Poncey-Highland is about to become home to CO, a concept that dishes up modern Southeast Asian cuisine. The restaurant will be located at 675 N. Highland Ave., in the same building that houses Rize Artisan Pizza. CO is expected to open in May.
CO means “feast” in Vietnamese, and founder Greg Bauer conceived of the restaurant as a potlatch of the different experiences he had living and traveling in Asia while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. “I developed a passion for the region,” Baeur said of his military tours that took him to Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and China, among other Asian countries.
Bauer opened the first CO in Charleston in 2012. It has since added locations in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Savannah. Besides Atlanta, it is also expanding the brand with a location in Raleigh, N.C., and a second spot in Charlotte.
The CO menu features plates from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. While the menu varies from location to location (It is sushi-heavy in Myrtle Beach, for example), the Atlanta menu will focus primarily on Vietnamese cuisine, with some Malaysian and Thai offerings. Helming the culinary side of things will be its corporate chef, Masanori Shiraishi.
The beverage program will include signature cocktails, a traditional sake selection and sake infusions and boba tea.
In keeping with the restaurant’s group-minded feast theme, the CO in Atlanta will have community tables, just like its sister restaurants.