Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bits & Bites

Footwear retailer ecco has closed its second level location at Lenox Square.  The store will supposedly undergo brief renovations with plans to reopen February 5th.

Wahoo! Wine & Provisions is now open on West College Avenue in Decatur.  The new business carries assorted  wine, meats and cheeses, gifts, local produce and flowers, and is operated by neighboring restaurant, Wahoo! Grill.  Las Vegas-based 

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opened their first Atlanta area location this past Monday in Duluth.  The new eatery is the first of three planned by local franchisee Michael Li.  The Duluth location of Capriotti's is located in a small strip center near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard & Old Peachtree Road.  

Atlanta-based RAM Partners LLC has renamed their Aventine at Lindbergh apartments.  The new name, The Ivy at Buckhead, is seemingly meant to confuse the public into thinking the property is in someway associated with "The Ivy," the popular club / bar on Roswell Road in North Buckhead. At the very least, the change is sure to confuse cab and uber drivers, but wait, that's really not that hard.  

As previously announced on this blog, Flip Burger Boutique is getting two new neighbors at its westside location.  Atlanta-based Fidelity Bank is constructing a new branch at 1583 Howell Mill Road, while Jimmy Johns is nearing completion of their new restaurant at 1605 Howell Mill.  

Maya Steaks has opened on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  The new steak-centric restaurant was opened by Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taqueria and Coldbrew's. The Maya space was previously occupied by SeaBass Kitchen and before that, Rumi's Kitchen.  

A new Waffle House is coming to Sandy Plains Road in Marietta.  The new Waffle House is being built on a parcel currently home to Speedemissions and before that, a Checkers restaurant. 

Marcus Marshall, most recently General Manager at St. Cecilia in Buckhead, has left to accept a newly created position at Concentrics Restaurants.  Marshall, whose previous management roles also include stops at STK in midtown and assorted Concentrics concepts before that, will now be "Regional Director of Operations" for Concentrics Restaurants.   According to Concentrics founder Bob Amick, “Marshall will be involved in both Concentrics’ owned restaurants and those we develop and operate under management agreements."

Earlier this week, Bojangles' opened a new metro Atlanta location in Lilburn.  The new, roughly 4,000 square foot Bojangles' is located at 5625 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn, adjacent to AutoZone.  Charlotte-based Bojangles' has recently added new locations to Peachtree Corners, Duluth, Snellville, Commerce and Tucker.

Roi Shlomo is taking his Kale Me Crazy juice bar concept to the west coast.  According to a real estate source, Kale Me Crazy is "seeking sites throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties." The first Kale Me Crazy opened in Inman Park in 2013 with a second location slated to open soon on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur.   Shlomo's first concept, Yogli Mogli, a frozen yogurt concept, expanded to a number of areas outside of Atlanta but only as far west as Illinois. 

The Gear Revival on the Westside is closing its doors after nine years in business.  The Gear Revival was an outdoor Play it Again Sports-type store with a great selection of apparel and equipment for kayaking, hiking, biking, etc. The store is due to close for good January 25th.  Interestingly, the store posted to its facebook page that it was looking to hire "a part time to full timer" on October 28th, only to announce they were closing on January 9th. 

GoVinda's Cafe has finally opened in Little 5 Points.  The Vegan / Vegetarian restaurant was originally slated to open earlier last year, but was seemingly plagued by endless delays.  The restaurant is located on Euclid Avenue between Thai 5 and Bang-On in a space previously home to Kloud 9 women's boutique. 

Sperry Top-Sider has closed its location at Perimeter Mall. The Perimeter Mall location opened in 2012 near Nordstrom and was followed by a location near Nike at Lenox Square in Buckhead in 2013.  The Lenox Square location will remain open.  Corporate reportedly found the two locations too close to each other, and chose to keep the Lenox Square store open. The Perimeter Mall store reportedly closed over two weeks ago, but it remains listed on both the Sperry corporate website and the Perimeter Mall website.  

Mistura Timepieces closed its location at Perimeter Mall yesterday.  The small watch retailer was located on the upper level near The Pub.  A Mistura at Lenox Square near Forever 21 will remain open... for now.   

Regions Bank recently closed two of its branches in Buckhead.  A branch at Two Buckhead Plaza near the intersection of West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Roads as well as a branch at Tuxedo Festival at the intersection of Roswell and Piedmont Roads were both closed.  A new two story Regions Bank branch opened at the corner of East Andrews Drive and West Paces Ferry Road to replace the two closed branches.  

Chef Ron Eyester has reopened Timone's in Virginia Highland.  Timone's previously concentrated almost entirely on pizza, and now offers deli and grocery items in addition to pizza.  

MAC Cosmetics has temporarily relocated their location within Macy's at Lenox Square to undergo renovations. For the new "couple months," the cosmetics counter will be found further in the department store rather than at the front where it's been for many years.   


Erik from the Burbs said...

The space where the Waffle House is being built use to have from late 1970s to early 1990s, a gas station/convenience store know as Sing Food Store that sold Chevron Gas. They where small chain based out of South Georgia. They went out of business. I worked at that store from 1988 to 1991. Cobb County Finest use to hang out there a lot.

Anonymous said...

I'll also add that I think the location choice of Corso is a bad one. Unless you intend on sitting at the coffee shop for a while it doesn't lend itself to someone who is not shopping in the development to just stop in for a quick coffee. You either have to valet your car which makes your coffee more expensive or park and have a somewhat long-ish walk from the deck just to get to the coffee shop. Maybe they aren't trying to pull passerby traffic. It also seems that it would be a better fit where the future Tod's store will be - in the center of activity instead of a bookend. Just bad placement, IMO.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sperry Top Sider corporate folks...did you not realize how close Lenox and Perimeter are prior to going through all the trouble of opening stores there??

Anonymous said...

Regions needs to build more branches rather than closing!

jeff a. taylor said...

So did they fix the parking/entry sitch at SeaBass Kitchen/Maya Steaks? If not, it'll be something else soon.

Looks like that space was a fast-food joint with a drive-thru and no parking at some point -- maybe even a dry-cleaner.

Anonymous said...

at any given moment, there are more people in line at Garrett's Popcorn in Lenox Square than in all of Buckhead Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

The last time I was around Buckhead Atlanta (worst name ever)... There were more valet car parkers than paying customers. BA is shaping up to be an enormous bust. Maybe Spank moving it's HQ there will save it but who knows.

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised to hear that The Gear Revival is closing. However, the area around the store has changed a lot in the past few years. Any idea what is happening to the space?