Pantone, definitive experts of color and purveyors of the nerdiest toothbrushes ever have, once again, appointed 2014's Color of the Year. And the hue that will represent the very ethos of society for the next twelve months is a demure, docile shade of… lavender? For shame, Pantone. Rather than applying a shade of Radiant Orchid to all of our worldly possessions, we're inclined to dream up our own colors of the year: hues that represent all the goodness (and tastiness) in store for Atlanta. Thus, our own take on a few of the colors that will define our city in 2014:
A vacant Inman Park warehouse becoming a culinary wonderland. A long-neglected 2.1 million square-foot behemoth transforming into a colossal mixed-use project. Indeed, with massive projects like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market slated to finish construction in 2014, Atlanta's experiencing a glorious shift from glassy condo buildings to developments that build on our city's history. With croissants, of course.
Once crowned "Atlanta's quintessential neighborhood bar," the beloved Manuel's is known for many things: cold beer, hot wings, a seriously decadent brownie and, of course, plenty of political discourse. Now we can add "roof-raised chicken eggs" to that roster of reasons for loving this Atlanta institution. Just a few weeks ago, owner Brian Maloof announced that his dream — a chicken coop built atop the tavern's roof — had become a reality. With plans to serve the eggs on Manuel's menu, Brian's taken the whole local food conversation to a whole 'nother level for 2014.
In the South, the presence of raw oysters on a restaurant's menu often means shucking and slurping back good ol' Apalachicola oysters with a pitcher of cheap beer and a pack of Lance saltines. But a few newcomers, like the much buzzed-about Kimball House, are widening Atlanta's bivalve horizons. (Beausoleils, Kumamotos, Malpeques, oh my!) And with places like Lusca (of the Octopus Bar brethren) and Eli Kirshtein's The Luminary on the horizon with promises of raw bars, we can only expect 2014 to bring us even more of that briny goodness.
With places like Rawesome expanding, other restaurateurs (Souper Jenny) getting into the game, and even a few cocktail bars (Top Flr) spiking the stuff, juice is shifting away from the exclusive realm of the Whole Foods set and more into the mainstream.
The explosive growth of local breweries seemed to seriously take off in 2013 with places like Three Taverns and Blue Tarp opening up. And this year is only looking better for local craft brewers. We're looking forward to seeing places like Orpheus, Eventide, Second Self, and others join the movement.
Earlier this year, the folks behind the beloved West Egg partnered up with the chef at Bocado and made the rather gutsy move to open up a New York-style Jewish deli smack-dab in the middle of the South. (That, friends, takes some serious chutzpah.) Now, a year after The General Muir came to be, Atlanta can't get enough of their schmears, schmaltz potatoes and (of course) housemade pastrami. We can only hope that this trailblazer is paving the way for more delicious delicatessen fare.
This subtle shade of ochre makes a heralded return from our 2012 list, just as the hue's rich, delicious namesake soup is returning once again to Atlanta. With Guy Wong's plans to move forward with a ramen and yakitori bar in the Old Fourth Ward (via the Atlanta Business Journal), open up a Cantonese restaurant in Decatur (via DecaturMetro), and serve his beloved ramen on Sunday evenings at Octane Grant Park as a pop-up, we're fairly certain we'll be spotting this warm hue all over town this year.