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Sauced closed, E.J. Hodgkinson to leave Woodfire Grill and more news

Ria's Bluebird remains open while its sister restaurant Sauce closed.

Ria's Bluebird remains open while its sister restaurant Sauce closed.

After her recent win on Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped,” chef Ria Pell, of Ria’s Bluebird and Sauced, announced the closing of her Edgewood Avenue restaurant Sauced.

In an explanation posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page, it was revealed that the restaurant has been purchased by Bruce Logue, former chef at La Pietra Cucina. Logue, known for his extruded pasta, plans to open the Italian concept Bocca Lupo.

Pell will use the opportunity to take her prize money from “Chopped” and jet off on a family trip to Denmark, where she will plan her “next concept in the Atlanta restaurant scene.”

753 Edgewood Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

In other news:

New chef for JCT.Kitchen & Bar

  • Beginning in January, chef E.J. Hodgkinson will take the reins as executive chef at Ford Fry’s JCT.Kitchen & Bar. Hodgkinson comes from Woodfire Grill, where he was slated to take over as executive chef in January upon chef Kevin Gillespie’s departure to open his own Glenwood Park restaurant Gunshow. Woodfire Grill has not yet released information on a replacement for Hodgkinson. According to a statement from the restaurant, they are “actively seeking an executive chef who shares our values of creativity and sustainability and who will carry on our high standards. The future is bright for Woodfire Grill and we look forward to making some exciting announcements in early January.”

Gluten-free cooking class

  • Chef Linda Harrell of Cibo e Beve will offer a gluten-free Italian cooking class in January. Participants will learn to prepare gluten-free lasagna, pizza and tiramisu. Beer and wine will be paired with samples of the dishes cooked. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19. 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. $40.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

8 comments Add your comment

Bubba

December 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Fresh Air Barbeque, Jackson, GA

Since 1929 the mother church of BBQ in Georgia.

If you seek a salad bar, tofu or wings, you won’t find it here.

Shazam

December 18th, 2012
9:43 am

In light of recent events, Kevin Gillespie might want to revisit the name of his new restaurant conept.

Shazam

December 18th, 2012
9:45 am

In light of recent events, Kevin Gillespie might want to revisit the name of his new restaurant concept.

JRT

December 18th, 2012
10:00 am

Finally! Me and my wife have been waiting for Bruce Logue to resurface. We are so glad he didnt leave ATL and he’s going to be in Inman Park. Thanks for the info ajc.

donkey200

December 18th, 2012
10:17 am

Shazam, you’re right on with Kevin’s restaurant name. Maybe he’s not too invested in “gunshow”.

PC Police

December 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

The word gun should be outlawed.

PC Police

December 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

When I eat food, I think cow massacre.

BBQSushi&me

December 18th, 2012
1:01 pm

thanks PC. following that logic, guns, cars, alcohol, boy scout leader and clergy should follow suit! i don’t like the name “Gunshow”, but he shouldn’t “revisit” it. while devastatingly hurtful beyond words, rarely is a knee-jerk reaction to a horrible event a wise thing (see PATRIOT act).

back on point…best of luck to Chef Gillespie and all the very talents chefs/entrepreneurs!