Sunday, April 29, 2018

Bits & Bites

American Pasta Factory plans to make its long awaited debut in Roswell next week.  The quick serve Italian eatery is located on Alpharetta Street in Roswell in a heavily renovated onetime Burger Chef restaurant.  

New Balance opened its new Emory area location at the corner of  North Druid Hills and Clairmont Roads Friday.  The store, which will share the newly constructed building with a nail salon, is owned by the same franchisee as the New Balance store in East Cobb. 

Locally owned sunglass boutique Select Shades opened this weekend at The Battery Atlanta.  The shop is located on Battery Avenue near the Comcast Xfinity store and across from the upcoming Silverspot Cinema.  

Subway has closed its restaurant in the BP at the corner of Piedmont and Pharr Roads in Buckhead.  The struggling sandwich chain announced plans earlier this week to close about 500 locations across the U.S.  

The Dapper Doughnut made its long awaited Atlanta debut in Lenox Square's Fashion Cafe this past Thursday April 26.  

Houston-based Charming Charlie, a women's accessories retailer, emerged from bankruptcy earlier this week, a few months after announcing plans to close 97 stores.  Among the closures was  their store at The Avenue West Cobb in Marietta.  The retailer continues to operate other stores in metro Atlanta including stores at Cumberland Mall in Smyrna, Mall of Georgia in Buford and at The Forum in Norcross. 

New Realm Brewing, the craft brewery co-founded by Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele, has announced plans to open a second brewery and taproom in Virginia Beach, Virginia. New Realm has partnered with The Miller Group to lease a 58,000 square foot facility which formerly housed the Green Flash Brewing Company.  The Virginia Beach brewery and taproom will be located at 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach, VA, and New Realm expects it to open once it soon. The new brewery will feature a tasting room with a wide variety of beers on tap, an outdoor beer garden, and private event space.  The existing brewery and restaurant which opened this past December is located at 550 Somerset Terrace, along the BeltLine Eastside Trail.  

New restaurant Porter Pizza Brewery had a soft opening over the weekend ahead of its planned grand opening on Monday.  The restaurant is located on Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs in place of a short-lived Bruegger's Bagels.  Owner Allen Porter plans to open sibling concept PorterQ in the former d'Vine Wine Bar & Shop space in Dunwoody Village soon.  

Tanaka Ramen is now open at TOWN Brookhaven.  The restaurant, located close to Peachtree Boulevard, replaced the short-lived Boneheads restaurant.  

Earlier this week, Winter Haven, Florida-based CenterState Bank Corporation, the parent company of CenterState Bank, N.A.,   purchased Charter Financial Corporation, the parent company of CharterBank, headquartered in West Point, Georgia.   The acquisition of Charter represents CenterState's first entry into Georgia and Alabama for commercial banking.  CenterState already has a significant presence in both Alabama and Georgia through various business lines.  This past June, Charter purchased Resurgens Bancorp, which has locations in Tucker, among other locations.  Charter bank currently operates branches in Tucker, Decatur, Smyrna and at Gateway in Sandy Springs, among others.  


"Tyrone" said...

I wouldn't say American Pasta Factory is "long awaited." I live in the neighborhood immediately next to it and I have no plans to patronize it. Looking in the window at the menu, it's basically a Chipotle-style ordering system (pick a base and point at the toppings you want) for pasta. At a minimum of $8 plus tax (and dare they swivel the POS to you to add tip), you're looking at $10 for counter service pasta that will likely be lukewarm and squishy. It's going to be hard to do a Restaurant Style pasta (with interesting proteins and ingredients) from counter service. I'm not going to spend $40 to bring my kids there for spaghetti and red sauce when I can make the same at home in 15 mins for $5. If they make it till year-end, I'll be surprised. This would be a much better space for a BBQ joint...the unfortunately located (and named) Meating Street BBQ just down the road should've taken this location.

ImAndy said...

That subway was closed over a month ago when I was in there.

Anyone who likes ramen anywhere close to Town already has a favorite ramen place on BuHi. This is a bonehead move

Anonymous said...

no one eats pasta anymore

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