Revival is a nod to Kevin’s formative years, offering a proper version of the traditional Sunday dinner served family-style and executed with his precise techniques. Following Kevin’s allegiance to Southern cuisine, Revival focuses on farm-fresh ingredients and a dining experience that reflects the traditions his own family follows.
Watch the video below to learn more about Chef Kevin Gillespie and Revival.
CHEF DE CUISINE
Southern cuisine was never on Nicole Edwards’ radar until she arrived in Atlanta. “I wasn’t expecting to enjoy cooking Southern food so much,” she laughs at the unexpected path her culinary career has taken. “Now I love reading classic cookbooks with recipes that sound like they’re straight from a great-grandmother’s table. Those are the same types of recipes from Kevin’s childhood that inspire the food at Revival.”
Nicole’s earliest career experience, after earning her culinary arts degree and a Bachelor of Science in culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University, was with Operation Frontline Colorado/Share Our Strength in Denver. During this time, she organized and taught cooking and nutrition classes throughout the state while also working at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. But once she experienced the energy of a restaurant kitchen, she never looked back. She later worked as s a line cook at Café Boulud in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her time in Florida also included two years working for Michelle Bernstein at Sra. Martinez and Michy’s.
Nicole then went on to work for chef Stephanie Izard at Girl and the Goat in Chicago as a line cook and then sous chef, where she developed the skills to feed 350-600 guests every evening in an extremely fast-paced environment. Prior to Girl and the Goat. Her love affair with Southern cuisine first began when she moved to Atlanta in 2014 and served as executive sous chef at Watershed on Peachtree. There, she was exposed to both Creole-style Southern food as well as more modern takes on traditional Southern flavor profiles.
Prior to arriving at Revival in the spring of 2017, Nicole worked at Gunshow and credits the restaurant for pushing her past her creative comfort zone. “When I first started at Gunshow, my ideas grew out of things I had seen at other restaurants but didn’t have a hand in, and now it’s morphed into exploring ways to use interesting ingredients that are available to me right now. Understanding seasonality has had a huge influence on me.”
Nicole considers one of the biggest highlights of working at Revival to be the tight-knit, welcoming community of people who work at the restaurant. Passionate about finding new ways to create flavor profiles and present her food, she aims to strengthen both her culinary and management abilities while collaborating with Kevin.
Revival is a nod to Kevin Gillespie’s formative years in the South, when gathering together for family suppers played a significant role in his life. The restaurant’s menu is a reinterpretation of what one would find at Gillespie’s grandmother’s house: a classic, Southern spread that features farm-fresh ingredients and also showcases refined culinary techniques.
The building where Revival is located was originally a home owned by the Campbell family of Decatur in the early 1900s – a home where couples courted one another in the parlor, where children were born and where generations of memories were made. It has since housed everything from law offices to restaurants, but the Revival team has restored the space as closely as possible to its original condition to reinstate that homey atmosphere.
When guests dine at Revival, they will experience a rebirth of the family-style way of dining and feel the importance of sitting down and sharing a meal with loved ones – the same traditions that Gillespie’s own family held dear.
Chef de Cuisine Nicole Edwards focuses on using precise cooking techniques and seasonal farm-fresh ingredients while offering a dining experience that reflects the traditions Gillespie's own family follows.
Revival has several private dining options to choose from ranging in size from intimate family dinners, to day and evening meeting spaces, all the way up to large corporate style events and wedding receptions for up to 100 guests.
Communion, our outdoor private event space, is available for rental, but is limited to the warmer months and as weather permits. Please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you promptly
Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are recommended, but not required, and you can make them by using the seatme widget on this website, or by calling 470-225-6770.
What are the hours of operation?
Do you have outside seating?
We have a covered patio and, when the weather is nice, we open up the front porch for seating.
What is family style?
Our favorite way to eat! We take care of filling your table with hors d’oeuvres, fried chicken, meatloaf, trimmings, warm banana pudding, and Gillespie family iron skillet cornbread. See more details here.
Do you take large parties
You can make a reservation for up to nine online. For anything larger than that, please call the restaurant.
Where can I park?
You are welcome and intended to park out behind our home. We have a lot and complimentary valet service.
What can I expect to eat?
Take a look at our menus, which change regularly based on what's in season or available from our farmers.
Is there a dress code?
Come as you are. Unless you are in a seersucker suit, in which case come to Sunday dinner.
Can you bring your own wine and/or cake?
Yes, but we have a corkage fee and a cake cutting fee.
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Wednesday through Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Brunch 10:30 am - 3:00pm
Kitchen closed - 3:00 pm - 5:00pm
Dinner 5:00 - 9:00pm
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129 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030