Kevin Gillespie’s Cold Beer names its chef and other dining news from the week

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Brian Baxter

Brian Baxter has been named the chef de cuisine of Kevin Gillespie's forthcoming Eastside Beltline restaurant Cold Beer. The beverage-focused, sharable plates concept is set to debut this July.

Baxter, who was named one of Forbes magazine’s “Food & Drink 30 Under 30” in 2016, previously served as the chef de cuisine at Husk in Nashville and McCrady’s in Charleston. He will relocate to Atlanta next month and will partner with Gunshow cocktail director Mercedes O’Brien, who will oversee Cold Beer’s beverage program.

Cold Beer is envisioned as a “beverage-oriented sister restaurant to Gunshow,” Gillespie’s Glenwood Park restaurant. He also owns Revival in Decatur and Gamechanger in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

•Burger King franchisees and brothers in law Jay Gill and Patrick Sidhu will bring five locations of The Hummus & Pita Co. to metro Atlanta, according to a press release. The fast-casual concept, which currently has locations in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and New Jersey and has plans to expand to Detroit and Los Angeles, serves Mediterranean dishes including pita and laffa breads, vegetarian options, meats cooked in a taboon oven and hummus-based dessert offerings such as the Hummus Shake and Hummus Ice Cream. Gill and Sidhu have not announced addresses for their eateries yet.

•The tasting room at City Winery at Ponce City Market is opening to the public on April 17. The space will offer tastings, as well as growlers and retail wine in addition to a menu of bites specific to the tasting room.

•Yebo has made its yearly transition from Yebo Ski Haus to Yebo Beach Haus in Buckhead. The eatery, which "takes inspiration from St. Tropez, Cape Town and St. Barths this season," according to a press release, will feature new menus and decor.

•Gio's Chicken Amalfitano is slated to open at The Battery at SunTrust Park in the space left vacant by the closure of Feed Fried Chicken, Tomorrow's News Today reports. Owner Giovanni Di Palma, who also owns a Gio's Chicken, Antico Pizza Napoletana, Caffe Antico and Bar Amalfi in Home Park as well as a Antico Pizza and Caffe Antico in The Battery and Avalon in Atlanta ad Gio's Little Italia at State Farm Arena, confirmed the news to the AJC and said he is close to signing a lease.

•Georgia Beer Garden in Old Fourth Ward has revamped its menu and added a backyard Biergarten-themed food truck through September, Eater Atlanta reports. Menu additions include  arugula salad, a garden loaf, and traditional and vegan buffalo wings.

•Buckhead BBQ in Buckhead Village has closed its restaurant and has become a catering-only business, Tomorrow's News Today reports. The restaurant opened in 2017.


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