Friday, December 23, 2022

[EXCLUSIVE] New Restaurant Plans March Debut in Former Red Sky Tapas

A new restaurant called "1255 Social" plans to open in East Cobb this coming spring.  The new restaurant, which recently launched its website, will open in the former Red Sky Tapas which closed this past September after ownership received "an offer they couldn't refuse." 1255 is opening in Market Plaza shopping center at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road which is where the restaurant gets its name.  

Marion Saxon and two business partners are opening the new restaurant.  Saxson, a graduate of East Cobb's Sprayberry High School, later went on to graduate from the culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta and today lives in West Cobb.  Ilene Oxman, who along with Saxson will help run the restaurant, is a longtime East Cobb resident who in more recent years moved to neighboring Vinings.  Oxman and her husband Rich own and operate Harry's Pizza & Subs on Powers Ferry Road.    

Saxon has more than three decades of restaurant experience having most recently served as General Manager at the Swan Coach House in Buckhead from September 2020 until this past November.  Saxon's other experience includes time with Legacy Ventures Hospitality as their Assistant General Manager, Davidson Hospitality Group as its Director of Outlets, and before that, Senior Food and Beverage Manager at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown.

A very basic 1255 Social website is up but a chef and menu are slated to be finalized in the new year.  According to Saxon, he aims for 1255 to be nice, but not so nice that families aren't comfortable coming in to enjoy a meal together.  " We are not trying to compete with Seed."  What 1255 will likely hope to do is fill the void in the area left by the 2018 closures of both Muss & Turner's and Zeal.  

Plans call for the restaurant to feature a wood-fired grill and wood fired oven and offer dinner only to start, but likely add weekend brunch service once they are ready.  In addition to food, Saxon promises a robust beverage program as well as live entertainment.  

Are you excited for the addition of 1255 Social to East Cobb?  What is your favorite East Cobb area restaurant?  What type of restaurant would you most like to see open in East Cobb?

Please share your thoughts below. 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully several gluten free options will be included

Anonymous said...

Always leery of restuarants that have "live entertainment" and "great food". In my many years of experience, I have found that either the entertainment is great, or the food is great - rarely are both. Hope this works for them.

Anonymous said...

Hope it won’t be terribly generic menu - ie “grill”. And will be fresh/local and not thawed out Sysco food

Anonymous said...

Hope it adds to what is missing an not compete with the restaurants in the area. Red Sky was so unique. Ill miss it!

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!! That would be great! Vegetarian gluten free especially!

Anonymous said...

You don't think Red Sky had both?

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Trying to fill the void left by two restaurants that didn't succeed.

Anonymous said...

Dairy free and gluten free items / entrees !

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the restaurant getting reopened, but I think Red Sky was filling the Void of what is missing in East Cobb or the area in general. Hope the food and entertainment is both good and can be a fun go to place again.

Anonymous said...

Before Chicagos changed management they had really good food and entertainment.

Anonymous said...

Gluten free and vegetarian options would be sooo nice! Especially if they aren’t so overpriced.

Jay Damoli said...

Extra gluten, please! Also, double fat and no vegan options would be fantastic - with live entertainment!

Anonymous said...

Fish Fridays? I will be there every Friday.

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember Ritter’s? Now, that was a good restaurant!

Anonymous said...

Muss &. Turners was good. Good doesn’t always succeed where fast casual seems to be in such high demand for some reason. Zeal just consistently disappointed with overly salty entrees.

Anonymous said...

ooh a combination of numbers and a word like social or kitchen! ORIGINAL

Anonymous said...

Fresh! Seafood!!!

Anonymous said...

I’m with you!!

Anonymous said...

The red sky owners absolutely did not "receive an offer they couldn't refuse." They screwed their employees over by abruptly closing down without warning or explanation. Literally open on Sunday and closed their doors Monday. They own another restaurant called 1911 biscuits and burgers. Boycott at all costs.

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