All-day brunch hot spot in Houston Taste bar and kitchen now includes a ghost kitchen at Forrest Eatery in Atlanta’s Berkeley Park neighborhood, with chef owner Don Bowie also planning to open a nearby full-service restaurant in Atlantic Station early next year.
With lines that typically run all the way to the door on weekends, Taste Bar and Kitchen is known in Houston for its menu of Southern comfort food and brunch, like Cajun Chicken and Waffles, Fruity Pebbles. , the catfish and oatmeal, and the mac and cheese with bacon and lobster. . Look for a lean version of the menu offered for delivery from the Berkeley Park Ghost Kitchen, which is becoming Taste Bar and Kitchen’s third virtual restaurant. The exact location of the Taste Bar and Kitchen in Atlantic Station has not yet been announced.
Taste Bar and Kitchen joins a growing list of similar all-day brunch establishments now around Atlanta, including Breakfast at Barneys, the Breakfast Boys, Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles, and Gocha’s Breakfast Bar.
Bowie opened Taste Bar and Kitchen with a former business partner Kevin Kelley (True Kitchen and Cocktails) three years ago in Houston’s historic Third Ward. The restaurant quickly became a popular spot for boozy brunch and live jazz, especially on weekends.
Kelley and Bowie went their separate ways last fall, with Kelley files a complaint against the chef, who claims Bowie stole money and food from Taste, inappropriately took out payroll protection program loans and conspired with the valet company to pocket those funds. Bowie filed a counter-action in response to complaints denying all allegations and stating that, unbeknownst to her, Kelley hired her sister to act as the restaurant’s accountant when she was not qualified to do so due to her “probation” license. Bowie also claims that Kelley stole some of the recipes from Taste Bar and Kitchen for use in her Dallas restaurant True Kitchen and Kocktails.
According to Harris County court documents, it looks like a trial could take place in February 2022.
Over the summer, Taste Bar and Kitchen was criticized for supporting and then instituted a controversial dress code policy as Houston Turkey Leg Hut restaurant colleague. People will be refused service for wearing white (men’s) tank tops, pants that are âtoo looseâ, clothing âtoo degradedâ and clothing that is too revealing or exposed underwear. The dress code is currently not listed on the Taste Bar and Kitchen website, and it is not clear whether the policy will be implemented and enforced at the upcoming Atlanta location.
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