Monday, December 20, 2021

[CLOSURE ALERT] Alpharetta Residents Have One Less Chili's to Ignore

Chili's Grill & Bar has closed its restaurant at 5035 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.  The restaurant reportedly closed over the weekend with its signage already removed by Monday afternoon.  A sign on the restaurant's front door directs would-be patrons to the chain's other area locations on North Point Parkway near North Point Mall and Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.  

The freestanding restaurant sits adjacent to the former Romano's Macaroni Grill which closed last May.  Chili's is owned by Dallas, Texas-based Brinker International, who also previously owned Romano's Macaroni's Grill and reportedly still controls both restaurant parcels.  

A listing last year on commercial real estate site LoopNet indicates that the roughly 5,700 square foot building was constructed in 2003 and occupies a roughly 1.7 acre site that when combined with the adjacent former Macaroni Grill, could provide a developer with a roughly 3.5 acre parcel.  

In late November 2019, Chili's closed its twelve year old restaurant at Lindbergh City Center in Atlanta.  The chain has in years past also shuttered restaurants on Holcomb Bridge Road in Peachtree Corners (now Jalisco Market 4), Northlake Parkway in Tucker (now Hudson Grille) and at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville (now Shoney's), among others.

Cajun seafood restaurants like Hook & Reel and The Juicy Crab, as well as new Canadian entrant The Captain's Boil, have in many cases opened in former legacy casual dining restaurants, and one or both of these Alpharetta restaurants could prove appealing.  

Are you surprised to see Chili's close its Windward Parkway restaurant?  Did you realize Chili's still existed?  What would you like to see open in place of the former Chili's (+ former Romamo's Macaroni Grill) on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta?

Please share your thoughts below.  

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't go to this Chili's location but I am sad that other Chili's locations just aren't that good anymore. They used to be one of my favorite restaurants!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant title!

Anonymous said...

Give me those baby back, baby back, baby back ribs!

Anonymous said...

Have lived near that location for 15 years, driving by it almost daily. I've never set foot in it. Hopefully something cool moves into the space.

Jodyml813 said...

I imagine it's due to the lack of employees working in the offices over there. We haven't been in the office in over 2 years and although this was one of the restaurants in the rotation, I'm sure they're hurting because folks are just not going out to lunch. Never had any issues at this location but a little sad to see all the restaurants closing in the area.

Anonymous said...

I still think Captain's Boil is a very unappetizing name

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