Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Special Japanese menu in Midtown, anniversary celebrations and more in metro Atlanta this week

Dinner and a movie. Cherry blossom infused cocktails for a Japanese celebration. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all five of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Thursday, April 6: Cherry blossoms are in bloom, and  O-Ku will honor Japan’s iconic “sakura” trees with complimentary passed tastings of chef Chang’s new spring menu items as well as cherry blossom-infused cocktails featuring vodka, Sayuri nigori sake, peach liquor and cranberry juice for $5 beginning at 9 p.m. Regular dinner service will be offered throughout the evening.

1085 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-500-2383, .

April 6 – 9: The Highlander , a classic Midtown pub, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a weekend of fun including a multimedia arts, music, trivia and more.

931 Monroe Dr. N.E., Atlanta. 404-872-0060,

April 8 – 9: To celebrate its 35th anniversary, The Fresh Market will host sampling events featuring Premium Choice New York Strip Steaks with signature spice rubs, roasted chicken salad on French rounds, blackberry cupcakes and more at all stores from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Various locations,

Sunday, April 9: The Corner Cup will feature live performances and activities for children as part of its one-year anniversary celebration.

2625 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur. 770-674-5721,

Sunday, April 9: Make it a movie night at The Pinewood , which will screen “Big Lebowski” at 8 p.m. Guests will receive complimentary popcorn and candy plus signature sliders and Brussels sprouts. For a little friendly competition, each guest will be given a movie-related Bingo card to fill out during the screening of the film, and the winner will receive a free drink! Tickets are $59 for two and can be purchased here.

254 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Decatur. 404-373-5507, .

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