PURE taqueria, a local chain with four units currently open, will expand to six in the coming months. Started in Alpharetta in 2005, PURE taqueria now has locations in Inman Park, Woodstock and in Matthews, NC. The chain gets its name from the first PURE, which was built on the site of an early 20th century Pure Oil station.
While both of the upcoming locations were reported to have been opening in "early 2011," they have both since been pushed to late spring / summer. In Duluth, a new location will open near the intersection of 120 and Buford Highway on Main Street. In Chamblee, the new location will open at the intersection of Johnson-Ferry Road and Peachtree [Industrial] Boulevard.
The Chamblee, or "Chamhaven" location as a PURE representative joked it should be called, is opening on the site of Buddy's, a convenience store that closed a few years ago. The restaurant will make use of the existing structure, but will also add a new structure, which is a similar situation to that of the original location in Alpharetta. The site is across from a BP gas station and is in front of an existing Lowe's Home Improvement store. Just south, in a Lowe's outparcel, a Zaxby's is supposed to be coming, but little has been done.
I'm less familiar with the layout of the Duluth location, but from what I understand it is a new build out, and should open before the Buddy's site, hopefully by mid-late June. The Duluth location is being opened by the same group that owns the Inman Park PURE.
Not far south on Peachtree, Verde Taqueria opened on Dresden Drive in 2009, and Here to Serve's Noche restaurant will open its third location in TOWN Brookhaven later this month. I think PURE has selected a great location and look forward to seeing how it turns out.