Rye Restaurants Bringing New Concept, Dirty Rascal, to Thompson Buckhead Hotel

Dirty Rascal will be located on the ground floor of the new Hyatt-backed Thompson hotel at Buckhead Village.
Rye Restaurants Bringing New Concept, Dirty Rascal, to Thompson Buckhead Hotel
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Located at 415 East Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta, Dirty Rascal will offer reimagined Italian-American cuisine from James Beard-nominated chef Todd Ginsberg. According to Eater Atlanta, it is set to open in December.

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The signature restaurant is led by Ginsberg and the Rye Restaurants team which includes Jennifer and Ben Johnson, and Shelley Sweet. The group is also behind The General Muir, TGM Bread, Wood’s Chapel BBQ, West Egg Cafe, Fred’s Meat and Bread, and Yalla!. Daily operations will be run by Atlanta chef Joshua Hopkins, formerly of Empire State South, who was named executive chef for the hotel.

The restaurant seats 140 and and pays homage to the essence of great Italian-American dining establishments by referencing the flavor and style. It features a large central bar with a marble top, intimate alcoves, a wall of round leather booths, and a private dining area.

At Dirty Rascal, guests can look forward to being served a variety of classic Italian-American fare including rigatoni alla vodka, veal parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, and king crab scampi. Cocktails and wine will also be served. A cocktail of note, per The Atlanta Journal Constitution, will be the Dirty Rascal, the restaurant’s version of a dirty martini, made with gin, vodka, vermentino and herbed olive oil.

The restaurant will also be open for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast will include an espresso bar, while salads, soups, sandwiches and more will be served for lunch.

“Many of us have grown up with this food, whether spaghetti and meatballs at home, or a night out with family at a neighborhood red-sauce restaurant,” Ginsberg said in a prepared statement. “We started doing a Sunday Night Spaghetti dinner every week at the General Muir years ago. People come every week just for that – spaghetti and meatballs in a Jewish deli.”

The name for the restaurant was inspired by Ginsberg’s mother, whom the chef plans to pay tribute to on the menu with homestyle Italian dishes. She nicknamed the chef “dirty rascal” as a child.

The restaurant will be open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM, with the bar remaining open until 11:30 PM.

Danita White

Danita White is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. Born in Georgia and raised in Texas, she reports on new and forthcoming businesses in the Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth markets.

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