Monday, July 13, 2015

With the Debut of Cotton Calf Kitchen, Dry Aged Steaks and Cocktails Arrive in Downtown Braselton

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Classic American Steakhouse Part of Historic Redevelopment Project

BRASELTON, Ga. (July 13, 2015) - With the mid-August debut of Cotton Calf Kitchen inside the historic Braselton Brothers Department Store building, the sizzle of big city dry-aged steaks arrives in downtown Braselton. The 120-seat white tablecloth classic American steakhouse, the latest addition to the northeast Georgia city’s exciting downtown development, is the brainchild of restaurant partners Matt Ruppel, Hudson Tang and Cindy Green.

The fine dining space’s fun, tongue-twisty name pays tribute both to the menu’s classic cuisine and the historic turn-of-the-century Braselton cotton gin building across the street. In addition to the more formal steakhouse dining room, Cotton Calf Kitchen will offer a roomy lounge and bar area with its own menu of sharable plates, along with a carefully curated beverage menu spotlighting craft beers, small- batch whiskeys, bourbons, classic cocktails and a wine list.

“In order to create Cotton Calf Kitchen, we’ve enjoyed a series of conversations with third- and fourth-generation Braselton residents, along with the growing number of transplants who have moved here to learn what they most wanted in a new downtown restaurant,” explains partner Hudson Tang, who previously operated  New York City’s popular Manchester Pub. “With downtown’s historic preservation, paired with the area’s plans for a live/work/play environment, it’s an incredibly exciting time to introduce the Cotton Calf brand here.”

In addition to serving up quality dry-aged beef, the menu will feature heirloom vegetables and a tapas-style array of appetizers. A popular Atlanta chef (to be formally announced prior to opening) has been lured to northeast Georgia to oversee the kitchen and menu.

A 20-seat outdoor patio facing the city’s eagerly anticipated amphitheater will be ready in time for cooler weather dining this fall. A private dining room perfect for business meetings and special prix fixe chef’s menu tasting events is also planned for the space. Partner Cindy Green is busy, meanwhile, talking to local artists in order to spotlight their pieces on the walls of the restaurant.

As for Tang, a former New Yorker, he’s so committed to the success of Cotton Calf Kitchen, he’s modified his work commute accordingly. “I just moved into a house about 1/4 of a mile away from the restaurant,” he explains. “To live and work downtown will provide me with an entirely fresh perspective on how we operate Cotton Calf Kitchen. I’m a local now. I’ve jumped into this with both feet!”

Conveniently located just three miles from Chateau Elan, Cotton Calf Kitchen is located inside the historic Braselton Brothers Department Store building at 9924 Davis Street in downtown Braselton. The restaurant will be open daily for cocktails and dinner from 4 p.m. to 11p.m. For more information, email or visit, and

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