Peter Chang is easily the most talked about Chinese chef over the past few years to plant a flag in Atlanta. His work is a thing of legend and is the single biggest reason Tasty China caught the attention of so many Chinese food fanatics (myself included). According to Tom Maicon of Atlanta Cuisine, Chang is back with a vengeance.
After departing our fare city for Nashville, and after a short stay in West [Note To Self: Richmond is not in West Virginia] Virginia (from what I hear), Maicon has confirmed that Chang is back in the Dirty South. In the short term, PC is setting up shop at TC. However, Tasty China owner Dahe Yang plans to open a new restaurant with Chang somewhere in Sandy Springs.
Atlanta Cuisine has gone through a lot of changes over the past few months. After a number of facelifts, the paper/website seems to have settled in on a look. However, one of the hot button topics that still seems to be up in the air is their forums. In July of last year, site owner Tom Maicon told everyone that the forums were getting 86ed. A few weeks later, Maicon decided to keep the chatter box going.
However, it looks like he’s decided to make them a thing of the past. A recent visit to the forums URL turned up a dead end (otherwise known as a 404 redirect). Meanwhile, there are no links to the forum or any mention of this on the site. I’m not sure if this is temporary or permanent, but it looks permanent to me.
I’ll certainly update y’all if I find out otherwise.
AtlantaCuisine.com has had a handful of problems with the aforementioned upgrade to their website. For a few days, the new layout was up and running; but, the forums were down. Now, the old layout is back up; but, the new forums are live and fully functional. I did have to request a password reset to get in. After that – I was in without a problem. I regret that I did not grab a screenshot of the new digs. I just did not think they would go away. In any event, a message on the homepage currently reads:
The main part of this website is currently being moved from a different server. We’ve been forced to switch servers due to issues out of our control. The new AC site will be up and running soon but we wanted to launch the new and improved forums, which will be up very shortly.
In my world, a few minutes of downtime is a death knoll; this has gone on for a few days. However, site owner Tom Maicon is admittedly not a techie and AC is not a web services organization. I hope the foodie community cuts AC some slack; after all, the most important content (all those forum posts) have been ported to the new site. That’s no small feat!
They do a good job over there and I what develops as they get comfortable with their new software package.
Atlanta Cuisine is one of my favorite local publications. Each month, Tom Maicon and his gang put together a fine collection of articles. In the past, Tom has admitted that their branding is somewhat dated. That is all about to change. Though I have not had a look myself, word is that their redesign should hit the web sometime towards the early part of next week. I am not sure if this redesign extends to the actual publication.
If you go to check it out, be sure to look in at their forums. It gets a small number of posts each day and there is plenty of good information on it. Though I have been known to post every now and then, I spend most of my time as a lurker.
Good luck to AC and I look forward to checking out the new digs.
Hello readers, I received this email from chef Cappello regarding the recent events that have taken place at Lamplighter. I really liked what Carmen was trying to do with the space and I cannot wait to get back once he reopens. Times are tough, that area is very dangerous (it’s just down the street from The Standard) and it’s a shame that something like this happened. As a quick note, this email was simply a copy of a post from Carmen over at AtlantaCuisine, so the references to readers and posters is not applicable here. Good luck to Carmen and his staff! Email available after the jump!
A few days ago, word spread regarding the fate of Lamplighter Cafe. Many people, myself included (internal), reported that the restaurant closed due to a robbery on Christmas. Well, it turns out we may have been misinformed. Despite a sign posted at Lamplighter, Tom Maicon provided us with another explanation over at Atlanta Cuisine. Maicon tends to get his stuff right. According to him:
To clear up some confusion, Lamplighter didn’t close because of the Christmas Day robbery, Lamplighter actually closed the Saturday before Christmas to transform the restaurant into SHAME Burger.
Due to the incident, SHAME Burger’s opening date has been pushed back a week to 1/12.
With the rising popularity of burgers, and thus … burger joints, I’m not holding my breath for this one. Chef Cappello is going to have a hard time if he plans on topping every burger offered with scrapple (wiki). If not, he’s going to have an even harder time finding a place between the awesomeness of Ann’s Snack Bar (internal) and the creative juices over at Flip (internal).