His signature restaurant, Rathbun's is housed in a 19th-century warehouse space, Stoveworks, formerly a potbelly stove factory near the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta. Other Rathbun restaurants include Kevin Rathbun Steak a few blocks from Rathbun's with a patio on the BeltLine, Krog Bar (Mediterranean tapas bar) also in Stoveworks, and KR Steakbar opened in 2012 in Peachtree Hills area of Buckhead.
Notoriety and awards
Other awards include:
- “Best New Restaurant 2004”, Esquire Magazine
- “Best New Restaurant” and "Restaurant of the Year", Atlanta magazine
- “Best New Restaurant” by Creative Loafing
- USA TODAY, “New Gourmet Selection of Restaurants”
- Bon Appetit Magazine: “Where to Eat Now”.
Over his lifetime, Rathbun worked with well-known chefs such as Bradley Ogden, Emeril Legasse, and Stephen Pyles. He was nominated for the James Beard “Rising Star Chef” of 1994. He brought Southwestern cuisine to Atlanta with the restaurant NAVA. Later he introduced fusion cuisine to the city in his position as the opening Executive Chef of Bluepointe. From 1999 until 2003, Rathbun was the Corporate Executive Chef for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, overseeing a number of the group's restaurants.
- "Best New American Restaurants" , Travel and Leisure, December 2004
- "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Atlanta Neighborhood", New York Times, December 1, 2011
- "Media Center", kevinrathbun.com
- Brooke Hatchett. "Woodlands chef showcases skills on television - Jasper's owner Kent Rathbun competes on Food Network program Feb. 24," Houston Chronicle, February 21, 2008, This Week section, page 2.