The Fox Brothers are interested in bringing their popular Bar-B-Q to the Westside.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is actively working to bring their popular BBQ restaurant to the corner of Bolton and Marietta Roads in Atlanta's burgeoning westside. The restaurant would occupy the former Adams Hardware building and likely an adjacent building as well. Adams Hardware dates from 1920 and its building(s) are being marketed as "historic." The building(s) are being offered for lease by Vantage Realty Partners who indicates the property is "five minutes from Buckhead and seven minutes from Vinings."
The first building, 2316 Marietta Road, is 1,500 square feet on one story.
The second, 2324 Marietta Road, is 5,500 square feet over two stories.
I reached out to Chris Carter with Vantage who indicated that there is a "lease out with an Atlanta restaurant group," but declined to comment further.
I also reached out to both Fox Bros. restaurant as well as their PR firm, Green Olive, but neither would confirm the restaurant's intentions. A representative from Green Olive claimed they are evaluating "a number of locations on the westside," but would not confirm that the Marietta Road location was one of those.
Although an aerial view of the property provided in the property listing shows about 50 parking spaces, the flyer indicates that there are actually 76 parking spaces.
The property sits across the street from a new EXXON gas station and convenience store where a Marco's Pizza and Planet Smoothie are expected to open soon.
Already in the area are Hottie Hawg's, less than a mile from the would-be Fox Bros., and Bone Lick BBQ, about three miles away on Huff Road.
A recent story by WSB-TV Atlanta highlighted the strained relationship between the existing Fox Bros. restaurant on DeKalb Avenue and nearby residents. A number of homeowners report having had trash, debris and even human waste left on their property.
Local westside residents indicate that there have already been discussions about the restaurant's parking and its affect on the community.
The would be restaurant is about a mile from Dupont Commons, a few hundred home, multi-phase development on Marietta Road.
Currently there is just one Fox Bros. location, on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park, which opened in 2007. Recently it was revealed that the brothers plan to open an outpost at the new Atlanta Braves home, SunTrust Park in Cobb county. "The Tomahawk Taproom" will be located on the exterior of SunTrust Park, facing the Plaza of "The Battery Atlanta," the retail and restaurant portion of the project. The barbeque-centric restaurant is expected to open in 2017.
Justin & Jonathan Fox (The Fox Bros.), who grew up in Texas, previously operated "Big Tex Decatur" on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. The restaurant, featuring "Texas cuisine," opened in mid 2011, and closed this past November.
In addition to the restaurant, the Fox Bros. also have a substantial catering business, as well as selling their rubs and sauces through various retail outlets.
Do you live nearby and are excited at the prospect of having Fox Bros. nearby? Where is your favorite place for bar-b-que in Atlanta? If not at this location, where should Fox Bros. open next?
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