V-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.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog