These are the stories that created a buzz on the metro Atlanta dining scene this week:
•The family behind Sweet Auburn BBQ is expanding its horizons to Mexican food. Amar Bien, Spanish for “love well,” is planned for the Westside Village mixed-use development, What Now Atlanta reports. The restaurant will join Ted’s Montana Grill and the third location of Desta Ethiopian Kitchen in the development. Anita Hsu, who will own the restaurant with her brother, Howard, told Eater Atlanta that the restaurant will open in spring 2020 and will feature a veggie-forward menu.
•Escape room-themed bar and restaurant Clues and Cocktails is slated to open Nov. 22 at 314 Auburn Ave., What Now Atlanta reports.
The eatery will be on the bottom floor of Room Escape, a two-story entertainment complex that will feature scavenger hunts and puzzles in locked rooms on the top floor.
The spot, owned by Joy Christina, will feature characters and will enlist guests to solve a mystery, or allow them to watch the show unfold.
•Roc South Cuisine is set to open at 3009 Buford Highway, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The restaurant will specialize in Southern-American food.
•The owners of Dish Dive in Kirkwood are opening Smoke and Gravy in Reynoldstown at 1 Moreland Ave. SE, What Now Atlanta reports.
•Indonesian restaurant Tempoe Doeloe has closed at 5090 Buford Highway NE in Doraville, Eater Atlanta reports.
•California-based Silverlake Ramen is opening its first Atlanta location in the former Ribalta space in Midtown, Tomorrow’s News Today reports.
•Brookhaven restaurant THERE Gastropub is set to open a second location in the former Barrelhouse location at 22 5th St. NW in Midtown, What Now Atlanta reports.
•Nashville-based chain NoBaked Cookie Dough is opening its first Georgia location at Atlantic Station next year, Tomorrow’s News Today reports.
Atlantic Station has seen many changes to its food and beverage lineup in the past few years, including the openings of NaanStop and Pho24; the closure of Tin Drum Asian Kitchen and Meehan’s Public House; the closing of Rosa Mexicano ; the opening of salad concept Salata , which replaced Moe's Southwest Grill ; the opening of PokeBar; and the opening of Gayu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, which took over the space vacated by Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro at the beginning of 2017. HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and bowling alley Bowlero are set to open this year.
In addition, restaurateur Shaun Doty announced that he would be re-concepting the Chick-a-Biddy location at Atlantic Station as another Bantam + Biddy outpost.
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