H&F at Turner Field
Chef Linton Hopkins confirmed this morning that Holeman & Finch will be serving up the famous H&F cheeseburger at three specially designed concession stands at Turner Field.
“For me, this is a story about being an Atlantan and cooking cheeseburgers in Atlanta for my team, the Atlanta Braves, while I drink Coca-Cola, which is my city’s beverage,” Hopkins said. “I see it as a story about Atlanta first.”
Hopkins explained that he’s been on a fast track to get the stands ready to go by opening day, April 1, which he pointed out is April Fool’s Day.
The three stands will be located near left field, right field and behind home plate in areas that will be accessible to everyone in the park. Only three items will be available, the H&F cheeseburger and fries and Coca-Cola in the aluminum contour bottle.
“It’s our bun from our bakery, it’s the mustard, pickles and ketchup we make, and our special burger grind, at the same price, $12, as at Holeman and Finch, except there will be many more available,” Hopkins said.
“I grew up as a Braves fan. I was there when Hank Aaron hit 715. I just love baseball parks, they are like cathedrals to me. So I’m looking forward to being able to be there to watch a game, eat a cheeseburger, drink a Coke, and cheer my team. That’s classic American stuff.”
Slice & Pint to replace Everybody’s
The news of Everybody’s closing after 41 years was still a hot topic when word surfaced that Crawford Moran, the owner and brewmaster of 5 Seasons Brewing Co., was set to open a new brewery restaurant, Slice & Pint, in its place.
This morning, Moran was shaking his head over the source of the report, published yesterday on the Tomorrow’s News Today blog. But he confirmed that he will be renovating the Everybody’s space and opening a new pizza restaurant and beer bar concept in the next few months. He plans to install an on-site brewery as soon as possible after that, probably in another six months.
“My role and involvement with 5 Seasons is not changing in any way,” Moran stressed. “I want to make that clear. I love 5 Seasons. I have the best partner [David Larkworthy] that anybody could ask for, and we have a great staff.”
As for Slice & Pint, Moran said the germ of the idea goes back to when he closed Dogwood Brewing Co. in 2004.
“This is a great opportunity in a great neighborhood and it will be fun,” Moran said. “After Dogwood, I was planning on doing a pizza brewpub, then I joined with Dave at 5 Seasons. But the idea has always been in the back of my brain.”
Moran said he will be hiring a pizza maker and a brewer, and that handcrafted pizza and handcrafted beer will be central to the concept.
“We’re going to serve the four basic food groups,” Moran said. “That’s beer, pizza, chocolate, and other stuff.”
In other Everybody’s-related news, Steady Hand Pour House, which was subleasing space from Everybody’s, will be closing, as well . Look for Steady Hand to restart their mobile coffee van, Rattletrap, in the interim.
— Bob Townsend, Food and More blog