Remember this restaurant?: Mumbo Jumbo in downtown Atlanta

Before Shaun Doty started the popular local chains Bantam + Biddy and YEAH! Burger (which he's since sold his shares in), he was the executive chef at Mumbo Jumbo, a celebrated downtown hot spot that opened in time for the 1996 Olympics. The restaurant closed in 2003 so Doty could focus on a new restaurant in Midtown, but until then it was known as one of the best places to be seen and to grab a tasty bite and a mouthwatering cocktail.

The "modern eclectic" menu included dishes such as oxtail ravioli with a morel cream , Sardinian flatbread with bottarga and sauteed oysters with curry sauce and basil. When the restaurant first opened, an AJC story referred to the ambience as "Barcelona after dark - bold art over the bar, pentimento frescos on exposed brick walls, Gaudi-like broken tile applique on columns, Euro-lounge recorded music, kitchen right up front looking at the street."

Scroll down to take a walk down memory lane to Mumbo Jumbo:

Yellowtail snapper with daikon radish and black bean sauce at Mumbo Jumbo in downtown Atlanta. / AJC file photo


Shaun Doty prepares leg of lamb with risotto cake in 1997. / AJC file photo


Georgia Peach with Cabernet Sauvignon reductive at Mumbo Jumbo in downtown Atlanta. / AJC file photo


An interior of the dimly lit bar area of Mumbo Jumbo in 1997. / AJC file photo


Customers at Mumbo Jumbo Bar and Grill in downtown Atlanta in 1996. / AJC file photo


Bartender Steve Nueroth doing his best 'Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail' imitation behind the bar at downtown Mumbo Jumbo in 1999. / AJC file photo


The pork shank with grits and turnips at Mumbo Jumbo in Atlanta in 1999. / AJC file photo


Doughnuts with malt ball ice cream, almonds and chocolate. / AJC file photo


Prosciutto di San Daniele with Cerignola Olives at Mumbo Jumbo. / AJC file photo


Exterior of Mumbo Jumbo at night. / AJC file photo

Read other Remember This Restaurant columns here

Click here to read the AJC’s Ultimate Guide to Brunch in Atlanta

Click here to read about dining in Atlanta around the clock

Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook, following @ATLDiningNews on Twitter and @ajcdining on Instagram.



Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author