Located at City Walk of Sandy Springs, 227 Sandy Springs Place, Sandy Springs 30328, Teela Taqueria features an eclectic menu of international favorites and regionally-inspired creations. The a la carte menu allows patrons to mix and mingle, choosing from the more traditional enchiladas and quesadillas, as well as exotic items like Bang Bang Shrimp tacos, Bacon-Stuffed Chorizo taco and Fried Green Tomato BLT taco. A global influence can also be found at Teela Taqueria's bar, which boasts a list of wine and cocktails from around the world. Teela Taqueria will be open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11:30pm.
Teela Taqueria is the brainchild of brother and sister team Nik Panagopoulos and Artemis “Arte” Antoniades. The two originally founded Atlanta favorite Fishmonger Seafood Grill together in 1999 and have since moved on from Fishmonger to create the more wallet-friendly Teela Taqueria.
“We are thrilled to be back in Sandy Springs. The locals are great and we look forward to serving the neighborhood that gave us our previous success. Our guests can expect the same outstanding service they came to know and love at Fishmonger,” said Panagopoulos.
Raised in Zimbabwe with a Greek heritage, Panagopoulos' appetite to become a restaurateur was inspired at an early age, as he observed his mother's techniques in the kitchen while studying his father's successes in opening themed hotels and restaurants around the world. He developed his palate for international cuisine early, traveling extensively and living in South Africa, Greece and the United Kingdom.
Arte Antoniades is an accomplished businesswoman with a background in finance and nearly a decade of ownership and management experience in the restaurant industry. She opened her first restaurant in 1995, after relocating to Atlanta from South Africa, and has since owned several successful businesses in the area, including co-owning Fishmonger with Nik from August 1999 – March 2008.
For more information on Teela Taqueria, please call (404) 459-0477.
Original posting: May 1, 2009
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