Quick Bites: Ammazza reopens, Folk Art expansion, Atlanta Food & Wine Fest tickets


After nearly two years, Ammazza has reopened its original location at 591 Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward. The pizzeria was shuttered after two separate car accidents just a month apart caused extensive damage to the building’s exterior. While repairs have been ongoing, Ammazza opened a location in downtown Decatur. Owner Hugh Connerty, Executive Chef Sean Dwyer and their team renovated and refreshed the space, including expanding into the building next door, upping the restaurant’s square footage from 5,000 to 8,000, and more than doubling the kitchen size. A room in the back of Ammazza will eventually be turned into a small space for private and semi-private events. For more information, visit Ammazza.com.

Chef Ford Fry’s Little Rey was originally supposed to open by the end of April, but has now been pushed back to late May. Located at 1878 Piedmont Ave. in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood, Little Rey will be serving up a Tex-Mex menu including wood-roasted “chicken al carbon” as its core item plus staples including salads, fresh salsas and hand-made tortillas. The 3,500 square-foot space will also feature an expansive porch.

Restaurateurs Zeb Stevenson and Ross Jones will open Redbird in the former Bacchanalia space at Westside Provisions District in early summer. The “free-spirited cuisine” will mix cooking styles from all over the globe and will feature a constantly-rotating, seasonally-driven menu. Highlights will range from chickpea flatbreads to Georgia coast shrimp.

Pancake Social

Breakfast-focused eatery Pancake Social is now open at Ponce City Market. Open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 120-seat restaurant features both indoor and patio dining and a menu of breakfast favorites from Chef Anne Quatrano. For more information, visit poncecitymarket.com.

Buena Vida Tapas & Sol restaurant is slated to open late 2019 in the North and Line development, 385 Angier Ave., in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. This fifth hospitality project for Adam Berlin and Juan Calle – owners of Big Sky Buckhead – will feature a menu influenced by Southern Spain, created through the owners’ travels and with influence from Chef Juan Hormiga, who will be re-locating from Spain to Atlanta to helm the kitchen. The space will have a sprawling patio at the Beltline and opening onto Historic Fourth Ward Park. Find out more at BuenaVidaTapas.com.

Inman Park’s popular Folk Art Restaurant has announced plans to open a second outpost in downtown Decatur this fall. The eatery is known for its traditional Southern breakfast menu and is a favorite for weekend brunch.

Southern Exchange Ballrooms has partnered with Certified Master Chef, Rich Rosendale, to establish an in-house catering operation called Rosendale Events. Once the iconic Macy’s department store on Peachtree, Southern Exchange houses over 110,000 square feet of event space among six unique venue spaces available for weddings and large corporate events. For more information, visit SouthernExchangeAtl.com.

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, which returns to Historic Fourth Ward Park and Loews Atlanta Hotel for its ninth year from May 30 to June 2. From now until Sunday, March 31, early-bird tickets are being offered at a reduced rate for the festival, which has the theme “Off the Eaten Path.” For tickets and details, visit atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

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