UPDATE (January 2, 2019): Chef Tom Catherall is Retooling Taco Cowboy As Bar.Bacoa
Tom Catherall is being forced to change the name of his newly-opened Virginia-Highland eatery Tom Tom after “long and very expensive court battles.”
The Atlanta restauranteur lost the name to his former wife and business partner Leigh Catherall, president and COO of Here to Serve Restaurants (H2S), Tom posted to his personal Facebook page Thursday.
The news comes nearly one year to the day all of the H2S concepts – ten in total – shuttered without warning.
Tom Tom, at 1000 Virginia Avenue NE, will be known as Taco Cowboy effective Wednesday, October, 19, the company later announced in a press release.
“It’s just a name,” Catherall said.
The space, formerly H2S restaurant Noche, got its moniker from the nickname Tom’s dad called him as a child.
“I will still be in the kitchen, at the same location, with the same staff and the same fresh ingredients as I always have. I’ll just be doing it under a different name.”
Taco Cowboy, which is the corporation that did business as Tom Tom, will open with a new concept and menu focusing on more tacos, tequilas, and small plates along with bigger steaks, according to the release, without service interruption.
“I’ll still have my Tom’s $5 margaritas made with cheap tequila and fresh lime juice as well as the existing taco menu,” Catherall said.
“I will incorporate more ‘cowboy’ into the menu by offering a larger steak presence with more relaxed attitude.”