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13 Best Celebrity-Owned
Restaurants In Atlanta

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Atlanta’s restaurant scene is growing more diverse. If you want a little fame with your food, there are several celebrities who own which restaurants in Atlanta. In this article, we’re going to show you which Atlanta restaurants are owned by famous people.

— CJ Johnson

Customers will want to choose
their own experience in a post-
pandemic world

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Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word “pivot” has become the cliched descriptor for the restaurant industry’s quick, collective investment in technology to make their businesses delivery-friendly in the face of shuttered dining rooms.

— Joanna Fantozzi

The best brunch in Atlanta

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This upscale, inventive, and exceptionally friendly spot in the Cascade area is owned by Gocha Hawkins, the celebrity hairstylist. The attention to detail in dishes like fried jalapeno shrimp and grit cakes, Cajun-Creole lump crab fish and grit plate, and smoked salmon BLT shine through. The menu is vegan and pescatarian-friendly. Don’t skip out on dessert, especially fruit pies...

— Gerrish Lopez

How a food truck is driving
an enhanced in-house dining experience

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What should a restaurateur do when wait times for in-house orders are increasing and take-out orders are exploding? For Gocha Hawkins, head chef of Gocha's Breakfast Bar, the answer was easy: Set up a food truck next to her Cascade, Atlanta location, one of her two breakfast bars in Georgia. The Atlanta store launched in 2019 and her Fayetteville bar opened in January 2020. The food truck, which operates the same hours as the Atlanta location, is 22-feet long and wrapped with an image of Hawkins' face and a logo...

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— Judy Mottl

How to Cook a Sirloin Tip Roast
in a Slow Cooker

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If you're looking for a simple way to prepare juicy meat for dinner, try cooking a sirloin tip roast in a slow cooker and serving it up with a side of vegetables. Using a slow cooking method helps break down this tougher cut of meat so that it comes out tender every time.

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— Dylan Roche

Celebrity hairstylist turned restaurateur Gocha Hawkins expands service at her Atlanta Breakfast Bar by opening an adjacent food truck

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For nearly three decades, Gocha Hawkins was a hairstylist, counting celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Serena Williams as clients. But it’s her second act that’s drawing the attention of hungry diners in Georgia. While working at her hair salon in Atlanta’s Cascade Heights neighborhood, Hawkins noticed that the area was underrepresented by restaurants...

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— Kevin Gray

29 Women-Owned Restaurants In Atlanta

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Who run the world? Girls. And who run the Atlanta restaurant scene? These inspiring women who own their own businesses. Celebrate Women’s History Month with an outstanding meal at a women-owned restaurant, owned by the ladies who are currently making history in the Atlanta restaurant industry!

— Trisha Pintavorn

Upscale Hospitality

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Rising to meet and overcome challenges - whether in life or in business - is what Gocha (pronounced 'go-shay') does exceedingly well. It takes strong will and determination to be successful, and even more so when you've been on your own since the age of 14. Gocha Hawkins has allowed herself to be led as life unfolds before her. She's known for having the confidence and courage to 'pack up and go' every few years or so; and wherever life takes her, she creates something beautiful, meaningful . . . and delicious.

— Pam Reid

Gocha Hawkins shares her sweet potato nachos recipe

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February is national sweet potato month, so instead of having tacos this Tuesday, maybe consider having sweet potato nachos for dinner instead. Gocha Hawkins, the owner of Gocha's Breakfast Bar, shares her take on the classic dish with a sweet potato flair.

— FOX 5 Atlanta

Where to Grab Brunch All Day, Every Day in Atlanta

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Eating brunch anytime of day is so popular now that even McDonald’s decided it was worth offering in select locations. In a city like Atlanta, where folks like to have a variety of dining options on the table, there’s one surefire way to remind people that ATL is indeed a Southern city — all-day brunch restaurants. And Atlanta has cornered the market on serving the meal that combines breakfast and lunch all day, everyday — not just on the weekends. Check out these restaurants serving brunch all day in and around Atlanta.

— Mike Jordan

Breakfast or BBQ, chicken or Caribbean – Atlanta has it all.

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There’s no better time to support Black-owned businesses than Black History Month. Before you next make the difficult decision of what restaurant you should go to, or where to get takeout from, check out this list of some of the best Black-owned restaurants in the ATL. Perfect to support during BHM, and beyond!

— Secret Atlanta

South Fulton Restauranteur Gocha Hawkins to Open Tapas Bar

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Gocha Hawkins, owner of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, has plans to open a tapas bar in April. The new restaurant will be located at 5829 Campbellton Rd. in the Sandtown Crossing development anchored by Publix. The restaurant will have a 1,500-square-foot interior and a 2,100-square-foot patio. Among the items planned for the menu include shishito peppers, Impossible sliders, stuffed crab mushrooms, fried green tomatoes with crab salad, cauliflower tacos and lobster rolls. The tapas bar will also have a full bar and cocktail list.

— City of South Fulton Observer

Owner of a Popular Cascade Brunch Restaurant Is Tackling Tapas Next

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Gocha Hawkins, the owner behind popular Cascade Road brunch restaurant Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, plans to open a tapas restaurant this spring on Campbellton Road in the city of South Fulton. Located in the new Publix-anchored Sandtown Crossing complex, look for dishes like shishito peppers, vegan sliders, stuffed crab mushrooms, fried green tomatoes with crab salad, and cauliflower tacos served on the menu at Gocha’s Tapas Bar.

— Beth McKibben

Gocha’s Breakfast Bar Food Truck Today, Tapas Bar Tomorrow

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Growth is on the menu from Owner Gocha Hawkins’ restaurant ventures. The Detroit native who has lived in Atlanta since 2010 announced today that her new food truck from Gocha’s Breakfast Bar is officially open for business, and, even better, she has plans to bring a new tapas restaurant to Sandtown Crossing.

— Eve Payne

Owner of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar bringing tapas to Atlanta this spring

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Gocha Hawkins, who opened Gocha’s Breakfast Bar in January 2019, with a second location in Fayetteville opening in 2020, plans to debut Gocha’s Tapas Bar in April. Located at 5829 Campbellton Road SW in the Sandtown Crossing development, the restaurant will have a 1,500-square-foot interior and a 2,100-square-foot patio.

— Yvonne Zusel

Feeling The Cream Cheese Shortage?
Here’s How To Make Your Own At Home

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To make cream cheese at home, most people already have the ingredients in their refrigerator. “Cream cheese can easily be made by combining whole milk with salt and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar,” said Gocha Hawkins, Owner and Head Chef at Gocha’s Breakfast Bar. From that point on, you can add different herbs, spices and more to your liking. You can also add macerated strawberries and blueberries for flavored cream cheese. “When the mixture turns solid (the milk reacts to the lemon juice), strain it so you have curds left. After that point, a food processor will make it nice and creamy,” said Hawkins. Instead of just using milk, you can mix milk with heavy cream for a rich, thicker yet fattier texture.

— Aly Walansky