For months I've seen constant work on the former Mykonos Taverna off Clairmont Road and I finally have answers!
"Club King" Michael Gidewon plans to open a new "restaurant & lounge" this coming spring in Chamblee. The new, as yet unnamed concept will occupy the former Mykonos Taverna in the outparcel of Sam's Club off Clairmont Road. An extensive renovation of the building is already underway with essentially all of the interior gone. Plans reportedly call for the footprint of the building to remain the same, but with the addition of at least one patio to the building.
|The newly constructed patio to the left of the building|
The building was originally constructed around 1999/2000 as a Roadhouse Grill. Roadhouse Grill closed in 2008 amidst financial troubles at the corporate level. Mykonos Taverna opened in the space in 2009, remaining there until its closure last May.
The property has great visibility from I-85 and vehicular acessibility from both the I-85 South access road as well as via Clairmont Road.
The fact that the business is being described thus far as a "restaurant & lounge" sounds an awful lot like the ill-fated Scenario in Buckhead. Tucked into the Publix-anchored Chastain Square shopping center on Roswell Road, Scenario also billed itself as a "restaurant & lounge" but was more a nightclub than anything else. Scenario eventually closed and is now a franchised location of Tampa-based Burger 21.
Michael Gidewon, along with his older brother Alex, both immigrants of Eritrea, have a long history of club ownership/management in Atlanta. Currently the Gidewons are involved in Compound Nightclub and SOHO Lounge & Gardens, both at 1008 Brady Avenue on the westside, Prive Atlanta on Spring Street in midtown, and the Gold Room at Lindbergh.
Alex Gidewon's popular and powerful AG Entertainment is the premier promoter of the clubs and their events.
This year the Gidewons closed a number of their more high profile clubs. Vanquish and Reign which had opened in 2011 in midtown, and "the world famous" Velvet Room on Chamblee Tucker Road (which was reborn in 2007), both closed early this year.
There is reportedly a rift between Alex and Michael, possibly related to a romantic incident, and it's believed that Michael is the only Gidewon brother with a significant stake in the new business.
The new Clairmont "restaurant & lounge" is less than a mile from Williamsburg Village shopping center where Pure Nightclub previously operated. Pure, located in what was originally an A&P supermarket, was not well received by the neighborhood, and was eventually forced to close. Interestingly, the reason for its closure was that it was found to be operating a club in a space it was allowed to open in as a restaurant. (For more on this story, see this AJC article.)
Interestingly, the youngest Gidewon, Simon, is a partner in Aroma Lounge, a hookah lounge in Williamsburg Village shopping center. Simon also represents that he is "THE BOSS HOG of Hookah Boyz, LLC," whatever that is, and whatever that means.
The Mansion Elan, located in a converted former movie theater in Plaza Fiesta on Clairmont Road, also operates nearby, but clearly identifies itself as a nightclub.
What are your thoughts on this planned business? Do you buy the notion that this new enteprise will be a "restaurant & lounge?" What food would you like to see this new business serve?
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