[Exclusive] Sebastian Pintxos Bar To Replace Takorea in Midtown

Owner of neighboring eatery The Sivas and downtown's Rozina Bake House is behind the planned tapas restaurant.

There is an update to this post: Sebastián Pintxos Bar Opens at 818 Juniper Street

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Space housing the now-shuttered Takorea in Midtown won’t sit dark long.

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The owner of The Sivas restaurant in Midtown, as well as the Rozina Bake House in downtown Atlanta (formerly Sivas Express), is planning a new small plates eatery called Sebastian Pintxos Bar in the Juniper Street space, set to open mid-spring.

The Mex-Korean eatery Takorea closed its original Midtown location after dinner service on Dec. 22, 2019, following an announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“We are waiting to get the liquor license approved so we will most likely be opening Sebastian in about two months, toward the end of March or beginning of April,” Kemal Karsli shared with What Now Atlanta during a telephone interview Friday.

The restaurant will be inspired by Karsli’s travels to the gastronomic capital of San Sebastian, a coastal city in the Basque region of Spain, and home to world-renowned restaurants helmed by maverick chefs.

“I was in Sebastian two months ago and got a feel for how they do what they do. I will be returning with my chef soon to work on the concept.”

When open, Sebastian’s marquee offering will be its namesake, Pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, alongside a fresh Sangria bar and live music.

“There will be a DJ after 10 or 11 p.m. and people are going to stay and have a good time with amazing authentic and traditional plates and cocktails.”

The opening will be somewhat of a century-long, full circle and serendipitous moment for Karsli.

“‘Sebastian’ happens to be the old name of the central Turkish city ‘Sivas’ 100 years ago,” Karsli said.

“So, Sivas used to be called Sebastian.”

In addition to his Atlanta eateries, Karsli also owns Sivas restaurants in Kennesaw as well as in Las Vegas.

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher.

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