Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ray’s Restaurants Announces New, Updated Happy Hours

For more information:
Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Enjoy Half-Price Appetizers and Specials at All Three Locations

ATLANTA (March 29, 2017) – Ray’s Restaurants, known for hand-cut steaks and fresh, delicious seafood, also wins raves as the city’s top spots for after-work dinner and drinks. Each of Ray’s three signature locations has updated its happy hour offerings, emphasizing appetizing bar bites delivered with the same high quality ingredients and attention to detail that devoted diners have come to expect.

At Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs and Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta, guests can enjoy $1 oysters on the half shell and half-price appetizers including:
·         Seared ahi tuna tataki
·         Crispy Point Judith calamari
·         Ray’s “New Orleans” barbecue shrimp
·         Ray’s brisket burger
·         Goat cheese pimiento fritters
·         Ray’s blue cheese chips

Happy hours take place in each restaurant’s bar and lounge (and on the creekside patio at Ray’s at Killer Creek). Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. (Ray’s on the River) and 3 to 7 p.m. (Ray’s at Killer Creek), 9 p.m. to close and Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, at Ray’s in the City, Downtown Atlanta workers can unwind in the bar and lounge with live music (Tuesday through Saturday) while enjoying a revamped menu of bar-friendly bites including Ray’s gourmet sliders (served with Ray’s house-cut fries) and crispy fried Gulf shrimp and grits. Half-price menu items include:
·         Ray’s “New Orleans” barbecue shrimp
·         Steamed mussels
·         Crispy Point Judith calamari
·         Ray’s blue cheese chips
·         Half-dozen oysters on the half shell

Ray’s in the City happy hour menus are available Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. In addition, all raw bar items are half-price (excludes cold seafood tower) from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday.

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


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ray’s Rio Bravo Events: One-Stop Party Spot for the Ultimate Fiesta

For more information:
Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

New Private Event Space from Ray’s Restaurants Features Fresh Tex-Mex and Colorful Surroundings

ATLANTA (March 28, 2017) – Ray Schoenbaum, the founder of Ray’s Restaurants, is now offering a one-stop party spot with the launch of Ray’s Rio Bravo Events, just in time for wedding and graduation season. The special events venue provides a catering menu filled with the high-end, made-from-scratch Tex-Mex cuisine that Ray’s Rio Bravo is known for in a festive space that features a large bar and both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

“Ray’s Rio Bravo has always been synonymous with good times, and providing an event space where our guests can celebrate their most important occasions is the best way for us to carry on this tradition,” says Ray Schoenbaum. “Our Tex-Mex fare is approachable and comforting, and the atmosphere is bright and lively – it’s the perfect combination for making memories that last a lifetime.”

Guests can feast on a buffet from the Ray’s Rio Bravo menu or a Ray’s on the River plated meal or buffet (a buffet menu is required for groups of 75 or more). The Ray’s Rio Bravo menu features the option of a taco bar buffet ($24.95 per person) or a grilled fajita bar buffet ($31.95 per person) along with enhancements such as quesadillas, mini burritos, enchiladas and desserts.

To wash it all down, Ray’s Rio Bravo Events offers three levels of bar packages at its main bar area: Casa Bar Package (includes bottled beer, house margaritas and house liquors), Bravo Bar Package (includes bottled beer, house margaritas and call liquors) and Premium Brand Bar Package (includes bottled beer, Texas margaritas, premium liquors and wines by the glass). All open bar packages include unlimited soda, iced tea and coffee, and additional satellite bars are available for a fee.

The festive cantina décor features dark wood, concrete floors, warm wood paneling and exposed brick accented with bright pops of color. Indoors, a large bar and a casual dining and dancing space creates convivial environs, while 2 large patios overlooking a pond keeps the party going outdoors. The event space accommodates parties of 50 to 275 guests and is available for buyouts with food and drink minimums ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on meal time and day of the week. The arrangement of additional rental items such as specialty linen, floral and décor can be arranged through the events manager for an additional charge.

Ray’s Rio Bravo Events is located at 6450 Powers Ferry Road, NW, in Sandy Springs. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information, please call 770-955-1187 or email  

About Ray’s Restaurants:
Ray’s Restaurants, LLC, is comprised of Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s Rio Bravo Events. Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City and Ray’s at Killer Creek all feature an award-winning menu with an emphasis on fresh fish flown in daily from the Atlantic and Pacific, house-cut chops, prime steaks and extensive wine offerings from around the world. Ray’s Rio Bravo Events is a private event venue offering fresh and fun Tex-Mex cuisine, refreshing margaritas and more for the ultimate fiesta.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

5Church Atlanta Launches Tap Takeover Series on April 6 with Monday Night Brewing

For more information:
 Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Midtown Restaurant Partners with Local Breweries to Host Monthly Events on Rooftop Patio

ATLANTA (March 23, 2017) –5Church is helping Atlantans explore offerings from Georgia breweries with its new Tap Takeover series beginning on Thursday, April 6. The new series takes place the first Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and highlights four beers from a featured brewery beginning with Monday Night Brewing in April. These beers are served as a flight of four ($20) or as single pints ($7) and are available only on the rooftop patio.

“Local sourcing is just as important to us for our beverage selection as it is for our cuisine,” says 5Church managing partner Ayman Kamel. “The breweries we’ve chosen to partner with for our Tap Takeover series are local brands that are in high demand by our guests and are Atlanta-owned companies that we are proud to support as part of the city’s restaurant community.”

The following beers are on tap from Monday Night Brewing on April 6: Slap Fight (American IPA), Blind Pirate Blood Orange IPA, Nerd Alert (Pseudo Pilsner) and Serrano Eye Patch Ale (American IPA). Monday Night Brewing market manager Kelsey Daniels will be in attendance to mingle with guests and discuss the beers offered that evening.

During the monthly Tap Takeover events, which are scheduled through September to take advantage of the city’s prime patio weather, a menu of small plates are available, as well as other beers, wine and cocktails.
The rest of the 2017 Tap Takeover lineup is as follows:
·         May 4: Red Brick Brewing Company
·         June 1: SweetWater Brewing Company
·         July 6: Red Hare Brewing
·         Aug. 3: Terrapin Beer Company
·         Sept. 7: Urban Tree Cidery
About 5Church Atlanta
5Church is located at 1197 Peachtree Street NE in Midtown's Colony Square. The restaurant serves dinner, weekday lunch and weekend brunch service. Reservations may be made via OpenTable, and valet and validated parking is available every day. For updates, follow the restaurant on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For additional information, visit


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sublime Doughnuts Launches New “Will It Doughnut?” YouTube Series

For more information:
Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Chef-Inspired Doughnut Shop Creates Unique Doughnut Flavors with the Spin of a Wheel

ATLANTA (March 20, 2017) – As if eating at Atlanta’s beloved Sublime Doughnuts wasn’t a fun enough experience already, now customers can go online for more entertainment via the bakeshop’s new YouTube series, “Will It Doughnut?

Each week, Sublime owner Kamal Grant films a new episode featuring a spinning Wheel O’ Doughnuts with a selection of wacky flavor options (think Hot Cheetos, roses and spring rolls). Grant creates the custom flavored doughnut chosen in the previous week’s episode on camera for viewers, taste tests it and then spins the wheel to select the next far-out flavor.

There’s a new creation every Monday, and guests can purchase the featured flavor at his West Midtown store each week to taste for themselves. “We’re in the happiness business,” says Grant. “Turning our funky flavors into a game show seemed like a great way to make our guests smile, and it certainly keeps me creatively challenged.”

Grant has already developed Starburst and lotion flavored doughnuts in March, proving he’s capable of making just about anything taste delicious.

About Sublime Doughnuts:
Sublime Doughnuts has been bringing chef-inspired sweets and treats to Atlanta since 2008. With hand-pressed, gourmet coffee, homemade ice cream and over 30 varieties of doughnuts, Sublime proves that they don’t take the cake--they take the dough. In addition to their flagship store in West Midtown, Sublime has expanded to North Druid Hills and plans to open two locations in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. For more information, visit


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taco Mac Honors Sweetwater's 20th Anniversary with March Beer of the Month Status

For more information:
Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Thursday Pint Nights, new 23 oz. Super Vessel and SweetWater 420 Fest Ticket Giveaways
Add to the Madness of March

ATLANTA (Mar. 7, 2017) – Hometown favorite Taco Mac is wishing another Atlanta institution - SweetWater Brewing Company – a “hoppy” 20th birthday by featuring four of its brews as March Beers of the Month. 
The four featured beers are Grass Monkey (hoppy wheat with lemongrass), 420 (extra pale ale),
Goin' Coastal (IPA with pineapple) and Hatchery: Mosaic (single hop IPA). Every Thursday night in March, Taco Mac guests can enjoy Pint Night, ordering one of the featured beers of the month poured in a different SweetWater glass to keep each week beginning at 5 p.m. One glass per guest, while supplies last.

Because a pint just sometimes isn’t enough, Taco Mac is also offering a special SweetWater Super Vessel this month featuring a beautiful, 12-color 20th anniversary logo. It’s 23 ounces filled with any featured beer of the month for $14.95 and is only available while supplies last.
Taco Mac and SweetWater are also partnering to help some lucky winners score a trip to the SweetWater 420 Fest taking place April 21-23 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Each Thursday, guests who pick up the weekly SweetWater glassware during Pint Night can snap a photo of their new glass and post it on Taco Mac’s Facebook page to enter. The photo with the most votes each week wins a free pair of tickets to the hottest music festival in the city.

With five Thursdays in March, that means there are five chances to win big while also collecting some seriously cool glassware. To sweeten the deal, two VIP wristbands are also up for grabs to the dedicated Pint Night fan who collects all 5 unique SweetWater glasses and snaps the most creative photo of their new collection by Sunday, April 2.

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 29 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Taco Mac is one of many portfolio companies owned by Dallas-based CIC Partners. For more information, visit


Friday, March 3, 2017

Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads Coming to Sandy Springs on March 6

For more information:
 Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Second Location of Chef-Driven Concept Brings Real Food and Robust Flavors to Roswell Road

ATLANTA (March 3, 2017) – The second Atlanta-area location of Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads opens Monday, March 6 at 6050 Roswell Road, at the corner of Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Rize is an elevated fast casual restaurant offering a daily lunch and dinner menu of amazing artisan pizza along with chef-driven fare that includes handcrafted salads, small plates and pasta with bold flavors along with a selection of craft beers, wine and authentic sangría.  

“We are thrilled to share our passion for pizza and people with the Sandy Springs community,” says Rize’s founder and CEO John Smith of the restaurant’s expansion. “This passion is why we say we offer “Pizza with a Soul.” It embodies the artisan spirit in which we prepare our food, the way we care for our team and the way every guest is treated like friends and family. We feel every moment is an opportunity to create a truly memorable dining experience for our guests.”

Rize’s menu is approachable, affordable and focused on full-flavor food prepared fresh from scratch every day with premium ingredients.  If you want to hang a while for dinner, selections include an innovative assortment of artisan pizza unlike any other in the Atlanta area, salads and small plates, flatbreads, pasta favorites, premium gelato and sorbet. There are no freezers, fryers or microwaves in the Rize kitchen, and each dish is beautifully plated to let the freshness of responsibly sourced ingredients shine through. For the nearby business crowd looking to dine and dash, Rize’s lunch menu, served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers real food fast with lunch-sized versions of artisan pizzas, amazing hot sandwiches, soups and “pick two” combo meals featuring the choice of one lunch pizza, flatbread or sandwich and either a soup or lunch salad all for $10.

Children 10 and under can enjoy a menu just for them that features a kid-sized cheese or pepperoni pizza, pasta and a hummus and veggies combo. Each meal includes a kids’ beverage and scoop of Rize’s premium gelato or sorbet.

Although the restaurant’s focused menu options and service approach allows for quick food delivery and convenient bill pay through its mobile app, it is up to the guests how quickly or leisurely they would like to dine. “We want guests to think of our concept for a great meal, amazing value and true hospitality perfect for everything from lunch with co-workers, weekend lunch with the kids to date night, family night and girls’ night out,” says Smith.

Complementing the restaurant’s bold fare is a beverage selection featuring wine by the glass, craft beer and Rize’s Marbella Red and Andalucia White sangrías, which are named after those regions in Spain and infused with herbs, spices and fresh fruit flavors. Non-alcoholic options include fresh brewed premium iced tea and fresh lemonade, Caleb’s Kola and Stubborn craft sodas.

“Pizza is the best communal food, and sangría is the ultimate communal drink you can find,” adds Smith. “The most important moments in our lives are surrounded by food, and we look forward to sharing those moments with the Sandy Springs community.”

Rize Sandy Springs is located at 6050 Roswell Road, serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 404-334-0851 or visit Rize’s original Atlanta restaurant is located in Poncey-Highland in the 675 N. Highland Avenue NE mixed-use development. For more updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Smokebelly BBQ Now Hosting Sunday Brunch

For more information:
Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Buckhead Barbecue Spot Serving Up Creative Takes on Traditional Favorites

ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2017) – Smokebelly BBQ, already Atlanta’s leading destination for delicious, chef-crafted barbecue for lunch and dinner, hopes to become the city’s favorite spot for Sunday brunch, as well. The popular Buckhead restaurant is now offering a unique menu of brunch favorites, including a Bloody Mary bar and $4 mimosas and Bellinis, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Barbecue is a classic culinary tradition, and so is Sunday brunch,” says Smokebelly BBQ co-owner John Piemonte. “We are bringing these two institutions together and giving our customers a dining experience they haven’t had before.”

Adds executive chef Michelle Matlock, “Barbecue and brunch are both about comfort and tradition. What’s been fun for us is staying true to that, while applying the same creativity and passion that defines our approach to barbecue.”

The brunch menu is anchored by a lineup of inspired takes on timeless brunch favorites. Sweet potato pancakes are layered with sweet potato soufflé and topped with bourbon cinnamon crème ($12), while the smoked Benny, the restaurant’s twist on eggs Benedict, features poached, farm-fresh eggs over two grilled biscuit halves, served with beef brisket and chipotle hollandaise and a choice of brunch potatoes or creamy cheese grits ($13). French toast comes stuffed with bananas Foster, cream cheese and Myer’s rum, garnished with praline bacon crumbles ($11).

Other selections offer delicious versions of Southern staples and include:
·         Smokebelly traditional breakfast - two farm-fresh eggs served your way, a buttermilk biscuit, a grilled tomato wedge and brunch potatoes or creamy cheese grits with a choice of bacon, sausage, pulled pork or smoked brisket ($12)
·         Chicken and biscuits and gravy - golden fried chicken breast served over fresh-baked, grilled halves of a buttermilk biscuit and served with Smokebelly’s signature sausage gravy and two eggs made to order ($14)
·         Farmhouse biscuit sandwich - choice of sage sausage, Dijon, smoked Gouda and a fried egg; fried chicken and a fried egg; or bacon, pulled pork, pepperjack cheese and a fried egg ($11)
·         Cajun jambalaya omelet - stuffed with sautéed peppers and onions, spicy tasso ham and pepper jack cheese ($12)

Familiar favorites from Smokebelly’s regular menu of BBQ tapas starters (Brunswick stew, smoked brisket chili and smoked wings) and savory sandwiches (pulled pork, Angus beef brisket and the Smokebelly signature burger), round out the menu, along with  BBQ plates, combos, salads and sides.

It wouldn’t be Sunday brunch without an adult beverage, and Smokebelly doesn’t disappoint in this arena. The Tito’s Bloody Mary bar ($10) includes a selection of mixes and more than 20 seasonings and garnishes including pork rinds, bacon, pickles, pickled okra, jalapeños, hot sauce and more. Guests can also enjoy mimosas ($4) and Bellinis ($4), as well as signature sips like the Nice Pear (pisco, pear brandy, velvet falernum, lemon, bitters and Prosecco - $10) and the Log Cabin (apple brandy, pecan bitters, bourbon, maple syrup and Angostura bitters - $9). The beverage menu also features the Michelada (Bloody Mary mix combined with your choice of Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Bud Light or Dos Equis in a salt-rimmed glass - $6) and an assortment of coffee cocktails, wines and draft, bottled and canned beers.

About Smokebelly BBQ
Smokebelly BBQ is located at 128 East Andrews Drive. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bar stays open later. Parking is available at the restaurant. For more information, visit or call 404-848-9100.