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Ford Fry’s King + Duke and more news

Additional details have been released regarding the newest member of Ford Fry’s family of restaurants: King + Duke. It will open in Buckhead in March of 2013 in the space that once housed Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s Nava.

King + Duke is being billed as a Colonial American restaurant complete with an open hearth where early American cooking techniques will be employed. Chef Joseph Schafer, currently chef de cuisine at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, will lead the kitchen in his new role as executive chef at King + Duke.

The restaurant’s name is inspired by characters in the novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” According to a press release, the characters’ deceptive nature alludes to the deception that the Buckhead restaurant is far more playful and casual than might be expected. It will be more American Tavern than fine dining.

Designs by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. indicate a focus on comfort and unobstructed views of the kitchen. An exterior garden will be a key component of the restaurant’s entrance.

As originally reported, the menu will be comprised of wood-roasted proteins. Lunch items will incorporate these items into salads, sandwiches and lighter entrees.

King + Duke joins Fry’s ever-growing family of restaurants including No. 246, JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist. A representative for the restaurateur has also confirmed that Fry has a restaurant in the works in the North Fulton area.

3060 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

In other news:

Brooklyn Bagels now in Atlanta

“It’s all about the water.” That’s the slogan for The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., which recently opened a franchise in Atlanta. The parent company creates what it calls “Brooklynized” water for use in its bagels, beverages and other products. This bagel shop serves plain, poppy seed and sesame seed varieties plus bagel sandwiches and pizza melts. From now until month’s end, our local shop will offer six additional bagels for free with the purchase of a dozen in celebration of its opening. 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. 2955 Cobb Parkway S.E., Atlanta.

Seafood restaurant opens at the airport

Earlier this month, Jekyll Island Seafood Co. opened in the International terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The restaurant seeks to bring coastal Georgia to travelers, sourcing ingredients like the Georgia wild shrimp caught off the coast of Jekyll Island. Global Concessions, The Jekyll Island Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have collaborated on the seafood restaurant, which will serve Jekyll Island label wines to benefit the preservation of the Jekyll Island Club Historic Landmark District. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 6000 North Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta. 404-209-9079.

Decatur’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

Big Tex Decatur, along with sister restaurants Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Smith’s Olde Bar will host “Decatur’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” Saturday. The event will include a wing-eating contest, a viewing of the University of Georgia v. University of Florida football game, live music and a Halloween costume contest. Free.

6 comments Add your comment

Foodie wish

October 23rd, 2012
9:02 am

woot woot! way to go Chef Joe! The man makes thebest bacon in town!!

Anton Chigurh

October 23rd, 2012
10:23 am

Love the King and Duke concept. Would love to try it.

Foodie K

October 23rd, 2012
10:56 am

I just fell out of my chair laughing. While I like that style of cooking, it’s just an odd concept for a restaurant if taken literally. It’s like a Colonial Williamsburg exhibit come to Atlanta! Will the servers be wearing traditional Colonial garb and speak the King’s English? “Good evening, madam and sir, I am your most obedient servant, Todd. By your leave, sir, prithee may I present you with a wine list?” That should be a right heartily good time!


October 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

@Foodie K, my thoughts exactly! I’ll have to see if I can find my Seinfeld “Puffy Shirt”.

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October 24th, 2012
9:39 am

Can’t wait to try this place. You could do alot worse than Williamsburg, Va. Plus they have great golf there.