings by local sommeliers. Purchase tickets online. 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Cherokee Town Club. $275.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

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August 14th, 2012
8:48 am

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August 14th, 2012
10:09 am

I’m not surprised to hear about 5 Napkin Burger closing. I went there once and never went back. The burger was dry, bland and overpriced.


August 14th, 2012
10:16 am

Table 1280 needs a total make-over, from menu to management. Every time I’ve been there it has been a complete disaster. The food has been subpar, the service even worse. Rather than aiming for solely the symphony & theater crowds, the restaurant should also seamlessly service those going to the museums. Trying to be an upscale restaurant is a key flaw of Table 1280.

John Kessler

August 14th, 2012
10:37 am

Erin – I’m with you. They need to turn 1280 into a great cafeteria, with pastries, coffee, a few prepared foods and others that you order and they bring to your table. THAT would be a draw.


August 14th, 2012
1:34 pm

Table 1280 could pick up weekday lunch business from the local office workers if they redesigned the menu, made it affordable and served promptly. TAP has great business during lunch and after work, so there’s no reason why Table 1280 couldn’t do the same.

Fig Jam also needs to rethink its lunch menu with the move. Pricey, bland sandwiches won’t cut it at their new address.


August 14th, 2012
2:21 pm

That’s a shame about Swit — I’ve been a big fan of their bread. I wonder why a bakery/cafe like that (and Bakeshop which closed earlier this year) can’t make it in Midtown. Is it the carbs?


August 14th, 2012
2:33 pm

Forgot to include in my previous comment:

Does anyone have info on why Chef Shane Devereux (Top Flr/Sound Table/Lawrence) has left his position and returned to Peasant Bistro? It’s an interesting move considering Lawrence just opened recently.

It was posted on the Peasant Bistro Facebook page yesterday:

I just schnitzeled my pants!

August 14th, 2012
3:04 pm

What about the beer at Cook Hall? Why do you always relegate the beer discussion to zero?


August 14th, 2012
9:11 pm

Table 1280 was such a disappointment. On one visit, the food was merely adequate. The service was juvenile, perhaps the wait staff were giddy that there were actual diners present in the mostly empty room. On a subsequent visit, we were told the only offering was the “pre fixe” menu where there really were no choices. You had to pay $48 a person for a meal in which you had no choice on what you receive. We left and walked down to TAP, instead.
Also, no surprise about 5 Napkin. Horribly overpriced. My one experience there was not pleasant. A burger, fries, onion rings and a Coke cost nearly $30. Seriously? And I couldn’t eat the fries or onion rings. When the waiter brought them, I could smell a “fishy” odor. I’m highly allergic (with potential fatal results) to shellfish, so I asked the waiter if the fries and rings were cooked along with the shrimp that was on the menu. The manager came to my table to say that yes, they only have one frier, so everything is fried together. Thankfully, my nose detected the odor before I had tasted them. Good riddance to a bad restaurant.

I’m anxious to try F&B, I have fond memories of Brasserie Le Coze. Also looking forward to Ford Fry’s new concept.


August 15th, 2012
6:31 am

So sad to hear that Fox Bros. isn’t going to use the Maddy’s location! Any reason why they changed their minds? We were practically waiting in the parking lot with forks and napkins ready.

Jenny Turknett

August 15th, 2012
9:50 am

Decaturite, I believe they wanted to purchase the building but the landlord wasn’t prepared to sell it.


August 15th, 2012
11:14 pm

I love Swit, but am glad to hear to that they arent completely going away… I can see a bistro/bar working very well in that space! I LOVE their location, porch and space. Their bakery food was remarkable, so I look forward to seeing what they do next. Please do keep us updated!