Monday, September 9, 2013

Bits & Bites

Just like the Arby's logo, expect to see a modern, more upscale look and feel at their Lindbergh location
Clear closed their locations at Peachtree & Piedmont Roads in Buckhead and on the first level of Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  Clear, which was part of a three way merger with Japan-based SoftBank and Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint this past July, is likely the brand that will not survive the consolidation.

Vine & Tap is now delayed to early November due to a fire in the restaurant during construction.  The restaurant, replacing the shuttered Pizzeria Venti on Lenox Road is reported to have had its menu developed by Zeb Stevenson, formerly of Livingston and Proof & Provision in midtown.  The menu is said to feature "classic wine bar-driven food."  

Arby's  is renovating at Lindbergh Plaza . Nearly $140,000 will be spent on the renovation.  Originally opened as a Arby's Market Fresh in late 2007,  the restaurant was converted to simply Arby's in late 2009. Hospitality veteran Paul Brown was hired as CEO of Arby's in May to breathe new life into the Atlanta-based fast food eatery and spur franchise growth.

Five Guys has been cancelled for CNN Center.  The casual burger chain was announced to be opening in the former Don Juan's Mexican Cantina adjacent to the upcoming F2o but has now pulled out.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens in Perimeter Mall this Wednesday the 11th.  This will be the Denver-based burrito joint's first mall-based restaurant in Atlanta.  Other southern mall-based locations include the Mall at Millenia in Orlando and South Park Mall in Charlotte.  Chipotle is also opening in Lenox Square in Buckhead later this year.

Young Royalty - A Children's Boutique is opening soon on the second level of Phipps Plaza.  I have no idea what the store will turn out like but its coming soon signage brings to mind a Pure Denim for kids type of look.

Karen Millen has made the move at Lenox Square.  The U.K.-based womens fashion retailer was previously located adjacent to J.Crew but is now at the front of the mall, next to Sperry Top-Sider.  The old Karen Millen space is scheduled to reopen later this fall as Atlanta's first J.Crew Men's Shop. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have never seen how Arby’s has sold enough Market Fresh products. They are so expensive.

While excited at the thought of Five Guys at CNN Center, Turner Properties has never before allowed two of the same style places there. And Five Guys clashes with Wendy’s for burgers. Of course, Five Guy’s is much better than Wendy’s. My suggestion for CNN Center is chicken, such as Popeye’s or KFC. That former Don Juan's space is too big for either, but if Taco Bell moved from their current spot there and did a combined Taco Bell/KFC, they might be able to fill it. Of course, that would leave the Taco Bell spot open.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen how Arby’s has sold enough Market Fresh products. They are so expensive.

While excited at the thought of Five Guys at CNN Center, Turner Properties has never before allowed two of the same style places there. And Five Guys clashes with Wendy’s for burgers. Of course, Five Guy’s is much better than Wendy’s. My suggestion for CNN Center is chicken, such as Popeye’s or KFC. That former Don Juan's space is too big for either, but if Taco Bell moved from their current spot there and did a combined Taco Bell/KFC, they might be able to fill it. Of course, that would leave the Taco Bell spot open.