Three Dollar Cafe will soon open at Embry Village on Chamblee-Tucker Road. Although the center's leasing company showed the restaurant opening across from Kroger in a stand alone outparcel within the center, the restaurant will instead open in the space left empty by The Loop Pizza Grill. (Calls to The Leasing Team for comment on the move went unreturned.) The Loop closed last summer and left a built-out 2-level restaurant space empty.
While the Loop struggled locally, Three Dollar Cafe has managed to stick around for nearly three decades. Originally launched in Atlanta in 1982, the chain now has locations scattered around the state. Similar in price and fare to Taco Mac and Jocks & Jills, Three Dollar Cafe has not grown as big as some of its competitors, but has somehow remained relevant in the neighborhoods in which it is located.
The chain shuttered their location at Peachtree & Pharr Roads in the heart of Buckhead which was among other things rumored at one point to become an upscale movie theater. Amidst the mess that is The Streets of Buckhead, alas, nothing has materialized there. Two locations on Roswell Road, one near Chastain Park and the another in Dunwoody, are still open, and do well, I'm told.
One strange thing: the chain is apparently now owned by an Asian family who were very secretive and almost scary when I called to inquire about the new location. I was questioned as to where I obtained Mr. Woo's number (Won Dug Woo is apparently the owner) and what I wanted, who I was etc... very paranoid.