Monday, February 19, 2018

Executive Chef Jonathan Mercado to Create Coastal Cuisine at Chido + Padre’s


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EXECUTIVE CHEF JONATHAN MERCADO TO CREATE COASTAL CUISINE AT CHIDO + PADRE’S 
Atlanta’s Southern Proper Hospitality Hires Former Bartaco and Rosa Mexicano Chef
to Bring the Baja Party to Buckhead

ATLANTA (Feb. 19, 2018) – Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH) CEO Tory Bartlett announces today the hiring of executive chef Jonathan Mercado for the company’s newest concept, Chido + Padre’s, which is bringing authentic Baja-style Mexican food, tequila and fun to 128 East Andrews Drive in Buckhead in early March. Mercado is paying homage to the bold flavors and traditions of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula by transporting these flavors to Atlanta in a modern way.

“Not only has Jonathan proven himself as a passionate and talented chef who is highly skilled in Mexican cuisine, he also possesses an immeasurable desire to develop new culinary skills, which makes him an invaluable asset to our team,” says Bartlett.

At Chido + Padre’s, Mercado’s menu focuses on fresh, coastal cuisine that ensures an authentic Baja-Mex experience. His dishes use a mesquite wood-burning grill and fresh flavor combinations in a modern way for lunch and dinner, including such items as:

·        Campechana with mango, avocado, rock shrimp, chilies and tomato-clam broth
·        Baja-style fish of the day with coconut rice, tomatillo-avocado sauce and pomegranate seeds
·        Chicken mole with Baja cabbage slaw, black beans and sesame seeds
·        Cochinita pibil tacos with banana leaf pork shoulder, sour orange, achiote and chicharrones

Mercado’s culinary skills have been on display in Atlanta for the past five years. Before joining SPH, he was the executive chef at Rosa Mexicano, serving authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine and revamping the culture of the restaurant’s dining experience. Prior to that, he was the executive chef at Bartaco, preparing hip, handcrafted tacos with creative ingredients. Mercado’s culinary career in Atlanta also includes a role as executive sous chef at True Foods Kitchen, where he applied his passion for eco-friendly, self-sustainable cuisine.

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, Mercado underwent rigorous training in classical French cuisine and technique. He was also a member of Toastmasters, which helped him to hone both his communication and leadership skills. Mercado spends his time outside the restaurant with his wife, Danielle, and their four children, but the culinary fun doesn’t stop there. The family can often be found hosting their own Iron Chef-style competitions at home.

Chido + Padre’s is located at 128 East Andrews Drive in Buckhead. The restaurant opens in March with lunch and dinner and will add a weekend brunch at a later date. Free self-parking is available on site. For more information, visit chidoandpadres.com.

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality owns and operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Chosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food. For more information, visit sphospitality.com.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Southern Proper Hospitality to Open Chido + Padre’s in March


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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates
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SOUTHERN PROPER HOSPITALITY TO OPEN CHIDO + PADRE’S IN MARCH
Atlanta Restaurant Group Brings the Baja Party to Buckhead, Celebrating the Baja Peninsula’s Vivacious Culture and Fresh, Coastal Cuisine

ATLANTA (Feb. 12, 2018) – Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH) CEO Tory Bartlett announces today that the company’s newest concept, Chido + Padre’s, will bring authentic Baja-style Mexican food, tequila and fun to Buckhead in early March. The restaurant will be located in the Smokebelly BBQ space at 128 East Andrews Drive and will pay homage to the bold flavors, traditions and spirit of the Baja Peninsula’s vivacious culture.

“From Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, we have visited Western Mexico often and have fallen in love with the food, people and way of life there. We wanted to create an authentic concept that would transport some of these customs to Atlanta in a modern way,” says Bartlett. “Chido + Padre’s will celebrate Mexico’s fresh, coastal cuisine and bring a fun and festive party to Buckhead.”

Chido and Padre are the personification of the notion that opposites attract. Chido is the mischievous risk taker, while Padre is the do-gooder voice of reason. Together, they are the perfect pair; a unique blend that just works.

As a result, foodies and families will appreciate the fresh, elevated Baja-Mex fare, festive atmosphere and convenient parking while the after-work and party crowd will enjoy the strong drinks, modern food and high-energy vibe (after 10 p.m., the tequila takes over for a “fiesta forever” feel limited only by the imagination). Chido + Padre’s goes all out for birthday celebrations with sombreros and fun surprises, making the restaurant an ideal spot for large parties and special occasions.  

Executive chef Benjamin Meyer, who also serves as SPH’s corporate chef, utilizes a mesquite wood burning grill and fresh flavor combinations in a modern way at Chido + Padre’s. Lunch and dinner items on the coastal menu include mesquite grilled meats and seafood, campechana, vegetarian tamales, chicken mole, smoked brisket tacos, enchiladas and other authentic dishes, along with a wide variety of botanas (dips) such as queso, house salsas and made-to-order guacamoles.

The restaurant’s beverage program is upscale yet approachable, featuring fresh ingredients and fun flavors. To top off the margarita, cocktail and tequila list, there will be wine and a variety of Mexican, domestic and craft beers for all. The Bandida Bar off the dining room appeals to the Chido side in everyone, with an edgier feel and an emphasis on tequila and mezcal varietals and the exploration of off-the-menu cocktail creations.

The decor and design at Chido + Padre's is inspired by the arts and culture of Mexico from the Otomi Indians and Frida Kahlo to current artists that are internationally renown. There are pops of coastal Baja colors on a clean and modern palette, floral and animal prints, authentic tapestries and even deer antler chandeliers. The Bandida Bar, separated from the dining room by a chain-link fence, features a darker look and atmosphere with charred wood accents and a Frida Kahlo Bandida image serving as the main inspiration. 

Known for providing a “short term escape” for diners by creating distinct restaurants that appeal to customers’ sense of adventure, SPH ensures Chido + Padre’s will give guests an authentic Baja-Mex experience.

Chido + Padre’s will be located at 128 East Andrews Drive in Atlanta. The restaurant opens in early March with lunch and dinner, and will add a weekend brunch at a later date. Free self-parking is available on site. For more information, visit chidoandpadres.com.

Smokebelly BBQ closed on January 28. SPH is currently looking for a space for the Smokebelly concept and will reopen when a new location is found. The Blind Pig Parlour Bar is located directly behind the Chido + Padre’s space, serving craft cocktails Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 am.

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality owns and operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Chosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food. For more information, visit sphospitality.com.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Southern Proper Hospitality Appoints Alex Curley as Executive Vice President of Operations





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SOUTHERN PROPER HOSPITALITY APPOINTS ALEX CURLEY

AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS



ATLANTA (Feb. 9, 2018) – Today, Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH) CEO Tory Bartlett announces an addition to the Atlanta restaurant group’s leadership team. New executive vice president of operations Alex Curley is now overseeing all restaurant operations for the company, which includes nine concepts and 21 restaurant locations. Curley’s progressive history of restaurant operations and hospitality background will help SPH continue to shape the cultural fabric of Atlanta with distinct dining experiences.


“Guests should feel they are being cared for by their loved ones in their own home,” says Curley of the kind of experience he wants to provide at SPH restaurants. “I look forward to helping bring to life that vision of hospitality and the notion of friends serving friends.”


Curley most recently served as vice president of operations for Richard Sandoval Restaurants, a company with 45 restaurants across 20 upscale concepts in six countries. He was directly responsible for 13 locations and nine concepts with annual sales of over $50M, executing the cultural and operational model for the company.


Prior to this role, Curley was an area director for Barcelona Wine Bar, where he operated five locations covering Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Virginia. His career experience also includes management positions at both fine dining restaurants and high-volume operations in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area.


Curley was inspired to get into the restaurant business thanks to his overseas upbringing while his father worked for the United States Foreign Service. After living in Greece, Africa, Australia and Germany, he moved to the United States for college and began working in restaurants to help pay for school. “I always felt that restaurants provided the same experience as growing up overseas in that they are constantly changing and evolving, and you have a chance to shape peoples’ experiences,” he says. “I always liked to work hard, and I loved the fact that in restaurants you get out exactly what you put in. I was always attracted to that purity.”


About Southern Proper Hospitality

Southern Proper Hospitality owns and operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Chosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food. For more information, visit sphospitality.com.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Coca-Cola® Olympic Winter Games Program Available at Taco Mac


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Coca-Cola® Olympic Winter Games Program Available at Taco Mac
The Southeast’s Sports Viewing Destination Pours Custom Coca-Cola Freestyle® Mixes and Hosts Social Media Contest Featuring Coca-Cola® Olympic Athlete Cutouts 

ATLANTA (Feb. 6, 2018) – Now that the New Year has begun, Coca-Cola® is trading holiday spirit for a Coca-Cola Freestyle® Olympics Winter Games program for the first time in 40 years at Taco Mac. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 28, the Southeast’s go-to sports bar and restaurant will display a different Coca-Cola® Olympic athlete cutout standee each week for guests to take a picture with and post on Instagram with #Tagforswagsweepstakes for the chance to win Coca-Cola® Olympic-themed prizes. Coca-Cola Freestyle® is offering 3 Team USA limited time mixes available at your nearest Taco Mac now through Feb. 24.

Coca-Cola® is thrilled to be partnering with Taco Mac on this Olympic Winter Games program, which Taco Mac CEO, Greg Lippert, is excited about. Here’s what Greg had to say. “We’re thrilled to partner with Coca-Cola® to bring the excitement into our restaurants while celebrating these talented athletes with a friendly competition of our own.” Guests can visit their local Taco Mac to cheer on their home team and check out the restaurant’s Instagram page for the opportunity to win loads of Coca-Cola® Olympic-themed gear.

Each Sunday throughout the four-week promotion, a new featured Coca-Cola® athlete cutout will be on display at all participating Taco Mac locations.
·        Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: snowboarder Amy Purdy
·        Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: figure skater Nathan Chen
·        Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: bobsledder and Douglasville, Georgia, hometown hero Elana Taylor
·        Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: freestyle skier Mac Bohannon

When Taco Mac guests snag a selfie with these featured Coca-Cola® Olympic athlete cutouts and post on Instagram, they must use #TagforSwagSweepstakes to be entered to win weekly prizes and the grand prize giveaway at the end of the four weeks.

About Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. These brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
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About Taco Mac
An Atlanta institution since 1979, Taco Mac offers over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and 50+ HD TVs for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started by two friends from Buffalo, New York, Taco Mac now has 30 locations across Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Taco Mac has been named the best sports bar in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jezebel and Groupon and one of the five best sports bars in America by ESPN. Taco Mac is one of many portfolio companies owned by Dallas-based CIC Partners. For more information, visit tacomac.com.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar Named First Georgia Restaurant Partner of Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®


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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates
404-816-3068



DRIFT FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR NAMED FIRST GEORGIA RESTAURANT PARTNER
OF MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM SEAFOOD WATCH®
East Cobb Restaurant Commits to Serving Only Ocean-Friendly Sustainable Seafood, Helps Shift Market Toward Environmentally Responsible Fisheries and Aquaculture Operations

ATLANTA (Feb. 5, 2018) – Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, East Cobb’s premier destination for approachable, chef-driven seafood, announces today a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. As a Seafood Watch Restaurant Partner, Drift owner Doug Turbush and executive chef Tom Hill pledge to serve only seafood rated a Best Choice or Good Alternative and to educate customers, suppliers and employees about sustainability issues. Although Drift has always strived to source from high-quality purveyors and avoid serving overfished species, this partnership symbolizes a new level of commitment to rigorous standards that make a positive impact on our oceans.  

“We are proud to be the first restaurant in the state of Georgia to become an official partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program,” says Turbush. “This partnership means we have undergone a thorough vetting of our seafood species and sources by a globally respected organization. Over the past few months, Chef Tom and I have reworked a number of menu items and about a third of our supply chain to meet the program’s stringent standards and drive positive environmental change now and for future generations.”

Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthy ocean. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and which ones to Avoid. Drift also encourages guests to use the Seafood Watch App to help them make better decisions when purchasing or ordering seafood from restaurant menus.

“Our guests have really appreciated Tom’s passion for sustainability and seasonality, and we hope this commitment to source environmentally responsible seafood will give them even more confidence when choosing to dine at Drift,” adds Turbush. “Ultimately, we want to make the process of choosing sustainable seafood easier for our guests and assure them they can feel good about any choice they make on our menu.”

By partnering with Seafood Watch, Drift recognizes the growing public concern with how our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health. Seafood Watch science is referenced by more than 1,000 businesses at 150,000 locations worldwide to help inform their purchasing decisions.

Located in The Avenue East Cobb at 4475 Roswell Road in Marietta, Drift serves dinner seven days a week. For more information, call 770-635-7641 or visit driftoysterbar.com.

About Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch:
Seafood Watch is a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium that empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. Using science-based, peer review methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones to “Avoid.” Seafood Watch raises consumer awareness through its pocket guides, website, smart phone and tablet application, and partnerships with businesses, zoos, aquariums and culinary leaders. For more information, visit seafoodwatch.org.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bulla Gastrobar Open for Lunch Starting Feb. 1




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                                                                              morgan@melissalibbypr.com
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BULLA GASTROBAR OPEN FOR LUNCH STARTING FEB. 1 
New Midtown Favorite Now Serving Midday Tapas 

ATLANTA (Feb. 1, 2018) – Since its opening last September, diners have made Bulla Gastrobar Atlanta’s hottest new spot for dinner, drinks and weekend brunch. Starting this week, guests can enjoy the shareable Spanish cuisine and communal atmosphere for weekday lunch, as well. On Thursday, Feb. 1, Bulla launches its new lunch menu, featuring the same inspired takes on contemporary tapas that have made it a star of Midtown’s competitive dining scene.

Creative, appetizing newcomers on the lunch menu include roasted vegetable brioche (with portobello mushrooms, piquillo peppers, spinach, caramelized onions and goat cheese, $10); arroz negro (made with Valencia-style rice, calamari ink and sofrito, $17); snapper al ajillo (served with garlic sauce, marble potatoes and shallot confit, $15); and the fĂștbol club (features a breaded chicken breast with bacon, marinated grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, mustard aioli and pan de cristal, $14). Like the dinner menu, these items are ideal for sharing.

Bulla’s new lunch menu is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The welcome we’ve received in Atlanta has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Centurion Restaurant Group founder and president Carlos Centurion. “We’re very excited to offer our guests more opportunities to socialize in a lively atmosphere while enjoying our authentic, freshly prepared food and cocktail selections. We look forward to providing a fun and affordable midday option and becoming the new go-to spot for lunch.”

In the heart of Midtown right next to the Federal Reserve Building, Bulla Gastrobar is located at 60 11th Street NE and serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, with brunch and dinner service on Saturday and Sunday. Plentiful validated parking is available at 12th and Midtown. For more information, call 404-900-6926 or visit bullagastrobar.com.

ABOUT CENTURION RESTAURANT GROUP
Centurion Restaurant Group is a company created by a food enthusiast founded on four pillars: share, passion, discover and soul. From the inviting ambiance and design of each of the restaurants to the world-class cuisine infused with authentic flavors, the group delivers a distinct experience to its guests. Under the leadership of seasoned restaurateurs, Centurion Restaurant Group is committed to delivering the highest level of hospitality and guest experience for each of its restaurant brands. The group’s core values and mission include creating unique environments, timeless concepts and outstanding food. Centurion Restaurant Group operates Bulla Gastrobar in Downtown Coral Gables, in The Shops at Downtown Doral and Winter Park Florida. Additionally, the group runs Pisco y Nazca at The Palms at Town & Country plaza in Kendall and Pisco y Nazca located in The Shops at Downtown Doral with plans of expanding both brands further in Florida and throughout the United States.

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