According to sources within Buckhead Life, Restaurant Group, Executive Chef Joey Riley will soon leave the Buckhead Diner, having held that position since 2006. He will be opening his own eatery in Brookhaven. Though neither his departure nor his successor have been made official, I'm told Chef Phil, formerly of Pano's & Paul's, will take the helm as Executive Chef. Buckhead Diner has a knack for training great chefs, many of whom have gone on to open their own eateries. Most notably, Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun, who spent a total of 10 years at BLRG, left in 2003 to open Kevin Rathbun's, Rathbun's Steaks, and Krog Bar. Top Chef contestant Eli Kirstein, who was trained by Rathbun and went on to be Executive Chef at the now defunct ENO, is said to be in talks to open his own restaurant in Manhattan. Chef Gerry Klaskala was Executive Chef at the Buckhead Diner before he became Executive Chef and partner at Aria.
Nearby, at Sembler's TOWN Brookhaven, dozens of local restaurants were said to be opening but thus far the only one to make progress is Cinnaminson, New Jersey based Slack's Hoagie Shack.
Riley's Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub will open at 1410 Dresden Drive on a corner space of Village Place in Brookhaven. Though the menu and space are far from complete, you can track their progress via their Facebook page. Local Fro-Yo purveyor Yoforia will open next door in the coming weeks and the center is already home to Verde Taqueria, The Library Coffee Company and J. Christopher's. Across the street at 1441 Dresden Drive, sister restaurants Valenza and HAVEN are owned and operated by another Buckhead Diner alum, former General Manager Michel Arnette. Always a fan of the Buckhead Diner, I'm sure Chef Joey will do well in his new digs. ToNeTo Atlanta
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