Quick Bites: Old Fourth Ward’s Across the Street and Cast Iron close down, Talat Market plans a brick and mortar, Trade Root opens in Buckhead and more

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Food Cast Iron1436 586edc452dc8cChef Evan Cordes will close his restaurant Cast Iron at the end of this month.Joeff Davis/CL File

Two Old Fourth Ward spots have sadly come to an end. Mexican standby Across the Street closed abruptly a little over a week ago. Meanwhile, Cast Iron, which Serpas alum chef Evan Cordes opened in November of 2016, has announced it will close at the end of March. Get that beloved cheeseburger while you still can.

Recently named a James Beard semifinalist and StarChefs Rising Star Chef, Parnass Savang has been feeding throngs of Thai food lovers from a pop-up location at Candler Park’s Gato for the past year. Now, the Talat Market team has found a brick and mortar location for a permanent venue and you can help them. A GoFundMe is up and running to make a dream reality. Click here to donate.

Trade Root opens this week in Buckhead’s The Whitley. Executive Chef Marc Suennemann helms the kitchen of the Mediterranean inspired restaurant, which also will serve signature cocktails.

Houston’s, we have a problem. After 40 years in business, Houston’s at 3321 Lenox Road will shutter after service on March 31. This is the oldest location of a Houston’s restaurant, and was once the subject of a racial profiling-related boycott led by Atlanta rapper T.I.

Westside’s Marcel is hosting a one-day only pop-up lunch on Fri., March 23. The Marcel burger (cheeseburger, too), usually only offered on the late night menu, will be served from 11:30 a.m. until they run out. Add a fried egg, bacon, fries, and a boozy shake for good measure.

The White Bull opened on Decatur Square this Mon., March 5. Executive chef Pat Pascarella will be serving up a menu of “seasonal fare exclusively of Georgia ingredients” in the former Truman Tavern spot next to Brick Store.

Those Westside views are getting snazzied up. On Tues., March 6, JCT Bar reopened its renovated space, which includes a new oyster bar. Chef Andrea Anom joins executive chef Brian Horn to run the upstairs bar and is rolling out new dishes like hand-carved country ham, hot boiled peel and eat shrimp, and crab rolls.

Brookhaven’s There turns six on the 7th of March and they are celebrating with $3 beers, $5 cocktails, and “amazing food specials” beginning at 11 a.m. Weds., March 7.

Spring forward. To celebrate daylight savings, Sugo in Johns Creek is offering a $3 tapas menu and $5 cocktails on Fri., March 9 and Sat., March 10, from 5-7 p.m.

Get your hands on one of those 100 layer doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery when it opens in the Central Food Hall in Ponce City Market this spring. The Tennessee-based business says their pastries are “made with love and laughter” — and also French butter.

Here’s your chance to eat a meal cooked by two James Beard Award-winning chefs. Jonathan Waxman’s collaboration dinner series “Waxman + Friends” lands at Brezza Cucina on Sun., March 18 with guest chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union. Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy four courses by the duo along with wine pairings and dessert. Reservations can be made by calling 404-724-9700.

Prost! Hapeville’s Arches Brewing has a newly created Lager Lab that’s focused on session brews. They hope to introduce Atlantans to interesting styles like Helles lagers, Dortmunders, Dopplebocks, Schwarzbiers, and black lagers, and plan to release one or more at their second anniversary party on April 14.

There’s a Tex Mex party headed for SweetWater Brewery on Sun., March 11. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q’s Foxeria del Sol Primavera boasts a killer lineup of restaurants cooking their interpretations of “Tex or Mex” as well as bartenders like Ticonderoga Club’s Paul Calvert and peeps from Old Fourth Distillery. $55 for all the food, cocktails, and of course, SweetWater beer from 2 to 6 p.m.

Buckhead’s Taverna is teaming up with ASW Distillery to host a four-course whiskey dinner on Weds., March 28. They’ll have local drams paired with Italian favorites. View the menu and purchase tickets here.

Congrats to Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery, Georgia’s oldest brewpub, which opened on March 5, 1998. To celebrate 20 years, they are bringing back lots of popular dishes from previous menus. A number of lucky folks who use #MaxLagers20th on Instagram photos of Max Lager’s food and beverage will win dinner for two and a beer tasting with their master brewer.

Ponce City Market’s Brezza Cucina has a new executive chef and GM. Andrew Cacioppo has cooked in the restaurant since 2015. Dennis Bruno is the former GM of the Gage in Chicago. Hey, Andrew, can we get those roasted oysters back on the menu?

Taco Mac has been sold by its Dallas based private equity owners (CIC Partners). Fret not, however. The wings and beer and sports will go on in the hands of a team of independent investors led by long-time customer Harold Martin Jr. “We will work with staff to ensure that the quality of the dining experience remains consistent across the board while retaining the unique characteristics of each neighborhood restaurant,” the CEO said in a release. Taco Mac was founded in 1979.

Our lucky neighbors in Alabama can now purchase the full lineup of Decatur’s Wild Heaven beer. The Wild Heaven team will celebrate with tap takeovers in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Auburn. Cheers!


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