Additional details regarding Highland Bistro, the eatery set to replace Chef’d Up at the base of the Highland Walk Apartments, have surfaced. At the top of the new year, lifelong friends who consider each other brothers will open the “community-rooted” restaurant, according to a press release Monday. Isaac White and Anthony Singleton will introduce Highland Bistro in early 2021, at 701-5 Highland Ave NE, offering a bistro-style feel across its 50 seats and third-party as well as complimentary delivery to the residents of the building and the surrounding area; something the owners are calling a “much-needed neighborhood addition.”
Highland Bistro’s “traditional” menu items will include The City Burger and City Dog — the team’s ode to Atlanta prepared “however you’d like them.” Other dishes will include Baked or Fried Wings, Chicken & Waffles, a Pulled Pork Melt, and house-made Kettle Chips with “secret” dip. There are also plans for a vegan menu including but not limited to Broccoli Nuggets, the Impossible Burger, and a Portobello Philly, inspired by Isaac’s Philadelphia birthplace. A beverage menu is in development to include frozen, to-go cocktails.
“We want Highland Bistro to be an open door to all,” White said in the press release. “We will implement a program where different nonprofits will sell breakfast items that they have individually created, in an effort to raise money for their specific organization. If we can share our vision with people who can use it as a platform and ‘make waves,’ then we can meet our goal of spreading good throughout our community. It takes a team to spread the word and sustain an ever-proud community environment — especially during this challenging time. We both feel it’s more important than ever to do all we can to embrace the ‘new Atlanta.”
The pair have been working to build the Highland Bistro brand “behind the scenes with a close-knit group of culinary pros and long-time industry friends,” according to the release.
“Our goal is to be embedded in the community,” White said. “Anthony and I have worked on several businesses together, we share the same passions such as the solid love for our city, the time we spend lending ourselves to various youth groups in Atlanta, such as my current position at the YMCA. We both have a strong entrepreneurial spirit; Anthony and I are family — we want to share our family and our food with all those that come through our doors.”
Highland Bistro is part of a never-ending string of restaurants to grace the corner Old Fourth Ward space. Before Chef’d Up opened its doors in late 2019, the space was home to Barrelhouse for a short stint, with Cast Iron, Last Word, and P’Cheen occupying the space before that — all in under less than a 15 year period (with P’Cheen operating for nearly half of that timeline.)