Quick Bites: Updates on Cacao Chocolate Co., Thirteen Pies Opens, and More
September 26, 2014
Quick Bites: Updates on Cacao Chocolate Co., Thirteen Pies Opens, and More
Creative Loafing Atlanta

One of the first eateries to arrive at the Buckhead Atlanta complex, Thirteen Pies, will make its debut on Tues., Oct. 7. Texas-bred executive chef Brandon Wolff previously spent his most relevant career stints at respected restaurants in Chicago and Milwaukee. He comes to Atlanta with aims to offer highly competitive pizzas — 12 standard pies and an ever-changing thirteenth option. With an emphasis on the house-made and the handcrafted, regular flavors include a version with fennel salami, smoked provolone, soffritto, Castelvetrano olives, yellow tomato, and aged Manchego cheese; as well as an option with farm egg, Gruyère cheese, roasted onions, and mizuna. Two limestone-clad, wood-fired ovens will be prominently displayed and manned by kitchen managerGeorge Ortega. Patrons can also expect salads, more than 30 wines by the glass.

The debut of Ron Eyester's latest restaurant, Diner, is delayed once again. The restaurant's press representative tells CL that "the angry chef" is now targeting an early October opening date at the former home of Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station (264 19th St.). In the meantime, Eyester has focused his energies on opening a new deli within his popular Morningside pizzeria, Timone's. The name will change in tandem with the menu upgrade this Sunday, September 28, dubbed Timone's Deli and Local Pizza Joint henceforth.

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. has debuted its new Westside Factory Store at 202 Permalume Place, offering hearty discounts on its famous bean-to-bar chocolates. The rugged, industrial space offers pretty much owner Kristen Hard's whole menu: hot cocoa mix, Himalayan sea salt bars, with chocolate skulls and cranberry-ginger salami logs coming for the holidays ahead.

NYC's famed Shake Shack will finally open its first Atlanta location on Tuesday, September 30, following several delays. Serving as an anchor tenant of Buckhead Atlanta at 3035 Peachtree Road, the two-story, industrial-inspired eatery will offer modern "roadside"-style Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard, and of course, shakes. The Atlanta-tailored offerings range from the Pecan Pie Oh My (vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of pecan pie from H&F Bread Co.) and the Campfire S’mores (chocolate frozen custard blended with marshmallow sauce, graham crackers and dark chocolate chunks from Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.) to the signature caramel-peach Peachtree.

Joining recently opened neighbors Chastain Tavern and 521 Kitchen & Que within a half-mile stretch, Cafe Ago is now serving the residents around Chastain Park at 4279 Roswell Road. The French-influenced bistro offers breakfast items such as salted caramel scones and vanilla chia seed cups, lunch options like prosciutto-mango-mozzarella salads and coconut-shrimp-calamari soup—with plenty of kale and quinoa for the health-conscious.

The much-awaited hometown beers from the Westside's Second Self brewery will debut on draft at a variety of Atlanta restaurants, bars, growler shops, and package stores beginning Mon., Oct. 6. For big-scale partiers, brews like Thai Wheat, Red Hop Rye and IPA will also be for sale in kegs. The brewery from Sweetwater Brewing Co. alum Chris Doye and his former Georgia Tech roommate Jason Santamaria is only open for private tours at this time.

The colossally-stocked, Tampa-based World of Beer opens at 855 Peachtree St. on Wed., Oct. 8, bringing more than 500 bottled, canned, and, local craft-brewed options to Midtown dwellers. This marks the company's 64th tavern, and should serve as competition for neighboring watering holes like Taco Mac, Gordon Biersch, Hudson Grille, and Cypress Street Pint & Plate. A second World of Beer will open at Madison Place on Chastain Road in Kennesaw one week later, on Mon., Oct. 13.

Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi should open shortly in the former digs of Truffles Grill at 3345 Lenox Road. The Japanese sushi bar and hibachi grill from One Sushi Plus owner Mali Hu is reportedly hiring workers currently, with plans to open in early October.

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