Thursday, October 3, 2019

[EXCLUSIVE] Permitting Problems Douse Plans For B's Cracklin' Barbecue at Emory Point

Plans for a temporary location of B's Cracklin' Barbecue at Emory Point have been called off.  Pitmaster/owner Bryan Furman announced plans to temporarily set up shop in the Emory area mixed-use development this past May. Unfortunately, the recently City of Atlanta annexed property presented permitting issues relating to the needed onsite smoker, due to their being residential units above the restaurant.  The inability to get the needed permits led to the cancellation of the restaurant.  
Pitmaster Bryan Furman - Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee for Bon App├ętit
B's, which was previously located on Main Street in Atlanta's Riverside community, was destroyed in a fire this past March and the former La Tagliatella at Emory Point was to be its temporary home as Furman worked to confirm a new permanent location. 

Despite the Emory Point setback, Furman is gearing up to open a mini-version of his restaurant within the newly rebuilt "BeltLine Kroger" at the new 725 Ponce project.  The restaurant, which will  reportedly be a "counter restaurant" will operate from within the new Kroger and will likely offer as wide a menu as fans of his meats may be accustomed to.   In an Instagram post by Furman announcing the Kroger collaboration, he indicates that he'll be smoking meats at Kroger "until the rebuild."   The B's at Kroger is slated to open along with the store itself October 16.  

Back at Emory Point, the 4,400 square foot almost-B's space is again available for lease, as are the the roughly 2,800 square foot former Fresh to Order and roughly 3,000 square foot former Marlow's Tavern, among others.  Sources close to the project indicate that interest is "strong" and momentum is growing as a new leasing team works to reposition the struggling center.  

ToNeTo Atlanta exclusively reported August 2 that Emory University has leased the former Earth Fare anchor space at Emory Point and plans to open an "innovation hub" - the full description of which is forthcoming - in 2020.   

What would you like to see open at Emory Point?  If you live nearby and don't frequent the center often, what holds you back?  Are you looking forward to B's at "BeltLine Kroger"?

Please share your thoughts below.  

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