Saturday, December 10, 2022

[EXCLUSIVE] Former Buckhead Bar Being Replaced by New Restaurant and Lounge

If you thought Buckhead had enough hookah joints, at least two local entrepreneurs would disagree.  Brett Holtzclaw, Managing Partner at Supper Club Restaurant Group, and business partner Chris Berry plan to open "Tulum Cantina & Lounge," a new bar, restaurant and hookah lounge, in the former Kramer's in Buckhead Village. 

The new business, at 3167 Roswell Road, has been under renovation for months but only recently revealed its name publicly.  ToNeTo Atlanta first got wind of the change earlier this year but details about the plans were scarce.  

Holtzclaw, who previously spearheaded the ill-fated expansion of Varasano's Pizzeria into Perimeter Mall, has returned to his club and lounge roots with his new group which, along with Berry and another partner, operate outposts of "Sea Salt Seafood Lounge" on Greenwood Avenue in Virginia Highland and on Howell Mill Road in West Midtown.  (The West Midtown location is located in The District at Howell Mill and was recently converted from Memphis Smokehouse, another Holtzclaw concept.)  

Tulum, which Holtzclaw promises will be like being in Tulum, a popular city in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, will offer food and drink but also hookah, seen by many local residents as the reason for many of the issues in the area given the crowds it tends to attract.  

In recent years, several restaurants have opened in Buckhead Village which were ultimately revealed to be Trojan horses for hookah bars.   

Marco Betti of Antica Posta opened Silvano Pizza on Irby Avenue in Buckhead Village in 2019 but by the fall of 2020 had rebranded the business "Sauce," adding hookah to the establishment's offerings.  Flying Crust, also offering pizza, opened during the summer of 2019 on Roswell Road but by 2020 was rebranded as "Hide Kitchen & Cocktails" with hookah to its offerings.  

Tulum is reportedly on track to make its debut in the next few weeks.  

What are your thoughts on the changes in the Buckhead Village?  Do you think Buckhead needed another hookah lounge?  What is your favorite restaurant that has opened in Buckhead in recent years?  

Please share your thoughts below 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

mexico, known for its hookah 🙄

Anonymous said...

Just what Buckhead needed, more shootings. And apparently word is Hide will also reopen under new ownership. Zone 2 police will be busy.

Anonymous said...

Yay, more shootings and street racing on Roswell Road! Such an "upscale" area.

Ham said...

Growing up here the Buckhead Village was great. Many nights sent bouncing from one spot to another and never really worrying about crime. Now, this may have been youthful ignorance, but sadly I fear there is more at play.

Anonymous said...

Can the City please stop approving these "hookah lounges" which have an extraordinarily high rate of violence and shootings both inside and out of their premises?

The more these places get built, and the more 77 year old grandmothers are stabbed to death for their cars, the more Buckhead City becomes a viable alternative.

Anonymous said...

Who'd have expected Buckhead, once the financial capital of the South, to be reduced to a bunch of hookah lounges, nail salons, and personal injury lawyers?

It's almost as if throwing up a bunch of cheap apartments and renting them to drug dealers and gang members was a bad idea.

Alex said...

Those of you opposed to more Hookah bars are all raysis!

Anonymous said...

Looks like spell check must have failed you. Not sure what “raysis” is.

Anonymous said...

Alex, can you disprove the FACTS that EVERY hookah bar in Atlanta has come with increased crime at or nearby a after it opened?

Anonymous said...

I believe Alex is on your team (🙄) and is being sarcastic

Anonymous said...

This is another fake restaurant that will be a bar/lounge most likely with a valet that is not permitted. They’ll be open on Sunday with their fake “kitchen” and stay open until 3 AM just like saloon did before it burnt down. We all know The Supper Club (saloon) crew worked hand in hand with the Hide crew to destroy that area of Buckhead. It’s been amazing since saloon and hide have been gone. Disappointed to see this establishment open. They’re like the herpes of the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I work for the Supper Club Guy, you’re confusing him with the guys he bought Saloon from, they were with Hyde.
He got rid of them, they are at Supply and Demand now.

Unknown said...

The Supper Club guy is just as bad as the Hide folks. The previous owners and staff of Saloon were absolutely not a problem. The people he got rid of at saloon were not the problem and none of them were working with Hide. Hide has nothing to do with Supply and Demand, now or ever. In fact, it wasn't until Supper club came around that Saloon went sideways and was converted to a poor man's Magic City that it became a thorn in the neighborhood's side. Hide was promoting Saloon's Sunday night until they got in a fight over money. Word on the street, Saloon doesn't like to pay who they owe. Saloon became just as much of a cancer to Roswell Rd as Hide was. Another night club that had a restaurant liquor license open until all hours on Sunday night with racing cars, gunshots, loitering, noise, and napkin trash everywhere. He wants to talk about loving Atlanta and people discriminating against the demographics of his clientele. BS. Get the proper liquor license, admit its a bar and not a restaurant & follow the rules, permit your valet and follow the COA right of way rules including those that apply since their establishments are in the vicinity of residences/mixed use properties, pull permits when remodeling and get inspections, don't put a DJ on your patio on "school nights", run a safe, clean, legal biz where people don't get hurt, killed or put the surrounding residents at risk and the people in the area wont complain. Pretty simple but nothing a greedy club owner will do.

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