Davio’s to reopen at Phipps Plaza and more Atlanta dining news from the week

Sausage gnocchi from Davio's Italian Kitchen. / Courtesy of Davio's Italian Kitchen
Sausage gnocchi from Davio's Italian Kitchen. / Courtesy of Davio's Italian Kitchen

Credit: Davio's Italian Kitchen

Credit: Davio's Italian Kitchen

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is reopening Nov. 17 at 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza, after being closed since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jonathan Schechter will serve as general manager, with Robbie Burton overseeing the kitchen as executive chef.

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant, owned by chef-restaurateur Steve DiFillippo, will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner service. The menus will remain the same, with pastas, seafood, salads and steaks. Entrees include tagliatelle bolognese; chicken with creamy potatoes, Brussels sprouts and lemon butter; and an 18-ounce, 55-day prime-aged steak.

The beverage program will feature more than 300 wines by the bottle, and 20 by the glass, from California and Italy, as well as cocktails and local craft beers. Dishes served at the bar will include Philly cheesesteak spring rolls and Davio’s steakhouse burger.

The 250-seat restaurant will have undergone a full remodeling prior to reopening, including the 28-seat bar area and the enclosed outdoor patio for 80 guests. The restaurant offers booth-style seating, plus three private rooms and one semi-private room.

Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays; dinner service will be 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Brunch will be served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays.


Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar in College Park is expanding with a second location.

The new restaurant will open in early 2022 at 822 Marietta St. in Atlanta. The space previously was home to 4 Rivers Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant, which closed in early 2020 after three years.

Juan and Gee Smalls opened Virgil’s in June, 2019, at 3721 Main St. in College Park. The menu features Gullah-inspired dishes, including “sammen” balls (fried salmon croquettes served with “geecheeboi” sauce), “fush” (fried whiting filet) and fried “poke” chop.

The Smallses, along with Lorenzo Wyche, also recently opened an all-day breakfast and brunch restaurant, Breakfast Boys, in College Park.


Washington, D.C.-based salad chain Sweetgreen has opened a restaurant at 3393 Peachtree Road NE, in Lenox Square, its third Atlanta location. The 3,661-square-foot space includes 32 seats inside, with an additional 14 outdoor seats.

Sweetgreen’s other Atlanta locations are inside Ponce City Market and Colony Square.


Longtime lesbian bar My Sister’s Room (MSR) is moving from its space at 84 12th St. NE in Midtown to make way for a condo project, Project Q reports. Owners Jennifer and Jami Maguire, who were told by their landlords that they have a year to leave the space, said they’re looking for a new home in Midtown.


Antico Sporto, a concept from Antico Pizza Napoletana owner Giovanni Di Palma, will open next month in the Hugh Howell Marketplace in Tucker, Urbanize Atlanta reports. The 2,400 square-foot space will focus on outdoor dining.


Several culinary concepts have been announced for The Point, a group of buildings at the intersection of Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive, What Now Atlanta reports. Oreatha’s at the Point will offer global cuisine, and Serenidad will serve Latin soul. A third restaurant, Dulcet Down Under, will also open in the coming months. Real estate investor Shea Embry and chef and restaurateur Deborah Van Trece are partners on the project.


A Chinese restaurant called Urban Hai will open in 2022 at 77 12th St. in Midtown in the former BurgerFi space, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The eatery comes from Gary Lin, the restaurateur behind metro Atlanta restaurants including Wei Authentic Chinese in Buford and Marietta; Hai Chinese in Decatur and Alpharetta; and Urban Wu in Buckhead.


Two food and beverage concepts are coming to a transit-oriented development near the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station, Urbanize Atlanta reports.

An “artisanal” sandwich shop from the team behind popular East Atlanta restaurant Banshee and a wine bar and wine store from Dwight Cunningham of Cork & Cru Social events will both open in a building located in the middle of Edgewood Park, a group of redeveloped MARTA parking lots.

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