Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bits & Bites

The newest Kale Me Crazy opened earlier today in the recently renovated Buckhead Exchange shopping center on Peachtree Road near Grandview Avenue.  The Buckhead location joins six existing Kale Me Crazy locations in Atlanta including shops in Decatur, Inman Park and Sandy Springs. An eighth location is expected to open next month on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, just south of TOWN Brookhaven. 

A new freestanding Dunkin' Donuts is planned for Lost Mountain Road near its intersection with Mackland Road in Powder Springs.  The new Donut shop will be built adjacent to the Kroger fuel center within the Varner Crossing shopping center.

The new retro-inspired Walgreens is now open in the Olympia Building in downtown Atlanta.  

Last Word, which co-owners Bernard Moussa and Matt Booth opened in the Old Fourth Ward at the end of 2014, has closed.  The restaurant was located on Highland Avenue between Highland Bakery and Parish.

A new Tropical Smoothie Cafe is coming to TOWN Brookhaven.  The approximately 1800 square foot eatery will open between Jefe's Tacos & Tequila (former Noche) and  Tin Can Oyster Bar (former Shucks).  In addition to TOWN Brookhaven, the Atlanta-based company is also opening new locations in Johns Creek, Kennesaw and Canton.  The Kennesaw location will be joined by previously announced tenants Taziki's, Chipotle, Capriotti's and RAK Outfitters in the new Owl Creek Commons center.  

The new Dior store at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is scheduled to open next Monday, August 1st.  

The new AC Hotel by Marriott, adjacent to Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, is now planning a late August opening.  

American Cut and Regent Cocktail Club are planning to "soft open around Labor Day" at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.  Both concepts were previously slated to have opened last summer but were delayed. The two concepts share the same space in the center with the steakhouse occupying the lower floors and the cocktail club on the rooftop.  Both concepts are owned by New York-based LDV Hospitality which already operate Dolce, an Italian restaurant and Corso, an Italian coffee shop at the Buckhead center.  Although the center as a whole has lived up to expectations, and a number of restaurants and retailers have closed, Dolce and Corso have been among the better performing tenants. 

Amorino Gelato plans to open its first Atlanta area location this coming Monday, August 1st at Lenox Square. The gelato shop will occupy a newly constructed kiosk alongside Bubbleology and in front of Victoria's Secret.  

Chef Nicholas St. Clair opened "Peyton's Pie Company" today in Suwanee.  Peyton's is located in a small strip center at 1039 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.  The new pizza shop replaced zpizza which closed earlier this year.  Interestingly, Peyton's features only one pie, a "Classic Margarita" pizza, for $14.  The idea is that guests can customize the Margarita in whatever way they choose from the dozen or so $2 topping options.    In addition to Peyton's, St. Clair's restaurant and development group also created Mavericks Cantina in Johns Creek and Antebellum, a southern restaurant in Flowery Branch.  According to Peyton's website, there are already plans for a second location in Flowery Branch, which a restaurant employee indicates will open "between the end of the year and next spring."  


Anonymous said...

Dior has had plenty of time to back out of Shops at Buckhead Atlanta and they haven't. Assessment that many of the shops are performing poorly is pure speculation rooted in disdain for Atlanta culture.

Anonymous said...

10:37 PM talks the talk with "pure speculation rooted in disdain for Atlanta culture" - yet probably doesn't have a pot to pi$$ in or the real money to spend at Dior. Stop with that fake it till I make it attitude you have driving around in that depreciating Benz you can't afford either. Buckhead Betty is on Holiday this month shopping and walking the walk on Worth Avenue.

I can call myself "Anonymous" & be an A$$ said...

What is with the attacks on this site? This is yet another post where a poster is attacking another poster. The anonymity of calling yourself "Anonymous" really brings out the worst of people. It's a sad state of where we are today as a society. And of course, this is not just this site, but I guess I had hopes for a site that simply is sharing news of business openings, closings, etc. I expect it when politics are involved or race. But seriously, a store opening? *SMH*

Anonymous said...

Anonymous I can call myself "Anonymous" & be an A$$ said...

You just attacked yourself with that illiterate rant. Stop attacking yourself hater. You posted nothing about a store opening just hating on yourself? **SMH**

I can call myself Anonymous & be an A$$ said...

Thanks for proving my point Anon @5:20 since 1) my post is far from illiterate and 2) I'm not insulting people, I'm sharing my disappointment/disgust with people who act just like you do. Clearly you're one of the attackers.

Anonymous said...

^ Hypocrite ^

I can call myself... said...

Well I will say that you do make it easier to figure out why others do attack on blogs. So thank you for that education. Here's my attack on you: Look up the definition of "hypocrite" you brain surgeon, it'll help you in real life, as nothing I've written makes me a hypocrite - until this post.

Anonymous said...

To poster: I can call myself ...

WTH is wrong with you? Who are you trying to pick a fight with? How many aliases do you have on here? It is painfully obviously you have a multiple personality disorder and really have nothing better to do than argue with yourself. U can call YOURself ... CRAZY


The Shoppes at Buckhead are hanging on. DIOR committed to a lease they most likely could not back out of. These leases are totally different than even an upscale tenant in a traditional mall, even different than Phipps.

Kale Me Crazy is a niche business. They will have to evolve once kale mania subsides and another superfood green become the rage.

Coolio said...

You really don't have to be anonymous to be an a hole. Have you seen the posts on Yahoo and facebook? People proudly exhibit their stupidity at any chance they get, and will not hesitate to assign their name and likeness to what they said.

I do not think there is any disdain for Atlanta culture, it just may be the truth. Unless proven otherwise, I have to think that the owner of this site is much more knowledgeable and aware of store and real estate changes than we are. If not, I believe that someone would have posted their own website and findings by now.