For years, chef Jarrett Steiber helmed his popular pop-up, Eat Me Speak Me, as he readied himself for a permanent restaurant. After considering several potential sites, he found the perfect storefront in the Summerhill neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. Jarrett’s rotating menu and relationships with local farms inspired us, and our design was influenced by his personality and creativity. Windsor-style seating paired with custom banquettes by a local furnituremaker mixes with old factory flooring, while the artwork features stories from family, employees, and longtime friends. And of course, special tributes to “Little Bear” himself, Jarrett’s Great Pyrenees sidekick Fernando, are found in the wallpaper, signage, and tabletops. Little Bear is a restaurant that embraces everyone, from its diners and delightful chefs, to its neighborhood and city.
Photography by Vicki Hughes