It took a tad longer than expected, but the renovations at the former Garrison's space at Perimeter Mall have been completed and the new Hudson Grille is now open for business. The space at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road is the third Hudson Grille in the metro area, joining operations in Alpharetta and Brookhaven.
Dotted with more than 70 giant plasma TV screens, the grill will certainly be a mecca for sports enthusiasts as well as those spouses who would rather watch the game than venture inside the main entrance of the mall. There are three bar and lounge areas where you can unwind with one of the 40 beers on tap or a signature martini. The food lineup offers the tried-and-true wings, Angus beef sliders, chicken nachos, big burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. There are also salads topped with shrimp, ahi tuna or steak, and entrees of seafood, pasta and steaks. Desserts, from the kitchens of the Metrotainment Cafe bakeries, include a brownie sundae, cupcakes, cheesecake and white chocolate mousse cake.
The patio has room for 75 and there's also a private dining room for up to 100. The grill is open from 11 to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. 770-350-0134; www.hudsongrille.com.
• Kids bored with summer already? Get them in the kitchen. The experts at the Young Chef's Academy, 227 Sandy Springs Place in Sandy Springs, are hosting a Cook for the Gold camp where chefs in training can earn medals of achievement. The program combines food with fun facts about the Summer Olympics, so the kids will take home a bit of knowledge with their global recipes. The camp sessions include a "recipe trial" in which kids can adapt a basic recipe to their creative taste and vie for top honors. Sessions are scheduled each Monday through Thursday until mid-August. Classes for kids 5 through 15 are priced at $275, plus a one-time $25 registration fee. Sibling rates are $250. 404-255-9263; www.youngchefsacademy.com.
• They've already got a summer jazz series; now they're doing gospel as well. It's all happening at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd., Atlanta. Beginning Sunday, the lawns and gardens behind the restaurant will be rocking to old-time gospel and jazz. Upcoming dates include July 13 and Aug. 24. As with all the Villa music events, admission is free but no coolers or picnic baskets are allowed; you may bring in blankets and lawn chairs. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Details are online at www.villachristina.com; 404-303-0133.
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