Friday, March 15, 2019

[Holy Smokes!] City Barbeque Signs on For New Space in Sandy Springs

City Barbeque, the Dublin, Ohio-based barbeque restaurant that currently operates two locations in metro Atlanta, has a third coming soon to Sandy Springs.  The new restaurant will open in Abernathy Square at the corner of Roswell and Abernathy Roads.  In the Publix anchored center the barbeque eatery will open in place of Dantanna's, which closed last January after about three and half years in business.  
The first Atlanta area City Barbeque in Decatur 

The new Sandy Springs City Barbeque will be the first in metro Atlanta not freestanding.  The first City Barbeque, which opened in September 2017, occupies a newly constructed freestanding building along Scott Boulevard in the Sprouts Farmers Market anchored Decatur Crossing development.  The second location, which opened this past June in Johns Creek/Suwanee, occupies a freestanding former Applebee's along Medlock Bridge Road.  

The one thing the Johns Creek/Suwanee and Sandy Springs locations have in common is that they are both in former Applebee's restaurants.  The Sandy Springs Applebee's closed in late 2013, later reopening in 2014 as Dantanna's.  The Johns Creek/Suwanee Applebee's closed in May 2017 and remained vacant until City Barbeque's opening.  

At 5,900 square feet, the Sandy Springs City Barbeque will be the chain's largest in metro Atlanta, surpassing Johns Creek/Suwanee, which was 5,200 square feet, about 1,500 square feet larger than the Decatur outpost.  The larger size will allow the restaurant to feature additional seating as well as "an enhanced pick-up area for call ahead orders and third party pick-ups."  The restaurant will also feature six local beers on tap and have patio seating.  

City Barbeque will mark the return of barbeque to the center following the closure of a Dickey's Barbecue Pit restaurant in early 2016.  Today, the former Dickey's, a 2,500 square foot inline space, is home to Abuelos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina.    

City Barbeque is a counter service, quick-serve restaurant, but its presentation and quality give it a more upscale experience.  The restaurant uses Ole Hickory Pits smokers and in the case of the Decatur restaurant, named their three smokers: Lil Jon, Big Boi and Ludapits.  

The first City Barbeque opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The Sandy Springs restaurant, which is currently slated to open in September, will be the chain's 46th overall location.  

City Barbeque is reportedly looking to add at least two other Atlanta area locations in the years to come.   

Have you ever been to a City Barbeque?   Where should City Barbeque open next?  Where is your favorite barbeque in Atlanta?

Please share your thoughts below  


Anonymous said...

I have been to the John’s Creek location at least a dozen times. Always spot-on, great staff, awesome food, and seriously good ice’d tea! My worry is the employee pool from that roswell road corridoor will negatively impact the new location. Dantanna’s always had issues...gnowhaimsayin.

Anonymous said...

Best pulled pork I've had in town. Smoked turkey is great. Now beef rib on Saturday (only Fox Bros has that, that I can find). I usually favor the hole-in-the-wall places but for a (small) chain, the food is excellent.

Anonymous said...

Just YEAH!! I found City BBQ when I use to visit my family in Mason, OH - it's to die for and I have tried every BBQ joint here in ATL. This is a win! Hope they have their peach cobbler!

Disneypal said...

I recently tried City BBQ and I really liked it - I'm glad to hear that it will be opening a location in this area.

jamie said...

Finally, something to replace that long abandoned horrid Steak N Shake.. Great job sandy springs!

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