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.

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.

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

Truman Tavern On Decatur Square Closes

After opening on Decatur Square next to the Brick Store Pub a little over a year ago, Truman Tavern has announced that it’s closed its doors on Facebook.

We are now permanently closed. Thank you to all of our patrons for showing us so much love.

Sorry to hear. We had a hunch this might be true after we received a note from a reader, who reported that they had”Just walked by Trumans and while there is no sign on the door it looks closed down. The menu is not up on their bulletin board and at 7 pm on a Thursday it is not open.”

Wonder what’s next for the space.

Photo courtesy of Helvetia

FIGO Decatur Closes Its Doors

Been meaning to post for a few days now.  Long time Decatur pasta restaurant Figo has closed.  From Tomorrow’s News Today…

FIGO Pasta, the Atlanta-based pasta chain, has closed their location on East College Avenue in Decatur.  Local sources indicate the restaurant quietly closed earlier this week with no advance notice to patrons.  A sign on the restaurant’s door confirms that the restaurant is permanently closed and directs patrons to the company’s location off Moreland Avenue in the Edgewood Retail District.

Photo courtesy of Tomorrow’s News Today

Doggy Dogg Plans To Reopen Next Weekend

Let’s make sure we give some love – and foot traffic! – to the businesses along East Howard Avenue that have been affected by the extensive construction in that area over the past many months!

Vicky writes in to report that Doggy Dogg is planning to reopen next weekend after paving of the street is finally completed…

I ran into James Hammerl, the owner of Doggy Dogg on E. Howard across from Kimball House.  He’s planning on reopening the weekend after Labor Day (he’s still waiting for the paving to be finished at the E. Trinity – E. Howard intersection).  He’s had to close down for many months while the street was closed.  I hope we can show this guy some love and stop by and get a hotdog — he’s a super nice guy and definitely the kind of independent quirky business we want in Decatur.