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Great Spaces: Osteria di Mare



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

Osteria di Mare
5005 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners 30092

It’s easy to understand why Miami native and Osteria di Mare Owner Andrew Hoppen knows his way around seafood. He first launched the seafood-centric Taqueria del Mar in Peachtree Corners. More recently he’s also been regaling residents with this cool, little Italian spot since he opened-up two years ago.

Some of his regulars joined me at the white leather chair lined bar where I waited to speak to him in between errands. They were very friendly and raved about him as he slipped in and out of the kitchen, and zipped to and fro, pouring wine behind the bar and serving customers in the dining room. It’s a cute, little spot with an exposed brick wall bearing the logo, and a wall of San Pellegrino bottles glowing green in the front window.

If you’d like to celebrate the holidays with a little taste of Italy, there are a number of ways to go about it. Hoppen and his team can be amenable to pretty much anything you have in mind in their all-scratch kitchen and provide your guests with 5-star service whether it’s a corporate function or a gathering with family and friends.

“We’re flexible. We can do anything from simple hors d’oeuvres, a pizza party, to steak and lobster, and anything in between,” said Hoppen.

When You Have a Holiday Party at Osteria di Mare, That’s Amore

While there is no private event space here, a portion of the dining room can be dedicated to your holiday gathering for no fee. So, if privacy is not a concern for you, there is room for a party of 30 people taking up two rows, during regular business hours.

If you want to reserve the entire restaurant which seats up to 80 invitees for your function, there is a minimum spend of $2000. “It’s easy to get to that—food alone would do it,” said Hoppen.

One can opt for either a seated dining experience or a cocktail hour style reception at Osteria di Mare.

How About a Holiday Party with Osteria di Mare?

This locally owned and operated Osteria can make your holiday party plans work, however simple or elaborate your vision may be.

Hosts can view the catering menu selections on their website. One can also order from the regular menu for an event. Almost everything on the menu is gluten-free. They even carry gluten-free pasta, from an Italian supplier, naturally. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, and almost all of their dishes can be made vegetarian.

Good News! Osteria di Mare offers complete off-site catering from boxed lunches, to buffets, to full service with bartenders and servers. They can provide virtually anything patrons need.

Boardboxes.com is Hoppen’s latest venture, providing boxed meals and highly stylized charcuterie boards of all sizes. These are the Ultimate Grand Supreme of meat and cheese boards. Imagine a 20-foot-long charcuterie board surrounded by live foliage, artistically arranged by a florist, all set up down the middle of a long table, like a table-runner, filled with an assortment of cured meats, cheeses and crackers—enough to feed 800 people! The items repeat all the way down the table, so everyone has access to the full assortment of the delicious spread.

Book it!

Depending on how extensive the party is, you could plan to have a party here in as little as two days. They’re only open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, so it would be easy enough to open for lunch on any day during the holiday season, which they often do, to allow for several corporate lunches.

Any event that fits in during their “off” hours is fine with them, in fact that’s when they prefer to do most of their party business.

A private party is considered catering and treated as such. Generally, there is a per person charge. Alcohol is charged by consumption. They are open to providing drink tickets for those interested. It’s a good way to ensure everyone has a maximum of two drinks at a corporate event, for example.

  • Low: Charcuterie platters under the $6 to $8 per person range.
  • $8 to $10 Appetizer bruschettas, light hors d’oeuvres and alcohol priced per whatever you order.
  • Mid: $12 to $18 Pastas, pizzas, including salads in place of appetizers, bread, and dessert. Appetizers can be included for an up-charge.
  • High: $20 to $30 Steak, seafood, pastas, a combo of anything from lower tiers, sides, salads, bread, and dessert.

Customized charcuterie platters can be built to any proportion and built-in to all of the tiers. If you’d like to get on board with a holiday party at Osteria di Mare, contact Owner Andrew Hoppen at 678-691-0344.

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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H&W Steakhouse Opening in Peachtree Corners



(Photography by Bruce Johnson)

Norsan Restaurants has announced the upcoming opening of its new restaurant concept, H&W Steakhouse. H&W is the third fine-dining steakhouse concept from Norsan Restaurants.

The company also operates Pampas Steakhouse in Johns Creek and Frankie’s The Steakhouse in Duluth. H&W aims to bring modern fine dining to Peachtree Corners with USDA Prime Steaks and a variety of seafood options.

H&W Steakhouse
Left to right, Martin Ramirez, COO of Norsan Restaurants, Thomas Minchella, Executive Chef of Norsan Restaurants

The restaurant was designed by architect Filipao Nunes out of Monterrey, Mexico.

“It fills us with great pride to be part of such an important project, which was designed to create an experience on par with the menu,” says Nunes. Our goal was to allow for elegance to shine in every single detail, staying faithful to the essence of the brand.”

Chef Thomas Minchella leads the culinary team at H&W and has served as Norsan Restaurant’s Executive Corporate Chef since 2020.

Chef Minchella, formerly the Executive Chef of McKendrick’s Steakhouse, looks forward to the opening and sharing his menu and creations with guests. He states, “Creating delicious food is my passion, creating a culinary staff is my ambition, and creating guests is my love!”

Norsan CEO Norberto Sanchez shares, “We are very excited to open our new concept H&W Steakhouse. Taking center stage at H&W will be handpicked premium steaks and a fantastic array of seafood offerings. Our hospitable and professional service team has one goal: to make our guests feel at home.”

H&W will soft-open late September with a limited number of reservations available.

Reservations will be available via Opentable and directly through the restaurant. Follow along on Instagram for the official opening date and ongoings @hwsteakhouse.

Source: H&W Steakhouse
Photography by Bruce Johnson

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Shah’s Halal Food Celebrates Opening in Peachtree Corners



Images courtesy of the City of Peachtree Corners

Mayor Mike Mason, Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), business professionals and community well-wishers joined the Hameed family, owners of Shah Halal Food, and staff to celebrate the opening of its new Peachtree Corners restaurant with a ribbon-cutting celebration and lunch event.

Khurran (Kay) Hameed shared, “At Shah’s Halal, we take pride in offering the highest quality, most authentic and delectable halal cuisine at a fair price. We are excited to bring our exceptional dining experience to Peachtree Corners.” 

In addition to dining services, Shah’s Halal also offers to-go orders and catering for special events.

Mayor Mason, along with PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Allison Reinert, Suzanna Martinez and local business supporters were on hand. 

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

Shah’s Halal Food is located at 5450 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 8B, in Peachtree Corners. Check them out at shahshalalfood.com/peachtree-corners/ or call 678-292-6426 to find out more.

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Good French Fare Now Closer Than Ever



Photos by George Hunter

Henri’s Bakery & Deli opens a Peachtree Corners location.

“Un bon repas adoucit l’esprit et régénère le corps.”

That common French saying, “A good meal softens the mind and regenerates the body,” is gradually becoming a theme in this part of metro Atlanta. As the Peachtree Corners food scene expands its offerings, world-class cuisine is becoming more and more available.

For example, one can find the mouth-watering goodies of a French patisserie near the Town Center. Henri’s Bakery & Deli is one of the newest food purveyors in the area, but it has a long-standing tradition of quality and service.

A tasty history

French immigrant Henri Fiscus started his first bakery at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Atlanta in 1929. He quickly became known for his inventive recipes and the attention to detail he paid to his customers’ needs and wants. 

That legacy led to several shops across the metro area with the newest location in Peachtree Corners, according to company literature.

Fiscus passed away in 1974, just one day shy of his 80th birthday, but his family has carried on the traditions and original recipes but has employed modern business practices to spread the quality throughout the area.

To keep consistency and streamline costs, all the products are baked at central location in metro Atlanta.

“We have one commissary, where all our products are made daily overnight. We get a delivery every morning at 6:00. So, whatever we need is freshly made for the day,” said Henri’s Peachtree Corners General Manager Tarik Aboudi. “We want to keep the recipe the same and make sure there is someone on top of orders.”

Aboudi, originally from Morocco, has many years of experience in this kind of food business. When the Peachtree Corners location was looking for someone to lead it, he’d been at a local family-owned bagel restaurant.

“I enjoy what I do here and like working with the company. It’s a good concept,” he said. 

Unlike the other company, the hours are a little more family-friendly to his lifestyle, with the eatery closed on Sundays and wrapping up daily service by 6 p.m.

And the location is just 10 minutes from his home. “That’s one of the reasons I came here,” he said. “I don’t want to work eight to 10 hours and then spend another two or three hours in the car.”

With Henri’s being local and family-owned, it appealed to Aboudi on many levels.

“Family-owned businesses have a different personality than many corporations,” he said. “People care more about their legacy, and you get to talk to the owners face-to-face. It’s more personal and it feels more like you are part of a family.”

Feast for the eyes and tastebuds

When you get right down to it, the food is what brings people back.

“There’s a good selection of fresh pastries,” said Aboudi. “I was raised on fresh pastry and one of my favorites is the Napoleons.”

Of course, you can’t call yourself a French pastry shop without eclairs and croissants — sweet and savory. And although the name is French, Henri’s has lovely Italian fare like tiramisu and Greek baclava.

There is plenty to choose from for everyday eating, but Henri’s also provides sandwiches, salads and desserts for special occasions. “We have these little, small cakes with a flower on top called petit fours. Also, there is shortbread; that’s been popular for years and years,” said Aboudi.

There’s a wide selection of cookies, too — chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and a specialty called the ‘Mediterranean’ that’s gluten-free, as well as classic favorites like snickerdoodle and gingerbread people.

But wait, there’s more!

Breakfast sandwiches — with a bagel, croissant or toast base — come with eggs, cheese, bacon, chicken sausage, ham and/or cream cheese. For those looking for classic Southern fare, there are several types of cheese straws and wafers with chives, jalapenos and other tasty ingredients. 

Aboudi stressed that you’ll not find a more delicious cake anywhere. “Our cakes come in a lot of different sizes and flavors. You can get a six-inch round to a full sheet cake,” he said. 

Southern favorites, like red velvet and coconut, to modern twists, like cookies and cream and peanut butter, are just a few choices on the menu.

If you have a hankering for something different, customers are encouraged to work with Henri’s staff through the online form, by phone or in person, to build the perfect cake for their occasion.

For customers who just want to run in, grab something and go, there’s a refrigerated case with pre-made sandwiches and salads.

“We try to accommodate customers on every level,” said Aboudi. “We already are seeing a lot of business and we are getting good feedback.”

Henri’s Bakery & Deli is located at 5005 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. #820 in Peachtree Corners. Visit them at henrisbakery.com/peachtreecorners or call 470-282-3349. Their current hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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