Wednesday, April 3, 2024

[UPDATE] Jim 'N Nick's Moving Forward at Northlake [Mall] in Tucker

Plans for a new location of Jim 'N Nick's Community Bar-B-Q at Northlake [Mall] in Tucker are moving forward.  The new restaurant, first rumored in 2023, was tabled for months but is now back on and making its way though preliminary public and planning meetings in the City of Tucker.  The new Jim 'N Nick's is planned for an outparcel of Northlake [Mall] along Briarcliff Road.  

Specifically, the new restaurant would open in an as yet unbuilt structure beside the relatively new freestanding building that already houses a relocated LensCrafters and will soon welcome a relocated Stamp & Coin, the popular card, coin, and hobby shop that is the mall's longest running, continuously operating tenant.   

The new Jim 'N Nick's would be 4,800 square feet and include a drive-thru, which is the primary reason the development's progress has been slow as it needs a SLUP (Special Land Use Permit) for the drive-thru feature.  

A community meeting was held at the mall in late January to discuss the proposal.  The community meeting is the first of four steps in advance of the project being green-lit.  In the weeks to come, the Planning Commission, Mayor, and City Council will all review the plans.  The dates of those meetings have not yet been scheduled, according to the City of Tucker calendar.   

ToNeTo Atlanta reported on March 21 that Jim 'N Nick's also plans to open a new restaurant in The Avenue West Cobb (3625 Dallas Highway) in West Cobb where it will replace a freestanding Chili's which closed this past June at the center after about two decades in business.   

Based in Birmingham, Jim 'N Nick's is owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group and operates 47 restaurants in six southern states.  Georgia, currently with 18 units, is the chain's largest market by store count.  

The chain's closest unit to Tucker currently opened in August 2016 along Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville/Snellville and is reportedly one of Jim 'N Nick's best performers.  

The chain's newest Atlanta area location opened this past October in Covington with another (along with fellow Roark-owned brand Miller's Ale House) planned for 4951 Riverside Drive near The Shops at River Crossing in Macon.  A new Jim 'N Nick's is also coming to Savannah where it will open at 7804 Abercorn Extension, next to a shuttered Golden Corral, in an outparcel of a former Sears at Oglethorpe Mall.  

If Jim 'N Nick's moves forward as planned, it would join the relocated Dugan's which debuted at the mall this past November.  

Sources close to Northlake [Mall] tell us there are multiple other restaurants planned for the property which could include both inline and freestanding options.  

In the greater Northlake area, ToNeTo Atlanta has in recent weeks reported on two other restaurants opening soon including Fluffy Fluffy in Northlake Festival and Taichi Bubble Tea in Briarcliff LaVista shopping center. 

Jim 'N Nick's could also bring competition to Tucker's beloved Old Hickory House, a local barbecue eatery, located less than a mile away on Northlake Parkway.  The restaurant however, an area mainstay since 1974, recently lost its founder George Jackson, who passed away February 15 at age 97.  

Are you excited for the planned opening of Jim 'N Nick's in Tucker?  What other retailers or restaurants would you like to see open at Northlake?  Who in the Tucker area do you think offers the best barbecue?  

Please share your thoughts below  

25 comments:

BigRedDogATL said...

I worry that the Northlake area won’t support the high price point of Jim N Nicks BBQ. I predict it won’t last long there.

Anonymous said...

Last time I was at Hickory House, I was told by one of the waitstaff that they are closing permanently once their current lease expires as none of Mr. Jackson's kids wanted to take over the restaurant. This was before Mr. Jackson's death. If that all turns out to be correct, then there may be no BBQ competition in the area after all.

Anonymous said...

Tucker supports ford bbq do the problem that there is no draw to northlake mall

Anonymous said...

Poster at 8:29, WTF??? Read your post thoroughly before clicking "Publish"

Anonymous said...

Homes sell for >1 million dollars here but we can't support a Jim N Nicks? Whatever.

Ham said...

While restaurants in this area may draw from Tucker it would seem the more likely customer base is out Lavista, Briarcliff, Embry Hills etc. So, I suspect there is enough financial support, but will the food/service keep them coming. In my limited experience the places in that area have questionable customer service. Panarea, Newk's, I'm talking to you.

Anonymous said...

I visited the Old Hickory House fairly recently for the first time in ages. Maybe not the best BBQ ever, but it was solid, consistant as always, and they still serve the best stew. I miss their Dunwoody location.

Anonymous said...

I speak a little gibberish, and I think what poster at 8:29 was trying to say is "Tucker supports good BBQ, but the problem is that there is no draw to Northlake Mall."

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about Jim N Nick's. We so need some good restaurants in the Northlake area. Look how well Marlowe's does. We don't have a lot of restaurant choices here. Dugan's is a nice addition also. I find Hickory House to be hit or miss. I like their BBQ sandwiches but sometimes they don't seem fresh.

Anonymous said...

I would guess the average home sale in the Tucker area is well below $1MM.

Anonymous said...

This isn’t doing anything for the mall building itself. The work space in the old Penney’s never even got started. The few stores that are there are hardly worth the time. The other half of the mall that isn’t Emory or Macy*s is virtually empty. The owners haven’t met their promises.

Anonymous said...

no they meant Ford’s bbq

Anonymous said...

This is very exciting! My whole family loves Jim n Nick’s. Can’t wait.

Anonymous said...

That is NOT true. They have no plans to close.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for JimNNicks. As a previous poster said, their success depends on their ability to get qualified wait staff. The food is great

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to a good JIM AND NICK in NORTHLAKE / TUCKER / LAKESIDE area.

Anonymous said...

Very exciting indeed!

Anonymous said...

Northlake can support much higher end than mid-tier restaurants like Jim N Nicks

Anonymous said...

That’s funny, I seem to remember reading someone that they were closing permanently… Based on that I had already thought they closed

Anonymous said...

No I have the same impression though. That whole area in Tucker I don’t perceive as prosperous
in the least. And actually that goes for all of Tucker. Another post talks about Customer Service at Panera and newks, those two places specifically are on the upper end of things in terms of a chain restaurant, and I’m surprised to hear their customer service is not on par, that said, the red lobster there has the most got awful service as well as every single other establishment I’ve ever been to there including the Publix. Ouch how is that even possible that a Publix provides sucky service? Before someone criticizes my calling newks and Panera on the upper end of things meaning compared to let’s say rallys, zest is, or American deli, Burger King, etc.
.

Anonymous said...

I would agree… I don’t know where the other person felt. There was a lot of million dollar homes, perhaps a couple, one here and one there,

BigRedDogATL said...

Didn’t the McDonald’s in the area permanently close? If the area didn’t support a McDonald’s, do really think they will support a restaurant where a serving of brisket is $25? Yes, they will get the customers with more money than sense, but I doubt there are enough of them to keep this restaurant open for long. Just look at the history of sit down restaurants in that area over the last 5-10 years…..

Anonymous said...

I know! There’s no restaurants anywhere near there so why would anything survive? Oh wait, there’re TONS of them. Maybe drive there and look around before you make stupid comments

Anonymous said...

Old Hickory House has no plans to close! We have great help and managers. As long as our wonderful customers continue dinining with us we will be there!

Anonymous said...

Macy’s is selling their store there, which means it will probably be closing this year. The mall will be completely irrelevant at that time, so who knows how this will turn out for Jim ‘n’ Nicks

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