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Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

ATLANTA - The term "gastropub" was coined in the UK in the 90s, marrying the terms "gastronomy" and "pub" (or "publick house" for you completists). The idea was geared toward freshening traditional pub food and creating cuisine that was more adventurist and creative, but that was not unattainable.

In Atlanta, gastropubs have surfaced and crafted a niche for themselves that have attracted some of the world's elite chefs. New gastropubs are showing up with regularity across the area, but if you want to cut your teeth, here's a selection of some of Atlanta's gastropubs.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Marlow’s Tavern refreshes menu with wintertime selections

Marlow’s Tavern refreshes menu with wintertime selections

ATLANTA -- Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Marlow’s Tavern, is unveiling new menu items to warm and excite locals and guests around the city during the cold winter months. The menu is available at all Atlanta-area locations, featuring the best seasonal offerings and a mix of familiar favorites with a chef’s twist.

“With colder weather on the way, we like to create our own version of comfort foods with the freshest seasonal ingredients,” says Executive Chef/Co-founder John C. Metz. “The wintertime additions are full of savory, hearty ingredients that are unique, crave-able and satisfying,” he adds.

The new winter menu offers a range of options to satisfy any diner’s taste buds. The fresh, seasonal fare offered includes the following:

Starbucks buying Atlanta-based Teavana for $620M

Starbucks buying Atlanta-based Teavana for $620M

NEW YORK -- Starbucks wants to make the tea shop as ubiquitous as its namesake cafes.

The Seattle-based company said Wednesday that it will pay $620 million in cash to buy Atlanta-based Teavana Holdings Inc., which sells high-end loose leaf teas in 300 shopping mall locations. The plan is to grow Teavana's footprint beyond the suburban mall with stand-alone shops around the world, while adding tea bars where customers can buy hot and cold drinks.

The deal marks Starbucks latest push to expand beyond its cafes, with the company facing intensifying competition from fast-food chains offering specialty coffees. Last summer Starbucks bought small bakery chain La Boulange for $100 million. Last year it added fresh-juice maker Evolution to its stable for $30 million.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar promotes Jerry Sinatra to Operating Partner

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar promotes Jerry Sinatra to Operating Partner

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Seasoned wine and service manager of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Dunwoody, Jerry Sinatra, has been promoted to operating partner. Along with Chef/Partner Kenneth Bills, he will oversee all operations of the restaurant.

“We are delighted to see Jerry succeed in his new role as operating partner,” said Steve Pirato, Fleming’s regional partner. “He has shaped the restaurant with his experience and expertise in training the most qualified associates and his excellence in hospitality. His ability to build strong relationships with our guests, vendors and local community make him the perfect fit for the operating partner position,” he added.

Get a $2 'Boorito' for wearing a costume to Chipotle

Get a $2 'Boorito' for wearing a costume to Chipotle

ATLANTA -- Scare up a tasty dinner -- and do some good for the community -- by wearing a costume to any Chipotle Mexican Grill on Halloween.

Chipotle customers who arrive in costume between 4 p.m. and close on Wednesday, Oct. 31 will be treated to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $2.

"We have always believed that good food should be affordable and accessible to everyone, and our annual Boorito fundraiser is a great opportunity for customers to enjoy a $2 burrito while supporting a great cause," Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells said in a statement.

The great cause in question is the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a nonprofit that works to create a sustainable healthy food supply and raise awareness of food issues. Up to $1 million in proceeds from the Boorito event will go to the charity.

Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

ATLANTA -- Eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill just got even better.

All Atlanta-area Chipotle locations will donate the day's proceeds to the Education Garden at Piedmont Park this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The giveaway is part of the restaurant chain's recognition of Food Day, a nationwide movement that works to improve food policies.

Chipotle will give the Education Garden up to $10,000. More than 800 children visit the garden every year to learn about natural and organic gardening methods.

You can do your part to help the garden by eating at Chipotle on Wednesday. Visit chipotle.com to find your nearest location.