Fmr. Optimist Exec. Chef Opening “The White Bull” Next To Brick Store Pub Next Spring

From the AJC

A restaurant inspired by Ernest Hemingway is set to open in Decatur next year.

The restaurant, which will offer a “menu of simple, farm-forward American fare,” will be overseen by executive chef and partner Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella, who previously served as execuitve chef of Ford Fry’s West Midtown restaurant The Optimist and also served a stint in the kitchen at Le Bernardin in Manhattan. Gabriele Besozzi, who previously served as service manager at The Optimist, will serve as partner and general manager. He has also worked at restaurants in London, New York, Miami and his native Italy.

More info on the other side of the AJC link.

Slice & Pint in Emory Village is Closing Its Doors

Slice & Pint posted on Facebook late yesterday…

It’s with a heavy heart we announce that Slice & Pint will end operations on December 30 2017, as we are not renewing our lease. We sincerely appreciate all the love and support we have received over the last 5 years. Please come out and celebrate with us over the next 2 weeks as well as on our the last day, the 30th, for one last blowout. Thanks, Slice & Pint team.

Photo courtesy of the Slice & Pint Facebook page

Brick Store Owners New Brewpub “Good Word Brewing” Now Open in Duluth

I gotta admit, I’m more than a little jealous of this news out of Duluth.  From the AJC

A long-awaited brewpub from the team behind Decatur’s popular Brick Store Pub opened its doors in Duluth this week.

…The spot’s current beers include selections such as the Donna Maria, a dry saison named after Di Matteo and partner Ryan Skinner’s grandmothers, Never Sleep, an IPA, and Bridges, a sour with apricot and mango flavors. The beverage offerings also include beers from several other local breweries as well as cocktails and wines.

 On the food side, look for shared plates including citrus guacamole, Izzy’s Puerto Rican fried chicken and pork candy, made with pork belly, gujillo, queso fresco, baby kale, sea salt and peptia lime butter, as well as desserts such as banana pudding and Key lime pie.
Gonna have to make a trip up I-85 soon.

Dine Out at 5 Decatur Restaurants Next Tuesday To Help Fund Type 1 Diabetes Research

Kelly writes in with the details…

Next Tuesday, World Diabetes Day, five Decatur restaurants are joining the fight against Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), a non-curable, autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary to converting food into energy the body needs.
Leon’s, The Brick Store, No. 246, The Imperial and Sushi Avenue will be donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, on behalf of Charlie’s Angels.
Charlie Thompson is in second grade at Westchester Elementary and has been living with T1D for almost five years. His fundraising team, Charlie’s Angels, works to raise money for JDRF and awareness about T1D. To date, Westchester and the Decatur community have helped Charlie’s Angels raise more than $35,000 for T1D research.

Your Favorite Sushi Restaurants in Atlanta

Love me some sushi, but would like some new options.  Whatcha got?

Photo courtesy of Brush Sushi Izakaya 

Check Out the List of Restaurants for Tonight’s MLK Service Project Dine Out

Lee Ann at Volunteer Decatur has the details on tonight’s Restaurants for Repairs Dine Out Event

Dine at participating great Decatur restaurants on October 17. A percentage of the day’s proceeds goes to the Decatur MLK Service Project, a large scale volunteer initiative to help low income Decatur seniors live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes by: Completing needed repairs, Weatherization, Adding handicap accessible features and Yard Work.

2017 Participating Restaurants

20% Donors:

  • The Corner Pub
  • Matador Cantina
  • Mezcalito’s Cantina
  • Raging Burrito & Taco

10% Donors:

  • Big Tex Decatur
  • Brick Store Pub
  • Brush Sushi Izakaya
  • Cafe Lily
  • Cakes & Ale
  • Farmburger
  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers
  • Highland Bakery
  • Leon’s Full Service
  • Mojo Pizza
  • The Marlay
  • Scout
  • The Square Pub
  • Steinbeck’s Ale House
  • Sushi Avenue on the Square
  • Taiyo Ramen
  • Universal Joint
  • Wahoo! Grill

For more information, visit or contact Lee Ann Harvey at [email protected] or 678-553-6548.

Reports: Korean BBQ Restaurant Opening In Large Vacant Arlo Retail Space

I can’t be the only one who’s long wondered what would fill this unique space.

Both Decaturish and the AJC are reporting that a Korean BBQ restaurant plans to open in the large vacant retail space at the corner of the Arlo.

The space has some of the soaring-est ceilings in the city and large expanses of glass looking out over East Trinity Place.

The new restaurant – which reportedly doesn’t have a name yet – will have the same owner as  9292 Korean BBQ in Duluth.  Each table will have it’s own grill, just like the restaurant in Duluth, but will focus on smaller portion sizes, according to reports.

Photo courtesy of DM