Sunday, October 27, 2019

[OPENING ALERT] City Barbeque to Debut in November in Sandy Springs

City Barbeque, the Dublin, Ohio-based barbeque restaurant that currently operates two locations in metro Atlanta, plans to open its third Monday, November 11 in Sandy Springs.  The new restaurant, which ToNeTo Atlanta first reported in March, will open in Abernathy Square at the corner of Roswell and Abernathy Roads.  In the Publix-anchored center the barbeque eatery replaces Dantanna's, which closed last January after about three and half years in business.  
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 last 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 allows 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 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 make for a more upscale experience.    

The first City Barbeque opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The Sandy Springs restaurant will be the chain's 49th 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.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been watching the progress. City Barbecue will have to be amazingly good to overcome traffic issues at Abernathy and Roswell. I pass that shopping center a few times per week, but I avoid the Publix and drive farther for groceries because of crowded parking and difficult if not dangerous entry and exit access at both Roswell and Abernathy roads. Once every couple of months I risk it, but only for Ippolitas.

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