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Great Spaces: Grace 1720

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One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Grace 1720
5155 Peachtree Pkwy #320
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
678-421-1720
grace1720.com

A fountain in the courtyard, travertine marble floors, and pretty chandeliers create a stylish, European ambiance that might be just the thing for your ideal holiday gathering. Grace 1720 in the Forum is a neighborhood favorite for American contemporary dining and beautiful surroundings.

The rustic-chic décor sets the stage for a memorable celebration. On September 14, 2019, they just had a celebration of their own. The faith-based family that owns the establishment celebrated its 15th year in business.

The restaurant name is a nod to Bible verse Matthew 17:20, which expresses the notion that nothing is impossible for those who have even the tiniest amount of faith, because even if that faith is as small as a mustard seed, it can move mountains.

Writer Patrizia Winsper getting a selfie with Managing Partner Kevin Gardner.

Managing Partner Kevin Gardner took some time to answer my questions for this piece. He has recently joined the team and hopes to help move the restaurant forward for at least another 15 years.

The Little Drummer Boy and a Mustard Seed Walk into a Bar…

 The Chef’s Room is great for a group of 10-12 people who want a private space. The doors can be shut for total privacy.

The Private Dining Room upstairs features a beautiful chandelier and a large banquet table. It will hold 40 people seated. Cocktail parties could accommodate more.

The Bar Area is a perfect place for a cocktail party.

The Main Dining Room can fit 60 or more. In cooler weather, the doors in the dining room open out to the patio creating an indoor/outdoor experience.

The Patio offers nice views, a fountain, and a fireplace for the cooler days ahead. It can seat 45-50 people. If you reserve the patio and the weather does not cooperate, they will likely hold the Private Dining Room for you upstairs, so there’s always a Plan B.

A total buyout would allow you to host the maximum number of guests, 155 occupancy.

How About a Holiday Party at Grace 1720?

Gardner explained why you might choose to host a corporate or family holiday gathering at Grace 1720, “We have a uniqueness here. I think we are that casual elegance. We have easily the best patio in Peachtree Corners. The best wine selection in Peachtree Corners for sure, if not in Gwinnett. We’re family-owned. We’re not a cookie-cutter restaurant. And we are very willing to work with any size party, any type of party. If there are any special menus you need or anything like that, it definitely works here.”

Besides holiday parties, Grace 1720 is a terrific location to host any special occasion.

When asked to describe the menu, Gardner gave the mouth-watering reply, “We’ve got amazing appetizers. Our chicken spring rolls are probably one of our best things. We have a great crab cake… eggplant bruschetta, cheese platters… great salads. We always have a different soup of the day. They make all that fresh in the back. We have a great shrimp bisque. We’ve done a roasted corn one I love.

Today was a cauliflower soup which was actually really good, and I’m not a person who likes cauliflower. We have a great beet salad if you like roasted beets, a Caprese salad. At lunch we have amazing sandwiches; we have an amazing turkey and brie sandwich. We make the focaccia bread here. Great burgers: we have a salmon burger. We’ve got fish tacos. We’ve got a lot of eclectic types of sandwiches at lunch. We have some knife and fork types of things as well. Our chicken risotto is kind of a mainstay here. We have a great chef, Tino Salazar, and he can do just about anything.”

Gardner continued, “Our cuisine is American contemporary – but there are a lot of other influences. Our shrimp and grits are almost south of the border because of the sauce, it’s not a traditional southern sauce, but it’s delicious. Oh, and the smoked salmon linguine, … That’s probably one of my favorites right now… It’s so savory I don’t want to stop eating it.”

Recent post from Grace 1720 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/grace17.20/

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“Make your plans as soon as you can,” warned Gardner. They do guarantee reservations for large parties with a credit card on file. “It gives us plenty of time to work with you on the menu, and on drink selections. We could tailor a wine selection for the party. Maybe some crafted cocktails. We have a lot of local craft beers.”

They are currently considering the possibility of catering parties off-site in the future. Until then, restaurant hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. They are closed on Sundays, except for event reservations and shopping season in December.

Retaining a space at Grace 1720 allows you to go in and set up for your event as early as you like. “We limit the party time-frame only at lunch because if we have something coming up at dinner, we need time to clean the room and the next group can have time to set up, but it’s a pretty long time-frame. If they came in for a noon party, I really wouldn’t need them out until about 4 p.m. At dinner, we usually close at 10 p.m.,” said Gardner.

They have set menus for lunch and dinner parties. There are three or four options. Lunch can range from about $20-$24 per person, up to $30. Dinner is a little bit higher. They will try to tailor the menu to your needs.

Because weekends are in high demand, and demand drives the price, you might consider hosting your holiday party on a Monday or Thursday night, and possibly receive a discount.

Low: A starter and an entree. At lunch, it would be a salad and a sandwich and a non-alcoholic beverage. Everything you add is extra. Or you could get packages that have everything, so you know all of the costs upfront.

Mid: Desserts are now included. (They are usually an add-on). And you get a little more of a choice of starters and entrees. You start getting into some higher priced items as well, like steak, salmon or duck.

High: Lunch $34-35. You get a salad or soup, several choices of entrees, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Dinner is a little bit higher. Their most expensive menu is about $40-$45 per person. That doesn’t include any of the alcohol which is always separate.

If you plan to have just wine, they will charge based on consumption or the number of bottles they pour. Bar Package: Host an Open Bar for 1 or 2 hours. You can choose some very high-end wines or liquor, or you could offer a few different tiers. Usually, they charge per person for alcohol, based on what the menu is going to be and the time frame.

Call Managing Partner Kevin Gardner to discuss your casually elegant holiday get-together at 678-421-1720.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop Opening in Peachtree Corners

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Opening this fall at The Forum Peachtree Corners

Abney Harper, co-owner of the luxury New Orleans brand Sucré, shares her journey into the culinary world. Sucré recently opened its first location outside of New Orleans in Woodstock, Atlanta, marking an exciting expansion. Abney hopes to create a beautiful, magical experience showcasing handcrafted, complex pastries while ensuring quality and consistency. The Forum Peachtree Corners will open this fall, 2024. This interview by Rico Figliolini

Podcast Timestamp (where to find it in the podcast):
00:00:00 – Abney Harper’s Journey
00:01:44 – Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop
00:03:37 – From Law to Pastry: A Serendipitous Journey
00:06:16 – Expanding Sucré’s Presence in Georgia
00:08:09 – From Restaurants to Pastries
00:12:47 – Navigating the Challenges of Scaling a Business Across States
00:15:18 – Navigating Regulations and Expansion Plans
00:17:22 – Expanding Sucré Brand Beyond New Orleans
00:20:08 – Discovering A New Orleans Passion
00:21:24 – Bringing the Essence of New Orleans to Atlanta

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New dining experience opens at Hilton Hotel

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Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch // Photo by Bruce Johnson

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch offers southern-style fare and easy entertainment

Just in time for the summer season, Hilton Atlanta Northeast has launched a new dining option, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch.

The casual dining experience brings understated luxury to an easy, breezy setting with comfortable patio furniture on a spacious outdoor deck, a full bar with top-shelf spirits and an impressive wine collection. The cuisine is Southern style and utilizes regionally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.

“You really can’t ask for an easier setting or a more comfortable way to unwind,” said Andrew Stegen, executive vice president of operations for FullG Capital, the hotel operator. “In the old days, hotels had restaurants for the travelers, and the locals came occasionally. Now, it’s the other way around. You have to appeal to the people who live here.”

At a press preview on May 15, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch was unveiled for the first time.

Dahlia’s plans to offer weekend buffets, sports viewing on the patio and family-friendly cookouts.

Photo by Bruce Johnson

“Dahlia’s is a great addition for our hotel guests but also for the local community! We are most excited about our new porch, which is the perfect place for happy hour spritz, outdoor dining and future programming,” said Mike Roling, general manager of Hilton Atlanta Northeast. 

The food is led by executive chef Robert Chafflin, who said he likes to bring an approachable yet flavorful take on southern culinary staples. For the preview, guests were wowed with shrimp and grits, braised beef short ribs, mushroom risotto, shrimp po’boys, cheesecake with caramelized peaches and a whole lot more. 

The beverages were just as tantalizing – from the signature Black Dahlia to the unexpected Southern Dandie to an array of seasonal spritzes. 

“We are excited to bring a newly renovated restaurant space, brand new porch, and refreshed menu to our property,” said Roling. “We welcome the public, both locals and hotel guests alike, to come join us for a dining experience elevated by our southern hospitality.”

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch also has a private dining area and a lounge area—perfect for relaxing after a busy day, grabbing a sumptuous meal with the family or meeting friends for lunch or dinner and drinks. Dahlia’s also provides catering for hotel events. For more information, visit dahliasrestaurant.com.

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U&ME Coffee Bakery & Wine Celebrates Grand Opening In Peachtree Corners

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Mayor Mike Mason and members of the Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), business professionals, and community well-wishers recently celebrated the opening of U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine, a new establishment in Peachtree Corners.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by friends, family members of the owners, Paula Gil and Pablo Vicens, who are married, and their dedicated staff.

Left to right:  Paula Gil & Pablo Gil, Owners

U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine, a local family-owned business, focuses on creating a welcoming space where families can gather, students can study, and friends can hang out.

This establishment offers free high-speed Wi-Fi, weekly specials and a cozy environment for all.

Paula Gil emphasized the importance of offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that cater to various tastes and needs.

Family and Friends, Staff, Pablo Gil, Paula Gil, Mayor Mike Mason, Lisa Proctor PCBA Board, Suzanna Martinez PCBA Board, Donna Linden PCBA Board, and Audrey Boyce PCBA Outreach.

The goal is to deliver the highest quality specialty items at fair prices.

“We are excited to bring our blend of coffee shop, wine bar, bakery, and diner spot to Peachtree Corners,” stated Paula.

U&ME Coffee prides itself on using 100% Colombian Medellin Coffee and ensuring all baking is done on-premises to guarantee freshness and quality.

Further distinguishing themselves, Paula and Pablo have incorporated homemade empanadas, pizzas, and pastries into their menu, all made from scratch to offer a unique taste experience.

In addition to their dine-in services, U&ME Coffee caters to those on the go with their to-go orders and provides catering services for special events.

Mayor Mason, alongside PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Donna Linden, Allison Reinert, Suzanna Martinez, and numerous local business supporters, expressed their delight in welcoming U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine to the city.

“The city council and I are delighted you chose Peachtree Corners for your business location. We are pleased to have this new specialty restaurant available as part of our business-friendly city,” Mayor Mason remarked.

Contact:  U&ME Coffee Bakery & Wine
Telephone: 470-359-6972
Facebook:  Facebook U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine
Located at 3433 Medlock Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners

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