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Rathbun’s Surprise Reopening Tonight

Rathbuns welcome back

Though a recent announcement had the reopening set for September 23, Rathbun’s will be serving dinner tonight starting at 5:30 p.m.

The big news was released early this morning via an e-mail greeting card that reads, “Everybody Loves A Surprise… Here’s Ours… We’ll be opening tonight. Welcome back.”

Of course, Rathbun’s has been closed since a July 4th fire wreaked enough havoc to require a new kitchen and other renovations.

Adding injury to insult, chef/owner Kevin Rathbun fell through a drop ceiling and suffered a broken ankle while attempting to inspect and clean up some of the damage.

Nick Anderson will be in the new kitchen as the new chef de cuisine. And Atlanta Magazine has posted a copy of the new reopening menu.

The “second mortgage” section is gone. But look for lower price points and classic dishes from past menus.

For reservations, call: 404-524-8280.

— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More.

20 comments Add your comment

Allie F.

September 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

Worst restaurant in Atlanta; over priced, over salted, rude and condescending. Should have stayed closed!!!

Cancer Breath

September 20th, 2013
1:46 pm

Come on, no one takes you seriously when you say “worst in Atlanta.”
You obviously do not get out much.
Yes, it is expensive and salty, but so is every other top notch restaurant in Atlanta.
As far the the “rude and condescending” part, that’s totally subjective.
You were probably feeling a little extra sensitive the day you went there.
It’s kind of formal. It has white table cloths. Is that what you mean by condescending?
I’m only asking because you used the word “condescending” and you spelled it correctly, which is better than 95% of the people who post on here would do. So I want to respect your opinion.
But you have to admit your comment is a little over-the-top, especially considering you gave no details to support it.

Baltisraul......

September 20th, 2013
2:32 pm

Allie F. ……..based of the inspection report, the Flying Biscut has to be the worst restaurant not only in Atl but in Georgia. The GM noted that the report was another low score because his employees have been attending extra Mensa meetings.

Amy

September 20th, 2013
3:46 pm

I have to say that I was very disappointed in Rathbun’s. I won’t be going back for their re-opening or ever, for that matter. The service was disjointed and the steak wasn’t that great. I much prefer Chops, even though it’s not as “cool” as Rathbun’s. The service is impeccable at Chops and the food is better too.

Edward

September 21st, 2013
10:28 am

Having experienced all of the Rathbun restaurants numerous times, I find it very hard to believe anyone had such a bad experience in one to warrant comments like “Allie” or “Amy”. Perhaps a less-than-perfect meal, but still one that is better than most. Judging from the comment “Allie” made, I would wager “rude and condescending” are simply mirrored projections of herself.

Baltisraul......

September 21st, 2013
10:47 am

Allie F. —- Worst in the ATL? Wonder what their secret is to having lasted this long? Adaquate parking and clean restrooms?

Art

September 21st, 2013
11:40 am

Balt, you’re on a tear this morning. Crack me up! I have to agree with Balt and Edward. I’ll always listen to constructive criticism but it has to be constructive. One can’t just utter a bunch of declaratives and not offer any rationale. On a different note, sounds like Flying Biscuit is trying to start a new trend in Southern dining… “Germ to Table”.

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

September 21st, 2013
12:38 pm

Hows the meat loaf?

Amy

September 21st, 2013
2:10 pm

Edward – are you calling me a liar? My experience at Rathbun’s (which I had looked forward to for, literally, years) was incredibly disappointing. Our appetizer came out timely but then we waited about 40 minutes for our salad. As soon as our salads hit the table, here comes our porterhouse for two. The timing was terrible and the steak was definitely not what I had hoped it would be. I would seriously pick Chops any day of the week of Rathbun’s. I will say the one redeeming spot of the meal was our appetizer – the thick cut bacon. It was the best bacon I’ve ever eaten in my life.

BT

September 22nd, 2013
7:49 am

@Amy: I think you are critiquing Rathbun’s Steak not Rathbun’s.

Edward

September 22nd, 2013
9:15 am

Some people project such a negative attitude that everyone they meet then treats them accordingly. Wait staff are human, they can certainly be affected by that same phenomenon. If you get bad service some place that everyone else reports great service, maybe it is you.

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

September 22nd, 2013
10:52 am

I drive a…………..

Baltisraul......

September 23rd, 2013
8:55 am

Amy…..I am sure you know what place you went but, like BT, it appears to be a mix-up. Just saying!

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September 24th, 2013
6:58 am

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September 24th, 2013
8:56 am

Cancer Breath

September 24th, 2013
1:42 pm

I was going to add that yeah, if I want a steak and country club service I’ll probably opt for Chops (or Bones or Hal’s) over Rathbun’s.
But then someone pointed out that Amy was confused about which restaurant was up for discussion.
That makes sense.
Rathbun’s is cool and interesting and in-town. It’s an alternative to Buckhead. It’s not competing in the Buckhead steakhouse market. Rathbun Steak is competing in the high-end steak market, but not necessarily geographically. And as between the two, I think I prefer Rathbun’s.
I also agree with the statements about bad service.
I am a nice guy (as far as you know). I project confidence, and I tip well.
It is rare that I receive substandard service, and it usually happens at a place where I am out of my element, like a touristy section of another city. But even then I can usually make it work – sit at the bar and act friendly to the bartender. Ask questions that allow them to answer in a way that makes them feel smart/important. Compliment their town or place of employment in unique ways. In other words – make an effort.

So, Allie and Amy, the takeaways for you are: 1. get out more and 2. act nice until you just absolutely cannot because someone else is truly ruining it for you.
If you have to wait a year for someone to take you to a good restaurant, odds are your expectations are going to be unreasonable because you think it has to be perfect since it’s your only chance to order off a menu that’s not laminated for a whole year (I always like to end with a run-on sentence).

Edward

September 25th, 2013
9:43 am

On a related note, I just noticed Rathbuns scored a perfect 100 on their latest health inspection. Nice job.

Marsh

September 26th, 2013
7:43 am

Know what you see when you look up “condescending” in the dictionary? A picture of Cancer Breath. Nice name, BTW, jerk-off.

Baltisraul......

September 26th, 2013
9:27 am

Marsh…..I am with you, the dude needs to change his name. I don’t get offended easy but this is the exception.

Cancer Breath

September 27th, 2013
2:03 pm

Balt: I liked your comment about adequate parking and clean restrooms. It gave me a chuckle.
And I regret that you find my name offensive.
I got it a few years ago. I was in the middle of treatment for colo-rectal cancer and my then-5-year-old daughter complained that I smelled bad. I had a colostomy bag for about four months and I had some complications from one surgery that resulted in an infection. It suffices to say that my daughter was being kind when she said I smelled “bad.” I smelled like a septic tank for months. Fortunately for me the pain killers pretty well dulled my senses to it, but everyone else in the family suffered in silence (except for Anne).
So when Anne started first grade, on her first day my wife asked how she liked her new teacher, she replied “she was nice, but she had cancer breath.”
Astonished by this cruel, obnoxious, hyperbolic, disgusting and hilarious assessment of her new teacher, we nearly turned over the dining table laughing.
Looking back, it may not have been all that funny, but it was just the kind of cathartic laugh we needed at the time.
Anyway, that’s how I got the name, and it has stuck.
If you have a good suggestion, I am of course open to changing it.
Marsh recommends “Jerk-off,” and while I appreciate the thought, I suspect that would make my comments a candidate for over-moderation.
Have a great weekend.