Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry introduces his latest concept, Parisian-inspired restaurant LITTLE SPARROW
What was once the well-known JCT. Kitchen & Bar has transformed into an entirely new concept—and this time with a French flair. Another brainchild of celebrated chef Ford Fry, Little Sparrow made its mouthwatering debut to Westside Provisions District last fall. “Little Sparrow is the sister restaurant to Marcel, our beloved steakhouse,” says Fry. “We desire going to eat where we know we will feel good, and that’s how we designed Little Sparrow. It’s a place to indulge but also just a great spot to grab a perfect medium-rare burger and fries.”
From its tableside service to the rich and cozy furnishings, dining at Little Sparrow is an elevated experience. Executive chef Bob Ryan describes the dishes as timeless continental cuisine heavily influenced by European chefs from the 1970s. “We want to add luxury back into dining by way of caviar, butter, truffles, and even just a simple dry-aged burger,” says Ryan. “Plus, we couldn’t create Little Sparrow’s menu without adding an entire section for frites—and frites only. Our frites are thrice-cooked for the perfect fluffy inside and super crispy outside.” There are also plenty of savory hors d’oeuvres like the Onion Soup Gratinée, Salade Maison, and Aleppo Shrimp. To sip, opt for one of Little Sparrow’s craft cocktails. “Our cocktail list includes gussied-up gin and tonics like the Génépy Highball and one of our fan favorites, Le Petit Martini, which is the simple and perfect answer for when you want one more martini, but maybe just not all of it,” says beverage manager Allison Lovelace. As a nightcap, make your way upstairs to Bar Blanc for more drinks and bites in a speakeasy setting.
Smith Hanes Studio is responsible for Little Sparrow’s polished design. Whimsical chandeliers and wall sconces provide just the right amount of moody ambience and draw the eye to the hand-painted wall scene depicting the French countryside. Marbled tables peacefully coexist with the leather banquettes by Bjork Studio and bistro chairs sourced from Europe. The bar, which was handcrafted by local woodworkers, takes center stage.
“We designed the space to create a Parisian, swanky vibe,” says Fry. “We hope it feels like a complete breath of fresh air and like you’re stepping back in time—almost like Owen Wilson in the movie Midnight in Paris.” littlesparrowatl.com