Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bits & Bites

A new bar & restaurant called Copa Cabana is coming soon to East Cobb.  The new eatery will be located in the Target-shadow-anchored Merchants Festival shopping center. The center has welcomed a number of new eateries in the past year with both Which Wich and Chequer's Seafood + Steak opening. (Chequer's relocated from Dunwoody and replaced sibling restaurant, Houlihan's.)  

A new business called Cigar City Club is coming to Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The 4,000 square foot "club" will offer assorted tapas and hookah at the corner of Roswell and Spruell Springs Roads near Fountain Oaks Shopping Center.

Buckhead Atlanta has signed leases with three additional retailers. Billy Reid will open a 2,104-square-foot boutique on Bolling Way this summer.  Billy Reid's existing location at Westside Provisions will remain open.  Davidoff of Geneva will open its first Atlanta store, a 3,047-square-foot shop on Bolling Way later this spring.  The store will offer premium handcrafted cigars, tobacco products and accessories.  Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery will open a 13,183-square-foot showroom on Bolling Way this summer. The Ferguson store will sell top-of-the-line fixtures for higher-end condos and homes.  Italian-made luxury apparel retailer Les Copains will introduce its French-inspired threads to Buckhead Atlanta at its first U.S. store.   The 933-square-foot store will also be located on Bolling Way and is scheduled to open in the summer.  Luxury swimwear maker Vilebrequin will open its first Atlanta store, a 827-square-foot location on Buckhead Avenue, this summer. Vilebrequin is carried at department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom and sells men's, women's and kids' swimwear and clothing.  Men's bathing suits start around $230 and can go up to $1,150 for a Swarovski-decorated palm tree pair.  Calypso St. Barth, currently with locations in Westside Provisions and Avalon, is also reportedly opening in Buckhead Atlanta but has not officially confirmed the new store.  

The former home of Belly General Store in Virginia Highland will reportedly reopen as Jimmy Jones Bourbon & Bar & Grill.  As I first reported last month, Belly abruptly closed but claimed to be reopening elsewhere.  A "new business (food)" was then said to be replacing their former home. The operators of Jimmy Jones performed assorted renovation tasks  (building, plumbing, and electrical work) without proper permits and will reportedly be assessed "double fees" for the infractions.  

My friends over at Scoop OTP report that Seth Hendricks, owner of the Virginia Highlands Goin’ Coastal, will be taking over the former Sixes Tavern in Canton. (Sixes Tavern has since relocated to Cartersville.)  The space, located on Sixes Road, will be renamed The Butcher & The Bottle and will be helmed by Chef John Bertrand of the Virginia Highlands Goin' Coastal.  The new eatery will  "gastro-pub style" with a menu priced slightly lower than Goin’ Coastal.

The newest Atlanta area location of Athens-based Your Pie will open January 31st in Dunwoody.  The new restaurant is located in Sembler's Perimeter Place, specifically in a former Five Guys.  The Perimeter location has been plagued by delays, as it was originally slated to open last October.  Your Pie is similar to Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, and offers personal pizzas for about eight bucks.   Your Pie has been expanding around metro Atlanta as of late with new locations in Snellville, Buckhead and Suwanee.

Meatball Bar & More has closed in the Fashion Cafe at Lenox Square.  The ill-fated meatball shop just opened last month, and may have just set a record for speedy closure in the popular Buckhead mall.  

Google Fiber is coming to nine metro cities. Google announced yesterday its plans to bring its super fast broadband service Google Fiber to Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.  The announcement was void of timelines or costs leaving many with more questions than answers.  Google executives reportedly plan to lay enough fiber to stretch "from Atlanta to Canada and back." No firm timeline for completion was set forth, nor was it announced what city would be first to receive service. One speaker did let slip that it would likely be a "couple years" completion process. Google will deliver "gigabit" internet service which is described as "internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, 100 times faster than basic broadband." Google Fiber will also provide customers hundreds of HD TV channels. There will be both free (with nominal set up fee) and pay service available once the installation is complete.  Currently, Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Missouri, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. Along with Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville were announced to be receiving the service.  

Avalon has announced a number of new openings scheduled for "the first half of 2015."  Marmi, Boston Proper, Piedmont Nails, Johnny Was and Bonobos will all add metro locations with their planned openings at Avalon in Alpharetta.  The most notable of the new additions are Johnny Was, currently with a shop at Phipps Plaza, and Bonobos, currently with an area store at Buckhead Atlanta.  Bonobos is opening what they refer to as a "Guideshop," or a place to try on and confirm sizes of clothing, but not actually purchase anything. 


Anonymous said...

The ABC reported last week that the former Nordstrom at Mall of Georgia is becoming the Atlanta area's third Von Maur location.

Anonymous said...

Chequers actually replaced Houlihans. I know this because I am still heartbroken.

Anonymous said...

(Chequer's relocated from Dunwoody and replaced sibling restaurant, Houston's.)

It was a Houlihan's, not Houston's that was replaced.

I enjoy your website and newsletter - thanks for writing!

jeff a. taylor said...

Good to see that Copa Cabana is filling the empty and sketchy looking former Churchill's spot, not so good to see the swill beer branded signage. And what is with the mini-trend of building out pads in the middle of a sea of asphalt for "outdoor" seating? The still-in-windup Caspian Grill up Johnson Ferry did the exact same thing. Nothing sez good times like eating in a parking lot -- unless you are tail-gaiting. Pity the staff that has to make that run.

Anonymous said...

Any info on Whole Foods coming to Chamblee across from Lowes?

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon(s) RE: Houlihan's,

You are both correct and caught a rare slip-up on my part. I apologize for the confusion and appreciate the catch.
Thanks for your continued readership and comments.

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