Friday, July 20, 2018

[UPDATE] Chipotle Confirms First Few Closures, None in Georgia...Yet

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced in late June it plans to close 55-65 units, consolidate its offices, and move its corporate headquarters from Denver to Newport Beach, CA.  Within the past few days, these changes have started to take place.  The company has not yet released a complete list of the restaurants slated for closure, but news out of select markets confirms at least six of the upcoming closures.

[False Start] Former Famous Pub Will Not Reopen as Hudson Grille at Toco Hills

ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report last January that Atlanta based Hudson Grille planned to open its eighth overall location at Toco Hills.  The restaurant, which would have been approximately 9,000 square feet, was to replace Famous Pub which closed at the end of 2016 after 30 years in business.  At the time, Jeff Landau, CEO of Metrotainment Cafes which owns Hudson Grille, indicated that he planned to be open by the start of the 2017 NFL season in early September.  With the start of the 2018 NFL season now on the horizon, and no visible work having been completed, Landau now confirms they have scrapped their plans:
Famous Pub shortly after its December 2016 closure 

[EXCLUSIVE] Velvet Taco Venturing to Atlanta For New Restaurant

Dallas, Texas-based Velvet Taco plans to enter the Atlanta market next year with a location in Buckhead.  The restaurant, to be located at Buckhead Market Place on West Paces Ferry Road, would open in a large portion of the current 5,915 square foot The North Face store along West Paces Ferry Road.  The North Face opened a new store in Lenox Square last year which ToNeTo Atlanta previously reported would be instead of, rather than in addition to, the West Paces store.  

Bits & Bites

ALDI will celebrate the grand opening of their new Buckhead store July 26.  The new store, which occupies about half of the former Sports Authority at Buckhead Pavilion, is one of the grocer's few stores to be located inside the perimeter (ITP).  This past fall, ALDI opened another new store in a portion of an old Sports Authority in Kennesaw.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Kafenio To Open at Willis Avondale Estates in 2019

John "Johnny" Gianoulidis plans to bring Kafenio, his all day Greek restaurant, to Avondale Estates.  The new restaurant will open in the street level retail of the new Willis apartment complex on East College Avenue at its intersection with Sams Crossing. Willis is currently under construction, and upon completion later this year, is expected have about 200 units.  

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