Billy Streck and chef Craig Richards to open a restaurant in Midtown

Craig Richards

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Craig Richards

Last month, Craig Richards left his position as the executive chef at St. Cecilia and vice president of culinary operations for Ford Fry Restaurants to join forces with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck. The move not only saw Richards take over the kitchen at Streck's Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park but was the start of a culinary partnership on forthcoming projects. The first such project was announced yesterday.

Richards and Streck will be opening a restaurant in Midtown. The to-be-named concept will be located at 693 Peachtree Street, on the ground floor of the Lilli Midtown, a newly opened 24-story high-rise apartment building. It is anticipated to open the second half of 2019.

“We are still putting the concept together,” Richards said. “Billy and I are super excited to be working in Midtown again.”

Although details are scant, one unique element will be that of room service. “We want to provide service to the tenants of the building,” Richards said. “We haven’t worked out the logistics of it yet.”

He expects to share further details in the coming months.

In addition to Hampton + Hudson, Streck, along with wife Jenn, also owns and operates Cypress Street Pint + Plate in Midtown and the forthcoming Nina + Rafi off the Eastside Beltline, which he's set to open with O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina.

In addition to his work at Ford Fry Restaurants, Richards previously worked at La Tavola and Ecco.


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