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Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters Now Open

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Chef Robert Phalen brings his famous fried chicken to East Lake

Bringing traditional Southern flair to Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, Mary Hoopa’s Fried Chicken & Oysters is the latest concept from Chef Robert Phalen of Atlanta favorite One Eared Stag. Phalen brings a rare creativity and focus to his restaurants, which has earned him praise in Atlanta and across the nation. The restaurant places an emphasis on fried chicken and oysters, with the inspiration for the name coming from Phalen’s mother-in-law’s beloved family friend and caretaker, Mary Hoopa, who championed literal yard-to-table cooking and Southern Louisiana flavors. Her influence can be seen today in Chef Phalen’s famous fried chicken and some of the original hand-written recipes will be framed around the restaurant.

The menu features classic fried chicken (served house fried, hot or sweet), oysters, snacks and larger entrees complete with a’ la carte sides for guests to craft their dining experience. Menu highlights include Shrimp Remoulade and Chef Phalen’s classic Chicken Sandwich. Mary Hoopa’s beverage program features a large selection of beer, along with a craft cocktail list.

Square Feet Studio designed Mary Hoopa’s to be a casual, neighborhood place where salvaged heart pine floors and plywood paneling mix with the patina of old plaster walls left untouched, aged and celebrated. The dining room seats 54 guests in an open floor plan with views of the kitchen, and a featured oyster bar is a focal point in the space. A generous deck in the back seats 32 and feels like a comfortable backyard where you can get messy with shuck-and-eat oysters and platters of fried chicken.

2371 Hosea L. Williams Dr. SE, Building 1

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