Former booksellers to make restaurant debut with Mediterranea.
Co-owners Gerard Nudo and Gary McElroy are teaming up to bring Mediterranea, a gluten-free restaurant and bakery, to 330 Ormond Street SE in the Grant Park neighborhood.
Nudo and McElroy previously operated Rizzoli Bookstore in New York. McElroy was the general manager while Nudo worked in sales and marketing at Rizzoli Publications.
“We were looking for a change in direction in our careers, and since we’re both culinary school grads and Rizzoli is one of the premier cookbook publishers, we feel we’ve always had one foot in the food world,” Nudo told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in an email Tuesday.
The Ormond Street structure, owned by Grant Park resident and developer Philippe Pellerin, has been unoccupied since 1992 and will bring in four new businesses including the forthcoming restaurant and Laura Goddard Style.
“We feel the building is very much a part of the historic fabric of the neighborhood and that appeals to us. And it has the right developers/owners,” Nudo added.
Mediterranea will open in January and feature, “healthy, farm fresh, gluten-free fare” including vegetarian and vegan options. An onsite bakery will also produce gluten-free baked goods.
Think the gluten-free concept will be a hit in Grant Park? Let us know in the comments section below!
I’m so excited for this restaurant. I’m sure we will be going there often! I love that it’s just down the street. Yay!!
Yay! I’m very excited about this in general and specifically for Grant Park. I only hope they have parking worked out.
We are soooo excited for this new restaurant! I KNOW this will be a huge hit and will definitely be a weekly customer, either walking or riding my bike for a delicious meal!
I live a block away and eat GF. They will know me well. So thrilled.
Very excited about this. 3 blocks from home. I think there is a killing to be made in breakfast muffins alone!
Can’t wait to try it, unless it’s in the price range of Octane
This is great news! I cannot wait for this!!
Way to grow, Grant Park and Ormond St! Cannot wait to see the new look and feel the energy in the neighborhood.
Fantastic! I’m attempting to live a gluten-free lifestyle and this restaurant will certainly help – Thank You! Love that Grant Park is attracting community-wellness mindsets and healthy options for all.
Everything Gerand Nudo and Gsry McElroy do rates and A+! Be sure to visit – you won’t be disappointed!
Gary and Gerard were treasured Rizzoli colleagues, and we at the office were the luckiest group of guinea pigs ever because Gerard brought in all of his patisserie school “homework”, as well as his bountiful free-time creations, and I had no idea it was all GF. Atlanta is in for a MAJOR treat when Mediterannea’s doors open!
yum yum! Yesterday we enjoyed wonderful baked goods and visited with neighbors! We will be regulars here!
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