Quick Bites: Restaurant openings & news

MAR in Decatur is now open.

MAR in Decatur is now open.

Decatur’s latest dining spot, MAR (facebook.com/marcoastal) has opened at 314 E. Howard Ave. offering a menus of authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine along with handcrafted cocktails. Executive Chef Joey Zelinka’s menu includes wood-roasted fish, cebiches, tacos and more.

The Hyatt Regency (facebook.com/HyattRegencyAtlanta) in Downtown Atlanta has opened a rooftop bee garden underneath the iconic blue dome. The bees will produce honey each year, which will eventually be served in Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s restaurants, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys, and sold in its 24-hour Market. The bees are part of the Hyatt’s new rooftop garden, which is growing tomatoes, beans, peppers and other vegetables and a full selection of fresh herbs be served in the hotel’s restaurants. Hyatt Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn created the bee garden as part of Hyatt’s “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” initiative, which promotes serving local, healthy ingredients in Hyatt dining experiences.

Osteria 832 (osteria832.com) in Virginia Highland is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away a trip for two to California Wine Country. The sweepstakes prize includes a $2, 000 Southwest Vacations gift certificate to redeem for roundtrip airfare to and from San Francisco, car rental to and from Napa and Sonoma and hotel accommodations. Winners will enjoy VIP tours and tastings at three of Osteria’s favorite California wineries. The restaurant will also introduce wine specials from the featured wineries that the winners will visit. For a chance to win, simply dine at Osteria 832 during the three month long anniversary celebration and ask for a free Karma Card. Guests will earn one free raffle ticket when they register the card online and can collect additional free raffle tickets each time they swipe their Karma Card when dining. The promotion run Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.

Livable Buckhead is hosting the Tasty Tuesdays food truck event every Tuesday through October from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3314 Piedmont Road (in ront of L.A. Fitness). The pedestrian-geared event will feature a rotating selection of food trucks offering up their eats.

American Roadhouse (american-roadhouse.com) at 842 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland is now open for dinner with new menu items (including steak), beer and wine selections and a dog-friendly patio.

Mary S. Moore, owner of The Cook’s Warehouse (cookswarehouse.com), was recently honored with the 2013 ICON Award for Individual Career Accomplishment. The awards are a program founded and staged by AmericasMart Atlanta and sponsored by the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Sandow Media.

Quick-serve dim sum restaurant Yum Bunz (yumbunz.com) has opened in West Midtown at 935 Marietta Street. The menu includes steamed “bunz” (known as bao), Korean wraps and noodle bowls.

Chef Ron Eyester has opened his New York-style pizza joint, Timone’s, at 1409 N. Highland Ave. in Morningside. Check out the resturant’s Facebook page at facebook.com/timonespizza for more information.

Genki Noodles and Sushi (genkiatl.com) which has locations in Virginia Highland, Buckhead and Sandy Springs, has rolled out the Genki Food Truck. The customized truck will feature big awnings for a shady dining spot and large screen TVs to watch the game when it rolls up to tailgating events. All dishes on the menu will be $10 or less.

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