Ford Fry’s Newest Venture: Beetlecat

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If you’re a lover of The Optimist, St. Cecilia, King + Duke, Superica, El Felix, No. 246, JCT Kitchen, Marcel or Bar Margot (how could you not be?!) there is a new place about to catch your eye. It’s called Beetlecat and it’s already attracting 20-somethings let and right…the restaurant isn’t even open yet.

It’s casual, coastal and from the murmurs surrounding the spot it sounds like a Lana Del Rey song could emulate the vibe.

Fry draws inspiration from 1970’s New England to the new Inman Park oyster bar. The space boasts multiple patios and a totally themed menu- from wood-roasted seafood that hails to the Cape to throwback drinks like Sex on The Beach, Long Island Iced Tea and Tiki Punch. Plates are small and meant for sharing.

The restaurant style is “colorful and free, both in style and spirit” as described by Fry’s in-house interior designer, Elizabeth Ingram. A strong contrast to Fry’s 9 other concepts, it is just as relevant as the rest. Other menu items we’re excited to try:

  • Wood-roasted crab, octopus, clams and other seafood selections
  • Roasted Pineapple with hot buttered rum sauce, star anise ice cream, and butter cake
  • Fish House Punch, a boozy concoction of rum, brandy, seasonally-flavored whiskey, lemon, and sugar

Beetlecat is expected to open in November and will serve dinner 5 nights a week, lunch on Fridays and late night on Saturdays and Sundays. We’re ready for this time capsule to transport us back to summer.

Side note: here are some of our favorite plates we filmed from The Optimist (1), No.246 (2), St. Cecilia (3) and King + Duke (4)…

(1) Georgia shrimp a la plancha from The Optimist

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(2) Classic spaghetti & meatballs from No. 246

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(3) Short rib ravioli from St. Cecilia

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(4) Charcuterie over toast from King + Duke

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