A Las Vegas restaurateur is returning to his Georgia roots with the opening of a new eatery in Alpharetta.
Cory Harwell, who grew up in Woodstock and started his culinary career at the now-closed 1904 House, is slated to open his Las Vegas concept Carson Kitchen in the Old Courthouse building in mixed-use development Alpharetta City Center this fall.
Carson Kitchen, which opened in Las Vegas in 2014, has a menu that showcases Harwell’s Southern roots with dishes including bacon jam, crispy chicken skins and a variety of sandwiches, veggies and entrees.
“The menu celebrates where I come from,” Harwell said in a prepared statement. “The flavors are very bold: nothing is frou-frou, nothing falls in the middle.”
Harwell, who was named Las Vegas Restaurateur of the Year in 2016 by the publication Desert Companion, says he’s excited to be coming home.
“Alpharetta is such a hot bed of activity right now,” Harwell said. “This is an amazing opportunity to be in front of a large diverse audience. I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of the community and being a part of the success of Alpharetta City Center.”
The exterior of the Old Courthouse building will replicate the 1858 Milton County Courthouse, while the 120-seat interior will be modernized. Outdoor seating will be on the patio adjacent to the pedestrian walkway that runs from Main Street to Market Street Park.
Carson Kitchen will join lots of other food and drink ventures that have opened at Alpharetta City Center in the past year including Lapeer Seafood Market, Holmes, Citizen Soul, Chiringa, Shade Street Food and Bar and Vitality Bowls. Several concepts are still set to open in the development including Never Enough Thyme, Jinya Ramen Bar, Highland Bakery, Central City Tavern, Botiwalla and Jekyll Brewing.
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