Oysters, French Pastries, Bistro and Asian Fare at 4 New Restaurants
Athens: Seabear Oyster Bar is now open where Red Eye Coffee was in Athens' Bottleworks development, a multi-use former Coca-Cola bottling plant. Helmed by chef Patrick Stubbers, formerly of the Four Coursemen and Hugh Acheson's The National (with a number of that restaurant's executive team involved too), the bar has a rotating selection of oysters from afar (and nearby, when in season). A number of seasonal small plates come out of the kitchen to complement the beer, wine and cocktails (297 Prince Ave., Athens; 706-850-4367).
Westside: The Marietta Street location of Charlotte, N.C.-based Amélie's French Bakery (picture above), the first to set up shop in Atlanta, is now open in what used to be Acoustix Jazz Lounge. From sweets like petit-fours, mousses, gâteaux and both macarons and macaroons, to savory treats like soups, sandwiches and housemade cheeses, the items on Amélie's extensive menu (or most of 'em, anyway) are available every day from 6 AM to 10 PM (840 Marietta St. NW; 404-921-0276).
Brookwood: The European-inspired Cafe Moulin Rouge Bar & Bistro has opened for weekday lunch and weekend brunch in the space vacated by Intermezzo Café. The restaurant, which serves bistro fare like panini, salads, quiches and rotating lunch entrees, will open for dinner once it receives its liquor license; that's expected in the next few weeks (1845 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-600-8983).
Druid Hills: The newest location of local chain Tin Drum Asiacafe opens today, celebrating with a week of events (live taiko drumming Tuesday night, kids eat free Sunday, etc.). The restaurant's menu features food inspired by Asian street eats, from noodles to kebabs and more (2566 Briarcliff Rd. NE).