First Look at Native: A Local Joint

The "seasonal comfort food" restaurant in Decatur will have a soft opening this weekend and grand opening Monday.

A new restaurant called Native: A Local Joint will have a soft opening this weekend and a grand opening Monday at 340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur.

Owner John Mathews described the menu as "seasonal comfort food"  for the whole family. Daily specials will be listed on a chalkboard and based on food available at local farmers markets.

Since the chef and front-of-the-house manager have New Orleans connections, the menu (see attachment) will have a Southern flavor.

The lunch menu includes a muffuletta panini for $8.95, cream of tomato basil soup for $4 and $5 and calamari for $7.95.

On the dinner menu, a 12-ounce New York strip steak with potatoes and a vegetable goes for $19.95 and stuffed flounder with a vegetable for $13.95.

"You can bring the family and still get out for $75," Mathews said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant has a liquor license and a full bar.

Mathews is an Atlanta native himself. He said he managed restaurants in college and decided to open one himself after leaving Turner Broadcasting.

The restaurant will occupy the old Garlic space. Before Garlic, it was Little Azio's.

For more information about Native and to see more photos, visit the restaurant's Facebook page.

Nearby, Chai Pani, an Indian street food restaurant, also opens this weekend in the old Watershed space on West Ponce.


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