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Tom Brown, owner of Chamblee's The Mad Italian plans to soon relocate the restaurant to the former Olde Mill Steakhouse nearby and convert the current space to a new concept. The Mad Italian has been in business since 1973. At its height, the concept included nine locations. The Buckhead restaurant, located at 2245 Peachtree Road, was demolished years ago and is now home to the Aramore Condo building. Three Mad Italian restaurants closed in 2009, leaving just the Chamblee location,.
The Chamblee location of The Mad Italian, which opened in 1981, is a converted Dairy Queen. The space is about 4,000 square feet and will be transformed into Duke's Burgers & Brews, a new burger concept. The Mad Italian will relocate down Savoy Drive to the former Olde Mill Steakhouse, which had most recently operated as Allure Lounge. Brown, who purchased the building and property, plans to completely renovate the approximately 6,200 square foot building. The new Mad Italian will feature a full bar and is expected to open this coming spring.
Brown promises that the new Mad Italian will not lose its charm, "it's still gonna be a hole in the wall."
Duke's will be "new and different" with plans to offer a variety of bun options, gluten free to whole wheat and everything in between. Everything in the casual restaurant will be scratch made included a house-blend meat, hand cut fries, house-made tater tots (hallelujah) and hand dipped onion rings. Brown's description of the menu made me think of the good ole days of how Fuddrucker's used to be (Northlake, Perimeter, Gwinnett Place, and INSIDE the Buckhead Home Depot.)
In addition to an "enhanced burger experience," Duke's will also feature 16 taps with a focus on local beers and also craft wine offerings.
Given that Brown plans to move and open the new Mad Italian before starting on Duke's, he anticipates it will be a good 18 months before the burger concept debuts.
The Shumacher Group, Inc. and Steve Josovitz represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction.
Are you excited for a bigger, better Mad Italian in Chamblee? Do you remember when Mad Italian has locations across Atlanta, and if so, which location was your favorite? Does the idea of a "better burger" concept in the area appeal to you?
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