Kevin rathbun™ - bio
thirty years in the restaurant business working and learning from
others, in 2004, Kevin Rathbun opened his namesake restaurant,
Rathbun's, then Krog Bar (2005), and then Kevin Rathbun Steak (2007).
And today, Kevin continues to be a pivotal and driving force in the
local and national restaurant scene.
incorporated his take on Modern American Cuisine with a menu that
expands to over fifty menu items along with specials every night.
His insight to what his guests desire have turned most of the
menu items into staples.
His features of raw "crudo" plates were one of the
first to be seen in Atlanta, and his listing of "small
plates" expands to over fifteen items. His entree consist of
"big plates" and "second mortgage plates" and range
in menu pricing of $15.00 to $39.00.
The signature items are the scallops, the lobster taco, the 20
oz. Ribeye with blue cheese, and the veal chop with sweet corn Gouda.
Added to that is Kevin's list of signature side plates that
range from the chicken
livers a la plancha to the cauliflower mash.
opening, Rathbun's has garnered awards from Esquire Magazine (Best New
Restaurant), Travel & Leisure (Best New American Restaurant), USA
Today, Mobil Travel Guide (Three Star Rating), Atlanta Journal
Constitution (Four Stars), Zagat Ratings (2nd Most Popular Restaurant
in Atlanta, Bon Appetit (Hot 50 Restaurants), Atlanta Magazine
(Restaurant of The Year), Creative Loafing (Best New Restaurant),
Jezebel Magazine (Best New Restaurant), Georgia Trend Magazine (Top Ten
Restaurant in Georgia), Creative Loafing (Best Overall Restaurant and
Best Chef), Sunday Paper (Best Chef and Best Overall Restaurant), AOL
CityGuide (Best Restaurant in Atlanta), and Kevin has been featured on
the TODAY SHOW, The Early Show, Iron Chef America (Winner), Good
Morning America, Good Day Atlanta, Better Mornings, CNN, and print
media such as Food & Wine, Gourmet, Wall Street Journal, Boston
Globe, Veranda, Southern Living, Diversions, Men's Journal, Miami
Herald, The Atlantan, Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler,
RAVE, SKY Magazine, GO Magazine, Denver Post, Food Arts, Flavors, and
Krog Bar, after visiting Spain, Kevin returned with a vision of an intimate wine
bar with small tapas plates.
Working along with the restaurant designers and architects, he
opened Krog Bar and did just that.
He incorporated all types of Spanish style cuisines into a menu
and atmosphere, which has some of the same staples as day one and now
features daily specials of hot plates. Krog Bar's intimate interior
adds to the warmth of dining in this award winning Spanish style wine
opening, Krog Bar has garnered awards from Travel & Leisure,
Atlanta Magazine, Sunday Paper, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Journal
Constitution, Citysearch, Points North Magazine and many more.
Kevin Rathbun Steak,
Kevin took on his biggest endeavor to date.
Only one and a half blocks from Rathbun's and Krog Bar, Kevin
found an old cotton warehouse and turned it into one of the Top
Steakhouses in The U.S. (Details Magazine). Kevin Rathbun Steak
features Prime steaks from Allen Brothers in Chicago along with a menu
that expands to over fifty items. Kevin wanted this steakhouse to have
the "new modernized atmosphere and menu" of a steakhouse and
he did that by incorporating more seafood, alternative meats, new and
creative appetizers and a list of over fifteen sides.
The incorporation of local produce and a completely chef driven
menu with organic meats and heritage bred animals has continued to keep
this restaurant as one of the top new steakhouses in the United States.
opening, Kevin Rathbun Steak has received accolades from Details
Magazine, (One of the Best New Steakhouses in America), Playboy
Magazine (Best Steakhouse in Atlanta), Everyday with Rachel Ray (Top
Eight Steakhouse in the U.S.), Gayot Online (Top Ten Steakhouse in
America), Atlanta Journal Constitution (Four Stars), Creative Loafing
(Four Stars), Citysearch (One of the Top New Restaurants in Atlanta
& Best Atlanta Steakhouse), Atlanta Magazine (Best New Steakhouse
in Atlanta), Creative Loafing (Best Atlanta Steakhouse and Best Chef),
StarChefs (Restaurateur Award), and Kevin has been featured on the
TODAY SHOW, The Early Show, Iron Chef America (Winner), Good Morning
America, Good Day Atlanta, Better Mornings, CNN, and print media such
as Food & Wine, Gourmet, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe,
Veranda, Southern Living, Diversions, Men's Journal, Miami Herald, The
Atlantan, Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, RAVE, SKY
Magazine, GO Magazine, Denver Post, Food Arts, Flavors, and many more.
background started in humble beginnings in Kansas City, where he
started working as a dishwasher at Sambo's.
has worked with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs such as Bradley
Ogden, Emeril Lagasse, Stephen Pyles, Ella Brennan and Pano Karratossos
and he has perfected not only his technique in the kitchen, but his
passion for owning and operating his own businesses.
Kevin was Chef at Baby Routh in Dallas, it received the DiRona award
for dining excellence. His drive and passion landed him the chef’s
position at Nava in Atlanta where he brought Southwestern food cuisine
to the city of Atlanta. Nava became an instant hit and was noticed both
locally and nationally, and since 1995 has been continuously voted one
of the top five restaurants in the city.
Esquire Magazines “Top New Restaurant” for Nava was a highlight, as
was being the Corporate Chef of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.
While there, overseeing NAVA, BluePointe, Kyma, and The Buckhead Diner,
his list of accolades continued to add up which propelled him to go out
on his own.
May of 2004, Kevin opened his namesake restaurant “Rathbun’s”
in Atlanta. It opened to critical acclaim and was voted by Esquire
Magazine as one of the “Top New Restaurants in the Country”. Since
the inception of Rathbun’s, Kevin has opened a second and third
restaurant Krog Bar and Kevin Rathbun Steak. They are located next door
to Rathbun’s and a block and a half from Rathbun’s and both have
received local and national acclaim.
Rathbun, along with his restaurants, Rathbun’s,
Kevin Rathbun Steak
& Krog Bar are proud
charitable contributors and Kevin continuously donates his time, energy
and food to many charitable events throughout Atlanta and throughout
the United States. He continues to be a leader in the charitable
community and sits on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Some of the charities he donates to are: Liver Foundation, Share our
Strength, Leukemia Foundation, Atlanta Food Bank, Aqua Vino at the
Georgia Aquarium, High Museum Auction Donor, Zoo Atlanta, Slow Food
Movement, American Cancer Society, Grant Park Conservatory, Serenbe of
Atlanta, Hospice of Ohio, Aspen Food & Wine, South Beach Food &
Wine Festival, Chrones & Colitis Foundation, March of Dimes, Les
Dames D'escofier and many more.
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