|Holler & Dash in Homewood|
They may not mention it...you may not know it...but Holler & Dash is owned by Lebanon, Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel. Whereas eight bucks buys you an entire meal at Cracker Barrel, you'll need about nine bucks for most biscuits at Holler & Dash!
Biscuit options include:
Kickback Chicken - Fried chicken, goat cheese, green onion, sweet pepper jelly with a kick. $9
Hollerback Club - Bacon, guacamole, fried green tomato, Hollerback sauce. $9
Eater.com called Holler & Dash "Cracker Barrel for Millennials," and they're not far off.
The place is definitely not geared towards value oriented families or destined for rural locations. Holler & Dash features premium ingredients, organic offerings and locally sourced products.
Among the offerings I took note of were Fairlife milk products. Fairlife, distributed by The Coca-Cola Company, produces cold-filtered, lactose free whole, reduced fat, chocolate and fat-free milk varieties.
|Fairlife Milk, Stumptown Cold Brew and Mexican Coke|
Holler & Dash also features Stumptown Cold and Nitro Brew Coffees. Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown is one of many previously independent coffee brewers purchased in recent years by Luxembourg-based private equity firm JAB Holding Company.
Additionally, the restaurant features Milwaukee-based Collectivo as their hot coffee.
Doux South, the Atlanta-based pickled product purveyor created by chef Nick Melvin is also a "partner" [vendor] at Holler & Dash. Following stints at The Farmhouse at Serenbe, Parish and Empire State South, Melvin created the pickle, mustard and relish business.
When I visited earlier in the year, the restaurant featured Anson Mills grits, a purveyor from Columbia, South Carolina. According to the restaurant's website, they have since changed to McEwen & Sons grits, a company based in Wilsonville, Alabama, which is southeast of Birmingham.
Holler & Dash also features the popular Springer Mountain Farms hormone free chicken as well as cage free eggs from a separate provider.
Similar to the retailer offerings of Cracker Barrel, Holler & Dash also has a small "shop" where it sells local / regional items like Nashville Jams, local honey, Rishi teas and other items.
One thing I noted, as did others in their Yelp.com reviews, was that the Homewood eatery features the new Dyson Airblade Tap. The new device, (MSRP roughly $2000) which I have yet to see elsewhere, combines a faucet and hand-dryer into a single unit and promises a 14 second dry time.
|Dyson Airblade Tap|
Brandon Frohne, the restaurant's "Director of Culinary Development," has twice cooked at New York's famed James Beard House and was also previously involved with Chateau Elan north of Atlanta.
I'd say one could compare Holler & Dash to other breakfast joints like First Watch, Egg Harbor Cafe and Atlanta's Flying Biscuit Cafe, but in actuality, the concept is quite different.
Whereas the aforementioned concepts all offer table service, Holler & Dash is a counter service operation.
|The front order counter|
Holler & Dash does share some similarities with Biscuit Love
Brunch, a Nashville-based food truck turned restaurant. Biscuit Love, although not a chain (one location open and one more on the way), does have the backing of Fresh Hospitality. Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality partners with growing concepts like Atlanta's Octane Coffee and Birmingham's Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe to assist in growth.
Holler & Dash opened a new restaurant in Tuscaloosa, AL on July 12th.
Last week Holler & Dash announced they would be opening new locations in both Celebration, FL (near Orlando) and Brentwood, TN (near Nashville).
|A glimpse into the dining room|
The next locations will be larger than the existing units. The Tuscaloosa restaurant is just under 2,000 square feet, whereas the Celebration unit will be about 2,800 square feet, and Brentwood will be about 3,800 square feet.
Given the recent openings and new store announcements, I think it is reasonable to suspect the chain has its eyes on metro Atlanta as it continues to expand. Cities such as Duluth, Roswell, Decatur, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs will likely be targeted by the restaurant.
Overall, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store owns and operates 636 locations in 42 states, including over two dozen in Georgia. There is at least one new Cracker Barrel planned for metro Atlanta in Snellville at the new Park Place development on Scenic Highway.
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