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2 new Halcyon restaurants announce opening dates

Part of the hype surrounding Halcyon, the Avalon-esque mixed-use development in south Forsyth County that recently opened to the public, has been the promise of an influx of restaurant options to the area. Indeed, six of the first eight businesses that opened during the live-work-play village’s debut were food-related.

Get ready for two more.

The second location of Alpharetta’s Butcher & Brew, a gastro sports bar, and surf-and-turf Ocean & Acre recently announced they will open on Oct. 15 and Oct. 23, respectively.

The two standalone restaurants will bring the number of food options at Halcyon to eight out of a planned 14 combined food stalls and restaurants.

Butcher & Brew is the second iteration of the restaurant from the Alpharetta-based Maven Restaurant Group, which also opened the fast-casual taco concept Tocayo at Halcyon.

Like the original, Butcher & Brew’s menu will feature “made-from-scratch American pub fare” such as wings, bowls, soups, salads and artisan sandwiches, along with a rotating selection of draft beer. Guests can eat in the restaurant’s 3,000-square-foot space that includes 20 televisions or on a covered patio overlooking Halcyon’s village green space.

Meanwhile, Ocean & Acre is a new concept from the Southern Proper Hospitality Group, the restaurateurs behind such recognizable metro-Atlanta eateries as The Southern Gentleman Gastropub, Tin Lizzy’s, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s, The Blind Pig and more.

Ocean & Acre, a surf-and-turf restaurant at the new Halcyon development, announced it will open on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia

The centerpiece of Ocean & Acre will be its raw bar serving live raw shellfish, but it’s menu also includes shareable seafood dishes, smoked meats and seasonal produce along with wine, beer, cocktails and “mocktails.”

The two restaurants will open about a month after Halcyon made its much-awaited debut on Sept. 18, and they’ll eventually be joined by a handful of others at the development on 6365 Halcyon Way.

Full-service restaurants planned are built-to-order salad concept Salata and gourmet restaurant Never Enough Thyme. Pita, a Mediterranean street-food concept, and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee are slated to occupy stalls in the mixed-use development’s food hall that is located next to Halcyon’s central village green space.