Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bits & Bites

T.Mac (formerly Taco Mac) opened its newest location at Parkway Pointe Monday.   The new T.Mac opened in place of Don Pablo's, a Mexican restaurant.  

According to my friends at Roots in Alpharetta, Cook-Out plans to open yet another metro Atlanta location, this time in Alpharetta.  The new Cook-Out replaces a shuttered Back Yard Burgers on Haynes Bridge Road.  Currently the outparcel building is about 2,900 square feet on about an acre.  North Carolina-based Cook-Out has about a dozen locations either open or under construction in Georgia.  

New York-based Le Bilboquet plans to open its new restaurant in Buckhead Atlanta November 20th.

Changes are reportedly afoot at the Irwin Street Market.
Jake's Ice Cream has moved to a cozy corner space off the main floor.  Hilda's, the little breakfast/brunch spot, has closed.  Jake's will expand its creamery into the former Hilda's space.  A new pizzeria called Old Fourth Ward Pizza is opening soon on the main floor. A new Thai restaurant is opening soon as well.  

Atlanta-based Cocke Finkelstein, Inc., in a joint venture with two other firms, announced earlier this week their plans for a large vacant parcel in Chamblee. The firms plan to build "The Olmstead Chamblee," which will include 283 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail space, including space for two restaurants.  The project will reportedly include four separate buildings (three, four and five stories) around a central village with both for rent apartments and townhouses.  The project is at the corner of Peachtree Boulevard and Chamblee Tucker Road, on the site of the former, but long ago demolished, International Farmers Market.  One of the most notable design elements of the project will be the iconic “Chamblee” sign atop one of the structures on Peachtree Boulevard.  A groundbreaking is scheduled for 11:30AM today with completion planned for "Spring 2016." 

Tuesday Morning is closing its location at The Fountains of Olde Towne off Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.  


Anonymous said...

Aside from the obvious name change to "T.Mac", Taco Mac keeps changing the second line in their branding too. First it was "Buffalo Wings & Draught", then "Sports Grill", now "Genuine Food and Craft Beer."

I'm certain they don't want my opinion and I guess they're doing fine as the keep expanding, but decide what to be and go be it already.
Quality has been falling for years to where I rarely consider it anymore.

Anonymous said...

I hope that the Chamblee project doesn't cause big traffic problems, as I have to drive through there a lot. Seemingly, that area should have a lot of potential (itp, close to marta, close to brookhaven, Lenox, etc.)

Do you know what they're building on the north side of Chamblee Tucker, just across from the airport? I'm guessing it's just some dull office building (since that is all that is in that area).


Anonymous said...

There's a new boutique in Chamblee too - Hello Gorgeous at 3400 Malone Drive.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what rental rates they will attempt at Olmstead. Not sure Walmart is the preferred adjacency for the $2 psf renter.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter what T-Mac does with its food; it's still the place with the most TVs. That's what it's perfect for.

InAtl said...

Great news about the Olmstead. With its great access to MARTA Rail, buckhead, Perimeter Center the Chamblee PATH trail to Keswick as well as the developing Chamblee restaurant row this should be a great place.

Thankfully Chamblee required Wal-Mart to build their outparcels first and together with the first for WalMart under the store parking the Wal Mart across the street is NOT an overwhelming presence. Your friends may not be impressed that you live next to a Wal Mart but when you tell them there is a Sally's Beauty next door they might just change their tune.

Though heck if you ever dreamed of being able to leave your car parked all week but still have easy access to the store, work and restaurants/nightlife this is a nice option.

Anonymous said...

Actually past time to rebrand to T. Mac. They obviously are more than a taco joint.

I think the food is fine and priced fair. The beer selection and TV viewing is excellent for games. It's also very family friendly with excellent kids meals, again priced fair.

Honestly, i prefer T. Mac over other similar options (Hudson, Twin Peaks, BWW, etc). Three Dollar is the group that has gone dramatically downhill over the years. T. Mac capitalized on that.

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