Hudson Grille opening eighth location.
Atlanta based Metrotainment Cafes plans to bring their Hudson Grille concept to Toco Hills shopping center later this year. Hudson Grille, which bills itself as "Atlanta's best sports bar," will take over the former Famous Pub, which closed last month after 30 years in business.
I spoke to Metrotainent Cafes' CEO Jeff Landau earlier today who confirmed that a lease has been signed on the approximately 9,000 square foot space at Toco Hills and that he hopes to be open in time for NFL season in early September. The 2017 season will begin with the Kickoff Game on September 7th.
The new Hudson Grille will join locations in Tucker, Midtown, Brookhaven, Kennesaw, Sandy Springs, downtown and Alpharetta. Having renovated former restaurants many times before, Landau expects the work at Toco Hills to be more challenging due to the age of the infrastructure.
Metrotainment is in the process of renovating the former Pub 71 in Brookhaven to become Hudson FC - International Sports Pub. Landau hopes to have the soccer themed restaurant open in time for the 2017 MLS season which begins March 3rd.
Hudson Grille is the second new restaurant to join Toco Hills following its 2015 purchase by Columbia S.C. based Edens. Spiller Park Coffee, the upscale coffee shop from acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson, previously committed to open in the center.
The neighborhood seems split on how they feel about all the changes at Toco Hills. While improvments have been made to the center, a number of longstanding tenants have already closed with others contemplating closure or relocation.
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