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The Argosy in EAV and more

After a series of sneak peeks, The Argosy in East Atlanta Village will attempt to open softly tomorrow, then launch full-on into its first weekend of operation.

Argosy's big room

Argosy's big room

A year-and-half in the works, the labor of love bar/restaurant from the partners behind the Bookhouse Pub — Ben Rhoades, Donald Durant, and Armando Celetano — pays homage to the pulp men’s adventure magazine with reclaimed wood furnishings, artisan metal work, and avian murals and dioramas created by artist friends.

The bar features an extensive American craft beer list, with some 30 draft and 100 bottle selections, plus craft cocktails, like the Rye Buck with Riverboat Rye, ginger, yuzu, soda and lemon peel. And look for wild card offerings, such as a Japanese-style sake night, soon

Drink-friendly food pairings from executive chef William Silbernagel (who also oversees the menu at Bookhouse) include the likes of oysters on the half-shell with marrow compound butter, crispy pork belly kabobs, and sweet potato profiteroles with Spotted Trotter chorizo and goat cheese mousse. A brick oven will supply nightly “meaty” and “veggie” pizza offerings, and assorted late-night snacks.

Rhoades, who’s also the force behind the long-running club scene at MJQ Concourse, said the  grand scheme behind the hand-crafted design was to create a space that appears to have evolved over time.

“We basically have one big room, but there are different levels and sections, and hopefully they all relate to each other in different ways,” Rhoades said. “An argosy was a merchant ship, and I like that idea because the place is a collection of oddities that look like they could have been picked up by a ship as it was traveling around the world.”

470 Flat Shoals Ave, 404-577-0407, facebook.com/TheArgosyEAV.

Moderna’s grand benefit

Call it a not-so-random act of kindness. The grand opening of Moderna on Feb. 22 also served as a benefit for a critically injured child, Tripp Halstead. The energetic new Sandy Springs taqueria and night spot features live bands, DJs, and movie screenings, chef Ignacio “Nacho” Barquera’s twist on Mexico City-style street food, and a bar program with mezcal-based cocktails. 8540 Roswell Rd., 770-557-0945, modernaatl.com.

Obunai at Joli Kobe

Mihoko Obunai, former chef and co-owner of Repast, is executive chef of the re-branded Joli Kobe Bakery/Cafe in Sandy Springs, now a full-service restaurant called Joli Kobe Kitchen. Obunai’s full-time return to the Atlanta culinary arena promises to showoff her deft Japanese-meets-French cooking, with local and seasonal ingredients, housemade treats, a revamped lunch menu, and a new dinner menu. 5600 Roswell Rd, NE, 404-843-3257, jolikobe.com

Rumor and Sigh

As we tweeted on Monday, the Angry Chef, a.k.a. Ron Eyester, has big plans to expand his Morningside restaurant and bar business beyond Rosebud and the Family Dog. If all goes well, look for a New York-style pizza joint to open in June, a few doors down from Rosebud. Further down the road, Eyester has his eye on opening a diner, named Diner, in the former Fox Sports Grill space in Atlantic Station.

Another Food and More report on Monday revealed that the Fox Bros. are close (as in being near in space or time) to securing a spot on Spring Road in Smyrna, where they plan to open a second outpost of their uber popular Bar-B-Q restaurant.

— By Bob Townsend, Food and More blog.

13 comments Add your comment

Matt in Smyrna

February 27th, 2013
2:45 pm

With Heirloom Market and now Fox Bros., Smyrna has fired the opening shots in the Best BBQ Area in Atlanta war.

I wonder what space they’ll be taking. Could be the old Sonny’s, Dos Amigos, or Boca. If it ends up in the Market Village I’ll be weeping with joy.

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February 27th, 2013
3:10 pm

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bc

February 27th, 2013
4:09 pm

Matt in Smyrna needs a map of Smyrna.

Heirloom is not in Smyrna.

bc

February 27th, 2013
4:11 pm

The food at Moderna is terrific and very reasonably priced

Edgewood Adam

February 27th, 2013
4:15 pm

Thank god. Maybe now all that Cobb county, suburban trash can go to their own Fox bros and stay the hell out of Candler Park.

Hungry in Lake Claire

February 27th, 2013
5:04 pm

Way to show that great neighborhood spirit Edgewood Adam. Granted the traffic on Elmira can get a little hairy, but our friends love coming “into town” to eat and we love hosting them here. Sounds like you need to find a nice little hole and just stay in it to avoid all of the “trash” that comes with living in a densely populated urban area…..

Matt in Smyrna

February 27th, 2013
5:16 pm

@bc Ha, yes, it’s outside city limits. I guess I should say “The Smyrna-Vinings-Cumberland Community Improvement District.”

Basically it’s close to my house, which is all I need.

Edgewood Adam

February 27th, 2013
8:27 pm

@Fatty in Lake Claire,

Ok cool. Keep brining your fat friends to Fox Bros. The Argosy should be safe. Let the fools drown in their ranch dressing and fried pickles.

lose yourself

February 28th, 2013
1:46 am

I see Edgewood Adam has graduated from Yelp.

Baltisaul.....

February 28th, 2013
8:39 am

Edgewood Adam seems to be missing some spots on his dice!

Hungry in Lake Claire

February 28th, 2013
10:25 am

@Edgewood – I see you took the 3rd grade approach of name calling, which speaks volumes about you and your posts. Go ahead and keep to your secret spots and your single stools in dark bars somewhere while the rest of us enjoy the diversity and bustle of downtown living. I’ll make sure my fat friends steer clear of you and stick to the fun spots in town….

Marsh

March 1st, 2013
11:42 am

I’m sure Edgewood Adam leaves a trail of twinkly sparkles everywhere he goes, so he can be easily avoided.

MB

March 1st, 2013
11:54 am

I’m going to guess that they will be taking the Sonny’s space, simply because it has better parking and a fantastic location; I’m delighted to hear that Fox Bros is coming, even though I will never love another BBQ more than Heirloom.