New Year, New Food: Restaurants newly opened and coming soon around Intown

Nina & Rafi’s Anthony Spina & Billy Streck_Photo (Photo by Mia Yakel)

A new crop of restaurants, bars and coffee shops has opened – or soon will – around Intown. Whether you like French, pizza or all-day breakfast, there’s something on the menu as the city’s restaurant scene continues to explode.

Nina & Rafi
The Italian restaurant and bar from Billy Streck of Hampton + Hudson and Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza soft opened in December in the new phase of Studioplex called SPX Alley at 661 Auburn Ave. along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The menu features Italian-American comfort food, including pizzas Italian snacks, salads, parmesan heroes, and Italian specialties – lasagna, chicken parmesan, and eggplant parmesan. Information:

The Shelton Family, founders of Just Add Honey.

Just Add Honey Tea Company
A second location of the tea spot has opened a second café at 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. The space will have a patio with outdoor seating and two additional rooms that can be rented for tea parties and private events. Founded in 2006 by tea lovers Brandi and Jermail Shelton at Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the shop sells over 40 blends of loose-leaf tea. Information:

AIX and Tin Tin
Former Saltyard chef Nick Leahy has opened this French Provencal restaurant and adjoining wine bar at 956 Brady Ave. on the Westside. The menu includes shrimp, lamb, and pork belly, while Tin Tin will feature small plates and, of course, French wine. Information:

Pancake Social
Chef Anne Quatrano is serving up all-day breakfast at her new venture opening soon at Ponce City Market. The menu will feature eight kinds of pancakes, coffee, breakfast bowls, sandwiches and burgers. Information:

City Tap
The American gastropub is slated to open this month at 848 Peachtree St. in Midtown. City Tap will serve varying beer styles including many picks from local breweries like Monday Night Brewing, Orpheus Brewing, Wild Heaven Beer, SweetWater Brewery, New Realm Brewing, and many more. With over 60 beers on tap, a selection of national and international offerings will also be poured, including German lagers, Belgian ales, and other European varieties. The food menu will feature local and international inspired dishes. Information:

Lazy Betty
The forthcoming restaurant from Executive Chef Ron Hsu and Chef de Cuisine/Partner Aaron Phillips will open its brick-and-mortar location at 1530 DeKalb Ave. early this year in the space formerly occupied by Radial Cafe. The restaurant will offer both tasting menu and à la carte options featuring seasonal fare. Information:

Docent Coffee

Docent Coffee
The new coffee shop is now open at 381 Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward, combining its existing open-roastery space with a new café open for breakfast and lunch serving fresh croissants, homemade sandwiches, soups and toasts. Information:

This eatery and bar is the centerpiece for Citizen Supply, the weekend pop-up flea market and greenhouse on the second floor of Ponce City Market. Likewise offers craft cocktails, while Chef Jason Jimenez creates seasonally driven snacks, bites and sharable plates. Information:

Ecco Buckhead
Fifth Group Restaurants has opened Ecco Buckhead at 3586 Peachtree Road near Phipps Plaza. Occupying a freestanding, 9,500 square foot building and a chef-driven European menu, the restaurant is open for dinner nightly with lunch service coming soon. This is the third location for the brand joining the original in Midtown and an outpost at the airport. Information:


Ammazza Pizzeria
The pizzeria has opened a new location in Decatur at 314 East Howard Ave. just across from Kimball House. The menu includes antipasto, pasta, pizza, craft cocktails, beer and wine. Information:

Biltong Bar
A second location is open at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta serving up savory dried beef and other South African snacks along with handcrafted cocktails. Information:

The Deer & The Dove and Side Bar
Atlanta chef Terry Koval will open The Deer & The Dove restaurant and Side Bar wine and coffee bar on the Decatur square this spring. The menu will feature rustic, creative New American cuisine, rooted in the seasons with ingredients sourced from local farms. Next door at Side Bar will offer breakfast and lunch sandwiches, bagels and good coffee. At night, Side Bar will become a bar with a focus on natural wines, cocktails and small plates. On occasion, the space will also host pop-up dinners from local and visiting chefs. Information:

Scofflaw Brewing founders Matt Shirah and Travis Herman.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. and Chattahoochee Food Works
Scofflaw founders Matt Shirah and Travis Herman will open a new brewery and tap room, while Robert Montwaid will open a food hall at The Works, an 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development on the Upper Westside. Scofflaw’s 9,000 square foot location will serve as its main research and development facility and will feature an outdoor area with games and gathering places. The 16,000-square-foot Chattahoochee Food Works will feature unique food vendors, entertainment and chef-driven events, a test kitchen and artisanal market shops. Chattahoochee Food Works’ design will allow guests to enjoy the action that comes with a busy food hall or relax and finish up late day work with wine and charcuterie. For more information, visit


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