Atlanta-based chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie is opening his latest dining destination, Revival, in Decatur on July 23.
The restaurant offers guests a family-style experience reminiscent of Gillespie’s own traditions. Executive chef Andreas Müller reinterprets the food from Gillespie’s childhood with a selection of Southern-inspired dishes.
Müller, who previously worked at Gunshow, shares Gillespie’s enthusiasm for preparing traditional meals with farm-fresh ingredients and uses his own Swedish background to inject both rural and refined culinary influences into the Revival menu.
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.
Menu items for dinner include the following:
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.
Revival seats 100 guests and features a garden and a patio space that will house an outdoor bar called Communion in spring 2016. The restaurant is located at 129 Church Street in the former Harbour House Pub site in Decatur. Revival is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.