OUR STORY

The Southern Gentleman is a Southern-inspired gastropub in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The concept celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South with a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The bar program explores the artistry and history of classic Southern cocktails—everything from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep.

The gorgeous top floor space in Buckhead Atlanta was designed by New York’s Lacina Heitler, and features classic, Southern touches done in surprising, modern ways: seersucker window treatments, tufted camel leather booths, vintage plateware, white marble countertops, vaulted ceilings, herringbone floors, dramatic chandeliers, complete with an oversized portrait of Mark Twain painted by a commissioned local artist.

“We want this to feel like stepping into our home,” says co-owner Chris Hadermann. “If a friend were visiting Atlanta from New York, we want The Southern Gentleman to feel like the warm, welcoming place you’d want to take them to experience what it means to live the Southern lifestyle—a respect for the familiar traditions, that sophisticated yet unpretentious elegance, but also with a modern edge that makes it exciting and fresh. This is our take on proper Southern hospitality.”

 

OUR TEAM

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EXECUTIVE CHEF
DANILO Q. MYERS

Bringing Southern charm by way of Brooklyn, Danilo Q. Myers joined SPH in 2014. His rise through the company’s ranks has been well-regarded: in 2015, Zagat Atlanta selected him as one of eight secret weapons behind Atlanta’s top restaurants.

With a keen sense of culinary innovation and passion for creating good food, Chef Q. Matisse’ inspires his staff with his passion for fresh ingredients and genuine food appreciation. His ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food doesn’t have to be just a responsibility, rather more of a journey that can invoke emotion and deep human connection. This philosophy is evident in all of Chef Q’s personal design dishes and knowledge within the industry. His unique use of the freshest ingredients procured from his local network of artisans and organic farmers. 

Chef Q’s skill set transcends from the quintessential establishments such as of Fox Concept Group in Atlanta, Wolfgang Puck at the Georgia Aquarium, High Museum’s Table 1280, Charleston Place Hotel, Aramark and Compass Group in Charleston South Carolina. He has extensive experience in fine cuisine and kosher cooking in multiple high-end Hotels in New York City.

His innovative style has brought earned recognition and acclaim including one of the best up and coming Whiskey & Bourbon Gastro Pubs in Buckhead according to Atlanta Eats, Zagat’s 8 Secret Chef Weapons in Atlanta, one of Fox News's top five Atlanta’s Best Burgers with Buck, and most recently first place winner of the 2017 Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off.

 Chef Q’s vast experience in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality field stems from his education at Johnson & Wales University. Where he obtain his, Associates Arts Degree in Culinary Arts, Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietary Food and Nutrition, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Institution.  We invite you to treat your palate to the divine culinary styling of Chef Q.

 

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GENERAL MANAGER
BART MALDONADO

Bartolomeo Maldonado brings a wide range of experience to his role as general manager of Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman. He spent more than 19 years working as a chef and a manager, and holds two degrees from Johnson & Wales: Food Service Management and Culinary Arts. He relishes the interaction with guests and enjoys building an environment where guests feel comfortable trying new things, whether they are dishes or libations. His passion to find rare and obscure whiskies contributes to the ever-growing collection at The Southern Gentleman.

Experience in restaurants all over the country has enhanced Maldonado’s understanding of the restaurant business. Prior to working at Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman, he was general manager at Barcelona Wine Bar, Livingston Restaurant + Bar, both Eros World Tapas Lounge and Fishmonger Grill in the Atlanta area. Before that he was executive chef at The White Chocolate Grill, an innovative dining concept based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and previously he spent three years with Houston’s Restaurants across the nation, ascending the kitchen ranks up to executive chef. Maldonado also had stints with the Wyndham Resort in St. Thomas, USVI and Buckhead Life Group here in Atlanta. He’s lived in four countries, 22 cities and now calls Atlanta home. When he’s not at the restaurants, he enjoys collecting whiskies and cigars, spending time outdoors and with his wife and three children.