Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Waterhaven Makes a Splash in Midtown

­Owner Joe McCarthy is pleased to announce the arrival of his new restaurant, WaterHaven, in Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta. Opening on Tuesday, May 12 at dinnertime in the former GLOBE space, WaterHaven will offer a welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of Midtown's urban activity.

WaterHaven¹s sustainable practices are evident in both the front and back of house, including the use of local, sustainable ingredients in the kitchen; an intensive recycling program throughout the restaurant; use of biodegradable disposables for takeout; and participation in Sysco's extensive program for green products.

Executive Chef Chris Lee, a Memphis Culinary Academy graduate who has worked under such culinary heavy hitters as Master Chef Jose Gutierrez, Wolfgang Puck and Gary Danko, will be heading up the kitchen at WaterHaven.

At WaterHaven, Lee will be serving contemporary American fare that highlights local farms and purveyors. His menu features seasonal dishes that display the restaurant's farm-to-table philosophy. Lee lets his local ingredients shine for sustainable and regionally-inspired meals. His menu includes items such as Painted Hills hanger steak with house cut fries and crispy caramelized Vidalia onions; fresh Georgia trout wrapped in applewood smoked bacon; and fresh herb pasta layered with mushrooms, onions and hand dipped ricotta in brown butter. An additional lite fare menu will be offered throughout the day, and a quick to-go lunch option will be available on weekdays. Lunch prices range from $8 to $14, while dinner prices range from $14 to the mid $20s. Small plates are $6 to $12, and desserts are $2 to $5.

Wine is a significant component of WaterHaven, evident by the wine storage found on in the main dining room and the wine list that will offer 50 to 75 different selections by the bottle and 10 wines by the glass. The list focuses on varietals from California, South America and Australia. Bottle prices are good values, ranging from $25 to $75, while all wines by the glass will be priced under $10. The bar will also feature a specialty cocktail list, a mostly domestic bottled beer selection and three different draft beers.

WaterHaven is located at 75 Fifth Street NW at the corner of Spring Street. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A separate small plate menu is available all day until 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the restaurant is closed on Sundays. Complimentary valet parking is available after 6 p.m. in front of the restaurant, and free parking is available behind the restaurant in the Centergy visitor parking deck after 5 p.m. daily and during weekends. One hour of validated parking is available in the Centergy deck during lunch. All credit cards are accepted, and wireless internet access is available throughout the restaurant and on the terrace.

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