The former Johnny Carino's just outside Sugarloaf Mill in Lawrenceville is undergoing renovations to become Pepe's Mexican Grill. Johnny Carino's closed last year and Pepe's is expected to open early next year. The former Johnny Carino's on Camp Creek Parkway was demolished and rebuilt earlier this year and and has since welcomed Chipotle Mexican Grill and at&t at Camp Creek Marketplace.
Culver's is now open on Buford Drive in Buford. Other locations are coming soon to Hickory Flat (Canton), Grovetown and Lawrenceville.
Kitchen Six at Oak Grove on LaVista Road is currently planning to open Christmas week. The new farm-to-table restaurant occupies the former Mezza Lebanese eatery. Kitchen Six has named Atlanta-native Chef Jason Jimenez as its Executive Chef. Jimenez attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC and has worked at several popular Atlanta area restaurants, including Canoe, Local Three and Muss & Turner’s.
Local gift boutique Crafted has opened a temporary seasonal shop on the top floor of Lenox Square adjacent to Bloomingdale's.
La Fête Chocolat is now open on the main level of Lenox Square, just outside Bloomingdale's, below the escalator. The chocolate shop's opening follows the openings of Sugarfina (gourmet candy) Bubbleology (bubble tea) and Amorino (gourmet gelato) as recent shop additions to the main mall corridor.
Eisenberg & Bogdanoff Cosmetic & Family Dentistry announced earlier today that they are on the move. While I don't often cover dental practice re-locations, their new home merits mention. The practice will relocate from a small, older office across from Fire Station 8 on Clairmont Road to the former Briarcliff Library on Briarcliff Road. The new location is about a mile from the current office and is expected to open in early January. The new Fogo de Chão at Ashford Dunwoody and Meadow Lane Roads in Dunwoody officially opens today at 5 PM. The restaurant is expected to open for lunch service starting tomorrow.
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Starbucks, Panda Express and Freddy's, among others, have opened at Kennesaw Marketplace in Kennesaw. The new Fuqua Development center will soon welcome a new QuikTrip and a new Whole Foods Market next year along with a host of new restaurants such as Newk's Eatery, Zoës Kitchen, Burger 21 and Smoothie King, among others.
Frank Bragg plans to open a second location of his popular Candler Park eatery Radial Cafe next year in College Park. The restaurant will open on Main Street in the former The Pecan, which closed earlier this year after ten years in business. Bragg, an industry veteran, spent over nine years with Atlanta's Metrotainment Cafes before going it his own and purchasing Radial Cafe in late 2010.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened its newest location yesterday in TOWN Brookhaven. This marks the second Brookhaven location for the growing restaurant, the other is located in The Village at Druid Hills at Briarcliff and North Druid Hills Roads. In the coming months, Tropical Smoothie Cafe plans to open a new location at University House on Spring Street in midtown and at Owl Creek Commons, just off Chastain Road in Kennesaw. Tropical Smoothie Cafe also plans to join Pieology and others at a new center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Other new locations are coming soon to Canton and Johns Creek.
WestPoint Home plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new store at North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville on December 17th. The store features an assortment of sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, comforters and decorative pillows, among other items. During the Grand Opening, customers will receive a free monogram (one per customer) with the purchase of any personalizable item. The store features products from designer brands such as Izod, and Southern Tide as well as Under The Canopy, Portico, Martex, Vellux, and many others. The 6,000 square foot store, one of the company's largest to date, is the third in the Peach state making Georgia its most significant presence. The company recently closed its Lake Park location but remains open in Savannah (Pooler) and Dalton.