Monday, October 25, 2010

Second Arena Tavern Scores Sandy Springs Site

Former Metrotainment investor Michael Miller and his partners are expanding their dining empire to include a second Arena Tavern. Early last year, the group opened the original Arena Tavern in Duluth and Nacho Daddy's across the street. Though an official announcement has not yet been made, Miller and his partners are scheduled to assume control of the former KC Pit BBQ on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. KC closed earlier this summer as a result of an investigation by both the IRS and the DEA. The space, at 6317 Roswell Road, had been home to a number of concepts over the years. Before KC, it was home to La Rumba, a Hispanic dance club and bar, prior to that it was Jade Palace Chinese restaurant, and years ago, I'm told it was an Olive Garden.

The partners hope hope to have the space converted to Arena Tavern by mid-to-late January. Super Bowl anyone? The group's first Arena Tavern, and the reason for its name, is located in the former Roadhouse Grill in Duluth, a couple blocks from the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Not quite the same demographics nor location, Miller's choice for the second location, once rumored to be in Buckhead, is a little questionable. In Duluth, the name and location made sense and its surrounding neighborhoods and attractions provided plenty of traffic. The restaurant is a stand-alone building at the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway, with Discover Mills and numerous hotels and the aforementioned arena nearby. In Sandy Springs, on the other hand, the restaurant is at the end of a Marshall's-anchored suburban strip shopping center. ToNeTo Atlanta

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