Atlanta-based Stevi B's has closed at Briarcliff Village. The 6,200 square foot pizza buffet restaurant, which opened in October 2009, reportedly quietly closed about two weeks ago. Stevi B's is similar to Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's Pizza, and offered economical pizza buffet options predominantly targeting families.
A franchise of Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opened a new location in nearby Northlake Festival this past May, and undoubtedly took business from Stevi B's. While neither pizza concept offers especially healthy or high quality pizza, they both appeal to families and offer economically priced pizza, with Uncle Maddio's likely winning over consumers with the customization and gluten free options they offer.
Stevi B's was started by brothers Richard & Bobby Stoll in 1996 . The Stoll brothers grew the company to 28 locations across eight states, before selling it to Atlanta-based Argonne Capital Group in 2008. The Stoll brothers got back in the restaurant business in 2007 when they opened Cheeseburger Bobby's in Kennesaw. Today Cheeseburger Bobby's has ten locations open with an eleventh coming soon to Columbus, Georgia.
Today there are about 50 Stevi B's across ten states with 27 in Georgia. Aside from the recent Northlake closure, a brief internet search revealed at least one other Stevi B's closure, this one in Montgomery, Alabama.
Northlake is reportedly a highly sought after trade area for restaurants, and it will interesting to see how long the Stevi B's space stays vacant. (Regency Centers still shows Stevi B's as the occupant of suites 001D/E on its site plan for the center on its website.) The space is directly next to Panera Bread and the center has Office Depot, Publix and T.J. Maxx as anchor tenants. Last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in place of a freestanding Pizza Hut in an outparcel of Briarcliff Village.