New Atlanta Restaurant Serves Modern Southeast Asian Cuisine
CO restaurant, showcasing fresh, robust flavors and a modern take on traditional Southeast Asian cuisine, opens today in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Founded in 2012 by Greg Bauer, the menu and concept were inspired by his time stationed in Southeast Asia while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. CO Atlanta joins the restaurant’s existing locations in Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach.
CO means “feast” in Vietnamese, and that’s exactly what guests can expect at this vibrant new location, with modern interpretations of traditional Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, Cambodian, and Thai cuisines, plus an extensive selection of sushi rolls.
Born in Japan, CO’s Executive Chef Masanori Shiraishi is leading the kitchen, drawing inspiration from generations-old family dishes and popular recipes throughout Southeast Asia. Menu highlights include Curry Laksa with shrimp, shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, shredded cucumber, Thai basil, baby bok choy, and spicy coconut broth; Banh Mi with sautéed lemongrass and garlic; and Beef Pho with rare beef, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, scallions, hoisin and Sriracha.
CO’s beverage program will roll out later this month. Made with ingredients drawn from the food menu, CO’s cocktails will be designed to pair perfectly with a variety of dishes. Sake offerings will include a traditional selection plus sake infusions made in-house with fresh fruits and herbs, and toppings for Boba tea range from lychee jelly to bursting kiwi boba.
Accented with raw materials like exposed brick and reclaimed wood, CO’s interior is warm and contemporary. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the open dining room, and guests are invited to sit at a variety of table options, including regular tables, high-top booths, and community tables. An outdoor patio perfect for people watching along the Poncey-Highland thoroughfare North Highland Avenue will include full service and a small lounge area.
The restaurant will be open for dinner only through Thursday, June 8th, with lunch service beginning on Friday, June 9th. Regular hours will be 11:00am until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and open until midnight Friday and Saturday. (press release and photo courtesy of Laura at Blue Hominy PR)
675 N. Highland Avenue