Richard Blais to open Tech Square restaurant in former Globe/Waterhaven space

richard blais to open restaurant in tech square ~ what now, atlanta?

'Top Chef' partners with Concentrics Restaurants to open Midtown restaurant.

UPDATE (August 10, 2011): Richard Blais' new restaurant to be called The Spence

Richard Blais, the recent winner of “Top Chef All-Stars” and the executive chef behind the chain of Flip Burger Boutiques, is opening a Midtown restaurant that will serve “simple American food that tastes great,” says John Kessler with the AJC.

Currently unnamed, Blais' new Midtown restaurant will reportedly take space of the now shuttered Waterhaven restaurant, Globe before that.

Waterhaven closed for unneeded renovations only to never reopen in their Technology Square location.

The restaurant at 75 5th Street will open under partnership with Concentrics Restaurants – the hospitality group behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks and Tap.

Blais is also in the process of opening a "gourmet hot dog restaurant" in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. That restaurant will be called HD for “Haute Doggery,” and is scheduled to open this summer (godawful name, if you ask us).

The "Top Chef" hit a speed bump in April when his newly opened FLIP Burger Boutique Buckhead failed a random health inspection.

For Kessler's entire report, click here.