5Church To Open In Midtown's Colony Square June 24

Casual yet refined dining concept comes to "Atlanta’s busiest intersection."

5Church, a modern American restaurant, is opening at the corner of 14th and Peachtree Streets in Midtown Atlanta at Colony Square Friday, June 24.

Serving dinner daily, 5Church combines a technique-driven menu with cutting-edge design and genuine hospitality for a memorable dining experience. This is the third location (others are in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina) from restaurateurs Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio and Jamie Lynch.

Lynch has crafted a menu that features 5Church favorites - such as the famed “60 second” NY strip steak - along with new, locally sourced items to excite the palates of Atlantans. His impressive pedigree (Le Cirque, Aureole and Café Boulud) shines in both his technique and presentation, and his deep appreciation for local farmers is apparent in his choice of ingredients.

“I approach food with the philosophy that if you take proper care of the ingredients, then they’ll do the rest,” says Lynch. “But it’s also important to me that my menus speak to the eclectic nature of the 5Church partners. While I may use traditional techniques, I also try to incorporate a hybrid of flavors from all over the world.”

Lynch is collaborating with James Beard Award-winning executive chef RJ Cooper, who oversees the kitchen on a daily basis. Cooper began his career in Atlanta working under famed chefs Guenter Seeger at The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and Gilbert Le Coze at Brasserie Le Coze. He went on to garner accolades, a James Beard Foundation award in 2007 for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, and opened his own restaurants in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Examples of dishes exclusive to 5Church's Atlanta menu include the following: Charred octopus, red pea hummus, lemon, pea tendrils Hearth roasted whole fish, grilled broccoli rabe, fingerling potatoes, roasted garlic, caramelized lemon Smoked Pekin duck, smoked confit, cabbage pancake, duck egg, spicy plum sauce Cave aged cheddar agnolotti, sweet peas, Lord’s country ham, black pepper

A 200-bottle wine list and a selection of specialty cocktails and craft beers complement the menu and encourage guests to linger at the restaurant’s impressive white concrete bars.

5Church was named for its original spot at the corner of 5th and Church Street in Uptown Charlotte. Although this Atlanta outpost is opening at the city's busiest intersection, the restaurateurs have made it simple for guests to visit with complimentary valet available every day in addition to the expansive self-parking deck.

Managing partner Ayman Kamel has moved to Atlanta with his family in order to operate 5Church locally and believes this personal attention is what enables them to succeed and continually offer the same great dining experience. “There is nothing like having the creators of the 5Church culture themselves standing in the restaurant on a daily basis to greet guests and ensure product consistency,” he says. “This is the strongest way to keep all of our restaurants connected.”

However, the 5Church team knows that not every aspect of the Charlotte-born concept will translate properly in Atlanta without local tweaks. “We want our guests to know they are eating in Atlanta when they are in our Midtown location,” says Kamel. “That is why we’ve gone to great lengths to feature Atlanta-inspired artwork and source locally for nearly everything from farmers and purveyors to general contractors and servers.”

5Church’s neo-Victorian décor is as eye-catching as the food presentations. The detail-rich design features black leather banquettes, imaginative chandeliers and large-scale artwork inspired by Atlanta and created by local artists such as J.D. Koth and William Massey. The restaurant’s hand-painted ceiling by artist Jon Norris displays Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” a tribute to the owners’ philosophy that “there is only we.”

“All of the partners play an integral role in the success of our restaurants,” explains Kamel. “In our minds, there is no such thing as ‘I created this success’ because we all contribute.”

5Church is located at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE in Midtown. The restaurant seats 180 guests downstairs in the main dining room with additional seating available on the sidewalk and rooftop patios. There are also a multitude of private dining options to suit any need or budget.

While opening for dinner-only now, lunch and weekend brunch service will follow at a later date. Reservations may be made via OpenTable. For updates, follow the restaurant on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For additional information, call 404-400-3669 or visit www.5churchatlanta.com.

5Church Atlanta Team (Jamie Lynch, Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio, RJ Cooper) by Karen Pagano
5Church Atlanta Team (Jamie Lynch, Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio, RJ Cooper) by Karen Pagano