Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bits & Bites

Hardee's and Carl's Jr. this week introduced an LTO (limited time offer) of giant Kellogg's Froot Loops donuts.  Both chains, owned by Atlanta based Roark Capital Group, will offer the item, despite the previously announced plan to separate the two sibling brands and market them as standalone restaurants, rather than as one brand as had been done in recent years.  Kellogg's brought a Froot Loops milkshake to Burger King last year for a limited time. The shake was a blend of vanilla soft serve and Froot Loops cereal pieces.  The mini donuts come in a five pack and retail for $1.99.  Hardees, which once had dozens of restaurants all over metro Atlanta, today has far fewer with a handful around town in Stone Mountain, Sandy Springs, Marietta and Kennesaw, among others.  
Ford Fry Restaurant Group will be bringing its Superica concept to the new FENTON  development in Cary, NC.  Scheduled to open in 2019, the 92 acre project will have over 2.5 million square  feet of retail, office, restaurant, hotel and multi-family space.  Thus far, the development's most exciting anchor is a Wegman's grocery store.  There are currently two Supericas in Atlanta (Buckhead and Krog Street Market), and one in Charlotte.  A new location is slated to open later this month in Houston and later in Nashville.  

Smashburger has closed its location at 5530 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.  The restaurant, located in the Windward Plaza shopping center, reportedly closed within the past couple of weeks.  Following the closure the Denver based chain operates franchised units in Buckhead and Johns Creek as well as Locust Grove and Stockbridge.  A location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs closed in late 2015.  

Texas based Tiff's Treats plans to open what will be its seventh Atlanta area location late this year at the new  Peachtree Corners Town Center on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.  The new cookie shop will join existing locations in Alpharetta, Midtown, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Smyrna and their newest, which opened this past June at Hanover Buckhead Village, a new luxury high-rise apartment building on Roswell Road in Buckhead.  The company is reportedly looking at adding at least three other additional locations in metro Atlanta in the coming years.  

Ruby Tuesday has closed its freestanding restaurant on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta.  The restaurant, located beside Chick-fil-A, reportedly closed after service this past Wednesday.  It joins the adjacent former Joe's Crab Shack turned Sage Brick Oven Kitchen as vacant restaurants in the area.  

The first Atlanta area location of Cowboy Chicken plans to open Monday, September 3 in McDonough.  The 2,800 square foot restaurant opens in a newly constructed small shop space in the sprawling South Point development.  The restaurant features a large, wood-burning rotisserie where guests can view the chickens roasting.   CBJ 22 Consulting LLC signed a five store franchise agreement to bring the brand to Atlanta and surrounding areas.  A second location is planned for Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.  Chrystal Jakes partnered with her husband, the now retired Van Jakes, who spent six seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, to open the restaurant.  Founded in 1981 and based in Dallas, Cowboy Chicken serves all-natural, hormone-free rotisserie chickens that are hand-seasoned in store, marinated for 24 hours and then slowly roasted for two hours over a real wood-burning fire. The McDonough restaurant was first announced October 2016.

Miller's Ale House plans to open its second Atlanta area location at South Point in McDonough.  The Florida based chain is owned, like many restaurants, by Atlanta based Roark Capital Group.  The chain has one existing Atlanta area restaurant on Davis Drive in Alpharetta.

Just ahead of the conclusion of their 20 year naming rights deal with electronics manufacturer Philips, the Atlanta Hawks have inked a new deal with State Farm Insurance.  The new $175 million 20 year deal with State Farm Arena will kick off Saturday, October 20 with a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” open house party.  The deal with Philips, also 20 years, was signed in 1999 just ahead of the arena's debut when it was home to the Hawks and the now defunct Thrashers, Atlanta's former NHL franchise.  

The new Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday September 18 at Sterling Pointe on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.  The new restaurant joins Corner Bakery as dining options in the recently completed development.  New Jersey based The Briad Group, which purchased the development rights to Zinburger east of the Mississippi, opened their first Atlanta area Zinburger at Lenox Square in 2014

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lol ... I just had the fruit loop doughnuts from Hardee's and they are good but way sweet. They do taste like fruit loops. Thumbs up for Hardee's!

Anonymous said...

Any update on Woody's Cheesesteaks in Buckhead? Thx.

Jodyml813 said...

Smash Burger has been closed in Alpharetta for several months.

Kitster said...

I just noticed the Ruby Tuesday on Hwy 92 in Woodstock has closed down recently as well.
And that corner of Haynes Bridge and North Point Parkway - is it a coffin corner or what?

midtown blue said...

I got these yesterday. They're pretty awesome. Saw a blog where a Hardee's manager suggested having them frozen (like PopTarts). Yep -- spot on!

Eric Smith said...

Noted in the announcement regarding Superica that it will share a retail complex with Wegman's in Cary, NC. I was unaware that Wegman's was expanding south and believe this location is the furthest from their base in the mid-Atlantic/New York metropolitan area. It will be interesting to see if they continue to expand further south.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: Woody's,

Sources tell us it is still happening but ZERO visible work has been completed in/at the space. Perhaps it will open sometime in 2019...

Anonymous said...

@ Eric Re: Wegman's in Cary. CARY = Containment Area for Relocated Yankees

Wegman's is a destination grocer. IF they decide to come to ATL the perfect demographics will have to be met.

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