These are the stories that created buzz on the metro Atlanta dining scene this week:
The cafe serves matcha-based soft-serve ice cream, frappes, lattes and tea. Franchisee Colin Su is looking toward a spring 2019 opening. There are plans for other Maiko locations in other states and Canada. Read more about matcha here.
•Atlanta-based gusto! is set to open the fourth outpost of its fast casual concept on Jan. 15 at 530 17th St. NW in the new West Midtown Center.
•New Jersey-based Primo Hoagies is entering the metro Atlanta market with a location in Perimeter Town Center in Sandy Springs, in a space previously occupied by Gigi’s Cupcakes, Tomorrow’s News Today reports.
•Land of a Thousand Hills has plans to open the city’s largest on-premise roastery in The MET development at 675 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW in south Atlanta, What Now Atlanta reports. The space will also include a bakery, coffee shop and event space.
•Midtown eatery Lure, part of the Fifth Group Restaurants group, has a new executive chef. Eric Roberts, a Georgia native, attended culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta and previously worked in several positions with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, as chef de cuisine at Tomas Restaurant in Norcross, executive chef at Park Café in Duluth, and most recently as the executive chef at The Iberian Pig in Decatur.
•Buckhead eatery The Southern Gentleman has a new executive chef. Joseph Paire, who graduated fromJohnson & Wales University, has worked in several popular restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. Most recently, he served as executive chef of Barcelona Wine Bar for the past two years.
•City Tap has chosen an executive chef for its Midtown location, set to open later this month. Greg Gettles worked for several restaurants in North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. Most recently, he worked as general manager at Root Baking Co. in Ponce City Market.
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