Musician Zac Brown of The Zac Brown Band has Zac Brown's Social Club inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta. He previously owned the now-shuttered Zac Brown's Southern Ground Social Club, which is now home to Nic & Norman's.

The Zac Brown Social Club inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

'Transformers' actor Mark Wahlberg and his brother, Donnie, opened the first metro Atlanta Wahlburger's location at The Battery at SunTrust Park. More locations are slated to open in the area.

A Wahlburger burger and tater tots.

Rapper Jay-Z opened the 40/40 Club on Concourse D of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 2014.

Airport travelers at the 40/40 Club in Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' stars Kandi Burruss (right) and Todd Tucker opened soul food restaurant Old Lady Gang in Castleberry Hill in 2017. The restaurant also has locations at Camp Creek Marketplace and inside State Farm Arena.

Aunt Bertha's fried chicken is a centerpiece of the menu at Old Lady Gang.

Ludacris opened Chicken + Beer on Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in late 2016. The menu features Southern comfort food. 

A plate of Luda's Chicken + Pecan Waffles with whiskey maple syrup, spinach and chicken sausage from Chicken + Beer.

Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on 'The Walking Dead' and Greg Nicotero, a director on the show, opened Nic & Norman's in Senoia in 2016.

Among the burgers at Nic & Norman's, the Greg's Pick is a flavor-packed patty made from a blend of ground chuck, short rib and brisket that gets dressed up with blue cheese, lettuce, caramelized onions and a slice of tomato.

Sean Combs -- aka Diddy -- named the Buckhead spot Justin's after his now-college-age son. Combs has said that the menu is an homage to the food his late grandmother loved. The restaurant closed in 2012 after 14 years.

Rapper and actor T.I. opened upscale sports bar and restaurant Scales 925 in downtown Atlanta in 2015. It closed a year later.

Shrimp & Grits from Scales 925.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's closed his eponymous Buckhead restaurant after five years in 2008.

Georgia trout with crab meat in lemon-caper sauce from Emeril's.

2 Chainz opened Escobar Restaurant and Tapas in Castleberry Hill in late 2016.

Collard green egg rolls at Escobar.

Gladys Knight opened several locations of Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles with her son, Shanga Hankerson. They all closed after Hankerson faced legal troubles.

Chicken and waffles from Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles.

Atlanta native Cam Newton, a star player on the NFL's Carolina Panthers, opened cigar bar and restaurant Fellaship in downtown Atlanta in May 2019.

Fellaship Wild Rice Vegetable Bowl, Beef Barbacoa Tacos, Lamb Chops, Ponzu-Glazed Scottish Salmon, Blooming Cauliflour, Bread Pudding and cocktials.

Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama and several other 'That '70s Show' alum had three entries in the Atlanta restaurant scene, including Geisha House and Dolce, but all are now closed.

Piatto di Burrata fresca con prosciutto San Daniele e pomodori alla griglia at Dolce Enoteca in Atlantic Station.

Ocean Dragon at Geisha House.

Hugh Acheson, a James Beard Award winner and former contestant on 'Top Chef Masters,' owns Empire State South and Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta and 5&10 and The National in Athens. 

Purple Cabbage Gazpacho at Empire State South.

Food from 5&10

Kevin Gillespie, who was a finalist on the sixth season of Bravo's 'Top Chef' and later competed on 'Top Chef Duels,' opened the critical darling Gunshow in Glenwood Park in 2013 and Southern restaurant Revival in Decatur in 2015. 

Scallop escabeche with pork carnitas, patatas bravas, cauliflower and squid ink at Gunshow.

Celebrity hairstylist Gocha Hawkins opened Gocha's Breakfast Bar off of Cascade Road in early 2019. Hawkins, who has worked with celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian and Kandi Burruss.

Gocha's Breakfast Bar Signature Selections.

Mitchell Anderson, who has starred on shows including 'Doogie Howser, MD' and 'Party of Five,' owns MetroFresh in Midtown and MetroFresh Catering.

Metro Fresh's Mitchili (Mitchell's Turkey Chili).

Dale Murphy (right), with Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, opened Murph's near SunTrust Park in 2017.

Salad from Murph's.

Tom Colicchio, who founded Gramercy Tavern in New York City and serves as head judge on Bravo's 'Top Chef,' opened Craft and Craftbar in Buckhead in 2009. Both have since closed.

Diver sea scallops and mushroom jus at Craft.

Chef Art Smith, who previously worked as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey cooked for Michelle Obama on her recent book tour, opened Southern Art & Bourbon Bar in the InterContinental Buckhead in 2011.

Grilled Heritage Pork Chop- Pig Pickin' pork and beans, buffalo pig ears and bourbon mustard glaze at Southern Art.

'Iron Chef' star Bobby Flay owns Bobby Flay's Burger Palace at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Emily Saliers -- one half of the Indigo Girls -- was an early partner in popular breakfast chain The Flying Biscuit and Southern cuisine spot Watershed. The latter closed its Decatur location in 2011, but reopened in Midtown in 2012. 

'Iron Chef' star Cat Cora owns Cat Cora's Kitchen at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, left, opened Shula's 347 Grill in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center in Buckhead in late 2009. It closed several years later.

Richard Blais, who was a finalist on season four of “Top Chef” and later competed on “Top Chef: All Stars”, opened HD-1 haute doggery in Virginia-Highland. The restaurant closed in 2013. He also owned The Spence in Midtown, which closed in 2016.

Former Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was a partner in DS17 club in Buckhead, which has since closed.

The exterior of DS17 nightclub in Buckhead.

V-103 host Frank Ski opened Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge in south Buckhead from 2011 to 2015.

Kevin Gillespie’s Cold Beer now open on the Eastside Beltline

“Top Chef” contestant and Atlanta celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie’s latest project is now open on the Eastside Beltline.

Cold Beer debuted July 23 in the mixed-use Edge development at 670 DeKalb Ave. NE. The 7,000 square-foot space features a Beltline-facing patio, with a rooftop deck to open soon, as well as a more formal, reservations-optional, air-conditioned dining area inside.

The restaurant’s name is inspired by a beloved old Georgia roadside bar Gillespie used to see on camping trips as a kid. The Atlanta chef, restaurateur and cookbook author owns Red Beard Restaurants, which includes restaurants Gunshow in Glenwood ParkRevival in DecaturGamechanger at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and downtown Atlanta pop-up Ole Reliable.

“Technically speaking, Cold Beer is a bar concept,” Gillespie said in a prepared statement. “But because of its location in the middle of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor social hub, we want Cold Beer to be a community gathering place for nonstop celebrating.” 

Leading Cold Beer’s culinary team is chef de cuisine Brian Baxter, formerly of Husk and Bastion in Nashville, along with Red Beard Restaurants beverage director Mercedes O’Brien. Gavin DeCantillon will serve as service manager, and Wes Gray, a longtime Gunshow waiter, will serve as assistant manager. 

Similar to Gunshow, Cold Beer will “emphasize an ever-evolving lineup of 15 seasonal, sharable, modern plates with no delineation between appetizers, entrées and desserts,” according to a press release. 

“Like Gunshow, we’re not limiting it to Southern or traditional American,” Baxter said. “It’s about what we feel like cooking and what we feel like eating. It’s about inspiring people to say, ‘That’s the best taste of something I’ve ever had.’ Shared plates that bring them back again and again.”

O’Brien is creating an all-new 15 drink seasonal craft cocktail menu, and a dozen beers will be available on tap and in cans (“from Belgium to Kennesaw,” Gillespie said) that will rotate with the seasons. 

Cold Beer customers “will encounter a light and airy atmosphere inside highlighted by a 13-foot polar bear painting by artist O.M. Norling, personally commissioned for the space by Gillespie.”

Cold Beer initially will be open for dinner only. Weekend brunch will start in the near future.

Opening hours are 4 pm daily, closed on Mondays.

Cold Beer joins Shake Shack, which opened earlier this year, in the Edge. Hazel Jane’s Wine & Coffee is set to open in the development this summer.

670 Dekalb Ave. NE, Atlanta.


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