In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Ink & Elm, the new tavern/restaurant in Emory Village.
When you visit, you’ll have to make a choice. Will it be Ink or Elm?
Venture left and you’ll hit Ink, the lower-priced, more casual tavern bursting with brown spirits and craft beers. Head to the right and you’ll enter Elm, the restaurant’s take on fine dining with a focus on wine and cocktails.
So how did we end up with two concepts in one space? During the planning process owners turned to local design firm and restaurant consultant ai3 with their loosely defined concept. Taking the designer’s advice, they left the space divided as they found it and essentially developed two restaurants. And while that made architectural sense, it resulted in a divided house and a divided kitchen, ergo a divided chef.
Unfortunately, each half seems to exist to the detriment of the other. And Ink may divert chef Sharp’s attention just enough