Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bits & Bites

Bed Bath & Beyond has added a mini in-store Cost Plus World Market to its Dunwoody store at Perimeter Square.  According to a sales associate, the Dunwoody store is one of the chain's largest in the south and is one of a handful to test the World Market component. Most important to note, your 20% off BB&B coupon IS valid at the Cost Plus in-store. Cost Plus also operates its own Dunwoody store in nearby Perimeter Village on Ashford Dunwoody Road.  Cost Plus was purchased by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2012. 

Buffalo Wild Wings is coming to the front of Cumberland Mall.  The new 6,000 square foot restaurant will open between Chico's and P.F. Chang's in a space that has been vacant since the mall was renovated about ten years ago.  The restaurant will reportedly open before Black Friday next month. Previously, it had been announced that Buffalo Wild Wings would open in the former Justin's restaurant in south Buckhead, but that one seems destined never to open.  The last permit filed in relation to the Buckhead restaurant was filed nearly a year ago.  

J. Jill is relocating their store at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody from the second floor to the first floor, near Microsoft. The new store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016.

A new Pollo Tropical is planned for 4525 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway in Hiram.  Currently, the Miami-based chain has six locations in Georgia.  A seventh is planned for a "winter 2015" opening on Scenic Highway in Snellville in place of Cabana Grill. Another location is also in the works off LaVista Road in Tucker.  

Cristophe's To Go is shuttering its four brick-and-mortar locations, but plans to continue operations via a purely online model. Chef Christophe Le Metayer, who previously cooked at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead among other establishments, partnered with two entrepreneurs to start the business in 2012. The company, which offers chef-prepared meals that diners can finish cooking at home, announced late last week that "Christophe and his management team has made the very difficult decision to close all the Christophe's To Go stores," effective today. Christophe's "could not maintain enough sales to make the model viable."  Going forward, the company will continue catering and is considering a move into the wholesale market. Christophe's will launch twice-weekly home delivery next month across much of the northern metro area, allowing customers to order ahead online and have their meals dropped off the next day. The brick and mortar Christophe's To Go locations were located in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Dunwoody.  In Brookhaven, Christophe's was in Brookhaven Station on Peachtree Road.  In Sandy Springs, Christophe's was in Sandy Springs Plaza on Roswell Road. In Johns Creek, it was located in State Bridge Corners on State Bridge Road.  The Dunwoody location was within the Williamsburg shopping center on Jett Ferry Road.  Each location was about 1,500 square feet.  

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is nearing completion of its renovated restaurant at Lenox Square.  A well placed source indicates that the restaurant should open towards the middle of next month.  

A new Mediterranean eatery called Oliva Cafe has opened adjacent to the Chevron at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Pharr Road in Buckhead. The restaurant space adjacent to the gas station has been a number of things over the past few years including "XL Slice," "Dragon D," and before that "Cozzi Cafe." I also seem to recall the space being a barber shop at some point as well.   Oliva Cafe features a menu somewhat similar to nearby Al's Cafe Agora, but also has tacos and wings making its "cuisine" more of a mix than a traditional Mediterranean eatery. Also worth noting, the publicly displayed health score indicates the restaurant is called "Oliva Pizza LLC," leading me to believe that at some point the restaurant was going to be a pizzeria.  Interestingly, the restaurant remains open til 4AM on both Friday and Saturday, extended hours that Agora phased out earlier this year. (Agora now stays open until midnight Friday and Saturday.)  I stopped by earlier this week and found the food good, not great, and somewhat overpriced in relation to comparable fare.  

The new Earth Fare in Cumming at The Collection at Forsyth is expected to open by the middle of December.  When it opens, it will mark the Asheville-based chain's fifth location in Georgia.  

The Wish List, a new antiques and interiors shop opened earlier this month in Morningside.  The store is accessible from Lanier Boulevard, just off North Highland Avenue.   The 2,400 square foot shop opened in the former Movies Worth Seeing space. MWS, a neighborhood landmark, closed in 2011 after 25 years in business.   Laurie Scholl, the proprietor, tells me the store emphasizes mid- century modern furniture, but also features vintage lighting, rugs and other antiques.  

il Giallo Osteria & Bar, the new Italian restaurant from Veni Vidi Vici alums, is slated to open for dinner this Saturday in Sandy Springs.  The restaurant is located in the the rear of the Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Road, already home to Lefont Theaters, Tuesday Morning and Egg Harbor Cafe. 


Anonymous said...

The space beside Chevron at Grandview & Pharr was previously a pizza joint called Jerzee or Jersey Boyz (something like that) It was pretty good pizza but the service was pretty bad. The space was also a Blimpie. Don't remember it ever being a barber shop.

DAN LYNN said...

North Dekalb needs a shot in the arm
Maybe a Costco is the answer