Saturday, November 14, 2020

[UPDATE] Moe's Shutters Second East Cobb Eatery

For the second time in just the past few weeks, an Atlanta area Moe's Southwest Grill franchise has closed.  The restaurant, located in the Publix-anchored [and Publix owned] Shallowford Corners shopping center (4401 Shallowford Road), seemingly closed in recent days without prior notice, and while permanently removed from the Moe's website, still shows as occupied on the property's website.  Moe's was situated on a 2,265 square foot endcap space adjacent to Jet's Pizza at the corner of Shallowford and Johnson Ferry Roads in East Cobb.  

ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report October 27 that the now former Moe's at Parkaire Landing shopping center, also along Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb, had closed, and would reopen in 2021 as a new location of gusto!  The Parkaire Moe's, a freestanding onetime KFC, provided gusto! with not only premium visibility, but a coveted drive-thru, too.  The Shallowford location, while in an endcap and with good visibility, lacks a drive-thru, but will still likely command plenty of interest from restaurants looking to expand or enter the market.  

Brian Ferris, once a significant Moe's franchisee with several locations in metro Atlanta and Alabama, has reportedly been reducing the number of units he operates either by selling or closing them.  Ferris was the owner of both of the now closed East Cobb units, but is also the financial backer and business partner of chef Pat Pascarella's new Italian eatery, Grana, which opened earlier this year in Piedmont Heights.  

At least six Moe's have closed in metro Atlanta in recent years including Atlantic Station (now Salata), Sandy Springs (now Salata), Midtown (now Chopt) Roswell Road (empty), in addition to the two recent East Cobb closures.  

A freestanding Moe's on Roswell Road near Northridge Road in Sandy Springs closed over a year ago due to fire and was finally demolished in early October with plans for it to be rebuilt and reopen next year, according to sources close to the restaurant.  The Moe's website has said since the day after the fire that the location is "temporarily closed."    

What would you like to see open in the now former Moe's in East Cobb?  Between Moe's, Willy's or Chipotle, which is your favorite and why?  What is your favorite East Cobb area restaurant?

Please share your thoughts below.  

2 comments:

SB said...

With Ponce FSU to close eventually....

Anonymous said...

Willy's is my favorite from that group. I think the quality of ingredients is higher. Chipotle is my least favorite - their rice is grossly oversalted and they really can't give you a few chips with your order? Moe's is just sort of meh. It'll do in a pinch but is not as good as Willy's.

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