All-female team to lead new Midtown restaurant housed in iconic building

A Midtown mansion with a storied past will soon be home to a new restaurant helmed by an all-female culinary and management team.

Rose + Rye will open for dinner Oct. 17 in The Castle, a mansion  located at 87 15th St. NE. Lunch service will be added in November.

The menu will include "refined American fare with a global reach," according to a press release, with seasonal dishes including Caesar with smoked yogurt-parm dressing, tile cookie crumble and soft-boiled beet-soaked egg; Snapper with wheatberries, celery root puree and wild cherry reduction and glazed pork belly with gnocchi and apple slaw. The drink menu will also include seasonal beverages.

The culinary and leadership team includes:

◊Executive chef Lindsay Owens, who previously worked at several restaurants in Minneapolis

◊General manager Jessica Schilling, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and previously served as assistant manager at STK Atlanta

◊Assistant general manager Seewai Sayavong, who grew up working at her aunt's Thai eatery in her native Laos and previously worked at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and as general manager of Nan Thai Fine Dining and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in Atlanta.

◊Sous chef Anu Adebara, who previously cooked with Avalon Catering and as a personal chef

◊Pastry chef Charity Everett, who founded Revel Pastry Company in Chattanooga before serving as Pastry Chef at 1KEPT in Charleston and Atlanta

◊Owner Thaddeus Keefe, a 20-year restaurant industry veteran and native Atlantan who also serves as owner of 1KEPT Kitchen + Bar in Atlanta and Charleston and Y.N.K. in Orange County and is the former owner and creator of Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft and Mosaic in Atlanta.

The three story building will feature "The Grotto" on the first floor, with a floor-to-ceiling rock wall providing a backdrop to the bar and a second floor with an open kitchen and a larger bar area separated from the dining room. The building also offers private event space with three private dining rooms and an outdoor patio lined with original columns and a view of the Woodruff Arts Center and Midtown.

Built by Ferdinand McMillan in the early 1900s, The Castle, a historic landmark was acquired in the late 1940s by Hazel Roy Butler, who opened the home to local artists who often paid their rent with works of art.


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