After hosting preview supper clubs for months, Lazy Betty is set to make its highly-anticipated debut later this month.
The restaurant, from partners Ron Hsu, who will serve as executive chef and Aaron Phillips, who will serve as chef de cusine, will open Feb. 26 at 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE in the space previously occupied by Radial Cafe.
Lazy Betty will serve two distinct tasting menus in the dining room––a seven-course Lazy Betty Tasting Menu and a 10-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, available at the restaurant’s eight-seat chef counter. The latter “offers an inside look at the culinary team’s devotion to modern techniques and thoughtful approach,” according to a press release.
The menus will change regularly with the seasons, “ featuring an array of cooking styles and flavors, just as each ingredient plays a distinct role in the composition of the dish. “
Courses featured on the opening tasting menus include charred Spanish octopus with fermented black bean and Pearson peaches; “steak and eggs” with wasabi and ponzu-scented jus; cauliflower “bone marrow” with onion marmalade; and foie gras with “preserved” gooseberries and petite salad.
A la carte dining will be served in the lounge area and will include options such as salmon tartare with burnt citrus and herbed nage and LB “fried rice,” made with crispy rice cake, five-spiced duck and Chinese sausage. Desserts will include ginger spiced doughnuts, ice creams and sorbets.
The restaurant’s wine list will be sourced from boutique wineries with a focus on biodynamic wines and organically-grown grapes. The beverage list will also feature sake, craft cocktails and locally and internationall-brewed beer.
An Atlanta native, Ronald Hsu has worked for years at acclaimed New York City restaurants including Le Colonial and Le Bernardin. He is featured on Netflix’s cooking series “The Final Table,” which premiered in November 2018.
Phillips most recently served as line cook at Atlas Restaurant in the St. Regis Buckhead and has also worked at New York eateries including The Mark Restaurant, Bouley and Le Bernardin, where he met Hsu.
Rounding out the Lazy Betty team are general manager Peter Hill, assistant general manager and beverage director James Brim, sous chef Austin Goetzman and pastry sous chef Lindsey Davis.
The restaurant previously had plans to open at 652 North Highland Ave. NE in Poncey-Highland, next door to Sweet Auburn BBQ. Sweet Auburn is owned by Ron Hsu’s siblings Howard and Anita Hsu, who are also partners in Lazy Betty.
Local architecture firm Praxis3 designed Lazy Betty with an “industrial chic” aesthetic. The interior will feature natural light, muted colors and exposed brick and concrete flooring. The dining room will seat 28, and another 18 seats will be in a lounge area with chef’s counter. Lazy Betty will also feature an outdoor patio seating 25.
“After hosting preview supper club dinners last year and working to conceptualize our space, we are excited to open our doors and get cooking,” said Ron Hsu in a prepared statement. “Lazy Betty has a great team, and we are proud to offer something new and special in Atlanta.”
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