Downtown’s Glenn Hotel is no doubt hoping the third time will be the charm. On Monday, Atlanta’s Concentrics Restaurants officially announced it will take over the snake-bitten restaurant space on Marietta Street in a partnership with Gemstone Hotels & Resorts and Legacy Property Group.
The eatery, 30 Tables, will take over the space previously leased to B.E.D. and more recently Maxim Prime steakhouse.
Both of the previous tenants were out-of-towners. Concentrics Restaurants is run by veteran Atlanta restaurateur Bob Amick, who also co-founded Mick’s. Amick originally confirmed the deal to Buzz in a phone call last week. He swore us to secrecy, promising us an exclusive once the ink was dry on the deal.
Apparently, the ink dried since a press release was e-mailed Monday.
During a conversation with Buzz last week, Amick said he hoped that having a savvy local company take over the challenging downtown space would make the difference this time.
The saws and hammers are already out and diners can expect a late April launch.
The cuisine will be American contemporary. The eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it also will provide room service for guests of The Glenn. Former Two Urban Licks chef Daniel Chance will preside over the stove. The restaurant will seat 100 diners.
Plus, Concentrics Restaurants, which previously brought the city One Midtown Kitchen and Parish, will be revamping the Glenn’s signature rooftop bar nightspot space. It will be renamed 11 Stories and is slated to open in April, as well.
In a statement, Amick said, “We are thrilled to bring a new exciting Concentrics Restaurants concept to the Glenn Hotel.”
There will no doubt be a splashy debut party for the press later this spring. Buzz may be busy washing our hair, however…
Save the Date
The screaming from last month’s surprise visit had barely abated Monday when Buzz Central was informed that the Jonas Brothers are headed back to town. The opening act will be” American Idol” alumni Jordin Sparks. Tickets go on sale Saturday morning at 10 for the JoBros Aug. 22 gig at Philips Arena. You may need to ask for an advance on your allowance. Tickets range from $29.50 to $89.50 plus those pesky service charges.
Is Dunwoody suddenly a hotbed of corporate espionage intrigue? Moviegoers might think so after seeing the new Julia Roberts-Clive Owen flick “Duplicity.” The thriving Atlanta suburb is name-dropped several times in the script. Even better, the spies manage to get ahold of each others’ travel records and lo and behold, multiple secretive trips to Dunwoody have been made. A fact-finding mission to a Dunwoody office park is also made in the flick (who knew there were direct flights?).
We hear that local audience members began guffawing after about the third reference was made to Dunwoody being an international spy headquarters.
Clearly, Roberts did not serve as a script consultant. After all, everyone knows
Smyrna is the true corporate espionage metropolis.
Atlanta rapper restaurateur Ludacris and family hanging at Whiskey Blue atop the W hotel in Buckhead. We’re told Luda was enjoying some brews and Fiji water, and soaking up the spring weather on the terrace before heading inside to check out the tuneage the DJ had to offer.
“Little Miss Sunshine” Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin enjoying the fried green tomatoes, chicken and biscuits and lemonade at South City Kitchen in Midtown. She’s in town filming “Zombieland.”
Singer Nick Lowe is 60. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 39. Actress Alyson Hannigan (”How I Met Your Mother,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) is 35. Bassist Benj Gershman of O.A.R. is 29. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (”The Nativity Story,” “Whale Rider”) is 19.
Contributing: Jill Vejnoska and news services.