Urban Flats in Lindbergh City Center has re-opened. After opening in late 2008, the restaurant closed at the end of 2009, and had remained vacant. This past February, I announced the restaurant would be re-opening with a new owner. Ironically, Orlando-based Urban Flats filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March. If I had a few more zeros at the end of my bank balance, I would be investing in something other than this sinking ship.
Elbow Room, a popular Buckhead dive bar on Pharr Road, is scheduled to re-open in a few days, after having been closed for about a month. Apparently, storm damage caused a pipe to burst in the restaurant and in the process of fixing this, the restaurant underwent a small-scale renovation.
Nancy's Pizza at Grandview and Peachtree re-opened this past Saturday after having been closed for a couple of weeks related to storm damage.
Park Bench is still supposedly opening on Irby Avenue in Buckhead, although the nagging issue of enough parking remains the Achilles heel for their opening. There is simply not enough parking in the area to meet the city requirements for them to open. Whole Foods and Henri's Bakery already lease their spaces to other bars and therefore can't accommodate Park Bench's needs as well. As best I can tell, the inside is completely done so I guess we'll just have to wait 'til they build a deck on the old Rio Bravo property...
There, a new restaurant scheduled to open in the bottom of the Alexan apartments at TOWN Brookhaven, is far from opening. I was told in May by the restaurant's proprietor that they hoped to open in late July / early August, but little progress has been made of late. The latest wrinkle is a "STOP ORDER" order posted on the door, citing there was no permit on record for the construction. No telling if or when there opens, but it looks less and less likely.
Marble Slab Creamery will supposedly open in TOWN Brookhaven in the coming months. Last year they closed their Buckhead Triangle location (where Pinkberry opened soon after) and the new Brookhaven location is only a few minutes away. Not quite a replacement, but surely an option for some wanting to see their ice cream smashed on a marble slab rather than just dug out of a container as at nearby Bruster's.
Quiznos was once open in the same shopping center as Nancy's Pizzeria, and Radio Shack on Peachtree, then it closed. Earlier this year, some lunatic reopened it, and now it's closed again. Note to anyone with money: don't reopen it... as a Quiznos, Subway, or Erbert & Gerberts. Please, don't make like Nike, Just (DON'T) Do It.
Lastly, Havana Grill, the pseudo-replacement of the Havana Sandwich Shop, has closed. I drove by the restaurant earlier this week and it was cleared out but I'm not sure when exactly their last day was. Debbie Benedit opened Havana Restaurant in late 2009 in the Crossroads shopping center, at the corner of Clairmont and Buford Highway. In late March 2010, William Bendit opening Havana Grill in a former Long John Silver's at Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway. William Benedit is the brother of the late Eddie Benedit. Both brothers, along with their father Guido Benedit, originally opened Havana Sandwich Shop on February 9, 1976. Debbie is Eddie's widow. There were conflicting reports about which was really the authentic Cuban eater. Evidently Debbie has come out on top.