After three decades in the Atlanta restaurant business, Bob Amick has become one of the most celebrated restaurateurs in the city, and has played a critical role in putting Atlanta’s dining scene on the map. In 2001, he began developing a series of high-profile chef-driven restaurants under the name Concentrics and in 2002 ONE. midtown kitchen opened and immediately raised the bar for food, dining and service in Atlanta. Today Concentrics Restaurants, which also offers a full-service restaurant consultations service, boasts seven properties in Atlanta, including ONE, the sequel TWO urban licks, Parish, TAP as well as one in Winter Park, Florida. Don’t just take our word for it, his restaurants have receive accolades from all over, appearing in publications like, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bon Apetit, Gourmet, The Oprah Magazine, and InStyle magazine, along with having the first Atlanta chef to appear on the Food Network’s culinary showdown, “Iron Chef America” and a feature on “Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels.” Currently, Amick is being featured on AM 1690 in a segment called “Creative Spaces.” Here the restaurateur shares the ins and outs of creating a restaurant. From the architecture and menu to the location, he tells all.
Where were you born ?
West Point, NY
How long in Atlanta:
Owner/Founder of Concentrics Restaurants
My last great meal
Best Ethnic Food:
Buford Highway, too many to name
Best place for late night dining:
I’m in bed!
My business administrator Sue Alexander makes a chocolate cake that is my favorite dessert. We call it “the crack cake” at the office.
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
It’s a tie…Murphys and Parish
Again, I’m in bed!
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Bar at the Four Seasons
All-around favorite spot in Atlanta:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
TWELVE Hotels (Atlantic Station and Downtown)
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Domus, Bill Hallman and Barneys Coop
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Universal Diamonds. The business is owned by The Agamis and they give top notch service. http://www.universaldiamondcorp.com/
Blue Med Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Anything that supports Camp Twin Lakes
Favorite Cultural Event:
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction and Piedmont Park charity events
Best Aspect of Atlanta:
Spring and Fall…and the trees.
Dry Aged Prime Porterhouse on the grill at home
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Mornings in Piedmont Park
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Anyone but me
The High Museum of Art Atlanta
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Love walking the BeltLine
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