Former Iberian Pig Chef To Open Whiskey Bird In Timone’s Pizza Space

The Japanese style grill and tapas restaurant should premier January 2017.

The Japanese style grill and tapas restaurant should premier January 2017.

Partners Chef Chad Crete and Anthony Vipond have joined forces to introduce a new restaurant concept, Whiskey Bird, to Morningside Village on North Highland Avenue.

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Chef Crete, former collaborator of the Castellucci Hospitality Group, Iberian Pig, has formed a new company, Back of the Napkin Hospitality, to introduce the tapas-style Japanese restaurant with a “yakitori” (chicken skewer) themed concept.

Although the restauranteurs are branding the eatery as a tapas-style, modern yakitori grill, the menu will also offer a selection of full entree portions.

“I have been culturally inspired by traveling to Asia, taking in products and different spices all contributing to the development of this concept,” Crete told What Now Atlanta Wednesday in a phone interview.

“Our concept has yet to be introduced in the Atlanta market, setting the restaurant apart from our competitors.”

The restaurant will offer a cocktail program to include a selection of wine and sake that will be reasonably priced. “Our goal is to offer an affordable cocktail program where you can order a glass of wine between $7.00 and $12.00.”

Whiskey Bird is slated to open at 1409D North Highland Avenue, the former space occupied by Ron Eyester’s Timone’s Pizza that shuttered July 2015.

The eatery has taken over the space next door to provide additional square footage. The venue design will have a covered backside patio, indoor seating and a full bar totaling a capacity of 100 seats.

The outdoor patio above The Wish List on the Lanier Blvd side of Morningside Village will have a courtyard view, offering a sense of privacy verses an open street view.

“The atmosphere will be social, fun, affordable and relaxing. I like the area and I like the neighborhood. Location chooses you when you are searching for the location.”

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Whiskey Bird should open its doors January 2017 and start off with dinner hours 5:00 pm. to 10:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and eventually Saturdays and Sundays for brunch.

Sean Davis

Sean Davis has worked in commercial real estate for 10 years as one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the Atlanta-are multifamily industry. Sean has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and a M.B.A in Marketing and Finance.

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  1. This type of restaurant in Morningside? I give it a month, tops. What a waste of time and money this will be. You want a successful restaurant in this slot? Contact me and I’ll tell you how. It’s easy.

    1. You sound like a real dick bag… This place sounds fun. Consider yourself not invited

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