The final quarter of 2019 definitely saw a slow down in restaurant openings — and even with new restaurants being announced. However, a few hotly anticipated establishments swung open for business this fall, including chef Hugh Acheson’s By George, Forza Storico, Supremo Taco, Buena Vida Tapas, Southern Belle, Lyla Lila, and Field Day.
As Atlanta enters a brand new decade, here are the most anticipated restaurants planning to open this winter around town.
Location: Summerhill, 71 Georgia Avenue
Who: Chef Jarrett Stieber
Projected opening: February/March
Former Eat Me Speak Me pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber’s upcoming Summerhill neighborhood restaurant, Little Bear, features a menu of approximately 13 shareable dishes, ranging from $7 to $13 per plate, broken out into hot, cold, and sweet sections. Like Eat Me Speak Me, Stieber says to expect the menu to change weekly, as most ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal. The 30-seat Little Bear (an homage to Stieber’s Pyrenees mountain dog) includes a long banquette with a row of ten two-top tables, a ten-seat bar, and a front window rail that connects to the bar where people can lounge with drinks and snacks.
D Boca N Boca
Location: Summerhill, 39 Georgia Avenue
Who: Chef Helio Bernal
Projected opening: March/early spring
What began as the Real Mexican Vittles mobile kitchen in 2017, serving tacos and tamales at festivals and breweries, is propelling owner Helio Bernal into his first restaurant venture — Mexican gastropub D Boca N Boca. The 1,800-square-foot restaurant should seat around 40 to 50 people inside, with an additional 50 on the patio. Like the Real Mexican Vittles, the menu at D Boca N Boca includes street corn, tacos, and tamales, but dishes will also lean into Bernal’s family roots on the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
by Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta
Photo: Tazón with barbacoa and chimichurri by D Boca N Boca – Nathaly Tabares Photography & Off The Record Media