Chefs and Restaurants

Here’s How to Do Friends and Family Nights Right

Caroline Hatchett

In 2011, Drew Belline and Ford Fry, two of Atlanta’s most revered chefs, got together and opened a restaurant. Despite their combined experience, the soft debut of their California-Italian No. 246 did not go well. “Holy cow, what a nightmare,” recalls Belline of their friends and family. They filled the restaurant with guests they didn’t know. Everybody ordered the lobster. “We were basically figuring out the concept [in real-time]...