Quick Bites: Salata opens at Atlantic Station, Fuzzy's Taco Shop comes to Alpharetta, Bantam + Biddy expands to Chattanooga and more

Food news roundup

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HEALTH IS WEALTH: Salad bar concept Salata opened yesterday at Atlantic Station.

Are you ready for a "next generation salad bar?" Houston-based Salata opened its first location in Georgia at Atlantic Station yesterday, Sept. 21. Salata is gluten-free certified and offers customizable tossed-to-order salads and wraps with over 50 ingredient options.

Taco alert! Fuzzy's Taco Shop hosts its grand opening today, Sept. 22 with food and drink specials, giveaways and a taco eating contest at their new location at 5325 Winward Parkway.

Even more taco news! Austin-based Tex-Mex joint Chuy's announced it is opening a location in Alpharetta this winter at 2540 Old Milton Parkway.

Beer tastes so much better when it supports good works. Red Brick Brewing Co. has partnered with the Georgia Aquarium and each season, when a new craft beer is released, a portion of the sales supports the aquarium's research and conservation efforts. When Penguin Pale Ale is released on Oct. 2, proceeds will help endangered African penguins.

Dynamic chef duo Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are expanding their pasture-raised poultry, family-friendly mini empire to Chattanooga, Tennessee. A new Bantam + Biddy opens there at 728 Market Street downtown in mid-September.

Drink for good! All locations of Tin Lizzy's Cantina are donating 1$ from every Grand Patron margarita sold from now until Oct. 8 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

Tucker's new Willy's Mexicana Grill postponed its debut during Hurricane Irma but is now open at 4076 LaVista Rd.

Raise a glass, y'all. Buckhead's The Southern Gentleman has a new bourbon club. Every Monday at 7 p.m. members enjoy complimentary tastings and education about the qualities of various whiskies at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. You can sign up now to become an inaugural cardholder.

Alon's Bakery and Market is applauding the prestigious advancement of their head cheesemonger, Mary Ingersoll, with discounted cheeses chosen each week through Oct. 6. Ingersoll joined the 2017 class of the American Cheese Society's Certified Cheese Professionals (ACS CCP) after passing the exam this summer.

Alpine folk music and pints in German steins prost! Hapeville's Arches Brewing kicks off Oktoberfest with seasonal Festbier release on Saturday, Sept. 30. Bavarian brats from Patak's Bohemian Meats will be served with the brews.

Discover the wild and wacky scarecrows in the Atlanta Botanical Garden ... with beer! Fest-of-Ale happens every Thursday in October from 5 to 9 p.m. It's free for members and $22 for everyone else, with live entertainment and specialty ales.

Free Birds Vegan Bakery walked away with the People's Choice trophy at this week's second annual Vegan Mac Down with their TexMexaroni dish.

Get along mule, get along. Southern Proper Hospitality Group is donating $1 to the American Red Cross for every Moscow Mule ordered to aid in Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Sip those copper cups at Beni's Cubano, the Big Ketch, the Blind Pig Parlour, Gypsy Kitchen, Milton's, Smokebelly or the Southern Gentleman to give back.