These are the stories that created a buzz on the metro Atlanta dining scene this week:
•Two full-service restaurants will open at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody next year.
Sixty Vines, a wine bar and restaurant, will be located near the intersection of Perimeter Center West and Ashford Dunwoody Road, while restaurant Whiskey Cake will take over the space vacated by Cowfish early this year, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. Both are concepts from Texas-based Front Burner Restaurants.
Sixty Vines, which has existing locations in Texas, will offer 60 wines by the glass in a variety of sizes as well as bottles of wine, will also serve a menu including meat and cheese boards, sandwiches, salads and pastas.
Whiskey Cake, a “farm to fork” restaurant with seven locations in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, will serve entrees including burgers and salmon.
Front Burner currently operates restaurants Twin Peaks and Velvet Taco in the metro Atlanta area. Velvet Taco opened its first Georgia location earlier this week, with more planned.
Also expected to open in 2020 at Perimeter Mall is the second metro Atlanta location of Lazy Dog. The dog-friendly restaurant opened its first Georgia location last month in Peachtree Corners.
•12 Cocktail and Social Club is now open in the Tower at The Roof at Ponce City Market. Located above RFD Social, 12 features a beverage program from beverage director Randy Hayden, including “hard-to-find spirits, classic cocktails and its own unique creations that change nightly,” according to a press release.
The club also offers a small plate menu developed by executive chef Jonathan McDowell, who previously worked at Patina in Los Angeles and has been with Slater Hospitality at 9 Mile Station in Ponce City Market for the last three years. Menu items include goat cheese-stuffed peppadews and apricots, shrimp cocktail and foie gras pâté.
For non-members, a $50 per person minimum spend deposit is required to make a reservation for up to four guests. All guests must adhere to a dress code prohibiting athletic wear, baseball hats and open-toed shoes for men.
In addition to non-member reservations, 12 will continue to accept new applications for annual memberships. Member benefits include club use without paying a deposit, complimentary access to The Roof and its events, preferred reservations at 9 Mile Station, monthly curated food and cocktail tastings, preferred meeting and event pricing, and the ability to bring up to three guests per visit.
12 is open 5 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
•Bakery La Calavera will reopen in a new space Sept. 14, Eater Atlanta reports. The business moved from a location on East College Avenue in Decatur to a space at 1696 Memorial Drive SE in Kirkwood, Eater Atlanta reports. The new spot will eventually serve prepared food and a cold pastry case in addition to its baked goods.
•Apron + Ladle opened earlier this week at 227 Sandy Springs Place in Sandy Springs, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The restaurant, from siblings Nik Panagopoulos and Arte Antoniades, takes over the space previously occupied by Mexican restaurant Teela Taqueria, which the pair owned. The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, coffee drinks and breakfast food. Panagopoulos and Antoniades also owned now-shuttered Sandy Springs and Brookhaven locations of Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar.
•Restaurateur Ford Fry is rebranding his El Felix restaurants at Avalon in Alpharetta and The Battery at SunTrust Park as Superica later this year, Eater Atlanta reports. The menu for all restaurants will remain the same. Fry currently owns Superica locations at Krog Street Market and in Buckhead.
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