by: Meghan Lewis, Porter Novelli; firstname.lastname@example.org; 404-995-4520
Open nightly Tues. – Sat., the brasserie-style concept is now taking reservations
Atlanta – Aug. 1, 2014 – The Luminary, the highly anticipated first restaurant by Atlanta native and “Top Chef: Las Vegas” alum Eli Kirshtein, opens Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Krog Street Market. Described by Kirshtein as an American brasserie with regional influences and named after Atlanta’s historic first newspaper, The Luminary will feature a classically inspired menu, large raw bar, craft beer and cocktail program and 400-square-foot patio space.
The Luminary will be open for dinner Tues.-Thurs., 6-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 6-11 p.m. (closed Sun.-Mon.), and will expand its hours and begin serving lunch in the coming weeks.
Putting an American slant on a traditional French concept, The Luminary will boast menu items ranging from time-honored and classic, to progressive and creative. Diners can indulge in popular favorites like steak frites and croque monsieur, or opt for more adventurous selections such as roasted chicken hearts and chicken liver mousse.
“Being a resident myself and drawing on my personal roots as a cook, we’re excited to bring a proper brasserie to Inman Park. It was important for us to focus on the neighborhood and help contribute to the already amazing growth that is happening here. Finding a name like The Luminary, with so much of Atlanta’s history tied to it, it becomes just another layer to the narrative,” said Kirshtein. “We want to bring great French bistro dishes that are both comforting and exciting to the table. We strive to have a unique culinary program, while still being approachable.”
To complement Kirshtein’s menu, lead bartender Ian Cox has developed an extensive Paris-inspired cocktail program that pairs perfectly with The Luminary’s brassiere values. And, in keeping with the true definition of a brasserie (a brew pub), The Luminary will open with an expansive beer menu, including 24 drafts and 30 bottles that will rotate seasonally. The carefully curated list of beers ranges from local Sweetwater 420 to craft brewing champion Brooklyn Brewery, and French “biere de garde” Brasserie Lepers.
“The beverage program is focused on the many places the French have left their mark, whether it be New Orleans, Montreal or Vietnam. Being able to bring amazing French wines as well as artisanal spirits to the Krog Street Market is something we find to be an honor as well as an obligation for us,” said Kirshtein. “We want people to find The Luminary to be the type of restaurant that can be an every night spot or a special occasion destination. With a warm and inviting atmosphere with a traditional style with modern touches, we hope it is inviting for all types of guests for all occasions.”
Designed by the award-winning firm, ai3, the 3,500-square-foot restaurant transports diners to their own personal French getaway. The space is simple and sophisticated with wood furniture and leather fabrics. The centrally-located raw bar, covered with crisp, white subway tile walls and sparkling stainless steel, is lit by a ceiling full of lights that gleam like pearls. And, the main bar, set beneath 100-year old trusses, features an expansive mirrored back-bar, bright brass accents and deep, dark granite.
Kirshtein has dreamed of this restaurant concept for years. His culinary career began at the young age of 16, while working as a protégé in the kitchens of Chefs Kevin Rathbun and Richard Blais. With an insatiable appetite for learning and advancing his experiences, Kirshtein sharpened his skills with stints at acclaimed restaurant JOËL while completing his formal training at The Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Kirshtein teamed up with Richard Blais at ONE. midtown kitchen before moving to Miami to work at Karu & Y. In 2007 he returned to Atlanta as the executive chef at Eno Restaurant and Wine Bar, from which he would take a brief hiatus to participate as a contestant on “Top Chef: Las Vegas.”
To learn more about The Luminary and make a reservation, visit http://theluminaryatl.com/. Follow along through social media at https://instagram.com/theluminaryatl and https://twitter.com/TheLuminaryATL. While The Luminary is open, Krog Street Market officially opens in the coming months.
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Meghan Lewis, Porter Novelli; email@example.com; 404-995-4520