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Frank Ski opening a restaurant under his name in Buckhead

Frank-Ski-closeup-at-mike-300x225V-103’s Frank Ski is opening a Buckhead restaurant in about a month called Frank Ski’s.

It’s where Vita used to be at 2110 Peachtree Road near Justin’s and Houston’s. (Before that, it was Mick’s.)

Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, Inc. brokered a deal.

In an interview today, the morning host said it will be “sophisticated American food, what you’d find at Houston’s or South City Kitchen.”

It will also feature live music and have a lounge area. The kitchen will stay open until 11 p.m. or midnight. “Atlanta is way behind the curve,” he said, when it comes to go-to late-night restaurant spots compared to Miami, Vegas or New York.

Ski won’t be able to run the shop since he has a full-time job at V-103 so he hired a former Houston’s manager James Johnson. Houston’s, Ski said, runs such a tight ship. “I’d rather pay the best manager and be open awhile than be cheap on the manager and close quickly,” Ski said. “I don’t plan to fund this out of my V-103 salary.”

[UPDATE, Saturday, June 25, 2010: Based on the comments below, I just want to note that Frank is primarily funding this out of his own pocket. He has minor investors but he is by far the majority owner.]

Rock 100.5’s Regular Guys host “Southside” Steve Rickman, who opened Southside Steve’s in McDonough two and a half years ago and has 88 percent ownership, said the restaurant/bar business is not for the fainthearted. He has managed to keep his place open but has had to pump a lot of his own cash into it. “It’s taken a lot of my time to get the right staff and the right attitude,” Rickman said on the phone from the Miami Hooters international bikini contest.

“My biggest mistake was allowing people to represent my name and my personality and not being in the building.” He said, since last December, he’s been more hands-on. “I had people who worked for me who didn’t like people,” he added. “I had to change that.” He now has people he trusts running the establishment.

Rickman still does four endorsements and six promotions a week but otherwise, he works on his bar for at least two hours a day. He has had to sacrifice his time with his friends and families. “If you’re having a bad day, you can’t show it,” he said.

“I wish Frank the best,” he added.

Rickman is considering a second bar in the heart of Atlanta and even looked at the space Ski took. “It’s a great location for him,” he said.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

176 comments Add your comment

Biff Pocoroba

June 24th, 2011
8:44 pm

Will Wanda get free meals? If so, he might shut down pretty quickly.

gagirl

June 25th, 2011
12:07 am

LOL He can’t be serious.

BringonthegoodFood

June 25th, 2011
12:44 am

Why not, gagirl? I wish him much success.

Frank Ski iz a Sucka

June 25th, 2011
3:25 am

Man, I really did wish that Ryan Cameron was going to take the morning spot when he moved back to V-103 several years ago. He’s so much better than lame Frank Ski. This guy wants to be a celebrity / mogul so bad. I mean all he does is name drop about who he knows and this and that…. who gives a crap Frank just shut the hell up and ‘play records’ is what I say in my Bernie Mac voice when I HAVE TO listen to this lame guy. I only read the article because I wanted to see what the name of the restaurant was going to be… and well of course, he didn’t let me down because just as I thought he named it Frank Ski’s. I got news for you Frank — we don’t give out stars in the A. Yeah, this isn’t LA so stop trying so dang hard pimpin’.

Ayana

June 25th, 2011
5:20 am

Seems like it will be nice. I wish Frank the best of luck!

T Sleazy

June 25th, 2011
5:28 am

People please quit all the hatin’! Frank Ski, good look and luck on your endeavor. Hey haters, the man is creating jobs and adding to the city’s nite life. And the food just might be great! Give him a break and a chance! Peace

your the problem

June 25th, 2011
7:27 am

wow Larry, really? so early in the day….so much hate. And I’m white…..you’re part of the problem with Atlanta…we’ll never be a world class destination because of all of the myopic thinking. Where’s your white pillow case Larry?

Wordchaser

June 25th, 2011
7:34 am

Wow!! Before I moved to Atlanta, I used hear phrases like”Atlanta was the city too busy to hate” and crap like that. I guess things haven’t changed after all . America will be the same ole America.I love this country but it sure sucks to see us tearing each other down every chance we get.That goes for ALL races!! Best of Luck to anyone who has the guts to open a business in this economy.

s perry

June 25th, 2011
7:35 am

Im with your the problem stop hating larry ,and waht difference does make where the location is?, as if we dont have a right to be i buckhead,,news buckhead aint just for honkeys..

Peaceupatowndwn

June 25th, 2011
7:37 am

Yes I will try this place out and to the Minority ( the whites ) why dont yall move back to the burbs.. everyone WANNA live in the city now hell yall didnt a few years back …

Gigithebartender

June 25th, 2011
7:46 am

Awesome news!! Now, we’ll see if he truly hires professionals who love the business of hospitality or if he’ll try and make it Hooters and only hire skinny girls with weaves and Attitudes!! We already know the answer……

Maimou

June 25th, 2011
8:26 am

I wonder how many of you that are casting the racial hatred are native Atlantans? I am, and all I can think of is wow, hope the guy makes it, because the restaurant/bar business is the quickest way to lose lots of money I know. Get off the racism, people, and just live together in this world. It’s hard enough out there without hating somebody’s color. Don’t like how they roll? Roll your own way, and shut up about the other man.

Chip Chipperson

June 25th, 2011
8:32 am

This place will be a huge failure. The best thing about this place is if/when the assaults and shootings take place is that they are located right next to Piedmont Hospital.

tim

June 25th, 2011
8:46 am

Some advice to Steve Rickman……It isn’t about “attitude” or about “representin your name’ or “your personality” GEEZ

Frank Ski’s…..doomed to fail.

GG

June 25th, 2011
8:49 am

In true narcissist fashion, he named the restaurant after himself. Not surprising.

jsmtih

June 25th, 2011
9:03 am

the shumacher group are the biggest crooks in atlanta

Nonia

June 25th, 2011
9:39 am

Another tax write-off of failure like his buckhead night club failed years ago. Well I reside in Cobb County, and we’ve got some of the nicest restaurants out here with non-valet required free parking, no homeless folks begging for noney, no chaotic Peachtree Street traffic, no car booting abd looting……..etc. My family and I have no reason to go downtown for anything other than Falcon and Hawks games. After the owners sell the Hawks, then we’ll just stay home in Vinnings and watch the Falcon games-

Sage of Bluesland

June 25th, 2011
9:48 am

“I don’t plan to fund this out of my V-103 salary.”

I have no clue who Frank Ski is, but I found this statement odd. How will he fund this operation?

Christopher Bazemore

June 25th, 2011
9:50 am

Frank Ski, do your thing. I met you when your guy Kevin Lyles came down for an event and we talked in the parking lot. Keep moving forward, because there are some haters on here that said you name drop all the time. It’s not name dropping when they are your friends or business contacts. Why wouldn’t you use your name for the business because Frank Ski is a brand. It’s a name that has been built over a long period of time and the name should be incorporated if it already isn’t. Also, have you ever thought about talk radio because you have real nice conversations on politics, realationships and etc. I would love to see you do talk radio or run for mayor because you have this certain wit about yourself that eludes success.

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Kev

June 25th, 2011
9:51 am

I agree with T Sleazy… The man is creating jobs. For all the haters, how many of you can go out into Buckhead and open up your own restaurant? I can’t stand hattin’ folks. They see someone else doing good in the community and they get all jealous and start running their trap for no good reason. Be happy that the man is trying to do something. Most people won’t even lift a leg to make a difference. If you want to hate on something that’ worth it, hate on these gas prices, or our deceptive gov’t. etc. I’m sure there are a lot of things to hate on in that one subject alone that will keep you talking for years.

Frank Ski, I wish you all the best. Keep doing what you do and make your haters your motivators.

Stephanie

June 25th, 2011
9:53 am

I think it is AWESOME that Frank Ski is opening a restaurant! And why not name it Frank Ski!!! And YES, he is a celebrity and has done a lot for the city. His success did not happen over night! I wish him the best and I will definitely be supporting him in his new endeavor! I am sure his place will do extremely well. He is very professional and polish!!!! Best Wishes Frank!!!

Cutie

June 25th, 2011
9:59 am

Wow, I cannot believe the words that are coming from yall’s fingers! Why such hatred? How about this? How about you start a restaurant and name it whatever you like. I don’t get it. I don’t even listen to Frank Ski, but I wish the man success. A person who wishes the downfall of others has many an issue of his own.

Larry

June 25th, 2011
10:02 am

As always,the weak minded play the race card.Can I say that ? Or does the moderator have to approve that comment too ? It’s not about color,it’s about culture,education,values.
How many times have you seen 4 Nigerian guys standing on a corner wearing long white tees,wearing grills,caps turned sideways,pants on the ground selling crack? How about Koreans? Jewish guys? Ethiopian men?
Nada,they are too busy making an honest living.
So ya”ll stop saying it’s about race or the color of one’s skin.
It’s easier to own up to one’s problems and try to move up rather than try to front.

B4real!

June 25th, 2011
10:10 am

Whassup with the immediate racism? Black people, White people, Asian people, Hispanic people ALL EAT! So what’s the big deal? The only reason he wouldn’t be successful is because of all the negative attitudes and perceptions. Ski has the the same chances of success or failure as anybody. MOST new businesses fail anyway.

TheDuchess

June 25th, 2011
10:29 am

I can only wish him the best. Why is everyone hating? He seems to have great business acumen and I wish him Godspeed. I will definitely be checking it out. I refuse to even read all of the comments…no good will come to you when your heart is so full of hatred…BELIEVE THAT!!!

Edward

June 25th, 2011
10:29 am

I really hope for the best, but I hope it doesn’t turn into another Justin’s. Every weekend you can guarantee there will be police and ambulances outside Justin’s, somebody getting shot or beaten up. Why is that? If you don’t like being stereotyped, then don’t LIVE a stereotype, know what I’m saying?

Bode Miller

June 25th, 2011
10:31 am

He’s missing a great opportunity to call his new joint the Frank Ski Lodge. Atlanta is severely lacking in Alpine themed restaurants focusing on the urban market. I heard Usher is working on a line of urban lederhosen. The staff at Frank Ski Lodge should be outfitted in the urban lederhosen!

Industry Peep

June 25th, 2011
10:31 am

Congrats Frank! It’s an honor to know you and I look forward to witnessing this next leg of your journey of success! Enjoy the elevation, sir!

Industry Peep

June 25th, 2011
10:32 am

AMEN @ The Duchess!

Kimberly Pharr

June 25th, 2011
10:35 am

Are you kidding me….I will not patronized that low-life, no neck SOB’s restaurant……He is a terrible radio host………

Crumpy Frisky

June 25th, 2011
10:47 am

Will this dump accept food stamps? What about a personal check?

Tim Rhodes

June 25th, 2011
10:49 am

Hey Steve can you get me a job scrubbing dishes? Love, TR

Mr. Atl

June 25th, 2011
10:49 am

This is a good stepping stone to show that just because you name drop all the time to over shadow only having a high school diploma, you can still make it in Atlanta.

T.R.

June 25th, 2011
11:04 am

Black celebrities always running to Buckhead with their new adventures. Why not bring a nice restaurant to the West Side. He could have opened up at Camp Creek Market place.

UGA

June 25th, 2011
11:04 am

I think Ho just broke the record for most use of the word “since” in a single short sentence.

And I’d bet a substantial portion of my income that this place closes within a year of opening. A restaurant based on a personality is doomed unless the personality is REALLY big (ie, Justin’s); this guy may be popular with some folks (I’d never heard of him before this morning) but unless those folks eat every meal there he’s going to be in trouble. I hope he makes it, but I wouldn’t put any of my own money into it…

Chip Chipperson

June 25th, 2011
11:05 am

Frank ahold name the restaurant, Chip Chipperson’s and the money will roll on in.

T.R.

June 25th, 2011
11:06 am

Do you remember Dupree’s? Jermaine Dupree’s restaurant on Piedmont Rd? It did not last very long.

librawoman1021

June 25th, 2011
11:07 am

I wish Frank Ski much success, however I do take issue with the way that he always talks Atlanta down (”Atlanta is way behind the curve”). NEWS FLASH.. Atlanta will never be a New York, Vegas or Miami. It is a big ole country town that has been invaded by a few semi-celebrities who want to turn Atlanta into something that the city will never be. In the meantime the city’s school system is on probation. Does Frank’s children attend Atlanta Public Schools? I don’t think so.

James

June 25th, 2011
11:19 am

Best of luck Frank

James

June 25th, 2011
11:23 am

@T.R. Because black people will go to Buckhead but white people and not enough black people will come to Camp Creek..Besides you have “This Is It” Its the rib tips!!!!

Jeff

June 25th, 2011
11:29 am

Any business is a risk. Success will depend on your ability to draw a diverse clientele. You don’t want to just draw your friends. You have to make many new friends for this type of business to succeed . When tourist visit Atlanta they have to ask about your business and want to eat there.That’s why restaurants in Miami and New york survive.People come from all over the world to eat an enjoy the ambiance. Study Prime 112 restaurant on South Beach to understand how the game works. When stars come to Miami that’s were they go to eat. All the actors,singers, rappers, all of them come to Prime 112. The food and the ambiance is incredible. Good luck.One other thing. Don’t make it about you. Make it about you the restaurant and your clientele.

SP

June 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Hi Frank,
Best of luck in your endeavors!!!! I work fulltime and run a business myself so I know the difficulty of what you are embarking on. Don’t listen to these haters…as your former co-worker once said, “Let your haters be your motivators”. I have heard of successful ventures that you and your wife Tonya have done so I know you can do this. Tonya shares the same birthday as I do and as a Capricorn woman I know she will stand behind you and help to make this venture a success. The key is having a good management staff and it seems you are ahead of the game by hiring the former Houston manager. The one advice (from experience) is make sure your working capital is tight!!!! Cash flow is very essential in the first 3 years of business. Don’t listen to the ignorant bloggers who are hating…if someone had to question your statement of not using your V-103 salary to do this…clearly they know nothing of how to start a business or run one. Again good luck!!! To be real honest sometimes you come off as a bit arrogant on the radio but you have a good business acumen and you can be successful despite all that. Another piece of advice…please make it affordable for the average consumer. We are not ballers and celebrities like your buddies so don’t make it too pricey…the key to sustain your business is repeat customers and as long as the food is tasty and affordable you will survive. No matter how times are hard people do eat out and like to have fun…so make ATLANTA that fun place again!!! Good luck!!! P.S. I don’t know you personally so to the cynics that may say you have paid me to write this…I am just a listener who has never won anything on your show, but I recognize the talent. I am a Jamaican from a lineage of business owners so I know that hard work and perseverance pays off. Go get yours!!!!

peggy fender ass

June 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

Good luck on your restaurant, Frank Ski – I still think you suck, though.

AKAgirl

June 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

People get it together…let the man open a business for God sake! If you don’t like him or chose not to patron his eatery, then that is your choice not to! Like someone said earlier, it will at least create a few jobs and perhaps all to the economy. Sometimes you gotta look beyond the immediate picture and look at the overall picture! I pray and am encourage by anyone who has the gumption to start something. Stop wishing failure on people no matter who they are!

JMSinATL

June 25th, 2011
12:21 pm

Not that I’m talking down Atlanta, but I do have to agree with him about the lack of places open after 10. ITP or OTP, eating after 10 at some place nicer than Waffle House is a challenge. It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m sure there’s good reasons behind it though and I wish Frank Ski the best of luck.

UGA

June 25th, 2011
12:24 pm

SP – there is a difference between being a “hater” or a pessimist and being a realist with business sense. If he can offer a quality product then great – I’ll try the place out and if I like it I’ll come back and recommend it to others. If not, I won’t. It is as simple as that. He’s not going to succeed based on name only, and while I hope he makes it, the fact that he’s naming it after himself that suggests to those folks who haven’t tasted the product that he’s relying on the name to drive business and that’s going to turn a lot of people off. I suspect if he came up with a name that didn’t play off his “celebrity” he would be more likely to attract the type of customers who might turn into repeat business. This isn’t a racial issue at all, but rather an economic one – folks who buy into pop-culture personas are not, as a whole, going to be in the upper economic levels to support this type of business.

whiteboy

June 25th, 2011
12:24 pm

The only thing these haters will create is a negative blog response, so let them do what they do best.

I ronic

June 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

I find it ironic and hilarious that there are people on here to preach stop the hatred by actually saying they hate haters!

Whatever

June 25th, 2011
12:54 pm

“Ski said. “I don’t plan to fund this out of my V-103 salary.”

In other words, when the profits aren’t coming in, I’m bailing out. What a loser / moron !!

Whatever

June 25th, 2011
12:58 pm

Unless Ski has something worthwhile to offer the customers – like strippers or something, I ain’t gonna be there to eat his garbage food.