Restaurants – Bars in ATLANTA, GA. The restaurant is located Midtown West, and its cuisine emphasizes sustainably caught fish cooked in a wood-burning oven. Fry’s father, who adores sailing, provided the restaurant’s name. An optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy used by children up to the age of 15 in sailing. Fry is drawn to the word “optimist” because of its straightforward meaning and understated character. The mention of optimism over the “day’s catch” and “capturing the next big fish” is also appreciated by Fry.