Monday, October 22, 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Moe's Southwest Grill Debuts Boring New Look, Higher Prices and Tortas in Sandy Springs

Atlanta-based Moe's Southwest Grill Friday debuted the latest iteration of its restaurant and logo.  The "new" restaurant actually opened in place of an existing Moe's that had been closed for the past month or so to undergo the transformation.  The restaurant at 6090 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, is in a freestanding building a few blocks north of I-285 between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway.  The restaurant, which is corporately owned, first opened in 2012.

[UPDATE] The Mad Italian to Reopen October 24 in Bigger New Space in Chamblee

ToNeTo Atlanta first announced plans for The Mad Italian to expand and relocate back in the fall of 2016.  In the years since, things have moved far more slowly than patrons or restaurant owner Tom Brown might have liked. Finally, though, the time has come.  The Mad Italian location at 2197 Savoy Drive closed Sunday night.  Brown tells ToNeTo Atlanta that he plans to reopen for lunch Wednesday the 24th in the new location, 2089 Savoy Drive.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018

[UPDATE] Mattress Firm Closes Three More Stores in Georgia, Including Comical One on Moreland Avenue

On the heels of Mattress Firm's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing earlier this month and closure last week of 209 stores, the company now plans to close an additional 196 stores including three more in Georgia.  At its height a few years ago, the Houston-based retailer had about 3,500 stores across the country.  Ahead of their bankruptcy filing, industry estimates indicated they operated just shy of 3,300 stores. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Chopt Planning November Debut in Buckhead, Scores Third Atlanta Location

Chopt Creative Salad Co. plans to open in Buckhead's Tuxedo Festival shopping center Monday, November 15, according to sources familiar with the restaurant's plans. (The restaurant's opening is subject to change but current plans are for the 15th.)  The new healthy eatery will open in a corner unit in the center located at the corner of Roswell and Piedmont Roads near Chastain Park.  The Buckhead outpost replaces a former Regions Bank and joins fellow food offerings Zo√ęs Kitchen, Marcello's, Duck Donuts and Menchies in the busy center. 
A City of Atlanta inspector vehicle on site at Chopt last week 

Bits & Bites

Beachwood, Ohio-based DDR Corp., a major owner and manager of open-air shopping centers, last week changed its name to SITE Centers Corp.  In a related move, the company, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) changed its ticker symbol to SITC from DDR.  "Our new brand reflects our mission to drive sustainable growth by owning and investing in high quality communities and locations," said David R. Lukes, President and Chief Executive Officer of SITE Centers.  "We are focused on maximizing the value of our centers by utilizing our company’s creativity, vision and operating capabilities to generate compelling returns."  The new color scheme is quite a bit "louder" than before with a magenta-centric color scheme.  The company owns a number of centers around metro Atlanta including Brookhaven Plaza in Brookhaven, Cofer Crossing in Tucker and the multi-phase Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point.  The SITE website indicates that the company owns nearly 30 properties in Georgia, making it one of their largest markets by center count.
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