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Food for Thought: Bringing books and wine to Buckhead

Lucian Books and Wine, a wine bar and bookshop that also serves food, plans to open in mid-May in Buckhead’s new Modera apartment building at 3005 Peachtree Road at the intersection with Pharr Road. 

Pratt Institute graduate Katie Barringer, formerly of Cover Books in Inman Park, and sommelier Jordan Smelt, Cake Ale’s former wine and beverage director, are the owners. The place is inspired by British artist Lucian Freud and reflects their own “fervent interests.” Barringer and Smelt explained the concept to the Reporter.

Lucian Books and Wine owners Jordan Smelt, left, and Katie Barringer. (Special)

First of all, what do you have in mind for the wine bar?

Smelt: It will be in the neighborhood of 250 bottles when we open. You’ll be able to find chardonnay from the premier regions of the world right alongside something unexpected from Patagonia or South Africa or Australia. Most of the list will be dominated by European regions, but there will be plenty of things from the States, and all with organic farming as a baseline. 

A rotating list of by-the-glass options will completely turn over every two months. There will be grape-based spirits such as Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac — things that are meant to be sipped on after dinner as opposed to a full-on mixology program, and an abbreviated aperitif menu that will be kept very simple and clean. 

You’re going to have “thoughtful and delicious food.” What does that mean?

Smelt: Our chef is Brian Hendrickson, [an] alum of Cakes Ale. In a similar way to Cakes Ale you will see some Mediterranean influences. We’re going to open with a daytime menu from when we open at 11 until 4 p.m. — light snacks that pair well with wine, so you can have a glass

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