2015 was a banner year for the Atlanta restaurant scene. Can 2016 top it? While there are plenty of old favorites, a new restaurant is always cause for excitement. We’ve selected the five most anticipated restaurant openings this spring around the city- 2016 looks like it will be a delicious year for Atlanta!
Tom Catherall’s new venture in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta:
The Here to Serve Restaurant group went through a shocking collapse in October of 2015 with the closing of popular eateries such as Noche, Prime, Smash and Twist after an acrimonious divorce of the founding couple. The founding chef, Tom Catherall, has come out of retirement for the second act of his 20+ year long career in Atlanta. Catherall opened the Virginia Highlands taqueria Tom Tom in February and is now eyeing the former American Food and Beverage location in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. While no plans have been revealed for this location, we are certain that the story of this comeback kid will continue to excite.
Meherwan Irani’s Botiwalla:
Husband and wife team Meherwan and Molly Irani of Decatur’s popular spot Chai Pani are slated to open a second restaurant this spring at Ponce City Market with Botiwalla. The Irani’s continue their successful and delicious attempt to bring Indian street food culture to Atlanta, this time as an anchor restaurant of Ponce City Market's Food Hall. The restaurant will specialize in authentic kebab style fair cooked over open flames, and house-made flatbreads, and the interior will nod to Bollywood culture.
Tom Murphy’s Morningside Kitchen:
Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands has been a wildly popular brunch spot since before brunch was cool. Tom Murphy is making moves slightly north with the expectant opening on Morningside Kitchen in the former Rosebud’s location. Morningside Kitchen will specialize in wood-fire grill items and rotisserie meats. The restaurant will also serve brunch with a menu of Pine Street bacon, Delia’s chicken sausage, and cage-free eggs. If Murphy’s history is an indication, the little-sister restaurant will be hugely successful. Murphy is anticipating Morningside Kitchen opening late April.
Michael Arnette’s The Royal:
The argument could be made that Michael Arnette single-handedly changed the face of dining in Brookhaven and now looks to do the same for Chamblee with the opening of his fourth restaurant, The Royal. Unlike his upscale Brookhaven restaurants, Haven, Valenza and Vero, The Royal will feature “classic American restaurant” items and have a 50’s diner feel. The Royal will be located on Peachtree Road in the long-vacant Brown’s Service Station, and will seat up to 40 on the patio.
Tupelo Honey Cafe:
Asheville transplants, rejoice! The popular southern chain is set to open its first Georgia location this summer in the Sandy Springs Gateway complex. Tupelo Honey Atlanta will have a similar feel to its predecessors in other Southern cities. Expect to see small plate dishes highlighting twists classic Southern foods, such as blackened shrimp macaroni and cheese, and country ham wontons. The bar will focus on local and seasonal beverages under the direction of Tyler Alford.
Honorable mention: Ford Fry’s Superica Buckhead