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Karen Bremer

When you've risen through the ranks of one of the United States' most successful restaurant groups until you've become the president, what do you do as an encore? For Karen Bremer, former president of Atlanta's Peasant Restaurants and Mick's Restaurants, the answer was to become an owner.

As President of the Peasant Restaurant Division of the Atlanta Dining Group, Bremer was the chief officer in a $26 million, multi-unit, high visibility city-wide operation. In her first year as president, she increased the revenues of her division by six percent, and overall profits by an impressive seven percent.

After three years as president of the Peasant Restaurants, she assumed ownership of two of its most popular restaurants, Dailey's and City Grill, and began her own Atlanta-based company, Great Hospitality, LLC.. The two restaurants are quite different architecturally and in cuisine, but both offer an exceptional dining experience, and exhibit Bremer's commitment to excellence.

City Grill (which we reviewed in the first edition of Doc's News) opened in 1989 in the Hurt Building, in space originally occupied by the South East Federal Reserve Bank and now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.The feeling of opulence and grandeur often found in old established clubs in New York & Europe surrounds diners there as they enjoy City Grill's "American food straight up with a twist".


Since 1981, Dailey's has occupied a two-story renovated warehouse in downtown Atlanta. The landmark restaurant prides itself on what it calls "creative American cuisine".




Bremer is currently president of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) and treasurer of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association (GHTA). She is on the board of directors of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors' Bureau (ACVB) and a member of the executive board of the Georgia Chapter of Teaching Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM). Bremer is one of only two women to be named Food Service Industry Leader of the Year (1997) by GHTA.

Before it became an acclaimed and awards-winning restaurant, Atlanta’s Canoe was known as Robinson’s Tropical Gardens, a dance and drinking venue that was part of the racial underground in the segregated South. White kids from nearby Buckhead danced to the music of Little Richard, Otis Redding, Big Joe Turner and Big Momma Thornton.

The only reminders of this past are some photos on Canoe’s walls. Most guests likely aren’t overly concerned with Canoe’s history, and are much more involved with the delights from Executive Chef Gary L. Mennie’s kitchen and the exceptional wines from a cellar that garnered Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

Canoe is easily one of the region’s top restaurants. That’s been undisputed for some time now. What adds immeasurably to Canoe’s exceptional reputation is management's dedication to its wine offering. A constantly updated wine list reflects a cellar stocked with an eclectic collection from various regions. Many are available by the glass suggesting that customer care is a top priority.

Canoe, "On the Chattahoochee River where Buckhead meets Vinings" is a Mobil Four Star Restaurant and also boasts AAA’s Four Diamond Award. Both are well deserved.

Canoe at night

4199 Paces Ferry Road NW • Atlanta, GA 30339
770.443.CANOE (770.432.2663) •

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Legendary Wine Cellars


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