Thursday, July 29, 2010

Zoës Kitchen and More Join Tuxedo Festival

Mediterranean Fast Casual chain Zoës Kitchen will be adding a second Atlanta location. Having opened their first Atlanta location last Spring in Peachtree Battle, Birmingham-based Zoës Kitchen will open a second area location later this fall in the redeveloped Tuxedo Festival shopping center at the corner of Piedmont and Roswell Roads. The restaurant is taking end cap space on the Roswell Road side, where Imelda's Fine Shoes was once located. Jennifer Mims, Director of Development for Zoës, said the new location will be slightly larger in size than the Peachtree Battle location, plus additional outdoor dining.

In addition to Zoës Kitchen, the redeveloped Tuxedo Festival will also be home to Atlanta's second Gigi's Cupcakes. Gigi's, a Nashville based chain, had its first Atlanta location opened by franchisee Gil Lyons in
Sandy Springs in April and Sarah Harberts' will open in Tuxedo Festival. While Harberts had a Facebook fanpage for the location up since December, the location was only released recently. It will be in the former Freshens, once thought to be Menchie's. In actuality, Menchie's will be on the side that contains the Italian Market and upcoming Zoës Kitchen. Both Menchie's and Gigi's are to open in August but from the (lack of) progress I observed this week, I'm thinking mid-September-ish. In addition to these openings, FLIP Burger Boutique will open their second Atlanta area location in a portion of the former Blockbuster Video space and Party City will close and become Tuxedo Wine & Spirits. While I'm glad to see all the progress and development being made in this center, I have to agree with residents and neighbors alike who say access and parking are a challenge in visiting this center. A few spaces have been added behind the Blockbuster space, so hopefully that eases the FLIP traffic. When all is said and done, I see parking being the biggest issue...hope it all works out. ToNeTo Atlanta

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

plus flip burger is opening in the old blockbuster.