Lazy Betty, the modern and inventive restaurant from executive chef/partner Ron Hsu and chef de cuisine/partner Aaron Phillips, is set to open Tuesday, February 26. Located in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood at 1530 DeKalb Avenue NE, Lazy Betty will offer a la carte dining for walk-in guests and two tasting menu options, available for reservations only.
Lazy Betty will serve two distinct tasting menus in the dining room—a seven-course Lazy Betty Tasting Menu and a ten-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, available at the restaurant’s intimate chef counter that seats eight. The latter offers an inside look at the culinary team’s devotion to modern techniques and thoughtful approach. The menus will change regularly with the seasons, showcasing refined dishes that are representative of a variety of cuisines and crafted with intentionality and finesse. Each course of the tasting menu is designed to enhance the overall experience of the visit, featuring an array of cooking styles and flavors, just as each ingredient plays a distinct role in the composition of the dish.
Courses featured on the opening tasting menus include Charred Spanish Octopus with fermented black bean and Pearson peaches; “Steak and Eggs” with wasabi and ponzu-scented jus; Cauliflower “Bone Marrow” with onion marmalade; and Foie Gras with “preserved” gooseberries and petite salad. Tasting menu reservations can be made in advance through Resy.
A la carte dining will be available in the restaurant’s lounge area. Walk-in guests can enjoy a selection of starters including Salmon Tartare with burnt citrus and herbed nage as well as entrees such as LB “Fried Rice,” made with crispy rice cake, five-spiced duck, and Chinese sausage. Dessert will surprise and dazzle diners with an array of complex textures and balanced flavors, including Ginger Spiced Donuts, assortments of ice cream and sorbet, and more.
The drink program mimics the artistry and technique of the food program. Lazy Betty presents a wine list of offerings sourced from boutique wineries with a focus on biodynamic wines and organically-grown grapes. Guests will also be able to sip on sake, craft cocktails, and beer, brewed locally and internationally. These thoughtfully-paired beverages will enhance each bite of food, building a rich narrative for each guest.
Helming the kitchen are Ron Hsu, bringing culinary chops from Michelin-starred Le Bernardin and Le Colonial, and Aaron Phillips, whose past experience includes time at Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges’ The Mark Restaurant, and The Four Seasons Hotel. Peter Hill will serve as General Manager, accompanied by James Brim as Assistant General Manager and Beverage Director. Austin Goetzman will fill the role of Sous Chef, and Lindsey Davis will be the restaurant’s Pastry Sous Chef. The spot is also managed by restaurant partners (and Chef Ron’s siblings) Howard and Anita Hsu.
“After hosting preview supper club dinners last year and working to conceptualize our space, we are excited to open our doors and get cooking,” says Ron Hsu. “Lazy Betty has a great team, and we are proud to offer something new and special in Atlanta.”
Local architecture firm Praxis3 designed Lazy Betty with an industrial chic aesthetic. Natural light illuminates soft, muted colors of the interior, which stand in contrast to exposed brick and concrete flooring. Artwork from Jenifer Thoem and Christina Kwan is featured in the intimate dining room that seats 28, and a lounge area and chef counter add another 18 seats. A large outdoor patio seating 25 will open soon.