These are the stories that created a buzz on the metro Atlanta dining scene this week:
•New Realm Brewing chef Julio Delgado is working on a new project in North Fulton County, My Alpharetta Living reports. Minnie Olivia Pizzeria is slated to open at 10 Roswell Street in Alpharetta this summer. The spot will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner including breads, pastries and coffee in the morning and wood-fired pizzas, pastas and Italian small plates in the afternoon and evening.
The restaurant is named for Minnie Olivia Dodd, the daughter of James Madison Dodd and Sara Ann Dodd, who owned the Dodd Hotel building where the restaurant will be located.
The space was previously occupied by Corner Deli, which closed earlier this month.
•Chop Shop, the newly-opened butcher- and farmer-owned retail store in Edgewood, has opened its central patio for lunch.
Menu items will include specialty sandwiches and paninis, items from the three Big Green Egg grills on-property as well as other prepared foods and takeaway items.
“Chop Shop is more than a store. It is a way for us – farmers and a butcher – to reconnect people in our community with local, handcrafted food,” said Rusty Bowers, Chop Shop co-owner, in a prepared statement. “With the addition of the patio, our guests can enjoy a nice casual lunch in addition to shopping for humanely and sustainably raised meats or specialty provisions all in one place.”
The 1,500-square-foot patio will also serve as a private and public event space for pop-up dinners and cooking classes.
Chop Shop also has plans to open wine shop Pour House in an adjacent building.
•Savory Gourmet Market is set to open at 50 Canton St. in Alpharetta, Scoop OTP reports. The market, which will sell meats, cheeses, to-go meals, pizza and more is owned by Adam Hyzdu, who also owns Mari’s Cucina and Social House in Johns Creek.
•The owner of popular Japanese restaurant Wagaya is slated to open a new Japanese concept in the Hanover West Peachtree building in Midtown, What Now Atlanta reports. Wagaya, which opened its first location in Home Park on 14th Street in 2015, also has a location in Emory Village. Wagaya owner Takashi Otsuka is also planning to open sake and robatayaki concept Chirori in the former Better Half space in Home Park this summer.
•Johns Creek steakhouse Viande Rouge is converting to a Mexican restaurant, Scoop OTP first reported. The eatery, which closed May 11, announced on its Facebook page that it will reopen as Mexican concept One41 this fall. The team behind Viande Rouge also owns Italian restaurant Trattoria 141, also in John Creek.
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