Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bits & Bites

Urban Tree Cidery will officially open to the public this Saturday, March 26th.  Urban Tree is located at 1465 Howell Mill Road and is open Wednesday-Sunday.  (hours vary by day)

New freestanding locations of both Dunkin' Donuts and Krystal are planned for Hamilton Mill Road in Buford.  Atlanta-based Crown Development Group plans to build the two restaurants on vacant land in the 2700 block of Hamilton Mill Road. The roughly 2,200 square foot Dunkin' Donuts will feature the brand's "Jazz Brew" store design.  The design features an "upscale, warm environment featuring a strong palette of rich colors and textures, impactful super graphics, colorful soft seating and modern detailing."  The donut shop is expected to also feature a Baskin-Robbins shop-in-shop.  The roughly 1,700 square foot Krystal will be one of the newest Krystal restaurants I recall in recent memory being built in metro Atlanta.  The Atlanta-based company tried an ill-fated "Krystal Too" near Northlake, but its inline location doomed it and it closed soon after opening.  

Oy! a breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant which opened last year on Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna, has been sold. The new owners reportedly plan to keep the business the same.  

A new USAA Financial Center is slated to open this coming Monday, March 28th at Two Buckhead Plaza on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.  

Wendy's has closed its location on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville.  

Sean's Harvest Market has closed its "Uptown" location in the lobby level of the Invesco building on Peachtree Street. The "Uptown" location opened about a year ago, replacing what had been Joli Kobe Bakery & Cafe.  The original Sean's Harvest Market on Amsterdam Avenue near Piedmont Park remains open.  

Jenny Levison plans to open her new Souper Jenny Saturday, April 2,  within the Atlanta History Center’s greatly expanded approximately 4000 square foot bookstore and gift shop. In preparation for the move, Levison will close her long-time original Souper Jenny location on East Andrews Drive this coming Saturday, March 26.   Souper Jenny and bookstore customers will be able to make use of the Atlanta History Center’s free parking deck. (Museum admission is not required for dining or shopping.) "Open seven days a week, Souper Jenny at the Atlanta History Center will be a cross between a chic, funky local café and coffee shop, and reflect Levison’s unique dining style, décor, and destination dining experience that has made it a favorite of countless Atlantans. The menu will remain true to Souper Jenny standards with fresh soups, salads and sandwiches that change daily according to what is fresh in the local market. Patrons will enjoy dinners to-go, fresh, organic juices and gluten-free desserts from Juicy Jenny, as well as a full coffee bar featuring Batdorf & Bronson coffees and sweets from local purveyors."

Dollar Tree is now open at Vista Grove shopping center on LaVista Road. The dollar store opened in place of what was most recently Dollar General and before that, Eckerd.  

Georgia's newest Del Taco is slated to open at midnight on March 30th in Milton.  The new freestanding restaurant is located at 12996 Alpharetta Highway, in an outparcel of an ALDI anchored center.  The new Del Taco is the chain's ninth in Georgia, with other locations already open in such places as Columbus, Snellville, McDonough, Kennesaw, Smyrna and Snellville.  A manager at the restaurant indicated that the Milton location, like the others in Georgia, will be open 24/7. 


Anonymous said...

Boy so much exciting stuff going on in the suburbs! Del Taco, Krystal, and Dollar Tree? My poor little heart can't take it. If a new Mattress Firm opens, I might go over the edge.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, esp. in the GA 400 corridor. Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, Alpharetta, all chains. As you head over to Marietta or Norcross though, things get a little more interesting and varied, at least from what I've found. But unfortunately, in the suburbs, all the big name chains are greasing the skids with developers. Developers want a 'name' chain and are unwilling to take a chance on an independent.

Anonymous said...

There is a reason for that though. It is much easier to sell a center full of national corporate chains than it is to sell one full of mom and pops that will all go out of business before their leases are up and need to be replaced. The reason there aren't name chains in the aforementioned areas is that they don't want to be there so landowners have no choice but to deal with smaller independent concepts.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. People SAY they want independent restaurants and stores, but as son as they open, they aren't what YOU want, so you don't patronize them and they go out of business. So the people get what they DON'T pay for, and should stop complaining or they could always take a chance and open up one themselves.

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