Marlow's Tavern will soon open yet another location, this time in Dunwoody. The new 2500 square foot restaurant will open next to Calico Corners in The Fresh Market-anchored Dunwoody Village on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Having started with a single unit in Alpharetta in 2004, the chain has eight locations open with another set to open within Emory Point later this fall. The restaurant features traditional American fare in a casual atmosphere and has done well both in the burbs andintown. I'm told its Northlake location, within the DoubleTree Hotel, is one its best performing locations.
Marlow's added a location at the redeveloped Merchants Walk in East Cobb in late 2010, and followed that up with a location at Avenue Forsyth this past July. Other Marlow's restaurants are located in Cumming, Duluth and Kennesaw. Restaurateurs John C. Metz Jr., Tom DiGiorgio, Richard E. Rivera and Hank Clark, the four partners of Sterling Hospitality restaurant management company, also operate Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar in Roswell and last year opened Market Street Cafe in the former Roy's Hawaiian space in the Prominence Building in Buckhead.
The group has plans to continue to grow the concept at a pace of about two restaurants a year. Previously, I'd heard they were looking at Buckhead and Brookhaven, but hopefully they've moved past that, as I think both areas are pretty well saturated with similar fare.
I'm told a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant in a neighboring shopping center will not be built. The restaurant was going to replace an abandoned Blockbuster and current UPS Store but neighborhood concerns of traffic that a drive thru would create led Chick-fil-A to abandon their plans. I'm told a bank will be built on the parcel instead.
Over by Perimeter Mall, Tin Lizzy's will soon open their fourth area location, this within the SunTrust Building along Perimeter Center West. The new restaurant should open in late spring or early summer.
Both the Emory Point and Dunwoody locations of Marlow's Tavern will open by year end though exact opening timetables were not readily available.
What do you think of Marlow's Tavern? Will you patronize the new Dunwoody location? What restaurant would you like most to open in Dunwoody?
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