posted on March 3, 2011 at 11:41 am
After just one visit to Sonny’s Place (2168 Briarcliff Road, 404-982-0666), owner Sonny Azani will remember your face. After two visits, he’ll remember everything you ordered the last time you were there. By visit three, you’re family — complete with a little good-natured ribbing.
No stranger to the restaurant business — or the kind of wry-charm it takes to be successful — Azani retired seven years ago to raise his children after serving Atlanta for 18 years with his Jewish delis: Sonny’s Deli and Sonny’s on Ponce. But, while keeping house, Azani couldn’t stay away from food and found himself constantly watching Food Network. When his friend and future partner Franke Eghtesadi approached him with the idea to open a new restaurant on Briarcliff Road, Azani jumped at the chance. “The restaurant business is like being an alcoholic — you can’t stay away,” he says.
Despite being a self-proclaimed artist with corned beef and pastrami, Azani went in another direction with Sonny’s Place, which serves vegetarian, Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean food. “I have the same wife all my life, but I can change the food I cook,” Azani jokes.
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