Gunshow Celebrates Five Fired-Up Years, May 8

 Gunshow Celebrates Five Fired-Up Years, May 8

Gunshow turns five on Tuesday, May 8, causing Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie to look back over his first restaurant’s first five years and give the rest of us something to look forward to. To commemorate the occasion, Gunshow is serving a menu of “greatest hits” during dinner service, including some of the most popular dishes from years one through five. As fitting, all guests dining at the restaurant that night will receive a complimentary slice of birthday cake. Gillespie credits the restaurants’ success to Atlantans willing to try something new and to embrace the playful concepts of executive chef Joey Ward and fellow “kitchen dudes” as they send a rotating selection of bold dishes into the dining room to woo and please guests. Tonight’s the night to stroll down memory lane, fork in hand, and relish such adored standouts as West Coast burger, Vietnamese chicken and waffles and hot and numbing trout (or initiate your taste buds if you missed these over the years). A lighthearted touch extends beyond the dining room to Gunshow’s much-anticipated annual “Beardsmas” merchandise and experiential holiday season gift-giving extravaganza…overnight whole hog BBQ smoking lesson and dining tour of Buford Highway with Gillespie are list toppers. Balancing playfulness with culinary passion over the years, Gunshow also has become known as a place that showcases talented chefs from all over the country in its “Hired Guns” series. Notable guests have included Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life,” Bryan Voltaggio of “Top Chef,” Tandy Wilson of Nashville’s City House, New Orleans sensation Justin Devillier and Portland, Oregon, duo Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez-Denton. The Glenwood Park restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are encouraged but not required, and parking is available on the street or in the Glenwood Park parking lot.