Wednesday, January 27, 2016

JP Atlanta Now Open in Downtown Atlanta

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
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Fine Dining Destination From Visionary John C. Portman Opens Downtown

ATLANTA (Jan. 22, 2016) - The excitement of mid-century Atlanta is reborn at JP Atlanta, where Chef Julio Delgado reimagines 1960s sophistication for a modern audience. When diners experience JP Atlanta’s one-of-a-kind circular bar or dramatic dining room, chances are the restaurant’s creator, architect-developer John C. Portman, Jr., will have personally selected the cocktail coupe or etched highball glass they hold in their hand. The Atlanta icon has designed every detail of Downtown Atlanta’s new destination restaurant, the crown jewel of his reimagined 230 Peachtree building.

JP Atlanta, the creation of architect-developer John C. Portman, Jr., embraces the style and sophistication of The Midnight Sun, the legendary restaurant he opened in Peachtree Center almost 50 years ago that redefined mid-century Atlanta’s standard for fine dining. Now, this transformative addition to the city’s center breaks the conventional rules of downtown dining once again, offering a bar made for socializing after work or for a late-night cocktail, and a dining room that appeals to both visitors and Atlanta natives. JP Atlanta is a celebration of the senses where the artwork-focused interior design, the energy of the staff and the presentation of food and cocktails converge to create a wholly artistic experience.

The Midnight Sun epitomized cuisine, culture and cosmopolitan flair in a fine dining experience like nothing else in Atlanta. Now, with the opening of JP Atlanta, refined cuisine and contemporary elegance have once again become one, bringing downtown dining to a new level of sophistication. 

“This restaurant breaks all the rules," says Portman. "But more importantly, it creates a place to see and be seen downtown – a bar where people socialize after work and into the evening, and a dining room that appeals not only to visitors but also to Atlanta natives.”

Executive chef Julio Delgado, a Ritz-Carlton veteran most recently engaged as executive chef of Château Élan Winery & Resort, brings a modern, global interpretation of the Midnight Sun experience to the breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus of JP Atlanta. 

"We have reinterpreted classic dishes from the 1960s using fresh, local ingredients that showcase the seasons," says Delgado. "It's creative American cuisine prepared with classic cooking techniques, but our plating and presentation is designed to ‘wow’ our guests."

Signature dishes on the JP Atlanta menu include the following:  
  • Beef short rib “bourguignonne,” rutabaga purée, glazed heirloom carrots
  • Chicken “à la king," confit sweet peppers, Comté cheese-chives biscuits
  • Roasted bone marrow, lump crab cake crust, tarragon-fennel juice
  • Braised and grilled octopus, citrus-crusted salsify, black olive, Meyer lemon oil
  • Slow-braised lamb neck, lemon-ricotta cavatelli, eggplant-caper compote

"The dishes we're serving in the bar elevate the typical bar menu and match the innovation of our cocktail program," Delgado says. "Whether it's the pimento cheese crisp with quail egg and bacon jam, or Georgia peanut hummus with radish chips and lavash bread, our bar menu tells a familiar story with surprising twists." 

The handcrafted cocktail program harkens back to an era when only the freshest ingredients and finest liquors were used. It was created by Blue Orbit Consulting's beverage director, Eric Simpkins. In another nod to the 1960s, JP Atlanta’s signature cocktail is a half-dozen creative homages to the Old-Fashioned, including:
  • Draper Redux, named for a certain “Mad Man,” featuring rye, bitters, soda, sugar, orange and Luxardo cherries
  • Diego’s Dram, a south of the border variation with reposado tequila, crème de cacao, xocolati mole bitters and sesame

“We really wanted to focus on a return to the cocktail hour,” explains JP Atlanta restaurant and bar concept co-creator Ray Camillo, founder and principal of Atlanta’s Blue Orbit Consulting. “In 1965, you had that last gasp of creativity when cocktails were still completely authentic before all the mass-produced mixers and lower-quality shortcuts became the industry standard.”

A carefully selected collection of New and Old World bottles populates JP Atlanta’s extensive wine list, along with a few handcrafted beer selections.

JP Atlanta’s signature steel and wood bar is the first thing guests encounter just past the architect’s glass grand staircase at 230 Peachtree as they step inside the restaurant filled with Portman’s trademark designs and art in several mediums. The creative interior design is a celebration of the senses which, combined with the energy of the staff and innovative presentation of food and cocktails, functions as art in motion.  

JP Atlanta is located at 230 Peachtree Street. Valet parking is available, and self-parking at 219 Peachtree and the AmericasMart Atlanta parking deck is validated for two hours. For more information, visit or call 404-523-7600. 

Click here for photos (Credit: Ben Rose Photography).


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