Friday, April 6, 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Greater Good Bringing Its BBQ to The Westside

The owners of Fellini's and La Fonda plan to bring their third concept, The Greater Good BBQ to Atlanta's Westside later this year.  The restaurant, to be located at 1021 Howell Mill Road, will open alongside La Fonda at the corner of 11th Street & Howell Mill Road. 

Owners Clay Harper and Mike Nelson opened the first Greater Good in Tucker in 2012, and followed that up with a location in Sandy Springs/North Buckhead in 2013.  2016 brought a third Greater Good, this time to a new development on Hosea L. Williams Drive in East Lake.  

Prior occupants of the less than 2,000 square foot space in which Greater Good will open on Howell Mill Road include Vintage Frozen Custard, Ben's Brown Bag, Curly's Fried Chicken and LeRoy's Fried Chicken.  LeRoy's was helmed by chef Julia LeRoy, and owned by Harper and Nelms.  LeRoy had previously partnered with the Fellini's fellas on Three on The Tree, a chef-craft frozen yogurt shop that was a prior occupant of the Sandy Springs/North Buckhead Greater Good location.  (We still dream of LeRoy's "Spiced Banana" flavor made with yogurt from now-defunct purveyor Atlanta Fresh.) 

Greater Good's Westside opening comes at a time when there have been a number of new barbecue openings in the area, but also a number of closures.  

Hottie Hawg’s Smokin’ BBQ closed its restaurant on Main Street about five miles from Greater Good, in early 2016.  During the summer of 2016, Bone Lick BBQ closed its location on Huff Road about a mile from Greater Good.  

In late 2016, DAS BBQ debuted in a converted Pizza Hut on Collier Road about 2.5 miles miles from Greater Good, followed by 4 Rivers Smokehouse last summer on Marietta Street about a half mile away.  

Sources say that the new Greater Good is expected to open later this year but with no permits filed yet, it may be later than some hungry residents would prefer.  

What is your favorite BBQ joint in town?  Are you pleased to see Greater Good coming to the Westside?  Where should the next Great Good BBQ open?

Please share your thoughts below.  


jamiet27 said...

Interesting. I think it’s a tough location, and I think DAS and B’s Cracklin are two of the best BBQ spots in the city and are so close. Time will tell!

The said...

I miss Ben's Brown Bag.

I have been to Greater Good in Tucker a few times.
It's good, but not craveable good.

The only thing that will help this location is if they allow people to park in the La Fonda lot to get Greater Good. Since owned by same folks, that does seem more likely.

Anonymous said...

Leroy's was great when it first opened. Vintage was great, I miss it. Ben's was ok. The hard thing for that location is lack of parking and severe lack of seating. Bone Lick was horrible and should have closed long ago. The Moe's BBQ not far is also sub par. They need to market to the apartments directly around them to really stand out. That is something the other concepts that had the space didn't do.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. I have been to TGG in Tucker a number of times and I'm just not impressed. I'm actually surprised that they are still around not only because the food is just mediocre but also because the location is not very good. There have been a number of establishments to fail in that location.

It's very hard to beat Pig-n-Chik for good BBQ day in and day out. Wish we had them in Tucker.

Anonymous said...

I like Greater Good but they really need to add Turkey to the menu

Anonymous said...

Curly's Fried Chicken was the best concept in that space it was always packed and then closed suddenly does any body know if they ever relocated? Or his whereabouts they made the cities best fried chicken

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