Poncey-Highlands’ loss is Candler Park’s gain.
Lazy Betty, from executive chef Ronald Hsu and chef de cuisine and partner Aaron Phillips, will open its brick-and-mortar location at 1530 DeKalb Avenue NE in early 2019, in the space formerly occupied by Radial Cafe.
The restaurant previously had plans to open at 652 North Highland Ave. NE in Poncey-Highland, next door to Sweet Auburn BBQ. Sweet Auburn is owned by Ron Hsu’s siblings Howard and Anita Hsu, who are also partners in Lazy Betty.
The restaurant will offer both tasting menu and à la carte options and “will feature seasonal fare using modern culinary techniques.,” according to a press release.
An Atlanta native, Ronald Hsu has worked for years at acclaimed New York City restaurants including Le Colonial and Le Bernardin. He is featured on Netflix’s cooking series “The Final Table,” which premieres in November 2018.
Phillips most recently served as line cook at Atlas Restaurant in the St. Regis Buckhead and has also worked at New York eateries including The Mark Restaurant, Bouley and Le Bernardin, where he met Hsu.
Local architecture firm Praxis3 is designing Lazy Betty with an “industrial chic” aesthetic. The interior will feature natural light, muted colors and exposed brick and concrete flooring. The dining room will seat 28, and another 18 seats will be in a lounge area with chef’s counter. Lazy Betty will also feature an outdoor patio seating 25.
In anticipation of the opening, Lazy Betty hosted supper club dinners throughout the summer.
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