M&T represents a shared philosophy on food, drink, hospitality and how to do business. That philosophy is straightforward: People Matter Most, Local Is Priority, Seasonal Makes Sense, Authenticity Rules, Quality Governs, Delicious Trumps, Pretense Stinks, Comfort Feels Good, Appreciation Tastes Better, Prudence Sustains It All.
Muss & Turner’s is a neighborhood joint with no culinary boundaries and no pretense. Deli by day and bistro by night. Come as you are, enjoy yourself and be comfortable.
Muss & Turner worked together in the late nineties at The Food Studio, which was part of Fifth Group Restaurants. Muss was a chef on the rise and Turner was a server seeking purpose. Turner left The Food Studio in late 2000 to take a job as Food & Beverage Manager at East Lake Golf Club, while Muss continued to climb the ladder and ultimately landed as the Executive Chef at Sala. Muss and Turner both lived in Smyrna, stayed connected and would get together with their wives to cook, eat, drink and be merry. One “Manhattan fueled” evening in 2002, the two started talking about opening a restaurant together. After a year or so of kicking around ideas for fine dining, gourmet markets and more, we finally decided to just build the place we’d want to go to or work for ourselves. What is the food, drink atmosphere and hospitality like? If we don’t love it ourselves, we don’t want anything to do with it. That has never changed and is the primary basis for all our decisions. One thing led to another and three years later, on February 8, 2005 we opened M&T v.1 which was deli, gourmet retail, wine & beer shop. By January 2006, M&T v.2 was launched which was a deli, gourmet retail and full service bistro with wine & beer bar.
In December 2010 we joined forces with Chris Hall, another Smyrnite and while he became a partner in M&T, we launched Local Three Kitchen & Bar in West Buckhead. And in May of 2012, M&T v.3 turbo made its debut. We updated the kitchen (desperately needed) and renovated the dining room space AND we added a hidden bar next door called Eleanor’s. Named for our friend, drinking buddy, de facto Mom, in-house Sage, and the fabric that holds “it” all together for us. The experience we intend to create at Eleanor’s represents all that is great about a remarkable woman!
We are thrilled to be a part of the Smyrna community and look forward to being a neighborhood joint the community can depend on for many more years to come.