Tuesday, September 18, 2018

[CLOSURE] Cheeky Chooses to Close in Sandy Springs Center

Cheeky, a Mexican taqueria and sports bar, has closed its restaurant on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs after about two years in business.  ToNeTo Atlanta tipsters report the restaurant closed after dinner service Sunday night and that by Monday, a moving crew was on location moving stuff out.  The restaurant opened in September 2016 as part of the Sprouts Farmers Market-anchored Gateway Sandy Springs development, just north of Wieuca Road and not far from Chastain Park.  Cheeky's opening at Gateway in Sandy Springs followed its closure at the Avenue East Cobb.

[UPDATE] Pinkberry Pulls Out of Atlanta and Alpharetta

Frozen yogurt purveyor Pinkberry has closed its shops in Buckhead Triangle in Buckhead and in Avalon in Alpharetta.  The two locations reportedly closed without warning Monday morning after opening in 2011 and 2015, respectively.  Following their closure, there is only one Atlanta are Pinkberry left at Akers Mill near Cumberland Mall in Cobb county.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Apple Reportedly Eyeing Larger Bite of Lenox Square

Well-placed sources tell ToNeTo Atlanta that Apple plans to relocate and expand its store at Lenox Square in Buckhead to the front of the mall where it will occupy two levels.  The store, which would occupy the former Prime, Sprinkles, and Sperry TopSider stores, could open by holiday 2019.  The Prime space has largely sat vacant since its abrupt closure in late 2015, while a portion of Sprinkles will soon be occupied by Daily Dose by The Merchant, a coffee shop.  Sperry TopSider closed late last year and is currently occupied by Rak Outfitters, a local outdoors retailer.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bonus Bits & Bites

FOCUS Brands Thursday closed on its $200 million purchase of Frisco,Texas-based Jamba Juice.  The juice and smoothie chain was started in 1990 and today operates over 800 locations nationwide with a handful in Georgia including those in Decatur, Buckhead, Sandy Springs and East Cobb, as well as licensed locations in Turner Food Market at Turner Broadcasting in Midtown and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  The company previously operated locations in Alpharetta as well as on the campus of Spelman College and within the Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs.  Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands, owned by Atlanta based Roark Capital Group, already encompasses a number of franchise concepts including Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, Auntie Anne's, Schlotzsky's, Cinnabon and Carvel.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bits & Bites

Atlanta's first Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House plans to open September 19 in the street level retail of the new State Farm office in Dunwoody.  The new restaurant, the upscale sibling of the existing Del Frisco's Grille in Buckhead, is, as it's name suggests, a steak house rather than an American eatery like the Grille.  ToNeTo Atlanta first reported on the planned restaurant last July.

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