Restaurant News: Kimball House Opens Today; Native Closes

Posted by September 25, 2013

One Decatur restaurant opens, another closes, both in locations where other restaurants have failed.

For starters, the Kimball House will start serving the public today in the historic Decatur train depot at 303 E. Howard Ave.

The owners of the Brick Store Pub and Leon’s Full Service are behind the Kimball House, which gives local foodies hope that this effort will succeed.

Jeffery Wall and Philip Meeker developed the menu. Miles Macquarrie of Leon’s Full Service is in charge of cocktails. Hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday –Saturday.

The depot hasn’t been used for about two years. Other restaurants that tried the spot include Depeaux, a Cajun place; Farmstead 303, a farm-to-table restaurant; and Rail Kitchen and Bar.

The last two restaurants were both owned by the late Teri Rogers. She owned Feast, right across East Howard, which closed and became Mar.

(An aside: I met my first former U.S. President at Farmstead. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were having dinner and he decided to walk around the dining room shaking hands.)

Native closes

A Local Joint has served its last meal at 340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in the spot previously occupied by the short-lived Garlic and Little Azio’s.

Native opened last February and served “seasonal comfort food” but never caught on, despite a nice patio overlooking West Ponce.

“That’s one more thing off the bucket list,” owner John Mathews said.

Mathews said Istanblue, a Turkish restaurant and bar on Pharr Road in Buckhead, is interested in leasing the space.


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  • Hot Scottie

    Dan, hope you made it over to KH tonight. How ’bout a follow-up article reviewing the joint? BTW, they’d best not mess with MAR’s growing popularity… that place is fierce.

    • Actually, Ralph Ellis wrote this one. I’d love to have someone review it, but preferably someone with more cred than myself.

  • Anita

    Have visited both Mar and Kimball House and was very happy with both! Along with Las Brasas, this little triangle might be my new happy place.

  • Andi

    Native’s food was really good! I went at least three times in one month alone! The gourmet burgers were great! Someone needs to call a priest to get the demons out that space. Everything that is placed there closes!

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