The wait is over.
Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters operated in soft open mode over the weekend in the 2nd + Hosea development in East Lake, and is open for regular hours starting today, Feb. 5. The restaurant is the latest from Robert Phalen, the owner and executive chef of popular Inman Park spot One Eared Stag.
The eatery — which has been in the works since late 2016 — stays true to its name by serving fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and fresh-shucked grilled and raw oysters, as well as small plates including gumbo and collard greens and main dishes such as trout and pork chops. Dessert options include a Coccolato Taco — a cannoli-flavored choco taco — and Funfetti birthday cake. The beverage program is heavily beer-centric, with a craft cocktail program.
The restaurant’s namesake, Mary Hoopa, was the nanny of Phalen’s mother-in-law, who grew up in rural Louisiana. Hoopa’s cooking, particularly her fried chicken, was a staple for several generations of Phalen’s wife’s family. Phalen’s own fried chicken recipe is based on Hoopa’s original prescription.
Mary Hoopa’s joins several other restaurants in the 2nd + Hosea complex including Poor Hendrix, Greater Good BBQ and Mix’D Up Burgers. The restaurant, which will be open 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 4-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, will offer a happy hour similar to the one at One Eared Stag starting at 4 p.m.
2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive SE, Atlanta. maryhoopas.com/
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