ROXX Tavern, a popular eatery on Cheshire Bridge Road, is opening a second location. ROXX will replace what was most recently "Northlake Idol" a failed karaoke restaurant & bar on Northlake Parkway, just outside I-285. The space was originally built as a Chili's Bar & Grill but closed a number of years ago. The space was later converted into a Twisted Taco, before its latest incarnation as the ill-conceived and short-lived karaoke concept.
ROXX Tavern opened its first location on Cheshire Bridge Road in 2000, replacing a since relocated McDonald's restaurant. The restaurant seems not to have its own website but has at least one seriously devoted fan who took it upon himself to create a ROXX fan page that provides plenty of useful information and reviews on the restaurant.
ROXX Cheshire Bridge serves lunch and dinner weekly and brunch on Sunday.
ROXX plans to open their their new Northlake location in mid September.
The Northlake area has seen a resurgence of interest, especially by restaurants.
A few years back, Marlow's Tavern opened with the renovated and reflagged DoubleTree hotel and one source claims this is the most successful location for the Atlanta-based restaurant.
In 2011, Chick-fil-A built a new location in place of a shuttered Taco Bell, and soon after, Chipotle Mexican Grill built a new location in place of a relocated Pizza Hut.
Panda Express joined in the crowd with a new freestanding location in the Michael's-anchored center across the street from Chipotle.
Making use of former restaurant space, Resurgens Bank relocated their branch to a former Fuddrucker's restaurant at Northlake Festival last year.
A couple months ago, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opened a new location on LaVista Road, adjacent to Starbucks.
Last week, I broke news that both Popeyes and Bojangles' are planning new Northlake area locations. Popeyes plans to open on LaVista Road near existing McDonald's and Wendy's, and Bojangles' will open on Lawrenceville Highway at Northlake Parkway, next to the new RaceTrac.
There are, however, other opportunities for restaurants in the area.
A former Steak and Ale at Northlake Parkway, just off LaVista Road, remains vacant. The over 9000 square foot restaurant chain was popular in the 80s and 90s but its Northlake location has been closed for over five years. Once owned by Pillsbury, the company, along with its then sister concept Bennigan's, were spun off in 1982. With eroding market share and after a couple of other owners, the restaurant filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2008, and closed all of its remaining locations.
Not as large as ROXX or as well located, a former Schlotzsky's Deli remains vacant on LaVista, just north of Northlake Parkway. The aging restaurant space housed Schlotzsky's for many years, but closed over a year ago. Schlotzsky's, owned by Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands, has been refocusing on the Atlanta market but is being far more selective in their locations. In most cases they are opting to avoid in-line locations and instead build (or in some cases, convert) freestanding restaurants with space to allow for co-branding with fellow FOCUS Brands concepts like Cinnabon and Carvel.
What would you like to see open in the former Steak & Ale or the former Schlotzsky's? What is your favorite Northlake area restaurant? Will you frequent ROXX at their new location? Share your thoughts below.