Thursday, July 30, 2015

5Church Expands to Midtown Atlanta in Early 2016

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ATLANTA (July 27, 2015)– Restaurateurs Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio and Jamie Lynch are announcing their plans to open a third location of 5Church in Midtown Atlanta early in the first quarter of 2016. The restaurant, which has an existing location in Charlotte and a second opening in Charleston, will be located at 1197 Peachtree Street NE. Serving lunch and dinner daily along with weekend brunch, 5Church offers a technique-driven menu that blends a casual, yet refined dining approach for a memorable experience. The name of the restaurant comes from its original location, the corner of 5th and Church Street, in Uptown Charlotte.

“We love the growth that’s happening in Atlanta and feel there is a lot of continuity between Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta,” explains Kamel, who will be moving to Atlanta with his family to operate 5Church locally. “We look forward to enhancing the Midtown restaurant scene with a 360-degree dining experience that blends award-winning food with top rate service and nationally acclaimed design.”

The team behind 5Church brings a wealth of operations, marketing and culinary talent to the table and credits their combined forces for the success of their dining concept.

“Our philosophy is ‘there is only we’ because we believe as a company that no one person can make a business successful,” says Kamel, whose expertise lies in growth strategies, business improvement and systems optimization within the hospitality industry. “We are a varied team with different backgrounds who respect each other’s areas of expertise.”

At 5Church, guests will be drawn to the restaurant’s eye-catching design. The restaurant speaks to guests who are looking for a top-notch meal and the service to match but who are also in search of an ambiance that reaches beyond the typical restaurant environs. The neo-Victorian décor features white concrete bars, black leather banquettes, imaginative chandeliers and large-scale artwork created by local artists. The hand-painted ceiling will feature Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” in its entirety. 5Church will seat 185 guests downstairs with an additional rooftop dining space upstairs.

Jamie Lynch, who is both a partner and the restaurant’s executive chef, boasts an impressive culinary background including Le Cirque, Aureole and Café Boulud, as well as Blue and Barrington’s in Charlotte. Since opening 5Church, he has been recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s Best Chef for the past three consecutive years. His menu will feature many 5Church favorites such as the famed “60 second” NY strip steak and 5Church lamb burger with red onion marmalade and Gorgonzola fondue along with new, locally sourced dishes original to the Atlanta restaurant. A 200-bottle wine list curated by an in-house certified sommelier and a selection of specialty cocktails and craft beers will complement Lynch’s menu.

With help from Atlanta-based real estate company, The Shumacher Group, the 5Church team is happy to be joining the Midtown neighborhood in early 2016.

5Church is located at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE in Midtown. The restaurant will offer a private event space as well as on-site parking and complimentary valet. For updates, follow the restaurant on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For additional information, visit


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