The opening of chef-owner Ford Fry’s long-awaited Little Rey is finally on the horizon.
The restaurant is slated to open in late April 2019 at 1878 Piedmont Ave., in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood, in a space previously occupied by Anchor Bar & Tattoo.
Described in a press release as a “favorite cousin” to Superica, another of Fry’s popular Atlanta restaurants, Little Rey will feature a Tex-Mex-inspired menu created by Fry and chef Kevin Maxey with wood-roasted “chicken al carbon” at its core plus items including salads, fresh salsas and hand-made tortillas. Also keep an eye out for migas breakfast tacos (with chorizo, bacon, potato, steak or mushroom, kale and poblano) every morning and whole, bone-in chicken al carbon available all day both in-house and for takeaway.
On the sweeter side, Little Rey will offer an assortment of rotating soft serve flavors including tres leches and salty cajeta and fried peanuts.
Thirsty? The beverage program, curated by beverage director Eduardo Porto Carreiro and beverage manager Jen Chan, features an assortment of on the rocks and frozen margaritas and a revolving assortment of agua frescas, plus Mexican, local and regional craft beers.
Designed by Smith Hanes, the 3,500 square-foot Little Rey is described as Fry’s “first super casual joint.” The space, “designed with Austin, Texas in mind,” features a large porch affixed with a textured, wooden ceiling, “hints of smoked wood...a mix of rose pink, deep blue and soft sage hues, with accents of plywood and Old-World Mexico-inspired hand-painted signage, vintage memorabilia (think collected folk art and game pieces from the 1970s and Mexican festival masks) and standout pieces by local artists.”
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