Friday, August 5, 2022

Bits & Bites

Copper Coin in Woodstock is closing.  The locally owned coffee shop announced its planned closure Tuesday in message posted to its Facebook page.  "It’s with a heavy heart that Copper Coin announces it will be permanently closing on Saturday, September 3, 2022.  Rising food costs combined with new discretionary spending trends prohibit us from renewing our upcoming five-year lease.  To our many customers, fans, remote-work guests, and fellow coffee addicts—THANK YOU."  Copper Coin started as Old Woodstock Coffee House in 2010 before moving from Uptown to Downtown Woodstock in 2011.  Copper Coin founder Mike Gullicksen went through ill-advised expansions to Brookhaven and Cumming, both of which subsequently closed.  Gullicksen sold the Woodstock business in 2017 to Randy Altmann, who in turn sold the business to Chantel Adams and her husband this past October.  

Shake Shack Wednesday opened their newest Atlanta area location, this at Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The eatery, located in the mall's "Dining Pavilion," replaced quick-serve pizza shop Rise Pies.  The new Shake Shack in Lenox marks the New York-based chain's second in Buckhead and seventh overall in Georgia.  The chain's first Atlanta area location opened in Buckhead Village District in 2014 and was later joined by locations in Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Old Fourth Ward along the BeltLine, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Alpharetta, and Midtown at the edge of Piedmont Park.  An eighth Atlanta area Shake Shack is slated to open late this year or in early 2023 at Westside Provisions District where it replaces YEAH! Burger which closed in June.  

Boutique HIIT workout facility Blast Fitness is closing, with locations in Chastain Park and Midtown slated to end operations as of September 16.  Originally opened in late 2008 in Buckhead, Blast opened a Midtown location in the street level retail of SkyHouse South in early 2014 before relocating its Buckhead studio to Chastain Park in late 2015.  A Washington D.C. location opened in early 2016 but closed in late 2019. 

Chicken Salad Chick will open their newest Atlanta area location Wednesday August 17 at the Publix-anchored Perimeter Marketplace in Dunwoody.  The Perimeter location will be the brand’s 21st company-owned restaurant in Georgia and the 38th statewide.  The Alabama born but now Atlanta-based business will celebrate the opening by awarding "Free Chicken Salad for a Year" to the first 100 guests to arrive at the new Perimeter location (on August 17) and purchase "The Chick."  Each guest will receive one free large Quick Chick every month for 12 months. From this initial group, one lucky guest will be randomly selected to receive one free large Quick Chick every week for 52 weeks.  The eatery will award other GWPs (gifts with purchase) to the first 50 guests on the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday, too.  

Azule Restaurant & Lounge has closed at Buckhead Crossing shopping center near the Lindbergh MARTA station.  The eatery, bar and lounge which opened in 2020 replaced Nancy's Chicago Pizza, which had previously occupied the 4,000 square foot space.  

Food That Rocks returns to City Springs in Sandy Springs August 19th and 20th.  This year's festival, the seventh annual, includes an evening session on Friday the 19th and both afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday the 20th.  Tickets are priced at $85 (plus taxes & fees) and are on sale now.  Each session includes unlimited tastes and sips from various Sandy Springs area restaurants including Battle & Brew,  Bishoku,  Breadwinner Café and Bakery, Buttermilk Sky Pie, Casi Cielo,  Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café, City Bar, City Barbeque, Clean Juice, Colonial Kitchen & Bar, Da Vinci’s Donuts,  Flower Child, Flying Biscuit, The General Muir, Hearth Pizza Tavern,  Henri’s, il Giallo, Kid Cashew, La Parrilla, McDaniel’s QN2,  Nam Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nowak’s, Southern Bistro, The Select, Taco Mac, Thos. O’Reilly’s Public House,  Three Sisters, Tre Vele, Tupelo Honey Cafe and Under the Cork Tree.  

Blaiss Nowak is bringing his Nowak's restaurant to Sandy Springs.  The new restaurant, located in the LA Fitness-anchored Sandy Springs Crossing shopping center at the corner of Abernathy and Roswell Roads, replaces Canton Cooks, which relocated earlier this year to East Cobb.  Nowak, son of Hal's on Old Ivy owner Hal Nowak, opened the original Nowak's on Highland Avenue in Morningside in early 2018.  Plans earlier this year called for the new restaurant to open in August but those plans have been pushed to "later this fall." 

The Human Bean will begin pouring coffee and other specialty beverages at 320 S. 400 Center Lane in Dawsonville beginning this Saturday, August 6th.  The new shop, which ToNeTo Atlanta first reported this past February, is drive-thru only, and is the second Atlanta area location for the Ashland, Oregon-based chain, joining another outpost in Cumming which opened last August.   

Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken, one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains in the world, has named industry veteran Joe Guith as the brand’s new CEO effective August 1.  “I look forward to expanding the brand’s footprint so that Church’s Texas Chicken continues to thrive and reach new customers across the globe, particularly in new major markets abroad.” Guith said in a prepared statement.  Guith joins Atlanta-based Church’s Texas Chicken from Focus Brands, where he was Restaurant Category President overseeing a portfolio of over 1,500 restaurants across the Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, and Schlotzsky’s brands. 

Shoe Gallery is closing its store in Johns Creek.  The locally owned footwear retailer announced Thursday via its Facebook page that the store - 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway in Medlock Bridge Shopping Center - is closing and offering up to 70% off in-stock merchandise.  Shoe Gallery, which started in Roswell in 1991, will continue to operate locations in Cumming and Roswell as well as third location in Oklahoma City.  The Johns Creek store is slated to close no later than August 31.  

New locations of upscale salad eatery Chopt and Super Chix, a new to market chicken joint, are opening in the second phase of the Barrett Corners development along Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw. The new Chopt is the second planned Cobb County location for the growing chain joining another planned for Pine Straw Place in East Cobb, where the salad joint is taking about half of the former California Pizza Kitchen (CPK).  Super Chix, which claims to have "the last true chicken sandwich," made its Atlanta area debut earlier this March in Peachtree City and is also planning a new location in Dunwoody.  A new TD Bank and Petfolk, a new to market veterinary facility, are  also opening in the Kennesaw project.  

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