Gullah-Geechee restaurant to open in College Park and other dining news from the week

These are the stories that created a buzz on the metro Atlanta dining scene this week:

•Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar is set to open in College Park this spring, Project Q reports. Founded by Juan and Gee Smalls, the couple behind the non-profit organization The Gentleman’s Foundation, the restaurant will be located at 3721 Main St. next to the newly-opened Soul Crab. Virgil’s named for Gee Smalls’ father, will serve a menu focused on Gullah Geechee cuisine in the 2,000 square-foot space.

•Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks will close its current location inside a gas station at 5020 Winters Chapel Road and will open bigger locations at 6035 Peachtree Blvd. in Doraville and 57 Forsyth St. NW in downtown Atlanta, What Now Atlanta reports. 

•Five Daughters Bakery doughnut shop opens in West Midtown today.

•Atlanta-based chain Schlotzsky’s is coverting all of its metro Atlanta restaurants to Schlotzsky’s Austin Eateries. The Austin, Texas-inspired menu and look debuted as a test in Duluth in 2017.

•Conspiracy theory-themed Summerhill bar Conspiracy, slated to open in Summerhill later this year, has changed its name to Redacted, What Now Atlanta reports

•Mellow Mushroom is opening in East Cobb at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The Atlanta-based chain is taking over the space previously occupied by Muss & Turner’s, which closed last year.

•Filipino eatery Estrellita has plans to open at 580 Woodward Ave. in Grant Park next to the newly-opened Manny’s Pub, What Now Atlanta reports. The restaurant hopes to open this fall.

•Kevin Davis has been named the executive chef at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel. He will oversee the kitchens at the hotel’s restaurants ArtBar and Grapevine. He previously served as executive chef for Callaway Resort & Gardens and also worked for Wyndham Worldwide Hotels & Resorts.


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