Ink & Elm — Lounge ▪ Restaurant ▪ Tavern to Open in Emory Village in the Druid Hills Neighborhood
HKN Restaurants announces that it will open Ink & Elm in early winter 2013. Located in Emory Village, Ink & Elm is a lounge, restaurant, and tavern that celebrates the deep history of Atlanta’s Druid Hills including the neighborhood’s designer Frederick Law Olmsted who is also responsible for New York City’s Central Park and the neighborhood’s Linear Parks. The location provides the perfect spot for Druid Hills residents as well as Emory faculty and students to gather, socialize, and dine. Ink & Elm focuses on new, elevated Southern dining in an open and relaxing environment. In its most basic form, Ink & Elm is a community-driven kitchen: casual and unimposing with elevated charm, a social place, a place where people come together to relax, talk, eat, and drink.
Designed by ai3, Ink & Elm consists of four special yet connected spaces. The central lounge, reminiscent of the hotel lobbies of yesteryear, is perfect for intimate gatherings of friends and neighbors over specialty cocktails or unique wines before and after a meal; it features a warm, tufted leather bar and a large steel and glass map of Frederick Olmsted’s original design for the Druid Hills neighborhood. The spacious dining room takes into account Mr. Olmsted’s approach toward garden and landscape design in a light and airy mood with uncommonly large and comfortable furniture. For groups, Ink & Elm offers an intimate private dining room perfect for group dining or comfortable meetings in front of the private fireplace or the large windows overlooking the new park at Emory Village. Finally, the dark and cozy tavern is loosely based on a turn-of-the-century landscape design studio and features oversized stools, comfortable booths, and a wide variety of scotches, bourbons, and whiskies.
From the kitchen, Ink & Elm hosts the culinary stylings of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, presently the Executive Chef at Blue Ridge Grille and formerly at French American Brasserie. Chef Sharp’s menu at Ink & Elm returns to his Atlanta roots and highlights the Southern cuisine he studied at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. His dinner menu specializes in local and seasonal ingredients elevated to bring traditional flavors to modern, Southern entrees. Chef Sharp changes the offerings almost daily consistent with the availability of ingredients from local and regional providers. This ensures that guests enjoy a versatile and evolving menu; it is a guarantee that the elevated food at Ink & Elm is ethically and sustainably grown, cultivated, transported, and prepared from start to finish.
For those looking for a more casual dining experience, Ink & Elm satisfies that craving in the tavern. During the day, the tavern features refined sandwiches, soups, and salads perfect for quality meals on the go. Alternatively, guests may enjoy their favorite selections over a quiet and relaxing lunch with friends and colleagues at the bar or generous booths. In the evening, Chef Sharp brings his culinary outlook to the tavern through an elevated bar menu of specialty appetizers, pub fare, and main dishes reflective of the same regionally inspired, locally sourced entrees in the dining room. For those hungry later after dark, the tavern makes high quality Southern provisions available for a midnight meal or a late-night snack.
HKN Restaurants was founded in 2012 by Nick Chaivarlis who hails from a tradition of operating family-owned restaurants; Keith Osborne, a sommelier with over 20 years of experience operating and managing restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout the United States; and T. Hunter Jefferson a former attorney at Alston & Bird, LLP.