Zeal opens in East Cobb
Zeal Modern Eatery is set to open for dinner on Friday Oct. 25 in Market Plaza on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. Executive chef Eric Mulville is a Culinary Institute of America grad and the former executive chef and managing partner of Maggiano’s Buckhead. Mulville’s menus for lunch, dinner and late night feature a variety of price points among small plates, sandwiches and entrees, including steaks, seafood and pasta. Look for specialty cocktails and a sizable craft beer list with draft beer flights.1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 42, Marietta, 678-401-7142. www.zealrestaurant.com.
Smoke Ring opens in Castleberry Hill
Smoke Ring, a new “gastro” barbecue joint from 101 Concepts (Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Meehan’s Public House), is set to open in Castleberry Hill on Thursday Oct. 24 in the former J.R. Crickets space. Jordan Wakefield, former executive chef at Meehan’s downtown, and his wife, Erin, are the owners and operators. On the “Georgia-style barbecue” menu, look for snacks like crispy pig ear “fries” and BBQ deviled eggs, sandwiches, soups, salads and barbecue plates. 309 Nelson St., Atlanta, 404-228-6377. www.smokeringatlanta.com.
— Bob Townsend, for the AJC Food and More blog.