Saturday, May 14, 2016

OTP Chain Opening Two New Concepts ITP

Teela Restaurant Group opening two new restaurants this summer.  

From the creators of Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar and Teela Taqueria comes two two concepts: Tin Can Oyster Bar and Filo's. The new restaurants will be open in Brookhaven and Buckhead respectively.  The two existing restaurants are located side by side in City Walk near Hammond Drive and Sandy Springs Circle in Sandy Springs and are currently celebrating their seventh anniversary.   
Former Café Ago, with would-be patio seating at left 
Filo's, (Greek for "friends"), a Greek counter service restaurant, is described as "a neighborhood casual diner with patio service, offering unprocessed spitfire rotisserie lambs, pork and chicken, each carved up and served in pita breads."   Filo’s will also offer roasted vegetable pitas, salads and traditional Greek foods such as spanakopita, a spinach and cheese pie, and tiropita, an egg and cheese pie.  Described as being in "Chastain Square," I've confirmed the restaurant will open in the 1,200 square foot former Café Ago, adjacent to Tacos & Tequilas in the Publix-anchored center.  Café Ago opened in 2014 and closed this past summer having replaced Café Prego.  While the center does have other vacancies such as the 1,800 square foot former AT&T (the wireless carrier recently relocated to the Sprouts Farmers Market-anchored Gateway center slight north on Roswell Road), the Café Prego space provides a nearly turn-key second generation restaurant space that will make it easier to open in time for the planned "June" debut.  
Inside the former Café Ago
Tin Can Oyster Bar will open in the former Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar in TOWN Brookhaven.  The new concept will be similar to its predecessor and to its sibling Sandy Springs restaurant, but will focus primarily on a variety of oysters (east coast oysters, west coast oysters, baked oysters, and seasonal, raw varieties) as well as mussels and shrimp. Tin Can will also offer open-faced "Toasties" with such offerings as "smoked salmon on tzadziki dill with shaved red onions" and "Ahi tuna tartar dices, red onions avocado in a olive oil vinaigrette."   The menu will also include "New England Style" clam chowder and and other assorted soups and salads. The group hopes to have their Tin Can Brookhaven open "in July." Tin Can's recently confirmed neighbor, Jefe's Tacos & Tequila, is shooting for a "Fall 2016" opening. 
Signage announcing the upcoming opening of Jefe's at TOWN Brookhaven 
Harry Panagopoulos will join his older siblings Arte Antoniades and Nik Panagopoulos, in opening the two new restaurants under the Teela Restaurant Group umbrella. Arte Antoniades and Nik Panagopoulos, original founders of Fishmonger, a once thriving, but now closed seafood restaurant, have enjoyed continued success at their current Sandy Springs restaurants.

We’re excited to see our Teela Restaurant Group growing, adding our younger brother to our team, and bringing to Atlanta diners more of our vision of how good, inexpensive food should taste when you don’t sacrifice quality or creativity.” said Nik Panagopoulos. 

Are you excited for this restaurant openings?  Which concept interests you more?  What would you like to see open in the former Smash Kitchen & Bar, Treza or Boneheads at TOWN Brookhaven or the former AT&T at Chastain Square? 

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

Goldbergs in the bonefish spot would be perfect. Would love if Treza would just come
back, it was a great spot. Houstons in the old smash place.

cafeej said...

Glad to see former Shucks space occupied with a similar concept. Hope they have similar happy hour pricing.

KER said...

Tin Can is pretty darn good, glad to see they're expanding! I think the Greek restaurant will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

Walter Howser said...

Glad to see Tin Can heading this way, love to see There move up on Town Blvd to Smash space.

Walter Howser said...

We've been enjoying happy hour oysters at There forever. (Usually $1-1.50)

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