Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Vinings Fish Company Closed, Another Broken Egg Cafe Coming Soon

Great Food Group Inc. has closed its The Vinings Fish Company at Vinings Jubilee. In its place, Destin, Florida-based Another Broken Egg Cafe will open.

Monday, The Vinings Fish Company updated their facebook cover photo, introducing a new sesame crusted mahi and by Wednesday the restaurant closed.  Additionally, the facebook page seems to say the restaurant is open whereas the restaurant is "currently unavailable" on reservation OpenTable and the restaurants.  The restaurant's website redirects to the homepage of Great Food Group Inc. where the seafood restaurant has already been removed.  Great Food Group Inc. is owned by Chef Paul Albrecht, former partner of Pano Karartassos and co-creator of both Pano's and Paul's and The Atlanta Fish Market.

Truth be told, The Vinings Fish Company had been on the market for a few months, but the series of events leading up to its closure are a little odd.  The restaurant was previously featured on deal site Scoutmob, which likely contributed to their troubles.  

The 4,300 square-foot space seats up to 175, and offers two patios for outdoor dining.  Albrecht opened The Burger Lounge  The Burger Club  in November 2009 in the same space before closing on Christmas Eve 2010 to make way for Vinings Fish Company

Chef Paul's restaurant group includes Social Vinings, around the corner from the seafood eatery,  Paul's Restaurant and Bar in Peachtree Hills, and Dos Amigos Cantina , which opened this past January in a former Folk's restaurant on Spring Road in Smyrna.

Another Broken Egg Cafe entered the Atlanta market last year with a location in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and will soon open another in Dunwoody and yet another in Johns Creek is also in the works.  In Dunwoody, the restaurant will open in the Walmart-anchored Perimeter Village shopping center, and in Alpharetta, the restaurant will open on Old Milton Parkway in the former Cuzi's restaurant.

Strangely, the group behind the Peachtree Battle  Another Broken Egg Cafe is not involved in any of the other upcoming locations.  To open one restaurant is no small feat, it will be interesting to see how this other group does opening three restaurants across Atlanta, all around the same time.  

Another Broken Egg Cafe joins Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Egg Harbor Cafe and Atlanta-based breakfast joints such as J. Christopher's and Flying Biscuit Cafe in offering a fast casual breakfast experience.

In a separate but related category, bagel joints are expanding locally as well.  Burlington, Vermont-based Bruegger's Bagels returned to Atlanta after a ten+ year absence.  The bagel shop opened its first new Atlanta location at Powers Ferry Landing in Sandy Springs and is constructing another at The Prado, off Roswell Road, just inside the perimeter.

Brooklyn Water Bagel recently entered the Atlanta market with their location in Akers Mill near Cumberland Mall and may open more in the metro area.  The Boca Raton, Florida-based bagel chain uses a multi step patented process to "Brooklynize" water and thus create the perfect New York style bagel.

Where is your favorite breakfast joint? Do you prefer local spots like Rise-N-Dine and West Egg to local and regional chains like Flying Biscuit Cafe and Another Broken Egg Cafe?  Comment below and share your  thoughts. 

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Anonymous said...

bagel palace beats all of these firms,hands down

Anonymous said...

Visited The Brooklyn Water Bagel store at Akers Mill-Amazing Bagels & flagels (flat bagels), great sandwiches and love their iced coffee complete with coffee ice cubes