Howell Mill Highway Wagamama Japanese Restaurant and Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen on Marietta Avenue in Atlanta

Two new eating places have already opened in thriving eating neighborhoods alongside Howell Mill Highway and Marietta Avenue Artery on the west aspect of Atlanta.

Virgil’s Gullah’s kitchen and bar opened within the former Smokehouse 4 Rivers on Marietta Avenue close to Georgia Tech, whereas UK-based Japanese restaurant Wagamama opened for pick-up and supply on the Howell Mill Highway Star Metals.

Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar – Marietta Avenue

Shrimp and Crab Sauce at Virgil's in College Park, Georgia

Shrimp and crab sauce.
Ryan Fleischer

The opening of Marietta Avenue marks the second place of the favored School Park restaurant. Co-owned by Juan and Ji Smalls, Virgil’s serves soul meals paired with Gullah Geechee delicacies, together with crab rice, purple rice and shrimp and crab sauce.

Gee Smalls, who named his late father’s restaurant, was born and raised on James Island, north of Charleston. Lots of the dishes served at Virgil are primarily based on his household’s recipes.

“Opening Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar in second place means far more than simply opening one other restaurant. This not solely strengthens the legacy that started in honor of my father, but additionally helps unfold consciousness of America’s oldest black tradition, “Gee Smalls instructed Eater in November. “As folks of Gullah Geechee, we have not all the time been celebrated the best way we’re beginning to see a success within the mainstream proper now.”

Virgil’s on Marietta Avenue has seating areas inside, in addition to two courtyards, one among which is situated on the second ground of the century-old former hearth station. The restaurant is at the moment awaiting its alcohol license, however is serving dinner, hoping to increase into lunch and brunch over the weekend within the coming weeks. Residence meals can also be obtainable.

Wagamama – Star Metals on Howell Mill Highway


That is the primary place of the Japanese restaurant, which can open in Georgia and open within the south. Positioned on the nook of eleventh Avenue and Howell Mill Highway within the rising Star Metals advanced, Wagamama is at the moment open for pick-up and supply whereas development is accomplished within the eating room.

Wagamama opened its doorways 30 years in the past, bringing its common-style eating and open kitchen first to London. With its distinctive mixture of open kitchen and customary seating and courtyard surrounding the Howell Mill, Wagamama is known for its shoulders, together with grilled duck and shirodashi pork. Anticipate different dishes akin to donburi rice bowls, curries and tepanyaki, mixed with wine, sake and a choice of Asian beers.

The restaurant joins the café and roast Prevail Roasters and Sweetgreen, which already function within the advanced. The SMR Faucet and dart bar and Combat Membership restaurant ought to open by the tip of the yr. Chef Atsushi “Artwork” Hayakawa additionally moved his eponymous Sushi Hayakawa restaurant to Star Metals, turning the restaurant into an eight-seater omakaz.