Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bonus Bits & Bites

The newly rebuilt drive-thru only (DTO) Chick-fil-A on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, just north of Northridge Road, is expected to open Thursday February 22.  The restaurant will celebrate the grand re-opening with a First 100 Road Trip where 100 participants will ride around the city, participating in community service the day before the official opening.  In exchange for their participation (expected duration 9AM-3PM) each participant will receive a card good for 52 #1 combo meals at Chick-fil-A. 

Calgary, Alberta-based Brookfield Residential Properties confirmed earlier this week that it acquired San Diego-based developer OliverMcMillan.  There were conflicting reports over what assets the deal includes, so we reached out to Krista Ellingson, Director of Corporate Communications for Brookfield.  According to Ellingson, Brookfield purchased all future development that OM has in their pipeline, but NOT current assets such as The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and River Oaks District in Houston.  Fifth+Broadway, a $400+ million project in downtown Nashville, was included in the deal, as the project is still in its infancy, having only started construction last year. The complication in the deal being that Brookfield acquired future developments, so that means that anything started or planned as future development at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, such as the office component on the site of the former HiFi Buys store, is included in the acquisition.   

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. earlier this week agreed to pay about $2.4 billion for New York's Chelsea Market.   A onetime Nabisco cookie factory where the Oreo was reportedly first created,  the 1.2 million square foot Chelsea Market is across Ninth Avenue from the tech giant’s New York headquarters, and is already home to other Google offices.   Atlanta-based Jamestown bought out Chelsea Market partners Angelo Gordon, Belvedere Capital and ATC Properties in 2011 in a deal that valued the property at just under $800 million, according to data from research firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.  Ponce City Market, a former Sears, Roebuck & Co distribution center, is also owned by Jamestown, but is almost twice of the size of Chelsea Market at 2.1 million square feet.  There is no indication that Ponce City Market could soon change hands, but then again there no was indication that Chelsea Market was for sale either. 

Atlanta's first Flower Child restaurant, the baby sister of True Food Kitchen, is expected to open in May at The Shops Around Lenox.  As ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report last June, the restaurant will occupy a large portion of the former American Apparel store.  Sources say the company is already scouting metro Atlanta for a second location.   

Long delayed baby burger eatery Burgerim is reportedly finally on track and targeting a late February opening.  The restaurant, located around the corner from Taco Mac at Metropolis, was first announced in 2016, but has reportedly been plagued by City of Atlanta permitting delays.  Blue India, another restaurant coming to Metropolis, has also had its own permitting delays but also hopes to open in the next few weeks.

Irvine, California-based Creamistry plans to open its first Georgia location later this spring at The Village at Mall of Georgia in a 1,354 square foot location next to Smokey Bones. The eatery, like others in the fast growing ice cream segment, offers made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in a variety of sizes with various dairy and non-dairy bases.  A second Georgia Creamistry is planned for Savannah.  According to the Mall of Georgia website, the Creamistry at the mall is expected to be open as of May 1. 

Tea Clan, a new tea business, will join Creamistry at Mall of Georgia but in a 751 square foot location inside the mall. on the lower level next to Vision Works.  The shop will offer premium organic loose leaf teas, wellness and herbal teas, caffeine-free teas, high quality tea accessories and more.  The new business will surely be looking to satisfy tea drinkers disappointed by last month's closure of many Teavana stores, including the one at Mall of Georgia. 

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen plans to open its newest Atlanta area location this coming Monday, February 12 at The Plaza at City Springs on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  The Monday opening, which a company official called a "soft open," will be followed by a Grand Opening on Saturday March 3.  This will mark the Atlanta-based chain's tenth location.  Another Tin Drum is planned to open late this year in the new 365 by Whole Foods Market-anchored North Decatur Square shopping center near Decatur.  In The Plaza at City Springs, Tin Drum joins newly opened eateries such as MOD Pizza, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Zo√ęs Kitchen.  A new two-story Starbucks is currently under construction and should open later this spring. 

According to signage at the restaurant, the new Outback Steakhouse in Alpharetta is to open Monday, February 19th on North Point Parkway.  The restaurant, located in a newly constructed outparcel of North Point MarketCenter, opened in what had been an abandoned Mexican restaurant.  The restaurant sports the Tampa-based chain's latest design elements and will be followed by a similarly designed unit currently under construction on Scenic Highway in Snellville

Salt and Pfeffer was the leading the vote getter (by a wide margin) and will be the fourth concept at the upcoming micro-food hall concept Crafthall Kitchen in Sandy Springs.  Salt & Pfeffer, an all day brunch concept, joins Fowl & Scratch, a chicken joint, Bowl Cookhouse, specializing in bowls and  Urban Sammie, featuring gourmet sandwiches.  Founder Jennifer Rotondo tells ToNeTo Atlanta she is hoping to be open in mid-to-late March. 

American Pasta Factory is nearly at the end of extensive buildout/renovations in Roswell. Located at 1123 Alpharetta Street in Roswell, the restaurant was previously home to the once popular Burger Chef fast food chain.  The restaurant, which is actively hiring, hopes to be open by the end of the month. 


Anonymous said...

Dear Outback executives, pleeeease hire the right folks for the NPM location! We are all sick of crappy food service workers,; their lack of respect for their jobs and customers, their nasty attitudes, and their lousy work ethic....hire the right folks and you will thrive...forget about frickin quotas.

Anonymous said...

Dang I use to love Burger Chef!

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