This fall, Atlanta diners will once again find the face of acclaimed chef Shaun Doty in the kitchen with the opening of his new restaurant, The Federal. Slated to open in November on Crescent Avenue in Midtown, Doty’s new eatery tells the story of his travels from adolescence to adulthood.
Well known across the city for his straightforward, ingredient-driven cuisine, Doty looks forward to reestablishing the rapport he developed with longtime guests in his previous executive chef roles. “The Federal is a great opportunity for me to go back to doing what I truly love – making a connection with my guests,” he says. “Over the past two and a half years, I’ve watched this part of Midtown change, and I’ve spent a lot of time listening to what my customers are looking for in this neighborhood. This is my chance to create what they’ve asked for.”
Doty will prepare a menu that is influenced by traditional cuisine and has a bistro feel. Garnering inspiration from his work at previous restaurants such as Shaun’s, MidCity Cuisine and Mumbo Jumbo and culinary stints abroad, Doty considers his dishes at The Federal to be “souvenirs of his life.” Steak frites harkens back to the time Doty lived in Belgium, while chopped liver extols his frequent visits to Katz’s Delicatessen while living in New York City.
The restaurant’s name is inspired by the nearby Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, whose grand architecture casts shadows over the restaurant, and serves as an homage to the Midtown neighborhood where it is located.
Joining Doty in this new venture is Lance Gummere, with whom he already has a long history. Gummere worked side-by-side with Doty at Mumbo Jumbo, and the chef duo founded Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy together.
The Federal is located in Midtown Atlanta at 1050 Crescent Avenue.