No Tex-Mex on the Menu? Caramba!

There’s barely an inch of intown Atlanta that hasn’t been deformed by “gentrification.” Gentrifiers hate the word because it alludes to a prosperous class that drives traditionally poorer residents from their n...

Cactus House under new ownership

It looks like there's going to be a new owner of Cactus House. The Midtown eatery has just changed hands, What Now Atlanta reported on June 1. Ten Atlanta's owner, James Nelson, purchased the notable Atla...
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Joe’s on Juniper, Einstein’s owners file for bankruptcy

Four companies that run several restaurants popular with gay Atlantans filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 13, 2013, in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The owners of Joe's on Juniper, Einstein's, Metrotainment Bakery, Sugar Shack and Garrison's filed for the voluntary bankruptcy reorganization in the wake of a judgment of almost $2.15 million owed to Miller Capital Ventures LLC.

The restaurants plan to stay open during the reorganization, managing member Jeffrey Landau told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Many of the debts are shared among the related companies. Here's a rundown of some of the numbers from the bankruptcy filings, which show mixed success for the companies, with Joe's on Juniper and Einstein's reporting higher revenue for 2012, but drops from 2011 to 2012 reported for Metrotainment Bakery/Sugar Shack and Garrison's.

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Food Porn #26: Where’s the smoke?

Food Porn

Very little is as predictable in gay life as the sudden reappearance of a bitter ex- boyfriend at just the wrong moment. Robert, who referred to his former lovers as “a dynasty of dicks,” knew this. So, he wasn’t surprised when one of Lee’s exes, Gene, showed up a few nights earlier and spoiled their evening out.

But Robert couldn’t shake his discomfort. Gene claimed that Lee had disappeared in the middle of the night while he slept, after a year of living together in Florida. Sitting alone, Robert looked around Woodfire Grill, wondering if his boyfriend would show up now, after inviting him to meet there.

The restaurant building, Robert noted, has changed little in two decades, still featuring the formerly fashionable feel of a chalet.

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Topher Payne: Chick-fil-A goes crazypants on LGBT rights

Playwright and writer Topher Payne

I was bombarded with Facebook messages and emails. Everyone sent me the same couple of links. An organization in Chicago claimed Chick-fil-A had seen the light of reason and kindness, and intended to change their ways. “Yaaay,” said my friends and colleagues. “Just wait,” I replied.

Turns out the policy in question was merely a reminder to Chick-fil-A employees (and the country) that the company treats all of their customers equally. I have never doubted that Chick-fil-A is willing to take my gay money. My problem is that they then use my gay money to fight against my gay rights. This practice remains unchanged.

I understand people love their damn waffle fries, but I’m gonna need y’all to let this company go. You just can’t fix some folks, and interacting with them will only frustrate you and embolden them. I will give you an example.