Continent Restaurant and Cigar Lounge will make its debut Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m., at 4300 Buford Highway, according to a press release Wednesday.
Afro-Caribbean and Asian-inspired dishes from noted Hell’s Kitchen Season 18 contestant and Chef/Co-Owner Scotley Innis are at the restaurant’s focus.
“At Continent, the senses are provoked at every turn with bespoke cocktails and an ever-changing food menu — all set to a seductive soundtrack of neo-soul, reggae, and afro-beats; and a live DJ on the weekends,” according to the release.
Larry Davis of L Davis Design is behind the space and “separate but adjacent” cigar lounge, complete with ruby-red banquettes, marble floors, dark woods, and other accents, including red velvet section dividers — as a COVID safety precaution — and oversized and original mixed media works by local Trinidadian artist Andrea Mackenzie.
“We are honored to introduce the Continent and are looking forward to welcoming guests to our unique place,” Innis said. “Our restaurant and cigar lounge certainly transcend boundaries, using a fusion of flavors from different continents. These flavors combined with particularly selected wines, crafted signature cocktails, paired perfectly with rare and personally picked cigars made us into a well-traveled home. We want guests to feel as though they are getting together in our living room.”
Open for dinner, late-night and Sunday brunch, Continent’s menu boasts selections such as the Jamaican-inspired Oxtail Lo Mein with braised oxtail pulled off the bone, baby bok choy, and chambray onions.
Lamb Suya Chops pay homage to Nigerian street food as three, spicy lamb chops grilled and topped with sliced red onions and charred tomatoes. The Yardman Oysters offers up a Jamaican twist on the traditional “Rockefeller Oysters” with callaloo, duck bacon and garlic butter, and parmesan cheese.
“Continent is a place for friends and family,” Mike Haze, who oversees the restaurant, cocktail program and cigar lounge as general manager, said. “It is an intimate, exclusive environment with a focus on the guest experience.”
Libations include smoked wood-infused selections such as the “Call Me Old-Fashioned” and “Sunsets Over Chamblee,” both modern takes on classic drinks. Other touches designed to “enhance” the bar experience include hand-chopped ice, freshly-squeezed juices made-to-order, and signature garnishes.
Continent Cigar Lounge is meant to appeal to beginners and connoisseurs alike with a humidor of cigars including Cohiba, Rocky Patel, and hand-rolled cigars, and the signature Continent Cigar, available in both Connecticut and Maduro versions.
The Lounge will also have a cigar membership program, including a private locker to store cigars and access to bi-monthly events and rare and aged spirits such as a Macallan flight paired with cigar selections and Chef Scotley’s small plates menu of Afro-Caribbean favorites.
Continent will open for dinner, drinks and cigars from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Cigar lounge opens at 5 pm. A nightcap menu begins in the restaurant and lounge from 6 pm to 12 a.m. on Sundays.