Monday, February 7, 2011

Noche Opening at Town Brookhaven!

After great success with their 2nd location in Vinings Jubilee, Here to Serve Restaurants is about to roll out the carpet for Noche at Town Brookhaven!

Known for his fun-meets-fine-dining concepts, Tom Catherall has journeyed from the Royal Turks Head Hotel in England to the executive chef at Cherokee Town & Country Club to one of the leading restaurateurs in Atlanta.  Rather than sinking thousands on traditional marketing methods, Catherall focuses on exceptional service and cuisine to create brand loyalty.  The customer who purchases a $5 tapas at Noche is the same patron you'll see carving into a $15-$20 steak at Prime or Strip. 

Some of Noche's menu highlights will include the pristine lobster taco, shrimp ceviche, southwestern chili spice seared scallops, and carne asada with mole rojo.  In addition to Verde and a rumored Pure Taqueria landing soon, Noche will be the 3rd taqueria in the Brookhaven trade area. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pinkberry backfills Marble Slab in Buckhead

FroYo is taking Atlanta by storm as Pinkberry begins the build-out of their 3rd Georgia location in the former Marble Slab Creamery space at Peachtree Road and Wieuca Road.

Offering a different model than Menchie's, Yogli Mogli, and other leading FroYo concepts, Pinkberry provides an ordering experience for customers rather than a self-service process.  Their menu includes Original, Pomegranate, Chocolate, Mango, Coconut, Green Tea, and Specialty frozen yogurts, daily cut fresh fruit and seasonal fresh fruit toppings, as well as creative and premium dry and liquid toppings. Pinkberry also now serves a Fresh Fruit Parfait in addition to their Original and Green Tea smoothies.  

Located directly across from Phipps Plaza, Dick's, Target, and Publix, the Buckhead Triangle Pinkberry will be positioned within walking distance to over 3 million square feet of office components and 1,500+ apartments and condos.  Existing Pinkberry locations include Akers Mill Square in Vinings and Merchant's Walk in the East Cobb Trade Area.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Extreme Pita coming to Atlanta!

Extreme Pita will soon be opening at Mansell Crossing Shopping Center on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta!

Founded in 1997 by Alex and Mark Rechichi, Extreme Pita has transformed the ordinary pita from a Mediterranean staple into a customizable health-conscious menu.  All pitas are grilled right in front of the customer with water (not oil)...all cheeses, meats, vegetables, and sauces are fresh, not processed. Maple Dijon Chicken, Philly Cheese Steak, Rustic Italian, Bourbon Chipotle Chicken, Fiesta Mexicana...this is just the framework from which customers can build their own pita creations.  By offering a low-calorie alternative to traditional fast-food restaurants and sub shops, Extreme Pita is getting customers to the Greek...and keeping them healthy!

Anchored by Toys R Us, DSW, Office Max, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx, Michael's, and Macy's Home Store, Mansell Crossing is positioned adjacent to North Point Mall and across from the AMC Theatres.  Morris Srochi with Centro Properties Group represented the Landlord in the transaction, Jimmy Davis with Sullivan Wickley represented Extreme Pita.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twisted Taco back-filling former Garrison's Broiler & Tap

Twisted Taco recently signed a lease to back-fill the former Garrison's Broiler & Tap on the southwest corner of Medlock Bridge Road & State Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

Rick Seaman and Gavin Abadi, owners of the Twisted Taco at Roswell and Wieuca in Buckhead, are driving the Southwest further north.  From the Buffalo Bill to The Wild Alaskan to The Tombstone Chicken, their "twisted creations" have roped-in a loyal band of customers across the City.  Each location features a full bar, live music, flat-screen TVs, and unique southwestern decor featuring antler chandeliers and rustic artwork. 
Metrotainment founder, Jeff Landau, closed the Garrison's a while back to focus his efforts on his Hudson Grill concept.  Other restaurants in the shopping center include Tilted Kilt, Kampai, Starbucks, Romeo's NY Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, Quizno's, and Uptown Loft.  

The Johns Creek Twisted Taco will be 8,012 square feet and is expected to open in Winter 2011.  This will be Twisted Taco's 6th location in Atlanta with the Smyrna location opening last week.  Ryan Backus of First Allied represented the Landlord in the Johns Creek transaction.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ocean Prime to take over former Sambuca in Buckhead!

Ocean Prime recently signed a lease to take over the former Sambuca Jazz Cafe building at 3102 Piedmont Road in Buckhead.  

Founded in Columbus, Ohio by entrepreneur Cameron Mitchell, Ocean Prime was created to pair an upscale steakhouse with a fresh and modern seafood restaurant.  Using only the highest-quality meats and fish, Ocean Prime will offer such menu items as the Ginger Salmon, Filet Mignon and their famous Chilean Sea Bass in Truffled Champagne.  The chefs have selected award-winning wines to compliment each entree - for those late nighters, the bar chefs will be serving their signature hand-crafted cocktails and mixed drinks.   

This will be Mitchell's 9th Ocean Prime location with existing restaurants being in Detroit, Columbus, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix. The Buckhead location will be 8,773 square feet and is expected to open in Summer 2011.  Amy Fingerhut with CB Richard Ellis represented the Landlord in the transaction, Harold Shumacher with The Shumacher Group represented Ocean Prime. 

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Marlow's Tavern joining Merchant's Walk in East Cobb!

Marlow’s Tavern will soon be joining Chipotle and Pinkberry at Merchant's Walk shopping center at Johnson Ferry Road and Highway 120 in East Cobb.

Founded by Sterling Hospitality (John C. Metz Jr., Tom DiGiorgio, Richard E. Rivera, and Hank Clark), Marlow's strives to create American-tavern fare served in a warm neighborhood, yet contemporary feel.  The open kitchen allows patrons to observe the chefs while they prepare Marlow's signature dishes such as their grilled Atlantic Salmon, the Black and Blue Burger, the grilled "Center-Cut" filet, and their "Infamous" Fish Tacos.  The interior focuses on modern comfort utilizing a black and white motif, Chicago style brick walls, large cozy booths, and flat-screen plasma TVs.  In addition to the 6 existing Marlow's around Atlanta, Sterling Hospitality is also the parent company of Aqua Blue in Roswell and Bistro 191 in Downtown Atlanta.

The Merchant's Walk Marlow's will consist of a patio and pass-thru bar overlooking the Georgia Theatre and is expected to open in mid-December.  Tiffany Cox with Edens & Avant represented the Landlord, Marc Weinberg with The Shopping Center Group represented Marlow's Tavern.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ribs Etc. in North Buckhead to become Mirko Pasta

Chef Mirko Di Giacomantonio, founder of FIGO Pasta, will soon be converting the Ribs Etc. building on Roswell Road into Mirko Pasta.

Di Giacomantonio opened his first Mirko Pasta three years ago in Watkinsville and now has seven locations throughout Georgia.  Mirko creates authentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine prepared by ‘culinary missionaries’ in a friendly, casual cafe atmosphere.  The menu incorporates seasonal vegetables and fruits, and changes up some of the sauces to offer their customers some lighter choices in the spring and summer, and heartier choices during the cooler months.  From the bread to the sauces, their food is made from scratch daily, using only the freshest and most authentic ingredients available.  Desserts are also offered along with a selection of coffee, beer and a wide range of wines from around the world. 

Mirko and his partner, Archie Crenshaw, are aspiring to open an additional 100 restaurants over the next seven years in the Southeast as they begin franchising the choose-your-own pasta and sauce concept.  The North Buckhead Mirko Pasta will be located at 4233 Roswell Road, adjacent to Chastain Square shopping center.  

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Ghengis Grill coming to Buckhead!

Ghengis Grill will soon be taking over the former Blockbuster endcap on the corner of Peachtree Street & Colonial Homes Drive in South Buckhead.

Founded in 1998 out of Dallas, this 51-unit chain is actively expanding throughout the South and Midwest and was ranked #2 in Fast Casual Magazine's Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Known for their "interactive style of exhibition cooking," customers select an array of meats, oils, vegetables, and sauces and then hand them over to a "Grill Master" who transforms the ingredients into a meal.  Ghengis strives to create a lively and family-friendly atmosphere where the dishes are prepared over open flames to provide an entertainment element to dining.  The food bar features an array of over 80 ingredients...the drink bar features unique specialty cocktails perfect for any occasion.

The first Ghengis Grill in Georgia recently opened adjacent to the Mall of Georgia in the former Ray's Pizza...the Buckhead location will be 3,595 square feet and is expected to open in 2011.  Coro Realty Advisors represented the Landlord in the transaction.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Egg Harbor Cafe joins Mellow Mushroom in Duluth

Known for its country-style décor and signature breakfast creations, Egg Harbor Café will soon open its 17th location in the former Weezy's Jazz Café building at 6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy in Duluth.

First hatched in 1985 in Illinois, Egg Harbor specializes in gourmet breakfast and lunch dishes in a warm, charming, country setting.  Owners John Wright and Mike & Aimee Farrell have adopted the mission of "The Foodservice Triangle" where they strive to balance the elements of food, service, and atmosphere to provide the best dining experience possible. Their menu is an extensive selection of breakfast and lunch creations such as egg and skillet platters, omelettes, waffles, pancakes and french toast, soups, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and a slew of country sides.  

The Duluth location will be 5,142 square feet and is expected to open on December 1st.  William Gervin and Brad Shoemaker represented the Landlord in the transaction.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Cotton Club now open in Athens!

The Cotton Club recently opened in the former Broad Street Bar & Grill on the corner of Broad Street & N Jackson Street in Downtown Athens.

Created by Russ Graham and Tom Powers, two restaurant entrepreneurs from Memphis, The Cotton Club is a casual BBQ concept offering such menu items as jumbo barbecue sandwiches, barbecue nachos, baby back ribs, and barbecue chicken.  Graham said they have created "Athens-style barbecue" by combining the sauces and styles from many different regions into one location.  Vinegar-based....tomato based...even sweet-flavored barbecue sauce has already made the establishment a big hit for the nation's #1 party school.

Located next to La Dolce Vita, The Cotton Club will offer a full bar and outside eating area fronting Broad Street.  Graham and Powers also own and operate Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar in Memphis.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Firkin Pub taking over Smokey Bones in Dunwoody

After just a year at Lindbergh City Center, Firkin Pub is spreading their wings to the Perimeter Mall trade area by taking over the former Smokey Bones building on Ashford Dunwoody Road. 

Founded in 1987, Stanley Adelson and Ian Fisher have now grown the concept to 30 Firkin pubs in Canada and 15 locations in the US.  Their motto:  "Good Food...Good Pints...Good Firkin Fun!"  Branding themselves as a neighborhood pub, each Firkin offers a wide selection of Domestic & Imported bottled beer, drought beer, wines, and cocktails.  With traditional English favourites such as Fish'n'Chips, Cottage Pie & Bangers, and Beans & Mash, Firkin is bringing a taste of England to the burbs of Atlanta. If you're wanting to stay on the west side of The Pond, Firkin also serves burgers, salads, sandwiches, and daily specials incorporating regional flair in each dish.

The Dunwoody Firkin will be 7,217 square feet and is expected to open in the Fall.  Matt Hagan with Regency Centers represented the Landlord on the transaction.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rio Nuevo opening on North Point Parkway

Rio Nuevo is currently in the process of building-out the former Famous Dave's BBQ building across from North Point Mall in Alpharetta.

There has been a tremendous amount of activity along this corridor recently with SteinMart, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Panera Bread all having a new location on North Point Pkwy.  In the past year, AT&T re-developed the 7,075 SF Smokey Bones building, Woody's Bar-B-Q converted the 4,022 SF Pizza Hut building, and Total Wine leased the 20,356 SF CompUSA building.  In this economy, expendable income is extremely attractive to concepts looking to is the idea of "safety in numbers".  With Household Incomes over $100,000 in a 3-mile radius and solid national anchors such as Target, Toys R Us, and Dick's Sporting Goods being here, it's no surprise that Rio Nuevo chose this site as their 1st location in Georgia.

Rio Nuevo will be 6,201 square feet, have a covered patio fronting North Point Parkway, and be the one and only full-service Mexican Cantina in the trade area.  They are hoping to be open in the Fall.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Restaurants Continuing to land on Windward Parkway

After years of vacancy and concepts wondering what will come of the once-dense Windward Parkway, leasing activity has greatly picked up the past 6-8 months. 

Panera Bread opened last year in Retail Atlanta's new outparcel building in front of Home Depot and is already doing tremendous business.  Seeing a need for a hang-out/meeting venue along this corridor, they offer wi-fi and have become a regular gathering place for surrounding businesses and entrepreneurs.  Adjacent to this building, Which Wich and Yogli Mogli are in the process of building out the former W.G. Grinders and Ben & Jerry's spaces at Centre Stage at Windward.  Qdoba added their 4th location in Atlanta a few months back by taking over the endcap opposite from Einstein Bros Bagels at Plaza at Windward.  Additionally, Krystal is in the process of building out an endcap at Windward Square with their new concept called "Krystal Too".  

There are rumors that Ghengis Grill is landing on Windward Parkway in the near future...along with a few other new concepts to Atlanta.  With business generators continuing to seed this area such as SuperTarget, Kohl's, and ALDI, keep an eye out for more restaurants opening their doors in the coming months...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tilted Kilt landing in Dunwoody

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery will soon be taking over the former Max & Erma's building on the corner of Abernathy Road and Mt. Vernon Highway in Dunwoody.

The original Tilted Kilt opened in 2003 inside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Known as a Scottish version of Hooters, Tilted Kilt offers pub-fare food with such items as the Dublin Burger, Tilted Wings, The Scottish Cheese Steak Sandwich, and Flannary's TK Steak.  For those late-nighters, there is a full bar and a wide variety of original cocktails.  The staff's uniform:  knee high socks, (short) plaid kilts, matching plaid halter tops, and white camp-shirts tied to show off the midriff.  

Located in the Perimeter Pointe shopping center at 1155 Mt Vernon Highway, the Dunwoody Tilted Kilt will be 6,800 square feet and include a covered outdoor patio. Other tenants in the center include Regal Cinemas, LA Fitness, Michael’s, Babies R Us, Stein Mart, Home Goods, The Sports Authority, Office Depot, Chick Fil-A, Atlanta Bread Company, Starbucks, Happy Summo, and the soon-to-open Galla’s Pizza.

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