Set in a separate building fronting Peachtree Street, Craft Atlanta is going to be a welcome addition to the fine dining establishments in Buckhead. The main restaurant will seat 225 people, there will be an outdoor terrace which will seat an additional 20 people (weather permitting, we will most likely wait until Spring to enjoy it) and a bar for about 50 people.
I’m really thrilled some big name chefs (like Tom Colicchio) are coming to Atlanta to open some much needed upscale restaurants. I was on vacation in Los Angeles last week and I went to this amazing restaurant called Sona. If you are in LA, eat there because it makes Bacchanalia (which is fantastic) look like a mediocre restaurant.
Tom Colicchio’s Craft received the James Beard Award for the Best New Restaurant in 2002. Craft combines ultra fresh ingredients, high style presentation and family-style dining all into one amazing experience.
You can make reservations in a couple weeks if you would like to go check it out. I’m sure Craft is going to be very busy once it’s open for business.
* Additional information below not included in my original post.
The 135-seat Craft Atlanta features an upscale, contemporary American menu of straightforward dishes that showcase the integrity of a single ingredient. Similar to the menu, Craft’s impressive beverage list highlights the best wines from around the world, focusing on smaller producers, as well as seasonal cocktails.
As a more relaxed dining option, Craftbar’s rustic and comfortable dining room offers casual fare and low-key menu items perfect for brunch, quick lunches and snacks, as well as casual dinners. Craftbar is located on the ground floor of the building and has table seating for 80, an intimate eight-seat bar, a wood-burning grill and display kitchen. The menu includes a variety of bruschetta, hearty pasta dishes, roasted and braised meats and fish.
Award-winning architects Bentel & Bentel, who are behind the design of all Craft restaurants, created the interior design for Craft Atlanta and Craftbar. “Tom Colicchio’s approach to cooking motivated us to experiment with a limited set of architectural materials, using the simplest and best craftsmanship required to join them,” said Peter Bentel, one of the firm’s founding partners. The palette used throughout the restaurant features natural elements of walnut, steel, copper, oak, brick, cherry, leather and muslin, designed to celebrate the materials and the simple craftsmanship used to assemble them. These strong materials and hues weave together a series of spaces that evoke the character of traditional Southern interiors in a modern way.