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Serpas True Food
659 Auburn Ave. #501
Atlanta, GA 30312
Playing an active role in the revitalization of the historic Old 4th Ward district is important to Serpas True Food according to Dawn Serpas, wife of Chef Serpas and designing influence to elements of this restaurant. She explains as she cuts fresh flowers to arrange in display, later seen at the reception station, ready to greet the evening’s diners at the front door. She is witness (and participant) to the transformation that has occurred to the area and remembers balking when asked by her father “if the area is safe?”, hearkening back to the days of ol’, way before my time here in Atlanta. Being ten months into its virgin year, Serpas True Food has been a noticeable asset to the growth of its community. Occupying this former 1900′s cotton storage facility and acting as a cornerstone business to the Pavillion at Studioplex, Serpas True Food melds the original essence of the space with its own design homages to both the history of the space and to the basis of its culinary foundation. Serpas True Food does this in the forms of a cotton blossom mural and repeated cotton plant-like patterns on the bench seating, and also with the oyster inlaid counter tops, reminding the diner of Chef/Owner Scott Serpas’ New Orleans upbringing. He claims to be the only one in his family to have “flown the coop” away from the bayou, and what a flight it has been. Serpas’ culinary trajectory has taken him from NOLA, to Dallas, to Atlanta working around town and finally ending up as the big bird at Two Urban Licks accepting many accolades during his tenure. He has since started his first independent venture, Serpas True Food, featuring “approachable dishes true to their Louisiana, Asian and Southwestern influences…comfort cuisine that encompasses fresh, hand crafted ingredients perfectly complemented by global wines and cocktails.” Serpas True Food offers a Sunday Brunch along with their regular weekly dinner services, full bar, and plenty of atmosphere to enjoy your next meal.
True dat…go get some True Food…tell’em you got “spoonfed”…
All images and words ©2009 Mark Petko Photography