Monday, June 29, 2020

[EXCLUSIVE] Cinnaholic Scores Sweet Space at The Forum in Peachtree Corners

A third Atlanta area location of Cinnaholic is coming soon.  The new franchise, to be located in The Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners, will open in place of Soho Gifts between Swoozie's and La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant in the north end of the large mixed-use development.  The new shop will be 1,200 square feet, a bit smaller than the upcoming Dunwoody outpost, but larger than the Edgewood location. 
The first Cinnaholic opened in Berkeley, California in 2010.  Cinnaholic appeared on Shark Tank in 2014, and began to offer franchises in 2015.  The growing franchise entered the Atlanta market in June 2016 with a location in the Edgewood Retail District along Moreland Avenue, not far from Little 5 Points.  A second Georgia location opened in Athens in September 2016.  Last April, a third Georgia location made its debut near Valdosta Mall in Valdosta.  ToNeTo Atlanta exclusively reported this past September that a new Cinnaholic location was coming to Dunwoody. 

Within the past few months, however, and seemingly before the effects of COVID-19 were felt within the restaurant industry, both the Athens and Valdosta locations closed permanently.   

What makes Cinnaholic unique is that their cinnamon buns are dairy-free, lactose-free, egg-free, cholesterol-free and a 100% vegan.  While there is no "healthy cinnamon bun," Cinnaholic products are slightly less caloric than similar products from industry leader Atlanta-based Cinnabon.      

 According to the Cinnaholic website, a classic "old skool roll" is 650 730 calories, while a classic Cinnabon is 880 calories.  The two are a little closer when it comes to carbs, where Cinnaholic has 101 109 grams and Cinnabon has 127 grams, according to their respective websites, for a single classic bun. (The marked out numbers reflect calorie and carb counts as of 2016, that seem to have been increased today.)  

Interestingly, a classic roll at Cinnaholic packs a bigger sugar punch with 59 grams compared to Cinnabon at 58 grams.  Cinnabon, on the other hand, comes with 13 grams of protein, compared to Cinnaholic's 8.  

Cinnaholic has also expanded its menu to include edible cookie dough, brownies, bite-sized baby buns, chocolate chip cookies, cinnacakes and most recently, Dole Whip, a dairy-free frozen dessert, among other offerings.  

Co-founders Shannon and Florian Radke sold their first Berkeley location and reportedly are still involved in the business, but seemingly in a limited way.    

Today, the business is based on Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody.  Daryl Dollinger, a veteran of both Raving Brands (Moe's Southwest Grill, Doc Green's, Boneheads, Planet Smoothie, Mama Fu's etc.) and Big Game Brands (Flying Biscuit Cafe, Monkey Joe's, Cowlicks, etc.) is listed as the company's CEO, with Spencer Reid, a veteran of Raving Brands and Great Wraps, listed as the company's President.   

The aforementioned Dunwoody location is currently projected to open in mid-July according to posts on the eatery's facebook page.  It's unclear when the Peachtree Corners outpost is to open.  In addition to Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners, the Cinnaholic website indicates that there are also stores coming soon to Warner Robins and Statesboro as well as regionally in Pigeon Forge, Birmingham, and Coral Springs and Tampa, Florida, among others.    

Are you excited for the opening of Cinnaholic in Peachtree Corners?  Have you ever been to Cinnaholic?  Do you view Cinnaholic as "better" than Cinnabon?

 Please share your thoughts below.

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