New signage on Frank Ski's Restaurant & Lounge reflects a name change, it's now Klass Restaurant & Lounge. The restaurant was listed for sale in February. I reached out to a source close to the situation who alleges there was no sale, just a "change in management." The reported management change seems to have led to serial nightclub owner Kevin C. Edwards being brought into the fold. Edwards is the same man behind such establishments as Kouture, Krave and Kapture, along with Cafe Circa and Indigo Bar. Ironically, Ski's earliest attempt at the lounge business was a club / lounge called "Kolor" that was proposed in a center in Buckhead by the InterContinental Hotel. After neighbors voiced their disapproval, the project was abandoned.
Pizza Crosta, a pizza concept, plans to open at The Prado in Sandy Springs next Monday May 18th. Pizza Crosta was created by Sam Abdullah and his team at Buckhead Pizza Company. Similar to concepts such as Your Pie, Pizza Crosta offers individual 10 inch pizzas starting at $7.99. Pizza Crosta will also offer assorted salads and chicken wings along will beer and wine. Pizza Crosta replaced the failed Evos eatery on the lower level of the center between Marlow's Tavern and Fuego Mundo.
Great American Cookie Co. has reopened on the upper level of Lenox Square in Buckhead. The popular cookie shop closed last year amidst clouded circumstances. Now under the ownership of a different franchisee, the new Great American is located near Abercrombie & Fitch, almost directly above its former location.
A new center in Augusta, The Market at Windsor Spring, will welcome an approximately 41,000 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market. The new center is being built at the intersection of Tobacco Road & Windsor Springs Avenue and will also have about 15,000 square feet of additional retail space. The Walmart is expected to open in early 2016.
A new Bojangles' is planned for Canton Road in Marietta. The new roughly 3,800 square foot Bojangles' will be built in place of the shuttered Players Sportsbar & Grill on Canton Road near Brackett Road. The freestanding building was built in 1982 as a Shoney's before becoming a number of independent restaurants later. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bojangles' already has locations in Marietta, Acworth and Canton, and will soon open a new location in Sandy Springs. The growing chain went public last week and shot up over 25% in its first day.
My friends at The Carrollton Menu report that a new Kroger (likely to be a Marketplace store) is planned for Villa Rica. The new Kroger would be built at the southwestern corner of Hickory Level Road and Highway 61. Kroger's regional headquarters in Tucker confirmed interest in the area but would not confirm size or a construction timeline. Kroger Marketplace stores are usually over 110,000 square feet and carry assorted non-grocery items such as expanded baby goods, kids' toys, jewelry and more. The first Kroger Marketplace in Georgia opened in late 2013, replacing a dated "Greenhouse" Kroger in Carrollton Crossroads shopping center.