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Gypsy Kitchen Opens in October

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GYPSY KITCHEN BRINGS SPANISH FLAIR TO BUCKHEAD

Southern Proper Hospitality Announces Opening in Buckhead Atlanta Development

Atlantans will take a culinary journey through the different cultures and flavors of Spain at Gypsy Kitchen, opening in October in the much-anticipated Buckhead Atlanta. The latest concept from Southern Proper Hospitality (which also owns and operates Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Osteria Cibo Rustico) promises to bring Atlanta a unique, Spanish-style dining experience.

A creative culinary tribute to the diverse regions and cuisine of Spain, the Gypsy Kitchen menu features a variety of shareable snacks (picas), small plates (platos pequeños) and larger entrees (raciones) for communal-style meals. The menu from executive chef Randy Lewis, named “10 Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine in 2001, takes influences from the many different regions of the country.

“The menu is very eclectic,” explains Lewis. “We’ll be using both classic and modern techniques in the kitchen, and there will be the traditional, shareable Spanish dishes like cheeses, Marcona almonds, charcuterie and grilled breads with smashed tomatoes. We’ll also have many larger dishes—whole fish and pork shoulder. While the menu draws inspiration from the culinary riches of Spain, it is also infused with some Moroccan and Indian flavors as well.”

Just like the menu, the atmosphere of the restaurant is vibrant, with an expansive indoor and outdoor space on the second story of the Buckhead Atlanta development. Designed by New York-based architecture firm Lacina Heitler, the design takes inspiration from a rich, colorful Baroque style with hints of copper and a large, custom bull sculpture as a focal point in the restaurant. The spacious patio overlooks Peachtree Road and will play host to live Spanish guitar and Flamenco music several nights a week.

A robust bar program completes the Spanish concept. General manager Garron Gore assures patrons plenty of innovative cocktails that play off indigenous Spanish ingredients including spices like smoked paprika, cloves and saffron-infused gin made in-house.

The wine list will focus completely on Old World wines, and the beers will feature mostly foreign labels along with domestic craft beers that have surprising, herbal qualities to them.

“Spain is one of the most exciting places from a culinary standpoint, and also from a lifestyle standpoint,” explains Chris Hadermann, co-owner of Gypsy Kitchen and principal of Southern Proper. “So to bring that to Atlanta and be able to celebrate the Spanish culture and food is something we are really excited about.”

3035 Peachtree Road

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