Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bits & Bites

Varasano's Pizzeria is now open at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  The new location sports a new look, slightly tweaked menu and secret speakeasy bar to boot!  In addition to the restaurant, Varasano's operates a stand alone bar, known as "Oasis," just outside the restaurant in the mall's common area.   With the Perimeter Mall location now open and operating, expect the new North Point location to open early next summer.  

99 Cafe Sushi & Hot Pot Cafe has closed on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.  

In the wake of the sudden and unfortunate closure of all ten Here to Serve Restaurants, I created the #H2S2WORK hashtag.  While I have not heard/seen any firm stats, I'm thrilled to have seen such a tremendous outpouring of support, encouragement, meal and job offers from the local community in the week since the closures.  Countless media, restaurants, and community members have pitched in to better the lives of those affected by this unfortunate situation.  Special shoutouts to the recently opened Madre + Mason,  White Oak Kitchen & CocktailsThe Giving Kitchen and @ATL_Events for their involvement and efforts.  

A new nearly 32,000 square foot LA Fitness is planned for the Kroger-anchored Market Place at Sugar Hill on Cumming Highway in Sugar Hill. 

Fancy Feet, a store specializing in socks, has opened at Lenox Square.  The store, located in the former at&t space in the mall's Fashion Cafe, is likely  a temporary holiday tenant.  

Sprouts Farmers Market has announced January 6th as the opening date for their new store at Providence Square shopping center in East Cobb.  The new, nearly 29,000 square foot store was constructed from the former Office Depot  and additional nearby space.  Strangely, no opening date has been announced for the Sprouts opening in "Morningside Heights," the new Fuqua Development project on Piedmont Avenue.  

Chef Ron Eyester, aka @TheAngryChef, has permanently shuttered both Rosebud and The Family Dog in Morningside.  The two restaurants, likely the best performing in the chef's "Grateful Tables" restaurant group, are both reportedly close to being sold.  Rosebud is slated to be sold to a "very well established restaurateur." The new owner will reportedly rebrand and reopen the restaurant sometime in January.  In an exclusive interview with the AJC, Eyester lamented,  “If we never opened Timone’s and I never entertained the idea of doing Diner then chances are we wouldn’t be having this conversation."  Personally I doubt Eyester will be able to right the sinking ship that is Diner.  It seems that both the Rosebud and The Family Dog closures were rather sudden, so hopefully the affected employees can join in on the #H2S2WORK efforts and secure gainful employment.


Anonymous said...

A speakeasy?! At the Mall?! This guy clearly has more money than sense.

ImAndy said...

I just checked their website. Such a terrible website design wise and no mention of this new location or the menu. The other location looks like a $15-20 pizza place that I don't think will translate well to a mall.

Anonymous said...

With the loafer with no sock look craze going strong, is there a big market for socks these days?

jeff a. taylor said...

I have a hard time believing Sprouts meant to miss the holiday season this year in East Cobb. Construction has been done for weeks. Then again maybe they wanted to double down on training as breaking into that market will not be easy.

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