Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sandy Springs to See "Tsunami" of New Restaurants

A slew of new concepts are coming to Sandy Springs.

In addition to the previously announced Stockyard Burgers & Bones, sibling concept Taqueria Tsunami, a "Latin-Asian Kitchen," will also join them in the roughly 9,400 square foot former Double Zero restaurant space. Slated to open late this summer or early this fall, Taqueria Tsunami Sandy Springs will be the chain's seventh location, and it will be Stockyard's third.  

There are existing Stockyard Burgers & Bones locations in the Marietta Square and Vinings Jubilee. Taqueria Tsunami has locations in the Marietta Square, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Athens, Downtown Athens, Roswell and Simpsonville, Kentucky.  Taqueria Tsunami previously operated a south Buckhead location that today is home to the popular eatery, 1Kept.  

Basically across the street from Stockyard Burgers and Taqueria Tsunami, The Plaza at City Springs is under construction on the site of the famous American Pie bar and restaurant.  I previously reported that Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Zoës Kitchen, Noire Nail, Sage Dental and Joann Cleaners would be tenants in the center.  At that time, I also hinted that Starbucks was likely to take a freestanding outparcel and replace its older nearby location.  

I can now confirm that Starbucks is in fact opening in the previously noted location, and I have been told by employees that it will replace the current shop.  Additionally, while Pieology, a growing quick serve pizza concept, pulled out of the project, MOD Pizza, a similar company, has inked a lease to join the project.  MOD will occupy a 2,800 square foot endcap at the south end of the center, next to Noire Nail. This will mark MOD's third planned Atlanta area location, joining other planned restaurants in Kennesaw Marketplace and Decatur Crossing.  
Amazingly, MOD is now the third new pizza eatery to join this stretch of Sandy Springs.  Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads opened this past March at Square One, a new apartment building at the corner of Hammond Drive and Roswell Road. The Local Pizzaiolo is opening at Modera Sandy Sandy Springs.  These new pizza purveyors are in addition to existing neighborhood favorites Hearth and Mellow Mushroom.  

Salon Lofts has also signed on for The Plaza at City Springs, and at 4,000 square feet, is essentially the center's anchor.  

Casi Cielo, a new concept from the owners of the La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant chain, will join previously announced tenant The Local Pizzaiolo in the Modera Sandy Springs project.  Located at the corner of Hilderbrand Drive and Roswell Road, the two restaurants will be among nine tenants planned for the 340 unit "luxury" apartment mixed-use development.  Casi Cielo, which translates to “almost heaven” in Spanish, will occupy a 4,500 square foot space along Roswell Road that will also feature a 675 square foot patio.     Casi Cielo will be similar to La Parrilla in some ways, and will highlight cuisines from regions across Mexico.  Although similar in name, Casi Cielo should not be confused with Cielo Blue Mexican Grill & Cantina, a separate Atlanta based restaurant group with five locations including their newest at The Shops at Belmont in Smyrna.  

Are you excited for all the new restaurant options coming to Sandy Springs?  What others concepts would you like to see opening in Sandy Springs?  What is your favorite pizza joint in Sandy Springs?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

My favorite in that area is Hearth Pizza. Great atmosphere and solid pizzas. I've been to MOD in Seattle, and it's pretty good but nothing noteworthy.

Stacy said...

How on earth will Roswell Road handle all of this increased traffic? I already avoid the stretch between 285 and Mt. Vernon whenever possible because the traffic is atrocious most times of the day.

Anonymous said...

I vote for a fly over - fly over (and bypass) all of Sandy Springs! To Dunwoody in one direction, Brookhaven in another and of course to east Cobb.

Anonymous said...

Uh, that's a lot of restaurants competing in that area. (And how will that stretch of Roswell Road survive with so few pizza choices? Hope springs eternal - entrepreneurs are gamblers - but I predict half of the openings will be gone within 2 years. There simply are not enough quality employees who will consistently provide the level of service and energy to keep customers coming back for more. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I hope they're adding traffic lanes to Roswell Rd. Seriously- traffic is already terrible during rush hours and even lunch time. With all the new residences being built, people from areas OTHER than Sandy Springs will just want to totally AVOID the area. Not good!

Anonymous said...

I would be happier to hear that that there are few chains/franchises. Nothing excites me of those mentioned.

Anonymous said...

and lets not forget the new 285/400 flyway dumping traffic directly from 400 onto Roswell Rd. But there are an abundance of beautiful, brick-inlay sidwalks so everyone can walk from the new Civic Center on Mount Vernon, down to 285 for a meal at these restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any video of that? I'd love to find out more details.

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