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Served, with Style

Three Local Restaurants Believe Overall Design Adds Flavor

Article by Sue G. Collins

Photography by Wayne Albright

Originally published in Roswell Lifestyle

Elliot Blackstone

The Mill Kitchen & Bar 

Southern cuisine with an international flare

The restaurant takes its name from the Old Roswell Mill close by. Scott and Randy Mccray, our owners, took elements of the old mill, and built our restaurant based on a rustic, but elegant design. We want our patrons to feel like they’re at home by being able to cozy up by our fireplace. 

My favorites aspects of the restaurant are the big marble top bar, and outdoor fireplace. The hallway between our dining rooms is made from salvaged metals from North Carolina, which also gives a unique vibe. 

When our customers first sit, they’ll see the unique wooden handcrafted tables from a local carpenter. We use candles in mason jars as centerpieces, which helps the southern rustic vibe. 

Nathaniel Armstrong

Big Oak Tavern

American cuisine with a slight Asian influence 

This house was built in the 1800s so we wanted maintain some of those characteristics and feel, with exposed brick fireplaces, to keep the rustic look. One of my favorite aspects of the restaurant is the fireplace in the main dining room. The top half restaurant burned more than 11 years ago. The fireplace captures the memory of that fire. To me it signifies the strength to carry on and move forward.
For private events upstairs in our “Tree House,” our place settings are very special. This is a space with seating for 75 people inside and outside, and it also has a stage and a full bar. Our place settings typically consists of a runner, chargers, fresh assorted flowers, white and red wine glasses, folded napkins, and silverware. These table settings change based on our guests vision. We want to make dining an experience.

Kathryn Broderick

Noca Eatery

Noca serves a fresh, rotating selection of fresh appetizers, salads and main courses, ranging from a jumbo sweet corn crab cake to nibble on, to a delicious Ribeye for dinner. Noca also boasts an impressive bar selection with craft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails. Noca aims to provide an elegant, yet approachable vibe at the north end of vibrant Canton Street. Guests can relax on our large patio on a beautiful day or celebrate a special occasion in the dining room. The vibe intertwines high-class, impeccable service with a menu and atmosphere anyone will enjoy. 

One of my favorite design elements is the light fixture over the community table near the front of the restaurant. It's modern while still staying classy and providing function in the space. We also recently changed our logo to reflect the restaurant better. Our fire pit on the patio is a guest favorite. Place settings vary among our bar space, outdoor patio and indoor dining room. At the bar, guests sit down to a blank slate, giving them room to order and mingle. In our dining room, white tablecloths adorn each table, with plateware and a black napkin with rolled silverware. Outside we have black tables that we add a place setting to if guests choose to dine with us. We keep the style simple, without too much adornment, so that guests can really focus on the beautiful food and drink placed in front of them. 

Smells delicious, sounds inviting, feels special, looks beautiful. That's what we hope for when we go out for dinner. We asked a few of our favorite Roswell restaurants to share their inspiration for styling a restaurant that appeals to all the senses. 

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