Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[Bits & Bites] Commercial Real Estate News Atlanta

Kafenio Avondale will "soft open" May 22 thru Memorial day for breakfast/lunch service.  Dinner service starts May 28. The restaurant is owned by John "Johnny" Gianoulidis, who opened the first Kafenio on Main Street in historic downtown College Park in 2015.  The new restaurant, which ToNeTo Atlanta first reported on this past July, will open in the street level retail of the new Willis apartment complex on East College Avenue at its intersection with Sams Crossing.  The new restaurant, which measures about 2,100 square feet, is a bit larger than the original location, and like the first outpost, will serve breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, with full coffee & espresso service.  Food offerings include an assortment of  Mediterranean-inspired salads, sandwiches and Mediterranean small plates or "Mezedes" as they are known.  In addition to the original Kafenio, Gianoulidis also currently operates ParkGrounds "Coffee Unleashed," on Flat Shoals in Reynoldstown.  
Primo Hoagies will open their first ever Atlanta area location Thursday May 16 in Sandy Springs.  The new restaurant, which ToNeTo Atlanta first reported on this past January, will open in Perimeter Town Center on Peachtree Dunwoody Road, not far from Hammond Drive.  The new restaurant, a locally owned franchise of the New Jersey-based chain, is the first of three locations that local franchisee Brian Ottaviano plans to open in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta's first Pokéworks franchise opened last week at Peachtree Corners Town Center in Peachtree Corners, and to celebrate, the restaurant is hosting a Grand Opening event this coming Saturday May 18th. The eatery will be offering buy one get one free specials on poke bowls, burritos, & salads, plus giving out "amazing prizes" all day.  The Manhattan-based franchise has about 40 locations open and another 30 coming soon with the goal of having 100+ restaurants open by 2020. The Pokéworks website indicates that there are currently no other additional locations planned for metro Atlanta.  

International cream puff and dessert shop Beard Papa's is also opening May 18 at Peachtree Corners Town Center.  The Peachtree Corners outpost will be the first in Atlanta for the Japan-based eatery.   

A new restaurant called Taps Bar & Grill is coming soon to Aspire Center at 1025 East West Connector in Austell.  The new restaurant, which is being opened by Mabelton resident Gordon A. Wasson, will be in the 5,600 square foot freestanding building in front of Aspire Fitness.  The building was previously home to a Taco Mac restaurant.  

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse opened last week on Mansell Road in Alpharetta, not far from North Point Mall.  The traditional Brazilian steakhouse, which as we first reported this past September opened in place of The Diner at North Point features churrasco-style meats served tableside including Costela de Porco (pork ribs), filet mignon, linguica (Brazilian sausage) and alcatra (top sirloin) among their sixteen meat choices.  Galeto is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.  The Alpharetta location is the third for Galeto, which also has restaurants in California and Arizona.

Chick-fil-A's new location in Newnan will celebrate its grand opening Thursday May 16, before which the restaurant will host its popular "First 100" camp-out where 100 adults will have the opportunity to win free Chick-fil-A for one year.  The restaurant, owned by local franchise operator Lauren McGuire, is located at 2090 Newnan Crossing Boulevard, not far from Piedmont Newnan Hospital.  In addition to the new restaurant in Newnan, the Atlanta-based chicken chain recently debuted a relocated and enlarged restaurant at Colony Square in Midtown and will in the coming weeks debut freshly rebuilt restaurants in Douglasville, Johns Creek and Peachtree Corners.  

The approximately 1,800 square foot space in The Exchange at Hammond shopping center that ToNeTo Atlanta announced in early 2016 would be a new Sublime Donuts, is being marketed for lease.  The Atlanta-based donut shop confirmed the Sandy Springs location around the time they were building out their then upcoming, and long since opened, North Druid Hills location.  It's unclear what went wrong in Sandy Springs but the space that had most recently housed a pair of froyo operators had been largely cleared out but no construction had ever really gotten underway.  The Exchange at Hammond, like neighboring Parkside Shops, was purchased late last year by Ponce City Market owner Jamestown.  

After a soft opening over the past few days, The Select Restaurant & Bar will celebrate its grand opening tonight, May 15 at City Springs in Sandy Springs.  Executive Chef Matt Rainey will serve daily dinner alongside late night small plates, assorted wine, seasonal craft cocktails & local draft beer. The Select is being opened by the same team behind Paces & Vine in Vinings Jubilee in Vinings.  The Select is meant to be a 1920’s inspired restaurant and bar and joins existing dining options Flower Child, Café Vendôme and Nam Kitchen in the new Sandy Springs mixed-use development.  

1 comment:

Ham said...

I realize all restaurants update periodically, but Chik-fil-a seems very aggressive with all the rebuilds.

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