The Red Room keeps things cool

Tue, 07/18/2006 - 9:02am
By: Kristine Loughman

Red Room inside
Do you like the cool vibe, distinct menu, elegant atmosphere and great music that you find in downtown Atlanta restaurants, but hate the drive to get there? Now you can find it all right down the street in Peachtree City at the new restaurant The Red Room, formerly Martini’s in Westpark Walk.

The Red Room is comprised of two distinct areas. One room houses a restaurant in an elegant, casual atmosphere; the other room showcases a stage for live music, dancing and a nightclub feel in the evenings.

“People are shocked with they enter The Red Room,” says co-owner Mike Stookesbury. “There is nothing like it in Peachtree City.” Step inside and you will see why.

As its name indicates, the restaurant is indeed a red room, with beautiful textured red walls with a faux finish design, giving them the look of rich Venetian plaster. Old World-style chandeliers hang from an open ceiling and add an elegant light to the room. Black leather chairs are grouped together to form cozy conversation areas, or pull a table up to the long comfortable bench along the wall and relax against the scattered pillows.

The restaurant’s long bar features a colorful granite top with plenty of space to eat and drink, or catch a glimpse of the outdoor covered patio through the one-way glass walls.

The Red Room, now serving their menu until 10 p.m., offers a range of appetizers, sandwiches, seafood, salads and a variety of adult beverages. Stookesbury counts the Calamari Fries appetizer and Fish Tacos among his favorite dishes. The tacos are stuffed with tender tilapia, shredded lettuce, tomato and a jalapeno white sauce, while the calamari steak is cut into “French fry” strips, lightly dusted in seasoned flour, then fried and drizzled with lemon and garlic butter.

A host of delicous appetizers sure to be crowd pleasers are the Chicken and Shrimp Kebabs, Cream Cheese Stuffed Shrimp, Beef Strips, Crab Cake and Crab & Corn Chowder.

Seafood has a strong presence on the menu, such as the Tuna Kebab Salad, comprised of two char-grilled tuna kebabs served over a spring mixed salad and tossed with an Asian sesame soy vinaigrette dressing. For those who don’t prefer seafood, try the Vegetarian, a sandwich of zucchini, eggplant, a large Portobello mushroom, red and yellow bell pepper all piled on ciabatta bread with a basil pesto, or the customer favorite Steak Sandwich made with strips of tender char-grilled steak. Another popular item is the key lime pie, just one of the many delectable desserts offered on the menu.

“We’ve had phenomenal feedback in the short time we’ve been open, and already have many regular customers,” Stookesbury says. Westpark businesses will call ahead for lunch takeout orders, and the restaurant accommodates private parties and offers catering services.

Stookesbury boasts an experienced staff of chefs and servers. General Manager, Brett Quarmby, prominent in the operation of the business is cited for his exceptional attention to detail, always on "top of things".

“The Red Room is something completely different than any place south of the airport, comparable to nice restaurants in downtown Atlanta. We blended ideas from restaurants and gathering places visited throughout the years from all over the world,” Stookesbury says of the vision he and co-owner, Jamie Gagarin, had for the restaurant.

While food is the focus during the day, live entertainment is the highlight of the evenings at The Red Room. Tuesday is open mic night from 9 pm to midnight, Wednesday is singles night, live jazz is featured on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a live DJ comes in Fridays from 10 p.m. to closing. Different live bands are featured every Saturday night. The Red Room also has a cigar lounge and boasts of the largest dance floor in Peachtree City.

The Red Room, formerly Martini’s, is located at 273 Commerce Drive, Westpark Walk, in Peachtree City. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 678-364-1700.

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