Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tavola Folds, Egg Harbor Cafe Hatching Next Year

Breakfast and lunch eatery headed to East Cobb

Lincolnshire, Illinois based Egg Harbor Cafe is coming to East Cobb.  The new restaurant will take over the space of the former Tavola Italian Kitchen+Bar that shuttered ahead of the sale to Egg Harbor, which was finalized earlier today.  Steve Josovitz and Irving Jacobson of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented both sides in the transaction Local East Cobb residents Vincent & Nicole Gallucci, along with their father Rocky, opened Tavola last July in a space many locals will recall as Ritter's, a once popular East Cobb restaurant that abruptly closed at the end of 2014.  

The restaurant space is about 5,000 square feet and is located on Lower Roswell Road near its intersection with Johnson Ferry Road.  

Egg Harbor Cafe entered the Atlanta market in early 2011 with a location in Johns Creek followed by a second location in Sandy Springs in early 2012. A third metro Atlanta location opened in south Buckhead in 2014.  

Egg Harbor locations operate exclusively between the hours of 6:30AM and 2PM, seven days a week. 

In East Cobb, Egg Harbor joins existing breakfast & lunch options such as local operators Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli and Bagelicious, both on Johnson Ferry Road.  East Cobb is also the home of two locations of locally owned J. Christopher's with one in Woodlawn Square on Johnson Ferry Road, and the other in East Lake Shopping Center on Roswell Road.  

Flying Biscuit Cafe, another locally owned breakfast & lunch eatery, previously operated in the area (in a former Donatos Pizza turned Mama Fu's Noodle House), but closed in 2010 and was subsequently demolished.  A Chase Bank was built in its place and operates on the parcel today.  

Although neither currently have a presence in East Cobb, two other chains have entered and expanded their presence around Atlanta in the past few years.  

Destin, Florida based Another Broken Egg Cafe currently operates five locations in metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Vinings.  The company's website indicates new restaurants are "coming soon" to East Cobb, Peachtree Corners, Decatur, Roswell and Savannah.  No cities are location specific with the Savannah location having been "coming soon" since at least my September 2013 post announcing the planned opening of Egg Harbor's south Buckhead location. 

Bradenton, Florida based First Watch, a similar concept, has also expanded its Georgia footprint since entering the market in 2013. First Watch purchased two (corporately owned)  J. Christopher's  restaurants (Johns Creek and Smyrna) in late 2012 and reopened them as First Watch restaurants in January of 2013.  In the years that followed, First Watch has added new locations in Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Snellville and Kennesaw.  

Current projections call for Egg Harbor Cafe's new East Cobb location to open this coming January.  

Are you surprised to see Tavola close after such a short time? Have you been to Egg Harbor Cafe?  What is your favorite breakfast & lunch eatery in East Cobb?

Please share your thoughts below.  

4 comments:

AJ said...

Egg Harbor is my favorite of the "chain" breakfast places. Would love to see a location over in the Smyrna/Vinings area. I would say they are much slower in their expansion in Atlanta which is probably smart. As for the East Cobb location, based on its location right near all the neighborhoods on Lower Roswell, I can see it doing very well over there.

jeff a. taylor said...

That is just a very challenging space given all the middle school traffic on Woodlawn and just the volume of cars in general. We shall see.

Go Blue 99 said...

Egg Harbor is definitely the best of that group. And they serve Intelligencia coffee. But be prepared to wait in line.

Anonymous said...

Is the rest of J Christophers still locally owned? I know that they sold a couple of locations to first watch however I thought I read years ago the chain sold to investors. Can't say enough good things about bagel licious