Friday, November 25, 2011

Mi Cocina Opening on the Midtown Mile Next Year!

Irving, Texas-based Mi Cocina will open, at Peachtree and 11th Streets late next fall. While the announcement of their opening at the12th & Midtown project came this week, the restaurant is not expected to open until late October or early November of 2012. The restaurant will be two-levels and located around the corner from Piola and adjacent to CB2 in the street level restaurant space of 1010 Midtown. Also, in the same building, on the rear, are Ra, a sushi-centric restaurant from Benihana and RiRa, an Irish Pub like Fado.

Across the street, in 1075 Peachtree, New York-based The One Group will open STK next month, and recently decided to replace their planned STK OUT, a casual version of
their upscale steakhouse, with Cucina Asselina. Cucina Asellina is a more casual version of the group's popular Asellina eatery in New York, and will serve light Italian fare such as flat breads, pizzas and pastas, and should be open in early January. While the One Group stated they changed directions so that they would not have two similar concepts serving similar fare next to one another, Piola, located across the street from where Mi Cocina is opening, serves an almost the identical menu to that which is planned for Cucina Asellina.

Austin, Texas-based Chuy's Fine Tex Mex will open their first Atlanta area location December 6th in Dunwoody and has plans for another location, thus far targeting the west midtown area. Back in midtown, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a fast casual eatery, has leased the space currently home to Bakeshop, and will open a new location there next year. Earlier this year, Lime Fresh also leased the space currently home to Johnny Rockets on East Paces Ferry and plans to open there early next year. Miami-based Lime Fresh started in 2004 and last year signed a licensing agreement with Maryville, Tennessee-based Ruby Tuesday whereby the storied chain will expand the fast casual Mexican eatery with plans to open up to 200 locations in the coming years.

Are you as confused as I am as to why Selig would arrange for Mi Cocina to open across the street from Cucina Asellina after already opening Ra doors away from RiRa? Have you been to Mi Cocina in Texas? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mi Cocina is a great tex-mex restaurant in Dallas. This will be a welcome addition to the mediocre Tex-Mex selection Atlanta currently has. I just wish it would open up sooner!

Anonymous said...

More dining options are always good for Midtown, but I wish more retail would open on this stretch! I don't think it's all that confusing... one is Italian and the other is Mexican, right?

It's pretty clear Mexican is popular in the South...

Also, whatever happened with Cafe Intermezzo??

mark said...

Completely agree with the second "Anonymous" post... wish we could get some more retail here!

Anonymous said...

Atlanta really lacks quality Mexican food. Nuevo Laredo is good, but out of the way. Mi Cocina has great food and great margaritas. Atlanta residents will love their "Mambo-taxi," a mix between a frozen margarita and sangria.

Andrew Doyle said...

Mexican and BBQ in Atlanta are lacking. Mi Cucina, is good, not amazing, but good. It also has a great bar scene in both Dallas and Plano (Shops of Legacy). Midtown could use more upscale restaurant bar scenes to augment, Ecco and STK.

Both of these places will help raise the residential profile of Midtown above 10th street. It still feels rather sterile up there now, but with more options like these this will really help.