Friday, August 15, 2014

On The Look-Out For Cook-Out

Cook-Out's East Atlanta location in a renovated Mrs. Winner's
Five more Cook-Out restaurants are coming to Georgia!

North Carolina-based Cook-Out has plans to open at least five new locations in Georgia in the coming months.  

Confirmed Cook-Out locations are coming soon to:

6273 Jonesboro Road (Morrow)
The Morrow Cook-Out will be opened in the former Mrs. Winner's that was later Reba's Famous Fried Chicken and This is Wings.  

3626 Mundy Mill Road (Oakwood)
The Oakwood / Gainesville Cook-Out will open in a renovated existing structure that has served a variety of prior uses.   

2790 Panola Road (Lithonia)
In Lithonia, Cook-Out will again make use of a one time Mrs. Winner's restaurant that had more recently turned into "Wings & Philly."  

113 Richard B. Russell Parkway (Warner Robins)
In Warner Robins, Cook-Out will open in a structure that was originally built as a Hardees and later became RicoMex before becoming a Checkers.  The Checkers closed in 2009 and the space has been vacant since.   

2910 Washington Road (Augusta)
In Augusta, Cook-Out will open in place of a former Fazoli's turned "Crazy Turks Pizza & Grill."  

A Cook-Out is  reportedly "very close" to being finalized in Carrollton while sites are reportedly being scouted in Macon and Marietta.  

Cook-Out secured a location at 46 West May Street in Winder  and was seeking zoning approval for a drive-thru, among other requests.  After receiving all necessary approvals from the city council in early March, Cook-Out abandoned their plans the following day without explanation. 

Cook-Out locations in Lithonia and Morrow will join existing Cook-Out locations in Rome and East Atlanta as previously having been Mrs. Winner's locations.  Mrs. Winner's, once prevalent throughout the state, is down to three Georgia locations, and eleven locations overall, according to its website.   

Cook-Out entered Georgia last year with a location in Statesboro near Georgia Southern University.  The Statesboro location was previously a Bojangles'.  

In the months since, additional locations have opened in Augusta (2), Athens, Pooler, Savannah, Milledgeville, Rome and Atlanta, on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta.   

Cook-Out plans to open additional locations in Atlanta near Georgia Tech and in Kennesaw near Kennesaw State University by the end of the year.  

Industry sources say Cook-Out has plans to open 20-25 locations (chain-wide) annually over the next five years.

Where would you like to see the next Cook-Out open?  Do you think Cook-Out is worth the hype? What is your favorite Cook-Out menu item?

Please share your thoughts below.  

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to see one open close enough to the current East Atlanta one that the wait times would be reduced. They've done as good a job as any restaurant with the volume of customers there, but I'd still prefer my fast food a little faster.

Anonymous said...

Ate at the one in East Atlanta about a week after it opened. WAY overhyped, dirty tables, bad service, no parking, luke warm mediocre food. When staff called out ticket numbers for food pick-up, no one could get around the people waiting to order to grab their food. Disjointed is an understatement.

Tres said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: They need to put one in Chamblee where that abandoned Buddy's is at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Peachtree.

Anonymous said...

I imagine remediation costs are keeping any developer away from that Buddy's location.

TheJohnP said...

With all the new and recent openings in the area, I'd like to vote for either Northlake/Tucker or Buford Hwy north of 285.

Would also accept maybe somewhere around North DeKalb Mall.

Anonymous said...

It seems that the burger craze (gourmet or otherwise) has hit most of metro Atlanta except for the Snellville / Scenic Hwy shopping corridor. Would love to see Cook-Out give Checker's and Steak n Shake some competition in our busy shopping corridor! ;)

Dae Dae Martinez said...

Yes, heaven and a taste of the Carolina's finally hits Panola Rd!! First, Bojangles now COOKOUT!!!!! Panola Rd has just about every fast food chain right off the I-20 exit. Burger King, McDonalds and Waffle House are all 24 hours on Panola. Can't forget Checkers closes at 5am on the weekends and 3am weekedays.

Only downfall to these new Cookouts being former Mrs.Winners is the fact that they won't have 2 drive thru lanes like traditional and original Cookouts. That's another reason why the Moreland Ave location drive thru line is always double wrapped.

Are these former Mrs Winner locations apart of some type of franchise/property agreement?