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AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery

AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery, sold in many area farmers' markets, recently opened an outlet store at their creamery. Customers may sample any item before purchasing. The outlet location will offer the company's full line of yogurts and cheeses at the lowest cost. It will be open during winter months and may continue into the spring with high demand. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 6679 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard #M, Norcross. 678-240-4660, www.atlantafresh.com. JENNY TURKNETT


Viewing Party for Atlanta's Chopped Contestant

Jeffrey Gardener, sous chef at Fifth Group Restaurants' South City Kitchen Midtown, recently competed on the Food Network's show, Chopped. The episode will air on Feb. 8 at 10 p.m., which you can watch with the Fifth Group gang at the viewing party held at The Original El Taco that evening. The episode will play on five flat-screen televisions. Call for reservations for parties of seven or more. 9-11 p.m. Feb. 8, 1186 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta. 404-873-4656, www.eltaco-atlanta.com. JENNY TURKNETT



Vietnamese restaurant NAM has let its lease expire in the Midtown Promenande as of January 1. According to an e-mail from their marketing company, owners Alex and Chris Kinjo have decided to relocate NAM to a more "optimal location." The Kinjo brothers are actively searching for the restaurant's future site but a decision has not been finalized. 931 Monroe Circle NE, Atlanta. www.namrestaurant.com. GENE LEE


Gu’s Bistro

Formerly the short-lived Sichuanese restaurant Chong Qing Hot Pot, Gu's has reopened under new ownership and a new chef. Sichuanese dishes are still abundant, such as dan dan noodles (wheaty noodles mixed with minced pork and chili oil). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lunch) Wednesdays-Mondays, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (Dinner) Tuesdays-Mondays, Closed for lunch on Tuesdays. 5750-A Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-451-8118, $. GENE LEE


Rock Back Pizza

Rock Back Pizza and The Morning Glory Café, a new rockabilly themed pizza parlor in Newnan, opened Jan. 3. Started by Biff Farmer and Rocky Reeves, one of the original founders of the popular pizza franchise Mellow Mushroom, Rock Back offers pizza, calzones and sandwiches. Some of the unique pizza choices include their BBQ pulled pork pizza and the Pesty-Billy pizza, topped with pesto sauce, shrimp, bacon and onions. 5 p.m-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturdays-Sundays. 311 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan. 770-251-2252, www.rockbackpizza.com, $-$$. JON WATSON


Noon Midtown – CLOSED

After nearly two years in business, Noon Midtown on Crescent Ave. closed their doors on Jan. 7. Known for serving breakfast and lunch, owner Katie Birmingham briefly added extended dinner hours in April 2010 but the dinner service was short lived. There is no news on the future of the site. 1050 Crescent Ave., Atlanta. JON WATSON