Gigi’s Italian Kitchen to take over Gato permanently – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2022-06-29 12:36:18 –

Gato’s dining room in Gigi’s pop-up

Photo by Martha Williams

Gato, the mainstay of Candler Park, has many restaurants that have changed from pop-ups to restaurants and will close next month. Owner Nicholas Stinson moves his family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works on science fiction novels and pursues new restaurant concepts. Jacob Armand and Eric Brooks, Gigi’s Italian KitchenTakes over the lease and turns Gigi’s from a three-weekly pop-up to its own restrun.

“The space is changing and we are ready for the next stage of growth,” says Stinson. “It’s a restaurant that has been open almost continuously since 1970.”

Brooks and Armando launched Gigi’s as an Italian-American concept in 2019, with occasional pop-ups at Kimball House, Bogg’s, and Little Bear. In August 2021, the pair moved to normal rhythm and is now serving at Gato every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night. We offer a concise menu that includes specialty items such as Caesar salad, beef carpaccio and veal parmigiana.

Gigi's Italian Kitchen
Gigi’s stunningly concise menu includes a magical carpaccio with salsa verde and Manchego.

Photo by Martha Williams

The last day of Gigi’s pop-up service is July 12th. The team will then be off for a few weeks, but the space will undergo minor refurbishments. Armando says a grand reopening is planned for the first week of August.

“We want to focus on being part of the old Atlanta,” he says. “That was very interesting to us about this space. It’s going to get lost.”

Upon reopening, Gigi’s will have new signs, maroon curtains, and new paint coats. Black and white checkered floor tiles remain, along with red and white tablecloths and photos of celebrities signed on the walls.

“It’s really one of Atlanta’s most unique spaces and we’re very honored to be able to continue it,” says Brooks.

The menu doesn’t change much either. Expect red sauce-style food and a wide selection of drinks. There are more Amaros and wines, and the introduction of Carafe.

Gigi will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so we continue to welcome pop-ups. Mighty Hans, who currently serves Vietnamese breakfast on Saturdays in Gato, will move to a weekly dinner service in Gigis.

Gato served as a starting point for many local chefs, including Jarrett Stieber (Eat Me Speak Me, Little Bear) and Parnass Savang (Talat Market).

“I like the idea of ​​continuing pop-up culture here,” says Brooks. “It’s a big part of Gato’s history, and we want to keep that spirit alive.”

Stinson can take on Gigi’s consulting role and advise on pop-up business models. “They continue that tradition of being incubators,” he says.

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