“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 Park, Revival in Decatur, Gamechanger 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. coldbeeratl.com/
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