Humble Pie, a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant offering chef-driven American dishes, is set to open spring 2022 at the much-anticipated Westside mixed-use property The Interlock (1115 Howell Mill Rd, Suite P100). From the team behind Lazy Betty and the forthcoming Juniper Cafe, including Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips and Beverage Director Carl Van Tyle Gilbert, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
Led by Executive Chef Evelyn Ling – Hsu’s cousin who most recently worked as Executive Chef at Chef Anne Quatrano’s Pancake Social – the kitchen will serve creative takes on American classics using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The approachable, vegetable-forward menu will feature apps, wood-fired pizzas and entrees like pot pie in cooler months, roasted cauliflower steak and a burger, with pie for dessert. Using grains from DaySpring Farms outside Athens, Georgia, the team will mill its own flour for housemade whole-wheat, sourdough pizza dough and present non-traditional toppings, including a broccoli & cheddar pizza, a loaded baked potato pizza and a cajun-inspired pizza with Georgia Royal Red Shrimp.
Gilbert will offer a fun beverage program featuring a wine list with over fifty 100% natural, biodynamic or organic wines – several on tap and by the glass and bottle – with a selection of dessert wines. Cocktails will incorporate local spirits and creative presentations, and the menu will also offer zero-proof cocktails. On the beer side, the beverage team will serve local beers and ciders brewed specially for Humble Pie and available only at the restaurant, from the likes of Orpheus Brewing, Wild Heaven Beer, Three Taverns Brewery, Good Word Brewing & Public House and Urban Tree Cidery.
Located on the corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill, the 4,300-square-foot restaurant will be designed by Praxis3. With the intent to create a uniquely local experience, the design of Humble Pie will take inspiration from Atlanta and West Midtown itself. High ceilings, wide-open views to the street and an explosion of greenery hanging above harken back to Atlanta’s nickname “the city in the forest,” while street art, industrial and steel details painted in bold pops of color will place the restaurant right at home in the neighborhood. The rustic interior finishes and eclectic furniture will create a familiar and inviting vibe in a layout that provides guests with a variety of different dining settings to choose from. Soft forms and a celebration of pie shapes will be found, maybe not so subtly, throughout.
A centrally located wood-burning pizza oven will be on display from an open dining counter where guests can enjoy the action. Around the corner, the lounge will provide for more intimate dining while the upstairs mezzanine will allow for larger groups and the patios and indoor/outdoor bars for casual noshing and imbibing.
The same team is set to open Juniper Cafe, a modern Vietnamese cafe and bakery, at Westside Village (2250 Marietta Blvd NW, Suite 100) in West Midtown fall 2021. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the casual, colorful restaurant will feature Vietnamese specialties, like pho, noodle salads (bún), banh mis, summer rolls and housemade sausages, as well as made-from-scratch pastries and fun shaved ice options for kids and adults, including Coconut Shaved Ice with mochi and fresh mangoes and strawberries. Shaved Ice can also be topped with ice cream. Tim Rufino – currently a senior line cook at Lazy Betty – will helm the kitchen as executive chef.