It wasn't a huge surprise when Pour, in Watkinsville, closed its doors recently after an expensive build-out followed by a social media dust-up in which the restaurant banned children and enforced a dress code. Now, the folks behind The Pine are coming in to take over the space. Owner Scott Parrish says the new place will be called Pub on Main and will be "An American Pub, casual, FAMILY friendly, everyday price points… taking advantage of the massive patio & grassy area out front." It should open this summer.
Buvez, Bain Mattox and Amanda Kapousouz's Euro-style cafe on Barber Street, in the former 1000 Faces space, had a soft opening this past weekend and is now open regular hours (approximately 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fancy sodas and pastries from The Comerian are available in the a.m., and sandwiches on baguettes take over a bit later. You can also get soft pretzels, bulk snacks, hard-boiled eggs, beer, wine, aperitivos (and cocktails based on such), sno-balls (boozy and nonalcoholic).
Dear Athens, please stop scheduling more events in April. Love, me and everyone else.
Local restaurants competed Saturday for the chance to have a dish added to the Clarke County School District's 2018–2019 menu, with Dondero's Kitchen coming out on top.
Dondero's won the annual School Lunch Challenge with its chicken fajitas and roasted sweet potatoes. The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's turkey, cheese and veggie panini with steamed broccoli and lemon zest finished second in the student vote, while Taziki's Mediterranean Café's entry, a "pizzadilla" with chopped salad won the silver medal among adults. The Last Resort Grill also competed.
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If you still miss Rashe's Cuisine, and its delivery option isn't enough for you, you might want to know that Rashe Malcom is launching an Indiegogo to purchase a food trailer. It kicks off tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 23, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Jittery Joe's Roaster on Barber Street. The AthensMade-sponsored event will offer free samples of Rashe's food and lunch plates for $10, with profits going toward the food trailer.
Creature Comforts is finally releasing its fourth year-round offering, Reclaimed Rye, in cans this Saturday.
The amber ale—named for the reclaimed wood that local carpenters Oneta Woodworks used to make the brewery's long tables and benches—is aged with French oak spirals and is 5.5% ABV. It joins IPA Tropicalia, pilsner Bibo and berliner weisse Athena as year-round canned offerings.
"We have wanted Reclaimed Rye in cans for three years," CEO Chris Herron said in a news release. "It is a favorite beer around the brewery and in the market, but capacity restraints have kept it as a draft-only offering."
However, with Creature Comforts set to open a second brewery in Southern Mill off Chase Street this spring, capacity is no longer an issue.
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Sakura's second location, in Five Points, next to The Pine, is open! Yay! It does not appear to have a Facebook page or be reflected on the original location's website, but it's doing lunch and dinner business. Woo!
Photo Credit: Four Fat Cows via Facebook
Four Fat Cows, an ice cream place out of Alpharetta, is officially open at 723 Baxter St., near the intersection with Harris Street, in the space that previously housed Always Baked. The Athens location (which is only the second to open) has its own Facebook page and will start regular hours Friday of 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Owner Robyn Rowles says she picked Athens because "one of our employees that has been with us for years goes to school here and is going to run this location for us.... We also love Athens and the UGA football team." She plans to open a couple more locations in Atlanta this year.
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