“After being named one of the nation’s top foodie cities by Southern Living magazine last year, the city has partnered with many local restaurants to provide food enthusiasts with a website featuring video tours of the city’s new and established restaurants,” said Community and Economic Development Chief Linda Harris. The website, www.decaturrestaurant-tour.com, is already up and running with video tours and interviews conducted by Mary Moore, owner of Cook’s Warehouse.
Viewers can watch the chefs of Decatur’s diverse dining scene cooking several of their signature dishes and talking about why they think the city is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Atlanta restaurants.
Drew Belline, head chef and co-owner of No. 246 at 129 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., said the decision to start an upscale restaurant in the downtown area of the city was easy.
“We could probably make more money in a place like Buckhead, but I’ve lived in Decatur for nine years, I love the vibe in this city and it was my dream to own a restaurant here,” he said.
At No. 246, which opened about three years ago, Belline said the staff tries to incorporate locally grown produce and meats, a common theme in many restaurants in the area. Although the restaurants in the cluster of the downtown area are different from each other, Belline said the foodie community is close-knit.
“I think the idea of so many different chefs getting together to work on this website shows that the downtown restaurant scene is a community and the stronger we are, the stronger it will make all of our businesses in Decatur,” he said.
According to the website, viewers can expect updates and new videos as more restaurants arrive to the area.
“This is a new and exciting way to celebrate what downtown Decatur has to offer,” said Harris.
Belline agreed, saying residents and tourists no longer need to venture to Atlanta in order to find interesting and innovative food.
“As a foodie myself, I’m excited to see well-known Atlanta chefs showing interest in Decatur because it’s just growing and getting better,” he said.