Columbus Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants plans to open their ninth Ocean Club restaurant in Buckhead next fall. While the planned location is imprecise on the website, "Piedmont Road in the heart of Buckhead," contacts in the industry believe the restaurant will open where Sambuca is currently located. Having been to Sambuca a few times, I'd tend to think they are being bought out of their lease rather than closing because of poor business. I will say, the sketch shown looks a lot like the exterior of Sambuca on Piedmont. I believe Copeland's near Tower Place is doing worse business than Sambuca, and then of course there is the vacant Bertuccci's Pizza / Bridgetown Grill across the street.
Ocean Prime will be the third restaurant in the Buckhead area with "Prime" in its name, joining Prime at Lenox Square and New York Prime at Monarch Tower. Oddly enough, the first restaurant in the chain, located in Columbus, was called Mitchell's Ocean Club. After the success of the restaurant in 2006, Mitchell Cameron decided to expand and develop a multi unit concept. At that time, the restaurant's name was changed from Ocean Club to Ocean Prime, although the original still operates as it was built. While this will be the chain's first location in Atlanta, they already have three in Florida: one at International Plaza in Tampa Bay, another in Orlando and a third at Aventura Mall in Miami.
I worry about all these new high-end eateries coming to town where already local chefs / restaurants can't seem to stay in business. Steaks/seafood especially seem over supplied in Buckhead, and if needed anywhere, I'd say perhaps in Midtown, where STK and STK OUT were supposed to be adjacent to the new Loews Hotel but nothing has materialized. ToNeTo Atlanta
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