Addison, Texas-based Twin Peaks will open its second metro Atlanta location in Kennesaw. The new Twin Peaks "breastaurant" will open at the corner of George Busbee & Ernest Barrett Parkways, close to Town Center at Cobb.
The space was most recently occupied by local bar & grill, Arena Tavern. Arena Tavern only lasted about 19 months before closing late last year. Prior to Arena Tavern, the 13,000 square foot restaurant space was home to Smokey Bones, a former Darden owned and now Sun Capital Partners owned barbecue eatery.
The new Twin Peaks is opening close to one of its closest competitors, Tilted Kilt. Tilted Kilt started in Las Vegas in 2003, and today operates nearly 100 locations. Tilted Kilt Kennesaw is located near Ernest Barrett Parkway and Cobb Place Boulevard, less than a mile from the upcoming Twin Peaks.
Tilted Kilt currently operates a total of five locations in metro Atlanta in Buford, Suwanee, Dunwoody, Smyrna and Kennesaw. Tilted Kilt locations Roswell and Johns Creek have already closed, and there are rumors that the chain is struggling with at least one other metro location.
Twin Peaks entered the Atlanta market in 2012 with a slightly smaller (12,700 square feet) location at TowerWalk on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.
Atlanta-based La Cima Restaurants, LLC has development rights for the chain in Georgia and the southeast. La Cima is helmed by COO Joe Hummel and President & CEO, Coby Brooks, both former executives at Atlanta-based Hooters, a competitor of Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks was started in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville, Texas in 2005, and today includes 52 locations with at least five more coming soon. Hooters began in Clearwater, Florida in 1983, and today includes some 400 locations worldwide. The closest Hooters to the Kennesaw Twin Peaks is less than 5 miles away on Old 41 Highway.
Current plans call for the new Twin Peaks in Kennesaw to open in "Mid October."