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.
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.