Wednesday, February 20, 2019

[UPDATE] Madison Yards to Include Steel City Pops, Taqueria Tsunami and Marlow's Tavern

On the heels of our exclusive news that Hooters plans to open their second ever "hoots" restaurant in the new Fuqua Development project Madison Yards on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown, comes news that a host of other new eateries are coming to the project, too!  


Taqueria Tsunami, a Marietta-based chain from Fork U Concepts, currently with seven OTP locations, will return ITP with a roughly 3,400 square foot space in the new development.  The restaurant, which describes itself as a  "Latin-Asian Kitchen," will occupy a space previously leased to failed pizzeria The Local Pizzaiolo, which recently closed and sold its Westside location and is marketing its Toco Hills restaurant for sale.  The first Taqueria Tsunami opened off Peachtree Road near Peachtree Battle in mid 2011 and closed in late 2012. Its former space is today home to neighborhood favorite 1Kept.  The chain has found greater success OTP, and over the past year or so opened a pair of new locations in East Cobb and Sandy Springs.  A ninth location is expected to open in the coming months at Peachtree Corners Town Center, another Fuqua Development project, off Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.

Marlow's Tavern will also open in the project, marking the Atlanta-based chain's nineteenth location in Georgia and 25th overall.  The casual American restaurant serves a wide variety of classic American fare and has proved popular both intown with a location in Midtown, and OTP, with locations in places like Alpharetta, Duluth and East Cobb, among others.  

Steel City Pops, a Birmingham-based purveyor of gourmet popsicles, plans to open a small shop in the center as well.  The new shop will be the first satellite store to the company's "kitchen store," which opened in September 2017 just off the square in Downtown Decatur.  Steel City Pops is similar in some ways to Atlanta's King of Pops, but offers far more customization and different seasonal flavors, too, like their Horchata and Avocado, personal favorites of ToNeTo Atlanta.  

Curry Up Now, a quick-serve Indian restaurant, will also open in the project and is one of three that Atlanta franchisee and former Midtown Tavern owner Hemant Suri plans to open in the area in the coming years.  The other two planned locations are slated for The Interlock on Howell Mill at 14 Street, and at North Decatur Square near Decatur.

Salata, a self described "salad kitchen," will also open a new outpost in the project.  The new Salata marks the Texas-based chain's eighth location in metro Atlanta, following the recent debut at Peachtree Corners Town Center.  The quick-serve restaurant is essentially a downsized Sweet Tomatoes, and is perhaps over-anticipating the demand for their fare in the market.  

Chef Richard Tang of Char Korean Bar & Grill in Inman Park, along with former Ba Bellies chef Mike Yang, plan to open a new restaurant described only an "Asian seafood house" in the development as well.  Sources close to the project indicate it will be a "seafood boil" of sorts and that it should open in late summer.  The as yet unnamed restaurant would be the second in the "Tang Hospitality Group," an LLC Tang created last year which seems to indicate there may be more concepts (or additional locations) to come.   

Breakfast and lunch eatery First Watch also plans to open a new roughly 4,200 square foot space in Madison Yards and will debut their new concept to the Atlanta market.  (A lease is reportedly close but not yet final.)  Modeled after a location the company opened last fall in the Nashville area, the new First Watch will be larger than their typical locations and will offer a bar/beverage counter serving specialty coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and espressos.  The bar will also offer brunch cocktails like a vodka and kale tonic – a variation of the restaurant’s popular kale tonic drink featuring Stoli vodka, as well as classic brunch cocktails like Mimosas and Bloody Marys.   Wine is also available, as are kombucha and draft beer.

Publix will likely be among the first openings in the project and is currently slated to make their debut in early May, but possibly later, depending on whether the weather behaves.  Other tenants like the AMC Theatres, the restaurants and other businesses, are slated to open starting in late spring.  

Are you excited for the restaurant planned for Madison Yards?  What other eateries would you like it see open in the project?  What Atlanta area developer do you think does the most to cater to the wants and needs of the community?

Please share your thoughts below  

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salata is really, really good. It's more of a salad/wrap concept along the lines of Chopt or Saladworks, and it's really much better than Sweet Tomatoes. Very healthy place to eat for a good price. $8 large salad with all the veggies you want (no extra pricing). Upgrades are proteins (smoked turkey is delicious!), avocado, etc. Basic stuff you would expect to be an upcharge.

Dawn M said...

The thought that you would even think that Hoots would be a good idea in Reynoldstown is deeply disturbing and alarming. The reason we live in these neighborhoods is because they’re eccentric and different than being in the suburbs. Nobody wants a place like that in our neighborhood. Why would you even think that was a good idea? Super sad and depressing

Anonymous said...

That's too many additional restaurants in that area. Unfortunately, nearly half of the listed restaurants will never see their 2nd anniversary.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, did you RTFA? It was actually pretty critical of Hoots.

Anonymous said...

I am also disappointed that Madison Yards is looking like Anywhere USA, I moved to Reynoldstown for its unique qualities and personality. I will go to the Publix because it's a closer walk from my home (and the Glenwood Kroger is so bad) but I wish this development was less car-oriented and offered healthier options. Salata is a good start but if we must have chains, why not Zoes Kitchen? Get rid of Hoots (gag) and add Zoes instead, or a 365? If Decatur is capable of supporting these stores, not sure why developers don't think this part of Atlanta is too?? Homes are selling for $700k here but you still have to open your pocketbook, get in a car, and drive north of North Ave to get healthy fresh food options. Yes, this is super sad.

Anonymous said...

When will all you in town folks realize that money talks. Period. Hoots is going in there because they can afford the rent. Will they last 5 years? I doubt it, but that's beside the point. Radial went out of business because you didn't support it. Whether in the city center, whether elsewhere ITP, whether OTP, whether anywhere in this country, money talks. If you and your neighbors don't go, then they'll close. Doesn't mean a local place will go in. The rent will probably be too high. Take HomeGrown for instance. I love that place. Clearly many others do too. But they can never survive in a place like Madison Yards. The rent would kill them. Sad, but true. Be happy that you're getting some places to shop, eat and be entertained instead of just a big apartment complex. Dawn, it's hilarious that your think that because you live in Reynoldstown, that your neighborhood is so special and is too good for chains! Love them or hate them, without chains there'd be nothing. That shopping center doesn't get built without Publix and AMC - 2 huge chains.

Anonymous said...

They (D) are never happy ... constantly looking down on "others" in the privacy and anonymity of their own walled in World.

Anonymous said...

You just think you're eclectic. But you're getting rewarded with a new eclectic development anchored by Publix (chain), AMC (chain) and featuring First Watch (chain), Salata (chain), Steel City Pops (chain), Marlow's Tavern (chain), Taqueria Tsunami (chain) and Hooters Lite, all made popular by the suburbs. The reason you are getting chains is because you priced out all the local mom and pops by overpaying for your home.

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart(s), Dawn and @ 10:41 YOU are the same poster.

FYI you won't be getting a Whole Foods and/or Trader Joes

As you (both) said ...Super Sad

Anonymous said...

That's not why Radial Cafe closed, but ok! Has it occurred to you that people were doing fine without a Publix and AMC, and this development is coming about because and only because greedy Fuqua bought an operating company's property. No one was begging Lord Douche Fuqua to open this monstrosity.

Anonymous said...

There was an operating company property that Fuqua bought to build this shopping center. No one was clamoring for a Publix or AMC, and if they were, they probably deserve Hoots, etc. Also, anecdotally, Radial closed because the food was awful and people stopped going. Much like they will Hoots.

Linda said...

HOOTS - ugh, very, very disappointing.

Anonymous said...

This guy is trying o live a Buckhead life in a Reynoldstown budget. The chains are going there because the demographics support it

Anonymous said...

@Anon @ 1:53 & 2:03 (same person clearly) - Welcome to society. No one ask, yet the shopping center will be PACKED. So sure, no one asked.

Anonymous said...

Go woke and go broke

Anonymous said...

Fuqua lives rent free in your empty heads.

AA said...

This blog needs a thumbs up/down feature. Comments here are very amusing :)

Anonymous said...

Buckhead life on a Reynoldstown budget...haha. Buckhead was the Tony area of Atlanta a decade ago, now it's where middle manager frat boys move for the first job after college. The Eastside neighborhoods such as Virginia Highland, Reynoldstown, etc are where many of the moneyed are moving theae days. They're certainly safer than Buckhead has become!

Anonymous said...

moneyed = in DEBT

Keep faking it, because you are never going to make it. When you anonymously brag about your wealth it means you have none ... haha

Anonymous said...

You don't have to eat there! What's going to be disturbing is all the added traffic!

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