Tuesday, October 27, 2020

[EXCLUSIVE] gusto! Heads Back to the 'Burbs with Planned East Cobb Drive Thru

Nate Hybl plans to bring his quick-serve restaurant gusto! to East Cobb in 2021.  The new restaurant will open in an outparcel of the Kroger anchored Parkaire Landing shopping center at the corner of Lower Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads.  Gusto will open in place of Moe's Southwest Grill (688 Johnson Ferry Road) which itself occupied a onetime KFC.  Cobb County property records indicate the KFC building was originally constructed in 1987 and is about 2,700 square feet.  

[EXCLUSIVE] Arden's Garden Closed, Cafe Agora Midtown Expanding

Popular Mediterranean restaurant Cafe Agora will soon expand its presence in Midtown by taking over the space adjacent to their existing restaurant.  Currently located at 92 Peachtree Place, the eatery will in the coming months expand to 90 Peachtree Place, too, basically doubling the size of the restaurant.  The expansion into the adjacent space was made possible by the recent closure of Arden's Garden, which reportedly opted not to renew their lease.  Arden's Garden still has seventeen other locations in Georgia, including one on Monroe Drive in Midtown, another on Euclid Avenue in Little 5 Points, and on Roswell Road in Buckhead, among others.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

[GO!] Buffalo Wild Wings Bringing New Compact Concept to Emory Village

A few months after debuting their new compact "GO" format in Sandy Springs, Buffalo Wild Wings plans to bring the new quick-serve concept to Emory Village.  Newly released planning documents indicate that the new Buffalo Wild Wings GO will open in place of Romeo's Pizza which recently closed at 1401 Oxford Road across the street from the Emory University campus.  At 1,952 square feet, the new location will be slightly larger than the Sandy Springs outpost, but will likely still be about the same in features and offerings.    

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

[Three Down, Three Up] New Restaurants Are Opening in Place of COVID Closures

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of restaurants have closed in metro Atlanta.  Although sad, this unfortunate situation has created unique opportunities for budding restaurateurs.  This past weekend, ToNeTo Atlanta took note of at least three restaurant spaces that became available as a result of the pandemic, and all three are already occupied by new restaurants.  The three restaurants we noticed are in Alpharetta, Brookhaven and Buckhead.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

[UPDATE] Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, Restaurant Chain "Rejects" Nearly 200 Leases

Ruby Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week and has announced plans to "reject" 185 leases which include both restaurants that have already closed as well as others it plans to shutter.  According to published reports, prior to the pandemic, the Maryville, Tennessee company had 236 restaurants in 25 states.  

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