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Many of the same design elements in the Roswell locale, such as exposed brick walls, subway tiles and meat hooks overhead, will be part of the Buckhead decor as well.
Cut and Driedby Stephanie Davis Smith and Austin Holt | magazine | August 21, 2017
It’s a philosophy with which Guest Editor Hicham Azhari, owner of popular supper spots multilocated Salt Factory Pub and downtown Roswell’s Little Alley Steak, identifies. That’s why he will be opening a second version of the latter of those concepts this fall.
The mammoth location Azhari has designs on will be familiar to those who have watched the Buckhead restaurant scene evolve. The brick-and-mortar’s previous tenant was fusion darling Aja, which closed its doors in 2015. Needless to say, the place is getting one heck of a renovation (and a sweet patio space)—all the best to accommodate offerings that, according to Azhari, are going to break some records when the restaurant throws open its doors in the next few months.
First up is the meat. Little Alley Steak has already been serving some of the best steak in the region, but the new location is going to usher in cuts that are, in a word, transcendent: DNA-tested Black Angus that’s been pampered to no end and handled by a meticulously selected master butcher from Meats by Linz, one of Chicago’s oldest shops. Azhari goes there himself every few months to pick out cuts in person that will then be flown down.
Fully aware of the loyalties held by meat lovers across the city, Azhari is almost nonchalant when he says, “we will be serving the best Black Angus steaks in Atlanta, no doubt about it.” Think of this as ranch-to-table dining. Executive chef Tony Manns Jr. will continue to head up the kitchen in both restaurants and be on the ground in Buckhead day to day. Dishes you’ve loved in Roswell—the progression of New York strip where you get 4 ounces each of different wet- and dry-aged USDA beef accompanied by different hearty salts—will remain ridiculously satisfying.
Which brings up the bar. A steak restaurant is only as good as its wine list, and while Azhari says Little Alley Steak has its vino on lock, he’s particularly excited about the whiskey. “Fix loves scotch; I love bourbon,” he says, referring to his partner Fikret “Fix” Kovac. “We’ve always been limited before, just out of size restrictions, but in Buckhead, we’ll be carrying 400 different bottles: whatever is available in the marketplace. It will probably be the largest selection in the Atlanta area.”
Desserts don’t skimp either. Among the fall dessert specials are a peach cheesecake that can be shared by four people—no problem. All of this to say, it appears this little spot is ready for the big time. Opening this fall, 3500 Lenox Road NE, Ste. 100