North Carolina-based Cook-Out is coming to (the city of) Atlanta.
The casual burger chain, which recently opened a location in Statesboro by Georgia Southern University, and has two others coming soon in Athens and Augusta, will next open inside the perimeter. The new Cook-Out restaurant will open in place of the shuttered Hooks Seafood & Chicken (originally a Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits) on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta, just off I-20.
The Cook-Out restaurant will be roughly 3500 square feet with plans to utilize at least some of the current structure. Renovations should begin in mid-to-late October, with the restaurant likely opening early next year. Cook-Out's menu consists largely of burgers, hotdogs and chicken "cooked outdoors style," North Carolina BBQ, fries and over 35 flavors of milkshakes. Yearlong flavors like "Orange Push Up" and "Banana Pineapple" are among the more interesting milkshake flavors, while seasonal options like "Fresh Watermelon" (July & August) and "Fresh Egg Nog" (December) are also very popular.
Cook-Out has a cult-like following, and with this being the chain's first location in the city of Atlanta, expect great fanfare for this location. Athens-based Zaxby's, which up until recently had no presence intown, has seen tremendous customer traffic in their new Ponce de Leon location. I've driven by Zaxby's Ponce a few late nights, and I mean 2 am late, and there is a line around the building of customers waiting in the drive-thru.
Cook-Out does have some burger competition in the area with national players Checkers, Krystal, Wendy's and McDonald's, each within a few blocks of the planned Cook-Out.
Are you excited to have Cook-Out open in Atlanta? Where would you like to see them open next? If you have been to a Cook-Out, what is your favorite menu item? Please share your thoughts below.