Monday, August 17, 2020

[EXCLUSIVE] Plant Based Pizzeria To "Sprout" From Sandy Springs Shopping Center

Plant Based Pizzeria, which last year became the first all-vegan pizzeria to open in Atlanta, is preparing to open a second metro location. The new restaurant, coming to Sandy Springs, is opening in a seemingly cursed restaurant space that has gone through at least seven different concepts in the past dozen or so years.  Anchoring Huntridge Center at 8540 Roswell Road, the new eatery is located between Northridge Road and Hightower Trail, just south of the Chattahoochee River.   

Business partners Paul Jordan and Marisa Acoff opened the original Plant Based Pizza last January at 730 Barnett Street, just off Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta.  The restaurant opened in place of a traditional pizza joint, Rocco's New York Pizza, which had previously closed in the 3,300 square foot space.  

Since its opening, Plant Based Pizzeria has reportedly served pizza to celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri and Keri Hilson, as well as thousands of other vegans and "flexitarians" alike. The restaurant has an overall 4 1/2 star rating with more than 230 reviews on Yelp.com.  

In addition to assorted pizzas, the restaurant also features several flatbreads, calzones and even a few burgers, which, like the "meat lovers pizza," are made with Beyond Meat products.  The restaurant also features some more adventurous meat and cheese alternatives like "walnut meat" and "cashew cheese."  

As we mentioned, Plant Based Pizzeria is at least the eighth eatery that will have occupied the anchor space in the multi-unit center along Roswell Road over the past several years.  B Social Supper Club was the most recent occupant.  Other previous occupants of the space include CasAgave, Rock 'N' Taco, Moderna, taqueria + teatro,  The Old Crow Grill & Tavern, Foxy's Sports Bar & Chop House and Driggers Sports Grill, among others.  [Rock 'N' Taco late last year "relocated" from Buckhead to the former Pastis space on Canton Street in Historic Downtown Roswell. 

At least three different brokerages have leased the center, too, including Green-Koh Commercial Real Estate, Hale Retail Group and Perimeter Commercial Real Estate, among others.  

Plant Based Pizzeria, like fellow vegan eatery "The Slutty Vegan," is a black-owned business.  Pinky Cole started selling her trendy "slutty" burgers via Instagram during the summer of 2018, after which she eventually got a food truck to optimize efficiency.  Cole opened the first Slutty Vegan brick and mortar location on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in southwest Atlanta in October 2018, and has since expanded the business to include a second location in Jonesboro and a third coming soon to Edgewood Avenue in southeast Atlanta.  

Sources close to Plant Based Pizzeria indicate that it will open in "less than 60 days."

Are you excited for the opening of Plant Based Pizzeria in Sandy Springs?  Have you been to the original Plant Based Pizzeria in Atlanta?  What is your favorite type of faux meat or cheese? 

Please share your thoughts below.  

15 comments:

"Tyrone" said...

Lotsa luck. I drive by that location all the time and it's just a turnover after turnover in that end space. Hopefully they can fully Plant themselves for a long time and not Meat their demise!

Unknown said...

I haven't been to the current location. I'm looking forward to trying it now that this location will be closer. It'll be great to enjoy a slice of pizza without sacrificing taste.

Alex said...

A plant based pizza restaurant. LOL.....good luck with that. Might as well place this one on the death watch right now.

Anonymous said...

Fail.

Anonymous said...

Sounds bad! NEXT!

KER said...

That has to be the most uncreative name ever...

Citykid said...

I'm all for a plant based pizza joint, but that's not really the demographic in that part of Sandy Springs. It's very working class, as evidenced by the amount of sports bars. Roswell Road is very busy, but most people use it as a pass through.

Anonymous said...

That neighborhood is turning into a no go zone...a far cry from 20 years ago. Very sad but we wish them much luck, and please get quality employees.

Anonymous said...

zzzzzzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

The last thing that neighborhood needs.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to trying this place out!! Nice to have some healthy "green" options near Dunwoody !

Anonymous said...

This place is surprisingly amazing and I'm not even vegan. I've taken my family to their location in Virginia Highlands, even though we live in East Cobb. Our kids love it! Can't wait to have PBP closer to home and to try the new menu items!!

Jay said...

We can’t wait!

Unknown said...

Their VaHighlands location is so insanely good. I’m thrilled they’re opening a second location. The selfish part of me hopes this spreads out the volume and I can get a pizza with less than a 90 min wait time. But i know the secret won’t last long. It’s too delicious.

Unknown said...

Based on replies on PBP’s Instagram, quite a few people actually drive down from Sandy Springs and even farther north. They’ll do great!

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