I love living in Athens. I'm a local health inspector here, so I have an inside track on restaurants that are soon to open. This topic is about promoting the livelihood of those businesses that have applied for food service permits with the local health department. As this board is about promoting the restaurant industry in Athens, I see no conflict of interest in letting everyone know what is up and coming. Most of my work is public record anyway.
On Broad Street in downtown, there will soon be another Japanese option for sushi lovers. MOAE is soon to open in the space next door to the street entrance of Speakeasy.
BISCHEROS in the Bottleworks on Prince Ave. recently changed ownership, which means the menu and the preparations are brand new. If you thought the pizza was less than authentic before, you may want to give it another try.
On Baxter, in the shopping center just across from Tu Metapan, a new Vietnamese cafe offers quick noodle bowls. Drop into JUST PHO AND MORE and say hello to the very gracious owners.
For beer lovers, you may want to give TRAPEZE a test run. They hail from the cozy space that connects to Hot Corner Cafe on Washinton St. in the west end of downtown.