Friday, August 14, 2020

[UPDATE] Taqueria Tsunami Sandy Springs Wipes Out

Taqueria Tsunami has permanently closed its Sandy Springs location.  The restaurant, located on Roswell Road, about two blocks north of I-285, had been "temporarily closed" since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Covered signage on the restaurant tipped us off to a potentially more permanent closure which we were subsequently able to confirm with Fork U Concepts co-owner Scott Kinsey.  

Kinsey, reached by phone late Thursday, indicated that while the decision to close in Sandy Springs was a difficult one, he feels it was best for his group to [eventually] emerge from the pandemic stronger and better positioned for future growth. When Taqueria Tsunami opened in Sandy Springs in late 2017, it actually shared the combined 10,000 square foot space with a second Fork U Concept: Stockyard Burgers & Bones.  The burger concept didn't prove popular and was eliminated a few months later.  

Double Zero Napoletana, a pizza restaurant from Castellucci Hospitality Group, previously occupied the large format restaurant space from May 2011 until August 2016 when it "moved" to Emory Village. 

The former restaurant will reportedly soon see new life as an event venue.  

Despite the closure and the pandemic, Fork U did recently open a new Taqueria Tsunami location at Madison Yards, the new Publix / AMC Theatres anchored project on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown.  The restaurant, which opened in June, is one of eight of Taqueria Tsunami locations with other outposts on the Marietta Square, Roswell, Athens (2), East Cobb, Woodstock and Peachtree Corners.  In addition to Taqueria Tsunami, Fork U operates Stockyard locations in East Cobb, Vinings and on the Marietta Square, as well as Forno Vero at Marietta Square Market and Stilla Del Toro on the Marietta Square.  

Taqueria Tsunami previously closed locations in south Buckhead off Peachtree Road where 1Kept operated for several years before recently closing and reopening as APT 4B.  Another Taqueria Tsunami previously closed at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, the sibling property of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, home of the restaurant's Woodstock outpost. 

Are you surprised that Taqueria Tsunami closed their Sandy Springs restaurant?  What is your favorite taqueria in metro Atlanta?  What is your favorite Sandy Springs area restaurant?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

I like Taqueria Tsunami and Stockyard - I've never had a bad experience at either of those concepts. I hope the Peachtree Corners Tsunami location does well. They have a cool rooftop patio that overlooks the Town Green. I've eaten there a couple times in the past couple months and service and food was good both times.

Jim B said...

The food at Stockyard was ok and the bourbon flights were great. The problem was the inside sometimes smelled like sewage which bodes poorly for the building. Also, they built out the rooftop but never actually opened it! What a missed opportunity!

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