|Out with Buckhead Life, in with Ford Fry : Take Two?|
I remember Bluepointe opening in 1999, a beautiful lobby level eatery for the newly completed Pinnacle office tower. Kevin Rathbun was the opening chef and the restaurant became a new favorite for many. With so many restaurants having opened in Buckhead in the time since then, and with reduced hours, the decision was made to close the restaurant last November. Many friends still favor the restaurant and ask about it when they visit, only to be saddened by the news of its closure.
Sources tell me that the as yet unnamed restaurant will likely feature Italian fare, but would be different from Fry's popular No. 246 in Decatur. Personally I think Ford does a darn good job with the food, although the service is lacking at most of his restaurants, and therefore you're left feeling a little ripped off; paying Four Star prices for Two Star service.
It seems that Chef Fry has the magic touch of sorts: his most recent creation The Optimist was earlier this year named best new restaurant of the year by Esquire Magazine. I would not be at all surprised to see one of the more established but aging Italian eateries in Buckhead close if Fry finds similar success with this eatery. The likely list of candidates includes Pricci, Antica Posta and La Grotta.
Ford Fry plans to open King + Duke in the former Nava space at Buckhead Plaza in March. Nava, open since 1996, was once one of Buckhead Life's most popular restaurants, but had begun to show its age of late and Ford Fry was able to secure the lease on the building as a result. King + Duke will be a "Colonial American" eatery with a twenty-four foot hearth for cooking the "Colonial" way.
Mark Toro, of North American Properties, has publicly said that Chef Fry will open a new restaurant in NAP's Avalon project in Alpharetta although no official press release from the chef has surfaced. Toro's people have also said Chef Fry was looking to open in Atlantic Station, to which I would ask "Will the restaurant feature pork from the flying pigs overhead?"
More credible sources say Ford Fry may be planning a new Inman Park restaurant, possible within one of the multiple new projects in the area. It's highly likely that such an intown eatery would feature "Texas, tex-mex with some authentic Mexican."
Ford Fry > Buckhead Life ? What do you think? Will Chef Fry's Midas Touch continue with two Buckhead restaurants? Share your thoughts below.