It has been over two years since the vacant garage adjacent to Atomic Liquors was first earmarked as a new Fremont East dining destination, but the legendary downtown haunt is feeling confident they will finally be serving by the end of March.
No longer called Atomic Kitchen, The Kitchen at Atomic was originally envisaged as an "Old Vegas"-themed tavern and restaurant, paying tribute to the more than 70 years of history attached to the space. The former garage achieved its finest moment of infamy as the filming location for the backroom mobster scenes in Martin Scorsese's 1995 film Casino.
Current previews reveal the 3,237-square-foot Kitchen has kept true to its plans for a "semi industrial yet refined" interior design, featuring booth seating and a large centerpiece bar. The restaurant also intends to make full use of the 475-square-foot fenced-in, out front, patio.
Joshua Horton, formerly at the Cili Restaurant on the Bali Hai Golf Course, will be the Executive Chef, serving upgraded versions of bar favorites, including prime-rib dip, chicken wings and a burger.