Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bits & Bites

Stockyard Burgers and Bones has closed its Sandy Springs location after less than a year in business.  The burger joint along with sibling Fork U concept Taqueria Tsunami opened last November in the former Double Zero Napoletana on Roswell Road, about a block north of 285 in Sandy Springs.  The Stockyard space has been rechristened "Stockyard Event Venue."  Stockyard Burgers & Bones locations remain open in Vinings, East Cobb and on the Marietta Square.  
Burger King earlier this week released a series of new commercials reportedly created using a "deep learning algorithm."  According to a press release, Burger King used "high-end computing resources and big data" to train an artificial neural network with "advanced pattern recognition capabilities." They fed thousands of fast food commercials to the AI, and it spit out phrases like "The chicken crossed the road to become a sandwich" and "The whopper lives in a bun mansion just like you. Order yourself today ... Have it Uruguay." In a post about the campaign, Mashable called the series of ads "beautiful disasters." 

According to the Phipps Plaza website, the new Ecco restaurant is slated to open Thursday, November 1.  The restaurant is located in a newly constructed building beside the AC by Marriott hotel at the corner of Wieuca and Peachtree Roads, outside of Nordstrom.  ToNeTo Atlanta first reported on the plan for the new restaurant in January 2016.  

Cosmetics retailer bareMinerals has closed its store on the second floor of Lenox Square in Buckhead.

The Good Feet Store, a specialty retailer that bills itself as "America's Arch Support Experts," has signed on to open its first ever Atlanta area location in Sandy Springs.  The new 2,259 square foot store will open beside Zoes Kitchen in the Plaza at City Springs, two blocks north of 285 on Roswell Road. 

Your Pie plans to open its new Tucker area location Friday, October 5 at Embry Village shopping center on Chamblee-Tucker Road.  The new create your own pizza joint will soon be joined by Wayback Burgers as new dining options in the center.  The center's main attraction, a planned Kroger Marketplace store, remains little more than a pipe-dream.

Popular downtown Decatur restaurant Cakes & Ale, which abruptly closed this past June, is now being marketed for lease by the Shumacher Group.  Interestingly, when it closed, an email sent to patrons indicated that  "a new restaurant will fill the space," but no restaurant ever did.  It would seem that whatever deal was in place fell through.  

Chronic Taco earlier this month opened its second Atlanta area location at Parkview on Peachtree in Chamblee.  A separate franchisee of Aliso Viejo, California-based Chronic Taco opened the first Atlanta area location in Alpharetta this past February in a former Tom + Chee on North Point Drive.

The Italian Oven has closed its restaurant at 1345 East West Connector in Austell.  The 5,190 square foot freestanding restaurant is currently being marketed for sublease by the Shumacher Group.  The once nationwide chain previously had a number of locations in Georgia including at least one previously closed location on LaVista Road at Montreal Road near Northlake Mall in Tucker.  Two locations remain opened in Georgia: one in Stockbridge, the other in Peachtree City.  The Tucker area location today operates as Kacey's Home Cooking.  

Planet Fitness will open their newest Atlanta area location this coming Monday, October 1 at West End Mall.  The 19,000 square foot club will offer members unlimited home club access and free fitness training among the company’s signature purple and yellow equipment for only $10 per month. 


ImAndy said...

Tried Chronic Taco and it was an absolute disaster. Employees clearly were not trained, didn't even know their own menu, received something totally different. I was shocked a franchise would just open a new location with no support at all.

Anonymous said...

Tried both sides once. Was good food but the location is horrible. Entrance and exit can be a huge battle.

Anonymous said...

love Burger King! wish they would build one in East Cobb.

Anonymous said...

do you think Fazoli's will return back to Atlanta/Marietta? Where?

Three units in Atlanta, Georgia


Anonymous said...

Every time I go to Taqueria Tsunami I am disappointed. The menu looks so good, but the food is just ok. Can't believe they have opened so many of them and they are still open. Just goes to show what people will eat when there are not many options. Surprised the other Mexican style restaurants have closed in Sandy Springs. Guess the Gateway was just too inconvenient with the tight parking.

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