Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bits & Bites

A second former Huddle House restaurant will soon get new life as a different concept.  On the heels of the One Eyed Mule opening in the former Huddle House at 430 South Marietta Parkway, JimPa's Catsfish & Chicken  will be moving to the former Huddle House at 2420 Cobb Parkway at its intersection with McCollum Parkway in Kennesaw.  JimPa's was previously located at 3140 Cobb Parkway but closed in early May when they indicated they were moving to a "bigger and better space."   The original restaurant had been open eight years, and according to their Facebook page, had received a perfect 100 on their health score every year.  In addition to the restaurant, its owners operate a popular catering business.

Elsewhere in Kennesaw, a tea shop called Oolong Bubble Teahouse is coming soon to 2950 George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw.    

Revelator Sweet Tooth quietly opened Monday at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.  The new location, on the second floor of the Buckhead mall near the central elevator/escalator, is the second in a pair of joint outposts of Revelator Coffee and Queen of Cream, a local ice cream maker.  The partner businesses opened a joint location on the second floor of Lenox Square last year.  

Gourmet salad shop Chopt is opening its third Atlanta area location Monday, July 22 at Ansley Mall in Midtown.  The New York-based quick-serve eatery entered the Atlanta market last year, first with a location in Toco Hills, and later a second in Tuxedo Festival near Chastain Park.  
The chain reportedly sees the the potential for a half dozen or so more locations in metro Atlanta, potentially next in Sandy Springs or East Cobb.  

Costco will open its newest location in Sharpsburg on Thursday, August 22 at 8 a.m. The 155,000 square foot warehouse is located at 40 Fischer Crossings Boulevard in Fischer Crossing, at the northeast corner of Highway 34 and Fischer Road. The new location will be the 13th Costco in Georgia, 543rd in the U.S. and 781st worldwide. 

Kitchenware retailer Sur La Table is closing its store at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  The store, located on the mall's second level between Macy's and Banana Republic, is due to close July 27 and is currently offering 40% off all in-stock merchandise.  The Seattle-based retailer continues to operate stores at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead and North Point Mall in Alpharetta.  It's unclear exactly why the store at Perimeter is closing, but its closure has precipitated the rumor mill of a potential return of rival retailer Williams-Sonoma to the popular Dunwoody mall.  Williams-Sonoma, which sells similar goods and gadgets, closed at Perimeter mall more than a dozen years ago.  Williams-Sonoma also previously closed locations at Phipps Plaza (now Sur La Table), Gwinnett Place Mall and North Point Mall, but Perimeter is the strongest and most likely of the four to see the retailer's return. 

Duck Donuts opened this past weekend at Merchants Walk on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.  The new East Cobb location is the third Atlanta area outpost for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based chain.  A fourth location is allegedly still in the works at Toco Hills, but its timetable for opening remains unclear.  

A new location of Nothing Bundt Cakes is planned for Village Pavilion off Atlanta Road in Smyrna.  The new bakery is opening in suite 100, a 2,800 square foot space along Atlanta Road.  The Addison, Texas-based franchise already has more than a half dozen locations open in metro Atlanta including outposts in Tucker, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Kennesaw, among others.  

A new locally owned business called RePlay Video Arcade will open later this summer at Mall of Georgia in Buford.  The new arcade will bring a "blast from the past" with pinball machines and a variety of rotating games from previous decades, including both old-world gaming and high-end technology. Players will be able to buy time rather than tokens with each game set to “free play,” allowing gamers to play without worrying about paying again after each game. RePlay Video Arcade will be located on the lower level near Billy Beez in a 2,078 square foot space.  

Kokee Tea, a new eatery offering specialty drinks and desserts, is also set to open at the Buford mall this summer.  

Food Depot has closed its grocery store in Merchant's Square shopping center on Britt Road near Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross.  

Farm Burger will open its seventh Atlanta area location and twelfth overall restaurant next Wednesday, July 24 at Whole Foods Market Midtown at the corner of 14th and Spring Streets. The new location will not feature the impossible to find Impossible Burger, but will instead feature the Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat. The locally owned burger business previously had a a pair of locations in California, but over the past year has closed both to focus on the east coast.  


Anonymous said...

Huh, I had wondered if that Food Depot might have closed. I live nearby and noticed the sign advertising it outside the complex was inside out, but I was driving by, so I couldn't really look up the hill to see what was up.

Anonymous said...

Sur La Table would do well in Atlantic Station or another in-town location currently underserved by that concept.

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