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Eat Me Speak Me founder to open brick-and-mortar in Summerhill

Jarrett Stieber plans to open Little Bear next year

Jarrett Stieber, who has run his celebrated pop-up Eat Me Speak Me out of other restaurant’s kitchens for years, has announced he’s slated to open his first brick-and-mortar restaurant next year.

Stieber will open Little Bear as part of the Georgia Avenue project in the Summerhill neighborhood in summer 2019, the Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported.

Video: Inside the mind of chef Jarrett Stieber

Inside the mind of Jarrett Stieber, Eat Me Speak Me chef and owner. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

Named for Stieber’s dog, Little Bear will serve a seasonal, locally-sourced menu separated into hot, cold and sweet categories and will feature some popular dishes from Eat Me Speak Me including raw beef lettuce wraps. 

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Stieber, who was a James Beard Award Rising Star semifinalist in 2016, ran Eat Me Speak Me out of Candler Park restaurant Gato on the weekends before moving to SOS Tiki Bar in 2017.

Griddled okra at Eat Me, Speak Me. / AJC file photo (Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene)

The 1,300 square-foot restaurant will have 30 seats and will join several other culinary ventures along Georgia Avenue, including Wood’s Chapel BBQ from the team behind The General Muir, Hodgepodge Coffeehouse , Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending, soft serve ice cream spot Big Softie and Little Tart Bakery. Another pop-up veteran, Talat Market, will also set up shop as brick-and-mortar in Summerhill next year. Talat Market, run by Parnass Savang, took over the spot vacated by Eat Me Speak Me at Gato when it moved to SOS Tiki Bar.

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