Southern Belle will reopen for takeout and more metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Chef Joey Ward will reopen his more casual concept, Southern Belle, for takeout while fine-dining destination Georgia Boy remains closed.

Southern Belle, chef Joey Ward’s Poncey-Highland restaurant that also houses his fine-dining concept Georgia Boy, will reopen for takeout with a program called Southern Belle at Home. The takeout program will begin on April 27, with pickup available 5-8 p.m each Wednesday-Saturday.

The takeout offering will include three meal options designed to serve two people with three courses each. Ranging in price from $45-$58, the meal themes include Better Than Home Cookin’, a play on traditional Southern comfort food; A Trip Down Buford HWY, Southern Belle’s version of the team’s favorite Buford Highway staples; and YES, VE’GAN, an all-vegan menu.

According to Ward's Instagram post, there will be a limited number of meals prepared each evening. Orders can be placed online at the Southern Belle website,

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Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar and sister restaurant Boxcar will reopen for takeout service on May 1. Both restaurants will keep their dining rooms closed until further notice. Boxcar will continue its weekly pop-up butcher shop and produce stand after it opens for takeout. Both restaurants will be serving takeout seven days a week. Orders can be placed by phone or online at or

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