New/Closed Restaurants – February 2011

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

We’ve lost two outstanding restaurants recently. I hate to see them go and wish my best to those who might be out of a job. Yet at the same time there are some interesting new restaurants in the works for Alpharetta.

Flippin’ Out – Closed

Easily my favorite hamburger in the area. Flippin Out was the only joint cooking burgers on wood/charcoal and they were amazing. But this joint faced two serious problems. First, their location sucked. They were not visible from State Bridge or Jones Bridge even though they were close to the intersection. Second, service was hit or miss.

I exchanged a few emails with one of the former owners/managers. He suggested that this concept could return if they find better real estate. But in the meantime, they plan to open…

Gorilla Burrito – Johns Creek

Yep. I thought he was kidding at first. Close north Fulton’s best burger joint and open a burrito place? That’s the plan. And from what I’m told it won’t take them long to get this off the ground. Expect it to open in March.

Spice Brick Oven Kitchen – North Point

This one is in the very early stages. I don’t know much about them, except that they have their eye on the old Joe’s Crab Shack location on the corner of Haynes Bridge and North Point.

River Tavern of Milton – Closed?

The restaurant appears to be closed. The windows and doors are covered up with no signs of life. It is possible that renovations are in the works, but I doubt it. I think this gastropub is a goner.

Legends Deli and Cafe – McGinnis Ferry

They are building out in the old Bada Bing Wings location on McGinnis Ferry. Based on their facebook page, it seems they are nearing completion and should be open soon. Expect deli sandwiches, burgers, dogs, etc.

Shiraz Café – McGinnis Ferry

Just down McGinnis Ferry from Legends will be Shiraz Cafe. They are building in a small stand-alone restaurant near Publix. It’s a terrible location really, hidden from the road. I don’t know much more about this place. There was the similarly named Shiraz Persian Cuisine not far from here down Jones Bridge that closed a while back. Not sure if this place is related.

Mango’s Cuban Cuisine – Closed

Thanks to Chris Rouse for pointing this one out to me. I was never impressed with Mango’s. Pretty sad that they couldn’t stand out in the culinary wasteland that is North Point. Adios.

8 Responses to “New/Closed Restaurants – February 2011”

  1. Baconwrappedrob February 18, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I only went to mango’s once for lunch. And the staff and ownership were so friendly. Sad seeing them go.

  2. Travis Allen February 18, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I think River Tavern has actually been closed for quite some time. The sign is still out front, but the website has been down. Sad to see them go, knew one of the partners.

  3. jimgilvin February 18, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for the update Lee. There is so much turnover I couldn’t keep up with it all without your posts.

  4. Lee February 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    You’re probably right, Travis. They posted on twitter that they would be closed for some renovations around Christmas and New Years. Then there is a link to their FB profile for an announcement. That profile is down, as is the website of course.

    JJ McFarland was the chef there and he’s worked in a lot of restaurants in this area and into south Forsyth. We’ll see him again somewhere I’m sure.

  5. Bob Strader February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I have to ask – does the world need another burrito place?

  6. Tyrone April 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Not surprised about Mango’s. Mambo Cafe down the road is so much better.

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