Tuesday, September 18, 2018

[CLOSURE] Cheeky Chooses to Close in Sandy Springs Center

Cheeky, a Mexican taqueria and sports bar, has closed its restaurant on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs after about two years in business.  ToNeTo Atlanta tipsters report the restaurant closed after dinner service Sunday night and that by Monday, a moving crew was on location moving stuff out.  The restaurant opened in September 2016 as part of the Sprouts Farmers Market-anchored Gateway Sandy Springs development, just north of Wieuca Road and not far from Chastain Park.  Cheeky's opening at Gateway in Sandy Springs followed its closure at the Avenue East Cobb.
Interestingly, Cheeky and Verde, another Mexican restaurant in Gateway, teamed up for a joint "Grand Opening" in early 2017.  Many readers thought from the start that the center, with the inclusion of Chipotle Mexican Grill, simply had too many Mexican restaurants, especially given the half dozen plus other options within a mile of the center.  ToNeTo Atlanta readers will recall that Verde abruptly closed in late July.  

Two Cheeky locations remain open, one on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, the other on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee.  Cheeky founder Jose Hevia was an original partner in Taco Mac, and in 2007 founded DraftServ Technologies a self-serve beer program.  Hevia has since expanded DraftServe to MLB stadiums, cruise lines, NASCAR venues and other food-service partners.  It seems as though DraftServe is getting most of Hevia's attention these days.  

Cheeky's Sandy Springs location was located in an endcap across from Tupelo Honey Cafe with great visibility from Roswell Road.  
The former Cheeky in East Cobb today operates as a Tin Lizzy's Cantina, while its location at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, which closed last July, is now known as Mojitos, a Cuban/American restaurant. 

Did you ever dine at Cheeky?  What would you like to see open in place of Cheeky at Gateway in Sandy Springs? What is your favorite restaurant at Gateway?  

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

I went to this location several times and I found the food to be decent enough as I actually enjoyed the food in East Cobb before it closed. The Gateway location service was less than stellar even at the bar unfortunately. Its too bad actually as I thought it would have been a nice addition to the area.

Anonymous said...

We dined at this location often; was great for kids and we always had good service. Unfortunately we were not surprised when heard about the closing last week, as none of the restaurants in the Gateway are busy during the week. And when the restaurants were busy, the parking was horrible; they tried valet parking, but that was short lived.Won’t be shocked if Tupelo Honey is gone soon. Shame that both verde and cheeky’s closed, as there is a limited number of places you can take small kids and still get good service in the north Buckhead/sandy springs area.

Anonymous said...

In that area I have always preferred Taxco Restaurante Mexican. Food is better, less expensive and no hassle parking

Theron Sapp said...

This is unfortunate news. The food was fine enough, good draft selection, the staff was really nice, and they welcomed our pooch on the patio. Good luck to the staff.

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