Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bits & Bites

Cafe Posh in the street level retail of Hanover Buckhead Village in Buckhead has closed.  The Mediterranean eatery, which relocated from Fountain Oaks shopping center in Sandy Springs, closed as of Monday.  Owner Simona Edery had hoped to open a second Cafe Posh closer to her original Sandy Springs location but a series of unfortunate personal and later business events, not the least of which was the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in her closing the business and abandoning those plans.  

Bankrupt retailer Tuesday Morning recently revealed its third wave of store closures.  Among the 22 additional stores slated for closure is one more metro Atlanta store in Buford near the Mall of Georgia.  The store, located at 1999 Mall of Georgia Boulevard, while present on the list of closures, has not started any liquidation sales and its presence on the list may instead be a strategy to renegotiate its current lease and remain open.   If it does close, the Buford store would mark the 14th in Georgia that the retailer is closing as it attempts to trim its store count to emerge from bankruptcy leaner and more efficient.  

Ponko Chicken opened July 31 in place of Steel City Pops in downtown Decatur.  The new Ponko is owned by Johnny Esposito, the same owner as the Midtown location . The Atlanta-based quick-serve chicken chain now has five locations open - Chamblee, Chastain Park, Marietta Square Market, Midtown, and Decatur - as well as a pair of outposts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Downtown.  At least two new Ponko locations are expected to open soon in the Fashion Cafe [food court] at Lenox Square in Buckhead and at The Maxwell, a new development near Alpharetta City Center in Alpharetta.  A third Ponko is reportedly in the works for Canton, too.

Lao street food eatery Snackboxe Bistro has closed its location within Asian food hall PH'EAST at The Battery Atlanta.  Other concepts in PH'EAST including Poke Burri, Kung Fu Tea, and Lifting Noodles Ramen remain open.  The original Snackboxe Bistro, located in the H Mart anchored Peachtree Pavilion shopping center along Peachtree Boulevard in Doraville is also still open.  

The KFC/Taco Bell combo location in Clarkston has closed.  The restaurant, at the corner of Brockett Road and East Ponce de Leon Avenue, closed abruptly earlier this month and its shared building has been stripped clean of all logos and branding.  Property records indicate that the restaurant, 4540 E Ponce De Leon, was built in 1984, is 2,636 square feet and sits on a .6 acre lot.

The upcoming Kimpton Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead has a name: Kimpton Sylvan Hotel.  Set to open in early 2021, the new hotel will be helmed by General Manager Tristan Haas, a veteran of the Kimpton brand.  An adaptive reuse of the 1950s era Sobu Flats condo building, the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel "will embrace the mid-century modern design scheme of the original exterior adding a splash of understated sophistication and heartfelt Southern hospitality."   The hotel's name, which is derived from the Latin word for forest, silva, references Atlanta’s “city in a forest” nickname felt especially in the neighborhood’s canopy of trees.  The property will include 216 guest rooms and suites, a "vibrant living room lobby," a private pool and over 4,000 square feet of meetings and events space.  The hotel, like other Kimpton properties, will also feature several food and  beverage outlets including a street-level restaurant, which will feature an "old Hollywood vibe" and serve Continental cuisine and the tucked-away, ground-level garden bar and 9th floor rooftop lounge will open.  


Anonymous said...

Sad but not surprised about Snackboxe closing at Ph'east. The whole food court concept at the Battery seems terribly out of place and the actual location was too far from the stadium. Don't see how the other booths can remain open much longer.

bomister said...

Never even realized that Posh Cafe even opened. Too bad for them...

Interesting info on SoBu Flat construction.

Michelle J. said...

I miss Cafe Posh. It was one of my favorite spots for lunch!! I was very sad to hear that it had closed & even more sad to hear the details that led to such. I had no idea... Miss you Simona & hope all is well.

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