Talking Restaurants with 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Restaurateur Brian Lewis
Restaurants are in Brian Lewis' blood—his grandfather and father owned several Alabama- and Virginia-area restaurants and his brother is a successful Birmingham-based chef. So it makes sense he couldn't shake the calling. After working his way through the family businesses, he's earned success with both Bocado, named one of Atlanta's best restaurants in 2011 by Atlanta magazine, and his new venture STG Trattoria.
Lewis focuses on design, service, and affordable, excellent cuisine, creating the kind of stylish yet subdued spaces and menus that leaves guests feeling comfortable yet still incredibly taken care of. And while casual-comfort isn't novel in Atlanta, it's Lewis' fine-dining regard toward service, and his inventive touches (STG has an amaro bar we can't wait to get back to) that keep his restaurants ahead of the pack. (And just one of the many reasons we named him the 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Restaurateur.) Lewis took a few moments to share his insight on being a successful restaurateur.