Peek Inside The Luminary, Krog Street Market's First Restaurant

By Christopher Hassiotis | August 4, 2014 By Christopher Hassiotis  |  August 4, 2014
Photo by: Sarah Dodge

It's been six years since chef Eli Kirshtein appeared on the sixth season of Top Chef alongside fellow Atlantan Hector Santiago. But while Santiago has been prominent in the local restaurant scene since, Kirshtein — an ATL native who's worked in the industry since he was a teenager — has been relatively low-profile. That's about to change with tomorrow's opening of The Luminary, a French-American brasserie that'll be the first Krog Street Market eatery to open its doors to the public. Zagat Atlanta swung by to give you a peek inside.

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    Pearlescent light fixtures illuminate the entire restaurant, which takes its name from the first Atlanta newspaper — published way back in 1846.

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    It's not a new Atlanta restaurant without a raw bar, right? Peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters, clams and more will be available fresh daily, individually or on massive tiered platters.

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    The Luminary's decor matches its cuisine — a combination of French and American traditions. Starters should be around $8-$10 each, while mains (including classic French preparations of veal, chicken, duck and more) will range from $20-$25.

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    The space was designed by ai3, the local architecture team behind many of the city's top restaurants.

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    The Luminary will offer local and regional beers on tap, a healthy amount of French wines, and cocktails created by Ian Cox, formerly of Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

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