Saturday, March 16, 2013
A little bit of sand and you'd think you weren't in Athens, Ga., anymore.
Chris Lloyd's newly opened Marker 7 Coastal Grill restaurant in Five Points is attracting a steady flow of people who come hungry and leave happy. It's not just the food that's attracting customers--it's the cozy beach-ish atmosphere. I half-expected to see someone flap in wearing a wet suit and scuba tanks. If you choose a table on the outside deck, you can enjoy the sunshine and watch people walking by along Lumpkin Street as you wait--blessedly briefly--for your order. When I was there, the breeze stirring the paper towel rolls on the deck's tables made me think of similar restaurants you find scattered along the coastline of Florida. Ah, summer. I can believe the deck is going to get crowded in a few months. The cole slaw alone makes a…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Marker 7 Coastal Grill will open in the next month or so, say observers.
The seafood restaurant will be in a newly remodeled and refurbished historic home at the intersection of Milledge Avenue and Lumpkin Street. Restaurant owner Chris Lloyd, who changed a closed Shoney's into the successful Hilltop Grille, is the force behind Marker 7 Coastal Grill.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The new restaurant is in the building that housed Walter's Barbecue.
Since there's milk for coffee at Vanessa Molina's new restaurant on Broad Street, it's technically not a completely vegan place. Her husband and business partner, Juan Molina, likes milk in his coffee, so the new place has milk. But you won't find dairy or other animal products in the menu, which was developed by Vanessa and chef Michelle Berzack. "I'm really really picky," said Vanessa, who lived in Athens in the 1980s with her husband. "I almost have to know the cows personally that are producing the milk we use." If you've been in Athens a while, you'll no doubt recognize the Molinas. Juan worked at Kinko's, on Broad Street, among other jobs, and was a member of Little Tigers, the Squalls and Go Van Go. Vanessa worked everywhere, …