Sandy Springs will soon be home to “The Select,” a modern version of Paris’s Le Select, a brasserie where “Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and others would meet to discuss literature and art,” according to David Green, the operating partner behind the forthcoming concept.
Green and several of The Select’s partners own and operate Paces & Vine in Vinings, and plan on opening the contemporary American eatery in the City Springs development by September 3, 2018 (Labor Day.)
“There’s a cultural movement lately north of Atlanta,” Green Friday told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in a telephone interview.
“My partners and I love art and literature which played a significant role in developing The Select and picking the City Springs site.”
Modeled after Le Select and the “eclectic” group of its “cultured patrons,” Green and his team hope to achieve a melting pot of cuisines and attract guests of all kinds, he said.
“When they met [at Le Select], they would eat, drink, party, and talk about cultural changes at the end of World War I.”
The 4,500-square-foot restaurant, designed by Smith Haines and built by Rob Barfield of Vision Construction, will be “light and airy with casual classic elements.”
“Super high ceilings” and windows “all the way around” will be complemented by a 1,700-square-foot patio that opens out into City Springs’ park which has an open container policy.
“People are going to be coming off of the park in shorts and flip flops but we also want to host business meetings and date nights. The space is really going to be special.”
The Select will feel “timelines and appeal to all the eras since the Victorian era.”
A yet-to-be-disclosed chef from New York will hem the kitchen and The Select’s “eclectic menu.”
Think “traditional items” like beef, chicken, and seafood, but prepared with global influences and with “clean eating” in mind.
“We’re braising dishes rather than cooking with heavy ingredients, for example. People are eating fewer glutens, and carbs and want more light and bright but interesting dishes.”
Small plates will be served all evening long and Green plans on keeping The Select open late night.
Plans have been submitted to the City of Sandy Springs to build the restaurant’s shell and Green and his team are waiting for permits to begin the buildout.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Rusty Paul, the Sandy Springs City Council, and Selig Enterprises for their professionalism and gracious welcome to Sandy Springs’ visionary City Springs Development, which I have since made my residence.”
City Springs, a mixed-use development from the City of Sandy Springs, is home to City Offices, a Performing Arts Center, a studio theater, meeting space, retail and residential spaces, a city green and underground community parking.