Midtown Restaurant News: Panera Bread, Noodle & more on the way
Pan Asian noodle cuisine restaurant coming to the westside; 12th & Midtown development lands fast casual bakery-cafe.
The building, located at 678 10th Street between Howell Mill Road and Northside Drive, sits across the street from the Atlanta Humane Society. Patch has now confirmed that it will open as Noodle with a 2013 expected opening.
The Pan Asian noodle cuisine eatery that offers fresh, made-to order dishes and house-made curries, already has three Atlanta locations, including one at 903 Peachtree Street in Midtown.
Fans of East Atlanta’s popular Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand will be happy to know that the city permitting process to allow co-owners Delia Champion (Flying Biscuit founder) and Molly Gunn (Porter Beer Bar owner) to open a second restaurant on the westside are making progress.
This week, the Neighborhood Planning Unit-E gave its approval of the restaurant’s plans, including the addition of a roof deck, to the open in a space located at 881 Marietta Street ant the corner of Marietta and Northside Drive. A 2013 opening is expected.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, the westside's JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist, as well a No. 246 in Decatur, are donating 5 percent of the evening’s dinner sales from all three restaurants to help support Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger’s fight against stage IV gallbladder cancer. The restaurants also participated in the January Team Hidi Benefit held at Miller Union. Patch will be ppsting more about Hidinger's fight and Team Hidi later today.
On Wednesday, the 12th & Midtown development announced the addition of Panera Bread, which should open sometime this summer adjacent to the Bank of America branch in the street level retail at 1010 Midtown on Peachtree Street.
Panera Bread has approximately 30 metro Atlanta locations, but this will be the chain’s first urban locale. In a news release, Selig Enterprises Senior Vice President Shirley Gouffon said, “Panera Bread, with its sound reputation as one of the country’s leading fast casual bakeries, is a wonderful fit and perfect complement to the broad array of cuisines and dining experiences currently offered at 12th & Midtown.”
Last fall, 12th & Midtown announced that summer 2013 would also see the arrival of two new restaurants at 77 12th, the third phase of the development's master plan. Those new Midtown addition's are Chutney, a full-service Indian restaurant with a decidedly upscale and modern twist, and Taco Diner, a traditional Mexico City-style taqueria.
Speaking of openings, Café Intermezzo’s final days at its 1845 Peachtree Road Brookwood location will be during the post-Valentine’s Day weekend. If you want to say goodbye and make a Valentine's Day reservation featuring a three-course meal and champagne, call 678-613-1735. If you want to say hello and welcome the restaurant to Midtown, be ready because it will be bringing its European flair to the 12th & Midtown development the week of Feb. 18th.
The Atlanta-based European coffeehouse has been in Brookwood for 25 years, but will soon be occupying the northeast corner of 11th and Peachtree streets adjacent to Loews Atlanta Hotel. See here for some interior construction photos at the restaurant’s Facebook page.
After a brief delay, it appears the anticipated quick-serve dim sum Yum Bunz will open sometime around the end of this month or at the beginning of March. The new westside Asian bun and bao eatery at 935 Marietta Street comes from Mike Blum of The Real Chow Baby and Guy Wong's Miso Izakaya.
Next month, the wicked hero sandwich shop Villains will be opening in the former Little Azio space at 903 Peachtree Street in Midtown. Last month, the Villains team held a well-received pre-opening pop-up at Midtown’s Cruzado, located at 366 5th Street. A peek at what was featured on that menu, including “The Evil Pig,” can be found here.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Midtown’s RA Sushi will celebrate its version of Fat Tuesday with “Mardi RA” from 7 p.m. until close. During the event, guests can enjoy festive décor and entertainment, while taking a bite out of the Big Easy with a variety of spicy food specials and New Orleans-inspired cocktails made just for the occasion. The restaurant is located in the 1010 Midtown building at 1080 Peachtree Street and visit here for more information.
Finally, congratulations to the folks at Ecco with the addition of their new location at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The popular Fifth Group Restaurant, located at 40 7th Street, will open its “very own mini me” airport space on Monday, Feb. 11 on Concourse F. See some photos of Ecco's new space here.