The popular San Francisco-style burrito joint got their start at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in late 2010 and later expanded to a brick and mortar location on Howell Mill Road in 2011. While they did well on Howell Mill, their property was sold and they were forced to close last year. Not long after, Matt and wife Erica Hinton, the restaurant's owners, reopened in the Irwin Street Market.
With the desire to replace their shuttered Howell Mill location, Hinton scoured intown Atlanta for a suitable replacement. Over six months ago, the Hintons found what they thought was an ideal location for their new restaurant, a freestanding building at 1816 Peachtree
Street Road in south Buckhead.
The space, the former Huey's, had sat vacant on Peachtree for many years, and despite having a difficult parking situation, (like neighbors Sufi's and R. Thomas) the location is ideal for south Buckhead office workers and the many residents of nearby 26th Street, The Brookwood and countless other dwellings.
The property was to become a barber shop at some point last year, with work having even progressed for a time before the plan was abandoned. I'm told there was a lease in place as long ago as last year for Bell Street, but that a series of permitting setbacks delayed work many months.
This morning, Matt contacted me and informed me that "God willing," he will open a new Bell Street Burritos at 1816 Peachtree
Street Road. Hinton went on to say that they just started build-out but he "hesitate(s) to wager a guess as to when we will open."
Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has itself signed a lease and begun renovations for their upcoming area location. Chipotle will open later this year at Brookwood Place in space that what was originally opened as Wolfgang Puck Express and later Baroni and Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar.
Both burrito shops have substantial local followings, and both will have Peachtree Street frontage. While Chipote does have more parking, it's all in the back and "a hassle for some."
Though less than a half mile apart, I feel both can coexist and thrive.
What do you think of Bell Street's newest location? Can Chipotle and Bell Street coexist? Who rolls the best burrito in Atlanta?
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