Dine out. Support Farm-To-School. Enough said!
Dine out. Support Farm-To-School. Enough said!
As Atlanta Magazine reported late last month, Twain’s former brewer – Chase Medlin – is opening his own brewery – Locomotion – in Chamblee early next year. As such, Twain’s – which has been a jumping off point for many of Georgia’s greatest brewers – needed a new head brewer. Enter Mike Castagno. Twain’s sends along this note…
There is a changing of the guard at Twain’s Brewpub! After six years of delicious beer and hard work, we offer our sincerest thanks to Chase Medlin for his dedication to Twain’s. We are confident that Locomotion will be making some killer beers in the future.
Chase’s skills will be an excellent addition to production brewing in Georgia and we are proud to have played a part, and knowing we will share many more good times. As for our next Head Brewer, Twain’s is delighted to announce that Mike Castagno has agreed to join the Twain’s family.
Mike will bring his vast knowledge of beer making and beer styles to craft a new lineup of ales, lagers and perhaps the occasion wild beer. Mike joins the Twain’s team with over 11 years of award winning homebrewing under his belt, he is certified as a BJCP Master Beer Judge and professional taste evaluator and occasional beer writer. Mike’s background in beer and his knowledge from being a commercial R&D Chemist writes an exciting introduction to the next chapter of Twain’s Brewpub’s brewery. We can’t wait to sip his creations and share Mike’s passion for beer with Georgia’s beer loving community.
The AJC reports that Big Tex will reopen this fall around Thanksgiving with support from Decatur City Commissioner Scott Drake, original Big Tex partners Dan and Beau Nolan, and Big Tex General Manager Robin Vaughn. The Fox Brothers, Jonathan and Justin Fox, are not involved in the relaunch, according to the paper.
Drake told the AJC that the reincarnation will have “a neighborhood bar with really good food—sometimes maybe even great food.”
Photo courtesy of Sandi
At long last, Highland Bakery’s new Decatur location is opening.
A sign on the door of Decatur’s new Highland Bakery location in the Place on Ponce building at 315 West Ponce says that they will be opening tomorrow! If you’re not familiar with the Atlanta-based chain, you can check out the menus of other locations on the Highland Bakery’s website.
If the meantime, enjoy a couple of high-quality photos I took through the window, earlier today.
Truman Tavern & Bar – next to the Brick Store Pub downtown – has announced its opening…
Truman Tavern & Bar will open on August 31st on Decatur Square, adjacent to the landmark City of Decatur Courthouse. Truman has reinvented classic, center-of-plate dishes, like the certified Angus Beef Prime Rib and Berkshire Double-Cut Pork Chops, with simple, local ingredients. The fish (Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, Chardonnay Pouched Flounder) and vegetable (Naked Vegetable Lasagna, House Made California Veggie Burger) dishes add diversity to the menu without sacrificing cohesiveness. The result is an accessible neighborhood eatery hedging the line between steakhouse and tavern. Truman’s bar menu will appeal to those with vintage tastes, featuring classic cocktails such as the Long Island Ice Tea and Singapore Sling. Truman will offer dinner only on the August 31st and September 1st, adding lunch on the 2nd, just in time for the annual Decatur Book Festival. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also be added in the coming weeks.
Executive Chef, Michael Condon, of Badda Bing Catering and Calle Latina, says he was inspired by his early days as a chef in Manhattan. “I want Truman to reflect the old time values that New York City neighborhood restaurants had 30 years ago. The food was superior without being overly complex, and the service was impeccable without being pretentious. Staff remembered the names and preferences of their guests and the atmosphere was deeply rooted in the community,” explains Condon, a native of Long Island, NY and City of Decatur resident since 2003.
Along with Condon, Brian Buchanan and Paul Vinces, also owners of Truman, boast more than 70 years of combined restaurant industry experience. Buchanan spent some 15 years in front-of-house roles and 10 years in the wine and spirit business. Vinces is the current owner of Calle Latina and once owned Sweet Devil Moon in Oakhurst. All of them have deep roots in City of Decatur. Buchanan believes Truman will be filling a niche that currently doesn’t exist in in the area: “All members of the community will feel at home at Truman, from kids and families to the trendy nightlife crowd. We specialize in great food, good service, and honest drinks” he says.
The 125-seat restaurant space offers a full bar and lounge area in the front and intimate, wood-topped seating in the rear. In addition, Truman has partnered with Vincent Art Gallery to procure artwork for the restaurant. Original pieces by well-known local artists, such as Ruth Franklin and Ruby Franklin, will add sophistication to the dining room. According to Vinces, “Vincent Art Gallery has strong ties to us and to Decatur. The art is a true representation of who we are and our connection to this community.”
Truman Bar & Tavern is located at 123 East Court Square, Decatur, GA. Reservations are available through Open Table or by calling 404-907-4116; walk-ins are always welcome. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am—3:00 pm Monday through Friday, and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am—3:00 pm. A happy hour menu will be available from 3:00 pm—5:00 pm daily. Dinner is served from 5:00 pm—10:00 pm on weekdays and until 11:00 pm on the weekends.
Photo courtesy of Helvetia
Jan sends in this photo that shows that renovation work has finally begun on the new Mellow Mushroom location in Downtown Decatur in the former Sno-Ball Cafe/Dos Madres space on West Ponce. (Note the workers in florescent yellow and dumpster tucked behind the westside of the building.)
Mellow Mushroom closed the doors of its longtime CVS plaza location back in May 2014. At the time, they said they looked forward to returning to Decatur in the future. Now is that future!
In locationally-related news, Decaturish reported recently that Highland Bakery across the street will finally be ready to open by the end of the summer.
Shumacher Real Estate recently posted…
The Shumacher Group, Inc. sold Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar located at 123 East Court Square Decatur, Georgia 30030. Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented Seller in transaction.
Buyers are the Owners of Calle Latina located steps away in Downtown Decatur also. The new concept will be a reinvented NY style 1980’s Tavern and Bar to be called Truman.
Photo courtesy of Raymund S. via Yelp