Restaurant owner David Clapp knows a real estate deal when he sees it. The owner of Dantanna's Surf and Turf in the Around Lenox shopping complex pounced on the chance to acquire the defunct Jocks & Jills space at the CNN Center.
"We've been looking around for another location and this spot was too good to pass up," said Clapp. "We were lucky to get it."
Demolition has already started on a drastic makeover that will expand the space by more than 100 seats beyond its former capacity. Expect to find the same selection of aged steaks and superb seafood now served at the Buckhead location by the end of this year.
• One of the things diners at the now-closed Sweet Lowdown in Midtown liked so much was the Sunday brunch. That fact hasn't been lost on the new owners, who have turned the space at 942 Peachtree St. into Artistry. They've recharged Sundays with a Latin brunch that goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make your own Bloody Mary, sip an exotic coffee blend or order a draft beer special while catching sports action on the various flat-panel TVs. The buffet features eggs, grits, chicken sausage, spicy roasted chicken, black beans and rice, muffins, biscuits and more. There's also live music, flamenco dancers and a DJ spinning Latin, jazz and salsa tunes. 404-888-0101; www.artistrylife.com.
• Brunch is also now on the menu of Marlow's Tavern in Midtown. For $14.99, fill up on all-you-can-eat goodies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for traditional breakfast and lunch favorites, including crab cakes Benedict, pancakes, waffles, an omelet station and salads. Pair your plate with a bottomless mimosa for $15. Marlow's is located at 950 W. Peachtree St.; 404-815-0323; www.marlowstavern.com.
• Morton's in Buckhead celebrates the approach of the weekend with a $12 happy hour on Wednesdays. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy a sampling of wines, along with complimentary appetizers. Next Wednesday's event features a selection of pinots. Morton's is located at 3379 Peachtree Road; 404-816-6535; www.mortons.com.
• Given his propensity for unusually creative food, we're sure chef Richard Blais of Home will come up with a devilishly delicious noodle with which to smack us for having misidentified the name of the TV show in which he was recently featured. Legions of Blais fans contacted us to point out that their hero was featured on Bravo's "Top Chef," on which he was narrowly beaten out of the title. If the chef cooks up something with crow, we'll be right over.
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