The idea for Frost Bistro has been kicking around for the better part of a decade and a half.
“This has been a baby of my husband’s for the past 15 or 16 years,” said Rasheeda Frost, who goes by Rasheeda professionally. “It’s been on our vision board.”
The longtime dream of Rasheeda and Kirk Frost, stars of the popular VH1 series “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has finally become a reality -- Frost Bistro opened this week in Castleberry Hill, with a party featuring an appearance by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms.
The couple started looking in earnest for a space for the restaurant late last year, initially eyeing Edgewood but ultimately settling on the “emerging area” of Castleberry Hill and a space that previously operated as a jazz club, Rasheeda said.
“We just said, ‘Let’s go for it,’” she said. “They’re doing a lot of things in the area, and we thought it was the perfect time to get over here.”
They hired Rashul York, who worked at restaurants in Virginia, as their executive chef, and began working with him on developing Frost Bistro’s menu. The goal was to serve a tight selection of mostly finger foods that would be consistently flavorful every time, Rasheeda said.
Menu items including lobster bites, crab fingers, two kinds of chicken wings and pulled chicken sliders were inspired in part by the Atlanta restaurants the Frosts frequent, including Chops, Houston’s and Steamhouse Lounge. Vegan and vegetarian options include eggplant fries and salads, with Impossible Burger sliders, to be added soon.
The cocktail selection features five drinks including the Boss Chick made with Irish whiskey, Creme de Fleuer, lime juice and cucumber and the Castleberry-Rita, with Patron Silver, orange juice, Patron Citronage Pineapple and pineapple and lime juices.
Beverage options also include several beers and a selection of wines, stored in a wine cellar that was custom-built under the restaurant’s stairs.
The space, which seats about 138 inside and outside, features marble tables and a silver-dominated color scheme, while the outdoor patio boasts cabanas and umbrellas.
Rasheeda said once she and Kirk “get everything in order,” the bistro will likely host listening parties and other special events.
Frost Bistro is far from the first business venture for the couple -- they also own boutique Pressed, which sells clothing and accessories online and has a brick-and-mortar location in Phipps Plaza, as well as Poiz Cosmetics. Rasheeda started her music career in the late 1990s, releasing her most recent album in 2012, while Kirk serves as CEO of DLO Music.
Their newest venture will join several other food and beverage projects with a celebrity pedigree in Castleberry Hill, including rapper 2 Chainz’ Escobar Restaurant and Tapas; Old Lady Gang from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; NFL star Cam Newton’s new cigar bar and restaurant Fellaship; and WNBA star Angel McCoughtry’s ice cream parlor McCoughtry’s Ice Cream.
Frost Bistro is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-midnight on Sunday, with a separate menu for Sunday brunch.
281 Peters St. SW, Atlanta. 404-963-5495, frostbistro.com/
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