New/Closed Restaurants – January 2011

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

Today’s secret word is “taco”. Let’s pretend we’re on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Every time I say “taco”, scream really loud!

Okay, sorry for the Pee-Wee reference. That’s a little creepy. There’s lots of new stuff coming, especially along Peachtree Parkway. I’m happy to have no closures to report! Let’s get started.

The Taco Stand – Alpharetta

I’m a little out of my element reporting on this one for a few reason. The Taco Stand originated in Athens and has a loyal student following. They are opening in the Mansell Point shopping center, a part of town I don’t frequent all that often. Other restaurants have failed here. I also know that previous attempts to open a Taco Stand in Atlanta have failed.

However, according to some discussion over at, the folks behind this location are involved with the Metropolitan Club on Windward. At the worst, this looks to be a cool restaurant/bar concept that’s worth a try. But if the Metropolitan Club connection is true then I have high expectations for the Taco Stand.

Egg Harbor Cafe – Johns Creek

This is a chain of breakfast restaurants scattered around suburban Chicago. Johns Creek will be their first adventure outside of that area. For many months they have been building out the space that used to hold Weezy’s Movin’ On Up Cafe and JR’s Log House before that. I’m not sure of an opening date but it should be very soon.

Canvas Creek Grille – Johns Creek/South Forsyth

Don’t know much about these guys at this point. They might be in a soft opening period right now. Canvas Creek opened in the old Low Country Outpost BBQ location on 141/Peachtree Parkway in extreme south Forsyth. Nothing in this group of strip malls has done well. The prolonged construction on 141 is probably the culprit. Perhaps now that this is finished we’ll see some thriving restaurants here. For now, Canvas Creek seems to be open just for lunch.

Twisted Taco – Johns Creek

Coming soon to the old Garrison’s Broiler & Tap location on the corner of State Bridge and Medlock Bridge. This will be the third location in the chain, the others being in Buckhead and Roswell.

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