Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cindy Shera Trots Over to Atlantic Station with The Pig and The Pearl

Cinda Shera of The Shed at Glenwood plans to open The Pig and The Pearl later this fall at Atlantic Station.

The Pig and The Pearl will serve barbecue and seafood and will occupy suite 14180 at Atlantic Station, known to locals more specifically as the failed Geisha House restaurant.  The restaurant is likely to be helmed at least part-time by Todd Richards, who last year left The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead to join The Shed as their Executive Chef.  Last August, Richards told me he planned to open his own restaurant (this year) and that it would be at the old Vinocity on 13th Street in midtown, with a tentative name of "The Wildflower."  At that same time, Richards said he expected the new restaurant would be open in March of this year.  Perhaps those plans were put on hold (or scrapped altogether) in favor of this new project. 

As little as I care for either the property or management at Atlantic Station, the Geisha House space is somewhat of an improvement if only logistically from their planned eatery on 13th Street.

Richards was previously a partner in Rolling Bones BBQ on Edgewood Avenue, among other restaurants.  The popular BBQ eatery "temporarily closed" after a reported fire in late 2011, but never reopened. 

Facebook page for the restaurant went live earlier today with the above image and the restaurant described as a "smokehouse and raw bar," but few other details. 

Will BBQ save Atlantic Station?  Are you impressed with what North American Properties has done at Atlantic Station or are you still only there for single purposes and leave soon after?  Who offers the best BBQ in Atlanta? 


Anonymous said...

That Geisha House space is too nice for something this pedestrian (plus, I don't eat pork). I would have rather seen a more high level concept move in that space to complement what's around it (retail: JCrew? Uniqlo?, restaurant: something from the Top Flr/Sound Table/Lawrence guys?).

AJ said...

When is the last time you were at AS? I used to live there, but have since moved to a bigger home. Was in the mood for Kilwin's the other day and was pleasantly surprised at how busy all of AS was. Is it the best mix of restaurants & retail? No, but clearly things have changed. I don't believe that BBQ is needed to save AS as your post asks. I'm curious where all your statistics come from regarding how successful or unsuccessful AS is now - not in 2008.

Mark in mid-town said...

On paper, this is all certainly great news for Atlantic Station and hopefully once the new establishments open, it will be further confirmation of the very impressive turnaround the new ownership has implemented in the 2 + years since they bought much of the property.

We made the decision to move into Atlantic Station in 2007 and regretted it almost immediately. But over the past 2 years, Atlantic Station has been slowly evolving into a really nice place to live and if the progress continues, I suspect one day that Atlantic Station will be considered one of the premier places to live in the city of Atlanta.

While some may still to try and criticize it as being some kind of faux city living, I'd argue that a resident of Atlantic Station can actually go about all of their business without having to use their car than could the average resident of midtown Atlanta or Buckhead.

Anonymous said...

This will be upscale casual. I think Cindy has done a stellar job creating a combination neighborhood hangout/destination restaurant with The Shed at Glenwood, and I think she's the right restauranteur for AS as it continues to right the ship.

Anonymous said...

" I'd argue that a resident of Atlantic Station can actually go about all of their business without having to use their car than could the average resident of midtown Atlanta or Buckhead."

I think most people would agree (depending on the area of Midtown), but the same is true for Seaside Florida or any other number of "faux-urban" planned communities. I dont think that's the criticism. I think it's considered faux-city living because there is no architectural mix of diverse viewpoints from different eras that one usually associates with city living...