The Pinewood Tippling Room created a stir for Decatur foodies simply because of its location -- .
The excitement grew as the concept for the PWTR was revealed. It's a Southern gastropub with a menu designed by Julia Leroy, who is also chef de cuisine for .
The Pinewood for the first time and the early reviews are good. As the Eater website said,
The amount of work put into the details is evident: Brooks Cloud's mother created the dried flower arrangements, T. Fable Jeon did the chalkboard art, and everything The Pinewood uses from the jams to the tinctures and sodas is made in house. With its exposed-but-painted pipes, candles in mason jars, and furniture and bar built from locally-sourced pinewood, the restaurant is both rustic and modern and doesn't at all conjure up images of the Boy Scout derbies one might expect.
If you have a phobia of truly excellent cocktails or innovative uses for denim, you should avoid The Pinewood Tippling Room; everyone else should breeze through the linen-curtain entrance to find a toolshelf-ish wooden bar (stocked with bitters and Mason-jarred beverages), and the general feeling that someone plopped a hidden-yet-happenin' hangout for real drinkers inside a funky '70s woodshop.
Respected libationist T. Fable Jeon and staff don denim aprons that make them look like cocktail butchers, though they do anything but to handcrafted potions ranging from Moscow Mules w/ housemade ginger syrup, to signatures like the "Day That I Die" w/ roasted GA pecan tincture, Bulleit rye, and syrup derived from buckwheat honey, which was rumored to be Darla's nickname when visiting the Hood.