About

A brief history!


MetroFresh Midtown opened in 1250sf on October 5, 2005.

The first iteration of MetroFresh was super simple – some paint on the walls, some tables and chairs, a little cooking equipment and voila, it was instant restaurant!

We quickly became the neighborhood “go-to” spot for delicious healthy food. There was no Belt-line. There was no Trader Joes or Starbucks. MetroFresh was pretty much the only destination in the front of the Midtown Promenade.

In 2012, MetroFresh In the Garden opened for a three year successful run taking fresh, healthy food to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

We served 1000s of people a day during the Holiday Lights show, the Spring flower explosion, the fall Scarecrows, and of course the concerts in the garden series.

2014 brought the MetroFresh Midtown expansion /redesign/ renovation.

We added a wine and coffee bar which quickly became known as “Richie’s Wine Bar” in honor of the owner’s husband Richie Arpino, who likes wine and hosts occasional music nights.

We quickly became the neighborhood “go-to” spot for delicious healthy food. There was no Belt-line. There was no Trader Joes or Starbucks. MetroFresh was pretty much the only destination in the front of the Midtown Promenade.

And now, we introduce MetroFresh Uptown in the beautiful, iconic Midtown Plaza just steps away from the Woodruff Arts Center in the heart of the Atlanta Arts District.

With the same healthy, creative breakfast and lunch, we now offer an “after work” menu of small plate specials and a full cocktail bar dubbed “Bar MetroFresh.”

Meet the team


Mitchell Anderson

  • Founder,Exec Chef Emeritus
  • Poppa, El Jefe
  • Richie’s Husband
  • Quint and Sandy’s Son
  • Schotzi, Pino and Lacey’s Dad
  • Jamestown High School, Williams College, Juilliard
  • 1990s TV Star(ish) – Doogie Hower, Party of Five, Karen Carpenter Story, Jaws, The Revenge!
  • Show Biz Comeback? 2019 Best Actor Emmy Nomination AFTER FOREVER (Amazon Prime)
  • Souper Jenny Kitchen
  • Cookbook Author
  • Storyteller

Bryan “Rockstar” Kraatz

  • Midtown Exec. Chef
  • CIA Grad (The culinary School NOT the Spy Agency.)
  • Soup/Salad Mastermind
  • Western, NY Bred, Buffalo Bills Fanatic (Naturally)
  • Dear Enemy lead singer – Retired
  • Horror/Sci-fi Nut
  • Best role - Husband and personal chef to Sarah (GM, MetroFresh Midtown)

Sarah Kraatz

  • GM Midtown
  • Biz Management, Kennesaw State Honors
  • Half Scottish/Half Southern Belle
  • Wholly loved by all
  • Day Brightener
  • Canine Enthusiast
  • Nutrition/fitness crazed
  • Karaoke Star
  • Sweet Deal – married to a Rockstar Chef! (See above)

Miguel Navarrete

photo of Miguel Navarrete
  • Exec Chef Uptown.
  • Acapulco Born
  • Taco Truck Trained (at 12! con su Abuela)
  • Culinary Artist
  • Mole, Posole
  • Romantic Husband(Berenice)
  • Devoted Father(Marta, Jasmine, Miguelito)
  • Cowboy Boots, Cowboy Hats and Guitars
  • Entertainer, songwriter, Party Thrower
  • “I got this Mitchell!”

Tiffianie Pound-McHale

photo of Tiffianie Pound-McHale
  • Uptown GM
  • Georgia Girl
  • San Fran State Grad
  • Wardrobe stylist/detail gal
  • Swim Team Mom (Kai, Maya)
  • Yorkshire, England Wife (Brendan)
  • Hippie Daughter (Randi)
  • Film lover, music appreciator, food fanatic.
  • Laugher at life!

Cooper Creel

  • Uptown Bar Manager
  • Druid Hills Devil Y’all!
  • World Traveler – Morocco, India, Ireland etc. etc. etc.
  • Continuing Education –Student of Mixology
  • The artistic side – Lead Singer of “Fantasy Guy”
  • The “smooth” side – old fashion barkeep. You’ll see after your first visit!