The Deer and The Dove and B-Side, two forthcoming restaurants from acclaimed Atlanta chef Terry Koval, announce their culinary and leadership teams and upcoming openings next week. In celebration of their launch, B-Side is hosting a special bagel pop-up tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12 from 9-11:30 a.m. During the preview event at B-Side, guests can purchase wood-fired bagels (with complimentary schmears!), coffee and other beverages.

Open daily and located in the heart of Decatur on the historic downtown square, The Deer and The Dove will serve dinner with weekend bunch to come, and B-Side will offer breakfast and lunch. At The Deer and The Dove, chef Koval’s cuisine will pay homage to the bounty of the region’s surrounding farms and local purveyors. With many items coming out of a wood-burning oven and grill, the cooking at The Deer and The Dove will be rustic, creative New American cuisine, rooted in the seasons with ingredients sourced from local farms.

Guests can expect an ever-changing and seasonally driven lineup of dishes including fresh harvested vegetable platters and shared plates with local cheeses, chef cured meats and breads baked in house. Smaller items will also be available for noshing, such as Quail, strawberry lacquered with red peas, and Beef Tartare, made with Comfort Farms aged dairy cow beef, soft boiled gribiche, focaccia and olive oil. A selection of full plates will round out the menu with options like Whole Wood Roasted Bramlett Farm Trout with kale florets, green coriander cream, sweetbreads and nasturtium powder, the D&D Grilled Burger with thyme aioli, chanterelle mushrooms, gouda and truffle cheese, crispy shallots and salted egg yolk on a brioche bun and a Comfort Farms Bone-In Dry Aged Ribeye, served with a housemade anchovy & grilled onion relish and beef fat potatoes.

At B-Side, guests will be able to enjoy NY bodega-style breakfast and lunch sandwiches (think “egg on a roll”), Atlanta’s only wood-fired bagels, salads, soups and other bites. Crafted in house over an open flame, B-Side’s wood-fired bagels will feature classic and inventive flavors like the Everything Veggie bagel, which is made with a special seasoning blend from local artisan Beautiful Briny Sea. The restaurant will also house a full-service coffee bar with espresso-based drinks using Counter Culture’s coffee. Starting late summer, B-Side will transform into a bar in the evenings with a focus on natural wines, cocktails and small plates, and on occasion, the space will host pop-up dinners from local and visiting chefs.

The team will include a roster of well-known, local restaurant industry veterans, including:

  • Terry Koval, Owner & Executive Chef: Named a 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Sustainable Chef by StarChefs, Koval is active in the Atlanta restaurant and nonprofit community and known for his dedication to and practice of the Slow Food movement. He has worked as Executive Sous Chef at Canoe in Vinings before joining the team at Concentrics Restaurant and the Opening Chef at Farm Burger. He will also continue to serve as Executive Chef and Partner at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
  • George Frangos, Partner: Prior to serving as Partner and Co-owner of Farm Burger, Frangos was part of the management team for Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants group, where he served as Director of Operations of TWELVE Hotels’ Room and Lobby restaurants, as well as opening General Manager of TROIS. He also served as Operations Consultant for Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia, Owner/Operator of Victory 96 State Street, Manager of Peter Hoffman’s Savoy of New York and Nora Pouillon’s Restaurant Nora and Restaurant Manager of Eric and Bruce Bromberg’s Blue Ribbon Bakery.
  • Evan Cordes, Chef de Cuisine: A two-decade veteran of the restaurant industry, Evan Cordes was the Chef and Owner of Cast Iron in the Old Fourth Ward.
  • Kristina Ferdinand, Service Manager and Wine Director: Kristina has worked in the food industry since she was eight, filling sodas at her parent’s counter service restaurant. She has spent the last eight years slinging wine at Sotto Sotto. She hopes to bring a culture of trust and hospitality to The Deer and The Dove, while integrating an exciting and sustainable wine list.
  • Jason Kemp, Beverage Director: Jason started bartending while attending Georgia State University and since then has worked behind the bar at some of Atlanta’s favorite haunts. He hopes to bring simple yet refined cocktails and the highest standard of service and hospitality to his guests and friends alike.
  • Miranda Vick, Pastry Chef: A native Atlantan, Miranda has baked in the kitchens of acclaimed local restaurants including Sun in My Belly, Empire State South, The General Muir and Root Baking Co., and has also co-managed the pastry department for Electric Hospitality’s restaurants Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Golden Eagle and Muchacho.
  • Dut Goodman,  B-Side Manager and Coffee Director: Dut started in the coffee industry by accident, and 13 years later he is still here. He worked with Terry at Wrecking Bar and couldn’t wait to join the team and bring good coffee to the masses.

Luke Wilkinson from Local Architects and Brian Buckner designed the two restaurants. A focal point along the downtown square, The Deer and The Dove dons a deep grey painted-brick exterior with bright pops of goldenrod yellow and a mural of Jen Carter’s designed logo by Squared Away Signs’ William Mitchell along the building’s side. Upon entering the restaurant, guests will be welcomed by an open dining room with a laid back, modern feel. The space draws inspiration from the aesthetic values of Chef Koval’s formative days as a skater and his passion for pursuing a cooking career—minimal, celebrated materiality with skater kid attitude.

A row of intimate booths sit at the restaurant’s center, with additional tables and an inviting bar area filling up the remainder of the room. Clean, white walls line the interior, while a curated selection of art—including a custom piece by DOZFY painted on four repurposed sound panels in the center of the dining area—and prized hunting trophies from Koval’s father ornament the space. At the restaurant’s back, a long, shared hallway connects The Deer and The Dove to sister-spot B-Side, doubling as an interior passageway for those seeking to move seamlessly from dinner to late-night cocktails next door.

Inspired by a modern NY, neighborhood corner deli, B-Side boasts high-contrast design and simplicity, pairing rich, hunter green walls with rustic, exposed brick. Light wood shelving behind the counter will hold the day’s assortment of freshly baked bagels, breads and bakery items. Here, guests can take a seat and enjoy their meal counter-side or opt to grab and go.

The Deer and The Dove will accept reservations via Resy.

The Deer and The Dove


Tuesday – Thursday: 5-10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 5-11 p.m.

Sunday: 5-9 p.m.

Brunch to come


Breakfast & Lunch

Tuesday – Sunday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.   

Wine and bites coming soon

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