Evos at the Prado in Sandy Springs has closed.
Tampa, Florida-based Evos first opened in Atlanta in 2009 and has struggled basically since it entered the market. Labeled "healthy" fast food, the fast casual chain features healthier versions of typical fast food fare such as "airbaked" poultry and "airfries," each cooked in an oven rather than a deep fryer, thus cutting out fatty oils and grease.
The chain opened a second location in midtown on Peachtree Street and had another in the works for Roswell. The midtown location closed in October, 2010, reopened in March of 2011, and closed for a second and final time in February, 2012.
Rumor has it the healthy eatery had not been paying rent at The Prado for months. After hosting a "grand re-opening" in January, 2011, the restaurant continued to struggle and closed about a week ago.
A new tenant has reportedly already been found and is said to be an "Indian concept restaurant."
After months of delays, Bruegger's Bagels will never open its previously announced location in The Prado. The bakery cafe, which also took their sweet ole time in opening their first new Atlanta area store at Powers Ferry Landing last year, was to have been located next to Yogurt Mountain in a recently added Roswell Road portion of The Prado.
Sources say that the franchisee failed come up with the necessary financing to open the cafe, and "fled to India" as a result. Sembler, The Prado's developer, reportedly already has at least one replacement tenant interested but its identity is unknown to me.
Waffle House, currently located at 230 Mount Vernon Highway, just off Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, will be closing January 1st, 2014.
The restaurant is reopening though, at an as yet undisclosed nearby location. The Waffle House location opened in 1983 and has been a favorite breakfast spot for neighbors ever since. The restaurant is being sold to the City of Sandy Springs to allow for a revitalization effort of the area, including the former Target store.
One thought that comes to me for a possible relocation is the former Arby's on Roswell Road, just south of Abernathy. (Another thought. How the heck has Flavor
Cafe Bakery Restaurant & Bar managed to stay open?)
Over in Dunwoody at Ashford Place, Romano's Macaroni Grill closed early last month and follows the June closure of fellow Ashford Place eatery Firkin & Gryphon. Chili's is the last remaining restaurant in the center and despite claims otherwise, has no plans to close according to Matt Hagan, leasing representative with Regency Centers, who leases Ashford Place. Hagan says of Ashford Place, "We are working with a number of different restaurant users who are interested in our vacant restaurant buildings (Macaroni Grill and Firkin & Gryphon).
On a trivia note, Romano's Macaroni Grill was founded in 1988 by Philip J. Romano. Romano also created a number of other dining concepts, among them Fuddruckers and EatZi's, both of which also previously had Dunwoody locations, all of which have now closed.
What you most like to see open in Dunwoody or Sandy Springs?
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