Thursday, July 8, 2010

Napoleon's Out to Conquer Decatur

After months of speculation, it seems that half the story is correct. While Front Page News is not opening a third location in Vista Grove Plaza on LaVista Road, one of the FPN partners is opening a restaurant in the shopping center. Taking the far left end space, what's left of the short lived Village Market, Napoleon's will open in mid-August. Located at 2836 LaVista Road in Decatur, the restaurant joins the original Limetree, Workout Anytime 24/7 Fitness, Vista Yoga, a liquor store and a variety of other small businesses in the Vista Grove shopping center.

Sean Keenan, co-creator and partner in Front Page News (L5P and Midtown) and Tijuana Joe's (L5P), is himself a resident of the neighborhood, and while Front Page News was a possibility for the space, the uniqueness of Napoleon's won out. Another Decatur native, co-owner and chef Ryan Aiken, brings a wealth of experience in both fine dining and fast casual to Napoleon's, having been executive chef at both Indigo Coastal Grill and Terra Cotta and creator and proprietor of Burrito Art, which grew to three locations in Atlanta before being sold.

Napoleon's will feature an affordable, family-friendly menu including a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soft tacos, burgers and plenty of dinner entrees, among others. A big fan of Tin Lizzy's soft tacos, I'm excited about the prospect of Napoleon's offering similar fare in my 'hood. With prices from $2.29 for select soft tacos to $15.99 for Thai Curry Crab Cakes, this is sure to be a hit in a neighborhood lacking variety in restaurants. Just in time for fall, look for a large outdoor patio shortly after opening. ToNeTo Atlanta

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