Sunday, March 17, 2019

[UPDATE] Loteria Grill Open in Buckhead, Opening Soon in Decatur

Loteria Grill, a restaurant we predicted in January might never open, has done just that: opened!  The first of two Atlanta area Loteria Grill restaurants officially opened Saturday within the 365 by Whole Foods Market at Paces Ferry Plaza in Buckhead.  A second location is slated to open within the 365 by Whole Foods Market in North Decatur Square next month.  It's unclear what led to the restaurant's delay from their previously planned December openings to January to April and then back to March, in the case of the Buckhead location.  
Founder and Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw was on hand this week at the Buckhead debut to meet patrons and introduce his food to the area.  A native of Mexico City, Shaw has always wanted to share Mexican cuisine with others and opened his first Loteria Grill at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles in 2002. Shaw closed that outpost this past October, but continues to operate a location on Hollywood Boulevard.

The counter service restaurant is slightly more expensive than one might expect from a casual eatery located in a value oriented grocery store, but Shaw is hopeful that customers will taste the difference and appreciate the authenticity of his food and the time that goes into making it.  Most burritos are priced at about $11, chips & guacamole are eight bucks, with a cheese quesadilla coming in just under ten bucks.  

The restaurant will mirror the hours of 365, opening at 7 AM with breakfast offerings like burritos and eggs, and will continue to offer breakfast items until 10 PM closing.  

Loteria Grill in Buckhead and Decatur will also feature the first brick & mortar locations of new coffee shop, Baya, a brand Shaw created with partners in Puerto Rico, where most of the coffee is sourced.  

The Decatur area location, slated to open April 13, will be slightly larger than the Buckhead outpost and will also feature a small "tortilla factory" where patrons can watch their tortillas be made. 

Have you ever been to Loteria Grill?  Are you excited that the two restaurants are, in fact, opening?  Have you given up on Whole Foods?

Please share your thoughts below  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I lived in Mexico for a few years and the food at Loteria Grill sure brought back good memories. I will be coming back often. Congratulations..... Fred Quinn

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