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Omnivore - Ria Pell to open new diner

Sauced Atlanta will feature family-style dining

I lunched at Taqeria del Sol on Cheshire Bridge today. The special taco this week is one of my favorites — al pastor with an avocado salsa.

At lunch, a local gossip told me that Ria Pell, owner-chef of Ria's Bluebird Diner, will be opening a new restaurant in Inman Park at 753 Edgewood Ave. and Waddell St.. It's the space formerly occupied by 11:11 Tea House.

In fact, her website includes an announcement about the new venture, called Sauced Atlanta. She will be opening it with partner Stephen Gannon:

At the packed eighth anniversary ?celebration of Ria's Bluebird in October, chef/owner ?Ria Pell announced plans to open a new dinner ?restaurant in Inman Park with partner Stephen ?Gannon. Slated to open in Spring of 2009, the ?restaurant will star chef-driven cuisine made ?from high-quality ingredients including locally ?farmed and organic produce, and native Southern ?fish and meats.

“Sociable food, global flavors” is how Pell describes ?the menu. The emphasis will be on a broad variety ?of innovative sauces paired with playful “pinchos” ?(appetizers) and family-style shared entrees. ?Complementing this fare will be creative wine ?pairings, fresh juice cocktails, house-made infused ?spirits, and unique pastry confections.

The ambience she looks to create is romantic-yet-friendly, ?neighborly and vivid – similar to the popular ?supper clubs hosted at the Bluebird in the past. ?She intends the food, drinks and atmosphere to ?spur lively interaction, captivating discussion ?and a spirit of tabletop adventure.