Sam Abdullah of Buckhead Pizza Company plans to open a new concept, Pizza Crosta, later this month in Sandy Springs. Pizza Crosta will open in the former Evos on the lower level of The Prado shopping center on Roswell Road. The restaurant will feature counter service where guests can personalize their pizzas. The pizzas will be 10 inches and sell for between eight and ten bucks. The concept seems similar to local offerings like Your Pie.
Fast casual eatery Newk's Eatery is planning a new location at Perimeter Expo in Dunwoody. The new, nearly 4,000 square foot restaurant will open in the former Pearle Vision, adjacent to the former Off Broadway Shoes store. A lease was signed months ago, but as of this week the space appeared untouched. Newk's currently has five locations in Georgia:midtown, Druid Hills, Lawrenceville, Newnan and Brookhaven.
Steak 'n Shake is coming to Dahlonega. The new Steak 'n Shake restaurant will be located on a currently wooded hill on Morrison Moore Parkway. Plans call for the restaurant to start construction in the coming weeks and to open by the end of August.
Dtox juice bar plans to relocate their Roswell Road location from its current hidden, hard to access site, to Buckhead Court. Buckhead Court is further north on Roswell Road in a center previously home to an Outback Steakhouse. Dtox also operates locations on Piedmont Avenue near Ansley Mall and on West Paces Ferry Road, adjacent to Flywheel.
Von Maur's Mall of Georgia location is currently slated to open next fall. The 165,000 square foot former Nordstrom is being completely renovated to become the new department store. Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur entered the metro Atlanta market in late 2011 with a location at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. In North Point, the store occupies a space built as a Lord & Taylor that later became a Belk. At Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Von Maur occupies the one-time Davison's that later operated as a Bloomingdale's.
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Belk has put itself up for sale with no clear interested party. The independent department store was established in 1888, and today operates nearly 300 stores in 16 states. Many insiders and retail observers have made valid points as to why Macy's would not want to take on additional stores, as in many cases they overlap and would be closed. Perhaps Von Maur or Dillard's will submit offers.
A new Panda Express is coming to Valdosta. The new Asian eatery will open in an outparcel of Valdosta Mall Corners shopping center. The center is anchored by a Hobby Lobby (former Walmart) and is also home to a Steak 'n Shake, among other tenants.
Cook-Out recently opened its new location (former Backyard Burger) on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta. Additional new Cook-Out locations are opening soon in Athens (second location), Carrollton, Oakwood and Warner Robins.
The planned Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill has closed before opening at Savannah Mall in Savannah. Originally announced to be coming to the mall in 2013, the restaurant was plagued by delays reportedly related to the cost of renovating the space. The restaurant was reportedly involved in a bitter legal dispute that came to a head last week. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice of eviction on the restaurant's space informing CRGE Savannah LLC and Boomtown Entertainment LLC they were to remove themselves from the premises.
Maya Steaks & Seafood is now serving lunch on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
A new 24-hour Chevron gas station and convenience store has opened on Northside Drive and Northside Circle in northwest Atlanta.
The owners of Chamblee's Southbound restaurant plan to open a new Tex-Mex restaurant next month. Mike Plummer and Amanda Averill of Southbound plan to open "Rosa’s Tex-Mex Revival" in the former Chamblee Bistro. Chamblee Bistro, which closed late last month, was located at the corner of Peachtree Road and Broad Street, less than a half mile from Southbound. If all goes well, the owners hope to have Rosa open in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
The Loews Atlanta Hotel Midtown has changed its restaurant and concept. Now known and "Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar," the new restaurant also features fresh juices for ten bucks a pop as well as local cheeses, a refreshed cocktail menu and lots more.
Stuart Weitzman has reopened at Lenox Square. The boutique retailer known largely for its fashionable women's footwear closed its Lenox Square location in early February and at the time said it would reopen in late March.