Lunch Service at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Begins July 27

July 25,2012


On Monday, July 9th, 2012 White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails opened for dinner. Three years in the making, this Southern-inspired restaurant is rooted in the desire of owners Cindy and Alan LeBlanc to build a restaurant that respects the quiet complexities of the south.

Cindy reflects "My mother Rochelle was born in 1922 as one of the youngest of 11 children living on a farm in McKenzie, Alabama. The "simple" life wasn't always so simple, and the spirit of humility, support and sharing became the way of life within the community. It is this sprit that we want to instill at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails." 

Located on the ground floor of 270 Peachtree St., directly across from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails comes 14 years after the LeBlancs established Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery as one of the first brewery restaurants in the state of Georgia.

Ben Vaughn has joined the LeBlancs as Culinary Director of Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group, as well as Executive Chef of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails. Previously residing in Memphis, TN, Mr. Vaughn was Chef/Owner of restaurants "Grace" and "Au Fond Farmtable".

Chef Vaughn's menu reflects the dynamic contradictions of the space and Southern life. The merging of contemporary with traditional, simple with complex, and rural with metropolitan are represented by items such as; Eggs -B.L.T. deviled farm eggs, house cured bacon, charred leeks, oven dried tomatoes, Chicharrón; Mushrooms - warm mushroom salad, grilled radicchio, house made beef jerky, semolina streusel, tangy pimento buttermilk dressing; and Short Rib - braised beef short rib au poivre, roasted French beans, pommes frites.

With Southern roots and a bar focusing on wine, whiskey and bourbon, The White Oak name was an organic extension of the direction of the restaurant. "When Cindy expressed an interest in doing something southern, we recognized that we had the brewery/beer market well served at Max Lager's, so we started exploring the wine and cocktail direction. The white oak just kept coming up as we researched the region" explains Alan LeBlanc.

The restaurant's design plays on the subtle balance of sophistication and approachability with materials both modern and rustic. Reclaimed pine from Georgia textile mills merges into freshly planed white oak, while Italian tile and Georgia marble wrap the space to highlight three large-scale lighting fixtures custom fabricated out of sugar maple sourced from the Jack Daniel's distillery.

Complimentary valet parking is available for both lunch and dinner. Lunch service will begin on Friday July 27th.

For more information, please contact Cindy ( or Alan LeBlanc ( or Chris Giangrosso ( 

270 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Twitter @whiteoakatlanta