Revival restaurant confirms opening, releases menu

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 20, 2015
Kevin Gillespie gives a tour of Gunshow during a recent interview with Decaturish. Photo by Jonathan Phillips

Kevin Gillespie gives a tour of Gunshow during a recent interview with Decaturish. Photo by Jonathan Phillips

The highly-anticipated opening of celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie’s new Decatur restaurant is set for this Thursday, July 23.

Revival will open on Church Street in a space formerly occupied by Harbour House Pub. The executive chef will be Andreas Müller, who worked with Gillespie at his other Atlanta-area restaurant, Gunshow.

“The restaurant offers guests a family-style dining experience reminiscent of Gillespie’s own family’s traditions, and executive chef Andreas Müller reinterprets the food from Gillespie’s childhood with a selection of Southern-inspired dishes that will bring guests together at the table,” the press release from Gillespie says.

Revival will have room for 100 diners and will have a “lush garden and patio space that will house an outdoor bar called Communion.” The bar is set to open in spring of 2016.

The press release says, “Guests can order dishes à la carte or choose the family-style option ($49 per person), which includes the choice of one entrée for the table and is served with hors d’oeuvre, relishes, trimmings, Gillespie family iron skillet cornbread, the choice of dessert, tea and coffee. The restaurant is opening with dinner service only and will add lunch in several weeks.”

Revival will be open for Dinner, Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to the press release. Reservations accepted, but not required, and you can make them by calling 470-225-6770.

The press release includes the following list of menu items …

Hors d’oeuvre ($9-$15):

Sliced local tomatoes with cucumbers and sweet onion
Toasted deviled ham tea sandwiches
Local kale salad with old-fashioned boiled dressing
Revival relish tray
Old-fashioned skillet-fried green tomatoes
Entrées ($18-$26):

Country-fried Kobe beef round steak with skillet pan gravy
Revival fried chicken
Grassfed beef and pork meatloaf wrapped in bacon
Creamed Georgia white shrimp and Savannah red rice
Wood-grilled Berkshire pork steak
Spiced Mississippi catfish in low country tomato gravy
Wood-grilled South Carolina quail glazed with roasted honey and garlic
Mushroom-stuffed cabbage dumpling with spicy roasted tomato sauce
Trimmings ($6-$8):

Fatback-fried silver queen corn
Hickory-smoked local greens
Old-fashioned creamed potatoes
Fresh field peas and snaps in sweet cream butter and dill
Green cabbage with confit ham
Revival mac n’ cheese
Pan-roasted mushrooms with celery and lemon
Local zucchini fritters
Desserts ($8):

Geneva’s toasted vanilla pound cake with peach fool
Butterscotch trifle with butter pecan cream
Lemon icebox pie
Rustic peach and nectarine tart à la mode
Awesome chocolate cake

The sign is also up …

This thing is really coming together! T-minus 4 days and counting. @revivaldecatur #comingsoon

A photo posted by Kevin Gillespie (@chefkevingillespie) on

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect phone number that was provided along with the press release. This story has been updated with the correct phone number.

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  • Good catch. I’ve notified the company that sent the press release as well.

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