Saturday, February 16, 2019

[EXCLUSIVE] The Local Pizzaiolo Westside Shutters, Food Terminal to Arrive Soon

The Westside location of The Local Pizzaiolo has closed and been sold.  In place of the pizza restaurant, Amy Wong and Howie Ewe, co-owners of Food Terminal, plan to open a second location of their popular Malaysian restaurant.  The original Food Terminal debuted March 2017 along Buford Highway in Chamblee.
The Local Pizzaiolo Westside, originally intended to be the first of a multi-unit chain, opened in January of 2018 and like its sibling location in Toco Hills - which opened in May 2018 - was put up for sale this past November.  [Two additional locations planned for Sandy Springs and Reynoldstown were called off entirely.]  The 2,700 square foot restaurant has been a number of things over the past few years including Bellwoods Social House before the pizza shop, and Swit Bakery & Cafe before that. 

Food Terminal, the latest concept from the team that launched both Top Spice and Sweet Hut, seems best suited to find success in the space.  The current Food Terminal on Buford Highway has been very well received by nearby residents and foodies alike and its cuisine -,Malaysian,- is not something readily found on the Westside.  The new Food Terminal will be slightly smaller than the current Buford Highway outpost.  

The restaurant's Malaysian fare which is a mix of Chinese, Indian, Singaporean, and Thai flavors, features such items as "Cheese N' Cheese": tomato-braised rice, egg, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, smoked bacon, grilled spam, fresh corn, red onion, fried shallots, spring onions, and bell peppers over hot cast iron and "Kari Chicken Noodle Soup" with "curry noodle base, infused with coconut milk, served in a bed of Food Terminal’s signature thin noodle, chicken thigh, fish cake, fried shallot, and hard-boiled egg."
Located at 1000 Marietta Street in The Brickworks development, Food Terminal stands to benefit, at least in the short run, from the upcoming closure of 5 Seasons Brewery, given the two restaurants share the development's patio and parking. 

According to the offering for the business, the restaurant features "two $38,000 Marra rotator gas pizza ovens that will be removed by seller if requested."  Given Food Terminal would have no use for the oven and The Local Pizzaiolo is pursing an expansion in the Washington D.C., perhaps they will be transported to our nation's capitol.    

Steve Josovitz and Irving Jacobson of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented both the buyer and the seller in the Westside transaction and continue to market the Toco Hills location for lease, now reduced from $325,000 to $285,000, with some owner financing.

Food Terminal Westside is expected to open later this summer.  

Are you excited for the addition of Food Terminal to the Westside?  Are you surprised that The Local Pizzaiolo did not make thrive in Atlanta?  What would you like to see open in The Local Pizzaiolo in Toco Hills?  

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