North Carolina-based Cook-Out will open in Athens & Augusta soon, and maybe Atlanta later?
The exact locations of the Athens and Augusta Cook-Out restaurants had been a mystery, but luckily a few readers came through with their exact locations.
The Athens restaurant sits on roughly two acres of dirt at the corner of Epps Bridge Parkway & Jordan Drive. Cook-Out will be located in front of a relatively new NTB (National Tire & Battery) and adjacent to a Walmart with Wendy's on an outparcel.
About 7 miles away, Alex Brounstein will open his second brick and mortar Grindhouse Killer Burgers restaurant. Grindhouse Athens will be in Five Points at the corner of Lumpkin & Woodrow Streets. Grindhouse is replacing what had been a vacant service station which was torn town to construct the restaurant. Brounstein hopes to be open in about a month.
in Augusta, Cook-Out will open on the site of a former Hess gas station. The parcel, at 1801 Walton Way, is surrounded by other fast food options like KFC and Burger King, and not far from Augusta State University.
I tried my luck again with the Cook-Out corporate number hoping for a set of loose lips, but was yet again met with secrecy and little help. I was told Cook-Out prefers "soft openings" and that "no announcements would be made about the openings: they'll just open." Based on local intel, both restaurants should open by October.
Additionally, one source claims that while Cook-Out appears to be making moves OTP, (and corporate claims there are no other Georgia expansion plans on the books), their focus behind the scenes is supposedly entering Atlanta ITP. The source claims Cook-Out is "going to focus inside the perimeter for Atlanta locations before looking out" (Alpharetta, Roswell Kennesaw etc.) and that "they are actively looking."
I've only been to Augusta once and Athens a handful of times, and am far less familiar with their demographics and prime areas. Are these Cook-Out locations primed for success or will they burn-out? What are your thoughts? If Cook-Out does open ITP next, where do you think they will open? Please share your thoughts below.