Clay Harper is best known for his seven-unit chain of Fellini's Pizza restaurants, but he also owns the five-unit La Fonda Latina group of restaurants, and last summer, opened the first The Greater Good Barbecue restaurant on Hugh Howell Road in Tucker.
The Greater Good Barbecue in Buckhead will open alongside Fellini's Pizza and La Fonda Latina on Roswell Road, just north of Wieuca Road. The BBQ joint is replacing what was most recently Ringside Franks & Shakes. The hot dog eatery opened in late 2011, itself replacing another failed Harper concept, Three on the Tree, a FroYo shop. Ringside was operated and part owned by Jeremy Kelly, a longtime Fellini's manager, and former partner in Three on the Tree.
Ringside closed this past June, and up until recently was offered on a local real estate website for sale with the offer to "keep or convert." It would seem that unable to get the business sold or property leased, Harper is giving his now established, albeit in Tucker, BBQ concept a try in Buckhead.
The Greater Good offers a variety of barbecue options such as pulled pork, pulled chicken, dry rub and brisket, as well plenty of smoked chicken wings. Classic sides like mac 'n cheese, collard greens and tater tots are among the "scratch made" side items also available.
The Tucker location is easily four times as large as the Buckhead store (with a far greater supply of parking) so I'm curious to see if the new location debuts an abbreviated menu.
Sources say The Greater Good Buckhead is scheduled to open "within two weeks."
Where is your favorite barbecue in Atlanta?
What menu item must The Greater Good feature for you to give them a shot?
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