The Tex-Mex restaurant plans to build a new restaurant on a vacant parcel to the east of Bahama Breeze, on Ernest Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw. Chuy's opened their first area location last fall in Dunwoody in the former Fire of Brazil, not far from Perimeter Mall.
The company had its eye on at least one other location, on the westside, but reportedly lost out, possibly to what we now know as The Optimist.
Chuy's is not alone in expanding in Kennesaw.
Arena Tavern opened earlier this year on George Busbee Parkway in a former Smokey Bones restaurant, while Smashburger opened an inline location near Town Center Mall. Closer to Kennesaw State University, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint and Del Taco both opened new locations on Chastain Road, while more recently, a Taco Bell opened in a former Mrs Winner's on Barrett Lakes Boulevard.
Additionally, I announced last week that a Pollo Tropical would be built on a parcel (close to Chuy's), currently home to an abandoned Bugaboo Creek Steak House. Jason's Deli is also constructing a new, roughly 5,000-square-foot restaurant near Cobb Place shopping center, off Ernest Barrett Parkway.
A Chuy's representative tells me the hope is to have the new restaurant open September 17, 2013.
Are you a Kennesaw resident excited about all the new development? If you are and or commute to KSU, where do you eat most often now, and what opening are you most excited about? What does Kennesaw need that is does not already have?