Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Regent Cocktail Club Tops Off Successful First Year and Welcomes Celebrated New Head Bartender

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Himitsu alumnus Ben Yabrow Mixing New Drinks with Classic Service and Rooftop Sophistication

ATLANTA (Oct. 19, 2017) - For The Regent Cocktail Club’s new head bartender Ben Yabrow, each cocktail should tell a story. And as the sophisticated rooftop cocktail lounge celebrates its first anniversary in Buckhead this fall, Yabrow and his mixology team are ready to tell many new stories for Atlanta’s discriminating drinkers.

Yabrow, who recently helmed the beverage program at Buckhead speakeasy Himitsu under the tutelage of mixology master Shingo Gokan, is now bringing his expertise and creativity to The Regent’s loyal customer base.

“Our focus is what’s in the glass,” says Yabrow. “For our guests, The Regent is a place where they are introduced to something new in a relaxed environment with a knowledgeable staff.”

Guest favorites on the anniversary celebration cocktail menu include the Black Dahlia, made with Tito’s Homemade Vodka, elderflower, blackberry and lemon; a Sazerac blending rye whiskey, cognac, demerara, absinthe and bitters; the Junglebird shaken with rum, Campari, pineapple and lime; and the Pineapple (serves two) concocted with elyx, pineapple Montenegro, allspice and orgeat.

As regulars already know, Yabrow and his bartending staff like to ask first-time guests about their spirits and taste preferences to serve each guest the perfect cocktail. “It’s important to tailor drinks to each guest’s liking,” says Yabrow. “Once we have an idea of what they’re looking for, we focus on creating the right balance of flavors with an array of spirits and fresh ingredients.”

Guests can also peruse a carefully curated selection of bubbles, rosés, reds and whites by the glass or bottle from the wine list and creatively selected craft beers from local and regional microbreweries.

As the rooftop crown jewel of American Cut Buckhead, The Regent’s guests enjoy a special bar menu created by executive chef John Adamson. Bar bites include tuna poke with avocado, radishes and pine nuts; honey Sriracha wings; and Wagyu beef sliders with beer cheese.

Overseeing the first anniversary celebrations downstairs in American Cut and upstairs in The Regent, general manager Jason Babb is committed to making year two even more successful. Says Babb: “Throughout our first year, our guests have embraced us and offered invaluable feedback on the elements of what makes a memorable evening out. As we enter our second year, we’re more dedicated than ever to serving loyal and new guests alike with a great steak and a handcrafted cocktail.”

The Regent Cocktail Club is located on the third level of American Cut Buckhead at 3035 Peachtree Road NE in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Regent offers live music Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays evening with artists such as Deb Bowman, Tune Union and Moonlight Rain. As the holiday season approaches, Buckhead’s hottest rooftop cocktail lounge can also be rented for private parties. For more information, call 770-415-9961 or visit

In 2012, LDV Hospitality launched the first Regent Cocktail Club with great buzz in Miami Beach at the boutique Gale Hotel. In 2013, The Regent was recognized as one of the Top Ten Hotel Bars in the World at the ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ Awards in New Orleans. In the summer of 2015, LDV opened its second outpost in the Hamptons at the historic Gurney’s Resort and Spa in Montauk. Returning to the simplicity and elegance that surrounded the original Regent that opened in 1941, The Regent Cocktail Club joined Atlanta’s cocktail scene on the third level of American Cut in 2016. The finishes to the space are industrial and raw yet come together in a refined fashion.  A mix of polished concrete floor and bar with Brazilian ipe wood walls, juxtaposed with an eclectic mix of mid-century modern living room style lounge groupings and fully operable French doors with a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline, makes for an inviting ambiance ideal for groups to mingle and indulge in signature cocktails.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Sterling Hospitality Golf Tournament Pushes Grand Fundraising Total Over $900,000 for SOGA


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ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2017) – Thanks to the unrivaled combination of passionate staff and committed community members, Sterling Hospitality – the parent company of Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management – is helping some very special youth thrive with its annual Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) golf classic. This year’s event took place Sept. 18 at Country Club of Roswell. Following the golf tournament, participants and athletes were invited to a silent auction dinner. The day’s collective efforts were responsible for a 2017 donation that reached almost $130,000.

Sterling Hospitality has been a proud partner of SOGA since 1999. With this recent fundraiser, the group thrillingly pushed the grand fundraising total over $900,000.

John C. Metz, executive chef, CEO and co-founder of Sterling Hospitality and an active leader in the mission of SOGA, is thrilled with the results from this year’s golf tournament.

“I look forward to this event every year. Not only is it a fun day on the golf course, it’s also a time for our team, the athletes and participants to come together and support this worthy cause. I’m ecstatic over the progress we’ve made in fundraising,” Metz says.

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has continued to grow over the years, adding many Atlanta-area restaurants, as well as locations throughout Orlando and Tampa, Florida. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit Marlow’s is always looking for top talent to join its growing team. For more information about job opportunities, visit  

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management
Sterling Spoon Culinary Management combines talented chefs, dedicated employees and outstanding culinary and financial management to provide corporate café and on-site contract management clients extraordinary food and hospitality with an innovative retail restaurant approach. Founded by culinary-trained chefs, Sterling Spoon focuses on fresh, delicious offerings with a contemporary twist. The company’s goal is two-fold: to exceed clients’ objectives at all times and to offer clients a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience to their employees and visitors daily at their place of business. In 2017, Sterling Spoon was named 39th out of 50 top food service companies by Restaurant Business. For more information, visit


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Himitsu Wins Surface Magazine’s Inaugural Travel Award for Best Bar in the World

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Atlanta’s Japanese Craft Cocktail Lounge Chosen for Inaugural Tribute to the Best in Travel and Design

ATLANTA (Oct. 17, 2017) –  Himitsu co-owner Farshid Arshid is pleased to announce his luxurious Japanese craft cocktail lounge in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is one of only 21 global winners of the inaugural Surface Travel Awards – a tribute to the best and most thoughtfully conceived spaces and products, as well as the architects, designers and other innovators who inspire, empower and connect travelers. Himitsu, designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio in London, triumphed in the bar category and is being recognized for shaping the world around us aesthetically.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized among such incredible global competitors,” says Arshid. “Tom is absolutely a master in his craft, and we are proud to be his first State-side hospitality project. The meticulous attention to detail that went into Himitsu’s design parallels our unique level of service and commitment to presentation.”

Himitsu and the other spaces, places and faces that took home custom-crafted Cosentino trophies are featured in the second annual October Travel Issue of Surface (on newsstands now) and were also celebrated during an intimate cocktail reception on Oct. 4 at La Piscine at Hôtel Americano, led by Surface’s travel editor, Nate Storey, and former director of editorial product development at Travel + Leisure, Peter Frank. Grammy Award winner Solange Knowles served as the Master of Ceremonies.

The winners were chosen out of 500 submissions across 21 categories by an esteemed jury of design and hospitality professionals including Dana Cowin, media personality and former editor-in-chief, Food & Wine; Elizabeth Diller, architect and founding partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Murray Moss, design entrepreneur and co-founder, Moss Bureau; Roopal Patel, SVP, Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue; Michael Rock, founder, 2x4; Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Adam Wells, head of design, Virgin Galactic.

Himitsu’s darkly theatrical speakeasy décor is inspired by the rich colors and textures of Todd Murphy’s 12- by 16-foot painting 'King of Birds’ and is furnished with sculptural pieces selected to create distinct silhouettes. Dixon and his team designed a raw yet sophisticated aesthetic, playfully offsetting slick metallic against rougher, natural materials while retaining industrial features and exposed structural details. An elegantly lit copper bar is the centerpiece of the 1,300-square-foot space. Smoked mirror and natural marble table tops sit on industrial Tom Dixon roll bases to form a tactile landscape of surfaces. The discreet staircase which runs along the natural cork-clad textured back wall of the bar gives a sense of exclusivity as guests are taken up to the upper level mezzanine lounge. An installation of Tom Dixon Melt pendants draws inspiration from molten metal and melting lava, emitting an attractive, mildly hallucinogenic light and casting an ethereal luminosity on the surroundings.

About Himitsu
Himitsu (“secret’) is a “by reservation only” Japanese craft cocktail lounge from the team behind Umi. Located in the heart of Buckhead, Himitsu is meant to complement a night out at Umi. The unique cocktail program is the creation of world renowned cocktail maestro Shingo Gokan. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito and Lisa Ito of Umi contribute to the small plates and late-night dessert program. Located at 3050 Peachtree Road NW in Atlanta, Himitsu is open Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, visit

About Surface Media
Based in New York, Surface Media is a dynamic storytelling company that looks at the world through the lens of design.  Its flagship magazine, Surface, was founded in 1993. With various channel to reach its audience—a digital platform at, print magazines Surface and Watch Journal, and a highly regarded events program—Surface Media sets the standard for quality across a vast range of creative disciplines and industries.  The company’s custom publishing and native content unit, Surface Studios, partners with brands to produce distinctive projects that speak to design-conscious individuals. Its agency and consultancy, Culture+Commerce, offers representation to emerging and established designers as well as expert guidance to brands seeking design services.

About Surface Magazine
Surface is the American magazine of global contemporary design. For more than two decades, the publication has produced authoritative and thought-provoking editorial content on architecture, art, design, fashion, and culture. Surface offers a clean aesthetic and incisive writing with an emphasis on process and craftsmanship. Every issue is an event. Surface is a compass for today’s creative leaders and a barometer for what’s new and what’s next.


Fall for Burritos at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina for a Limited Time

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New Lineup of FlexMex Favorites – Including Cocktails - Through the Holidays

ATLANTA (Oct.17, 2017) – Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is already beloved throughout the Southeast for its FlexMex menu of gourmet soft tacos, skillets and quesadillas. Now through December, the popular neighborhood cantinas will be known for new, limited-time burritos and delicious autumn-themed cocktails as well.

“This is the first time we’ve added burritos to our menu, and we’re very excited for our guests to try these great new items,” says Tin Lizzy’s CEO Tory Bartlett. “They’re made with the same meticulous attention to authentic ingredients and bold, delicious flavors, so they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser from the very first bite.”

The following burritos add a jolt of fun, fresh flavor to Tin Lizzy’s already popular offerings:

·         Crispy chicken flautas topped with melted queso, salsa verde, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. $11.99

·         Ranchero burrito stuffed with choice of protein, Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo, smothered with queso and red chile ranchero sauce and topped with shredded lettuce and crunchy tortilla strips. Served with rice and black beans. $11.49 (pork or chicken), $11.99 (shrimp) and $12.99 (steak) 

Guests can add on an El Jefe XX Amber to a burrito order for $5. Fall also ushers in the following new lineup of cocktails at Tin Lizzy’s:

·         In the Pama Your Hand – Milagro silver, fresh sour mix and cranberry juice topped with PAMA pomegranate liqueur and rimmed with a cranberry orange gourmet salt. $8.50

·         Spiced Apple – Angry Orchard cider topped with Sailor Jerry spiced rum. $9
Angry Orchard pint ($4.25), Angry Orchard El Jefe ($7) or Sailor Jerry ($6.50) sold separately.

·         Cool Citrus – Milagro silver, Agavero orange liqueur, freshly muddled citrus fruit and agave nectar rimmed with Solerno Orange gourmet salt. $8

Tin Lizzy’s menu showcases a wide range of gourmet soft tacos, shareable dips, fresh salads and signature cast-iron skillets. An extensive list of margaritas, beers and creative cocktails complements the assortment of appetizing and affordable lunch and dinner selections.

About Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina offers delicious FlexMex cuisine. For the unfamiliar, FlexMex resembles Tex-Mex, but is comprised and influenced by many cultures, and is also an attitude or experience that evokes a feeling of belonging and pure awesomeness. Known for fun food with unique flavors, the Atlanta-born and -based restaurant and bar serves more than 25 soft tacos, quesadillas, specialty skillets and more. Diners can customize their meal with a variety of fresh ingredients and enjoy one of the many specialty margaritas or cocktails from the bar. For more information about Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, visit


Friday, October 13, 2017

When It Comes to Creating Memorable Parties, Sweet Charlie’s Just Rolls With It

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Buckhead’s Ice Cream Phenomenon Offers Unique Showmanship and Hand-Rolled Dessert Treats for Birthday Celebrations and Private Events

ATLANTA (Oct. 13, 2017) – Sweet Charlie’s in Buckhead knows how to roll out the red carpet – and made-to-order frozen treats – for any special occasion. Sweet Charlie’s creates a one-of-a-kind birthday experience for all ages by combining the art of making rolled ice cream and frozen yogurt with modern American showmanship.

Parents in search of an unforgettable birthday bash for their young ones can count on Sweet Charlie’s for a mess-free, hassle-free celebration that will satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth. After all, Sweet Charlie’s is the brainchild of 19-year-old entrepreneur Kyle Billig, who knows what kids like, and parents can feel good about their children eating fresh ice cream with no preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilizers. The icing on the cake: the birthday boy or girl gets to create the dessert of their dreams and roll the ice cream. Birthday party packages include pizza, drinks and one serving of ice cream with unlimited toppings per guest plus decorations, balloons, goodie bags and games for $20 per person, per hour.

“Seeing rolled ice cream in action is such a fascinating experience; it’s a guaranteed way to bring smiles to party-goers’ faces,” says John Martin, the Buckhead franchise owner for Sweet Charlie’s. “It’s hard not to have fun while enjoying the sweet life.”

Sweet Charlie’s rolled ice cream catering is also available for off-site events such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, meetings and more. To get the party rolling, interested guests can fill out the online catering request form.

Sweet Charlie’s is located at 3872 Roswell Road in the Buckhead Court shopping center next to Superica. The ice cream shop has five patented super-cold metal surfaces where Sweet Charlie’s ice cream wizards dazzle customers. Sweet Charlie’s is open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 404-549-8183 or visit
About Sweet Charlie’s
Sweet Charlie’s combines the art of making ice cream rolls with modern American showmanship to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. Each ice cream or frozen yogurt is made to order on a super-cold surface that is below 20 degrees. Because the surface is so cold, very small ice crystals form quickly. These ice crystals create the freshest, most delicious end product. The unique process eliminates the need to add stabilizers, emulsifiers and preservatives. The best part is…it tastes delicious!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ray’s at Killer Creek Gives Sunday Brunch Buffet a Chef-Crafted Look

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New Selection of à la Carte Dishes Complement Buffet Choices

ATLANTA (Oct. 12, 2017) – Autumn is finally here, which means cooler temperatures and an abundance of striking fall colors. Not to be outdone, Ray’s at Killer Creek has unveiled an eye-catching bounty of its own. The Alpharetta landmark has revamped its Sunday brunch experience, adding several new dishes to the midday buffet that has made it a go-to brunch destination for years.

New and seasonal à la carte items, each made to order and included in the price of the buffet, are now available.  Current seasonal items include:

·         Lobster chilaquiles - baked layers of lobster, corn tortillas and grated cheese, topped with salsa roja, sliced avocado and a fried egg
·         Ray’s signature crab cake Benedict - a jumbo lump crab cake served with a poached, farm-fresh egg and Cajun hollandaise sauce, stacked atop a thick-sliced English muffin
·         Caramelized banana French toast - thick-cut battered brioche in brown sugar and rum, with slices of banana topped with Vermont maple syrup

“We offer items that are of a higher quality than you usually get with a buffet,” says Billy Burch, general manager for Ray’s at Killer Creek. “Everything we serve—from cinnamon rolls and English muffins to desserts like banana pudding and chocolate mousse—is made in-house. Time and temperature issues sometimes limit what works on a buffet, but these new à la carte additions allow us to serve our guests to-order and elevate our brunch buffet experience.”

Other new offerings include a hot, fresh cinnamon roll served as a welcoming appetizer, and a bountiful lobster boil boasting fresh lobster tails. “We’ll also put out a whole lobster sometimes,” Burch says. “It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.”

These new additions come alongside such Ray’s brunch favorites as Big Green Egg-smoked salmon, thick-cut wood-smoked bacon, made-to-order crêpes, blackened flounder with roasted corn salsa, country sausage, smoked baby back ribs, BBQ butter-glazed shrimp, a carving station with prime rib and an omelet station and egg bar.

Sunday brunch at Ray’s at Killer Creek is $34.95 per adult; $17.95 per child (ages 5-10). Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek also serves lunch weekdays and dinner nightly. For more information, call 770-649-0064 or visit

Ray’s Restaurants include Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City and Ray’s at Killer Creek. Ray’s on the River is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 6700 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs; 770-955-1187. Ray’s in the City is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 240 Peachtree Street NW in Downtown Atlanta; 404-524-9224. Ray’s at Killer Creek is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta; 770-649-0064. For more information, visit


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

gusto! Shines Spotlight on Loyal Patrons with Billboard Championship

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Atlanta’s Favorite for Flavorful Fast Food in a Flash Turns Fans’ Faces into Outdoor Ads

ATLANTA (Oct. 11, 2017) – For two lucky fans, “living life with gusto!” will soon include a starring role on an Atlanta billboard. That’s because gusto! founder Nate Hybl has announced the start of the restaurant’s #gustobillboardchampionship to feature the faces of two winning customers in a January 2018 advertising campaign. Now through November, fans of the fast-casual restaurant focused on flavor and speed can nominate  a friend or themselves to be in the spotlight and have the chance to spread their hearty enthusiasm for gusto! to thousands of area drivers and pedestrians along Ponce de Leon Avenue. It’s the stuff that (billboard) dreams are made of.

“We appreciate the guests who champion our brand, and this is a fun, bold way for us to embrace them and the communities that make up Atlanta,” says Hybl of the decision to host the billboard championship.

There is no purchase necessary and no limit to the number of entries per person. gusto! is offering two very simple ways to enter, as well as an option for nominating friends for this exciting opportunity.

  1. Fill out an entry slip at either restaurant location.
  2. Tag three friends on any gusto! Facebook or Instagram post. The tagged friends are automatically entered in the contest with their consent.  

At the end of November, two winners are going to be chosen at random via in-store and social media drawings. The winners receive a professional, stylized photo shoot in early December for their billboard photographs. Located above Green’s Beverages on Ponce de Leon Avenue, the first billboard will be unveiled on Jan. 1, 2018. Each winner’s face, along with their name and neighborhood, will be featured on the billboard for two weeks during the month of January. 

The restaurant’s belief that there is beauty in using straightforward ingredients also translates to its advertising strategy. “The billboard is minimally branded and very simple because we want it to be about the guests’ faces – that is the true spirit of the promotion,” says Hybl. “In my experience, the best companies find a way to put their customers in the limelight.”

gusto! offers a simple menu of grilled proteins combined with fresh and flavorful ingredients prepared daily. The two Atlanta restaurants create delicious meals and serve them quickly so guests don’t have to compromise flavor and freshness for speed. gusto! Peachtree (1935 Peachtree Rd NE; 404-352-4157) is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. gusto! Ponce (782 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; 404-330-8114) is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

About gusto!
Nate Hybl founded gusto! with a mission to deliver fresh, flavorful food fast. The underlying passion of his company can be found in its name, which means “enjoyment or vigor in doing something.” gusto! offers a simple menu of bowls and wraps that highlight fresh, high-quality ingredients and bold flavor combinations and don’t hide behind gimmicks or trends. They are served fast and without breaking the bank. With a passionate team that believes in “living life with gusto” and a focus on food, flavor and freshness, the company has already attracted a loyal following with its first two Atlanta locations and plans to open additional locations in 2018.