New/Closed Restaurants – June 2011

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

There’s nothing here to get real excited about. But it’s been a few weeks since I’ve reported on new eateries. Allow me to do some house cleaning.

Do you know of a new restaurant in our area, or maybe one that’s closed? Let me know!

Extreme Pita – North Point

I reported on Extreme Pita way back in December. It seems they have identified their Alpharetta location. It’ll be somewhere in the humongous strip mall with Toy-R-Us and Sports Authority. The concept will involve pitas prepared to order in front of the customer. Think Moe’s but with pitas. It’s hard for me to get, shall we say, extremely excited about this joint. Let’s just say it’ll fit right into North Point’s culinary wasteland.

Smashburger – Windward and Johns Creek

And you thought the burger craze was over. Denver-based Smashburger is ready to inundate metro Atlanta with 30 of their fast-casual burger joints. Yeah, 30 locations, two of which will be in our neck of the woods. Alpharetta will be one of Smash’s first locations with a store on Windward near Einstein Bagels. I’m not sure where the Johns Creek location will be, neither was the person answering questions on their twitter account.

Alpharetta has seen a few recent burger closures with The Spot and Flippin’ Out hanging up their spatulas. Will a Smashburger location here be a hit? I think it might.

Poquito’s Cantina – Closed

We’ve talked about Poquito’s elsewhere here on Roots. Thought I should mention it in this column as well. They closed after only three weeks. It’s possible we might see this concept tried in another location. In the meantime, I think owner Rob Forrest is through with this particular location on South Main. We may see another restaurant here soon, I just highly doubt it will be a Rob Forrest creation.

Marlow’s Tavern – The Avenue Forsyth

They are building out in the old Little Azio’s location at the Avenue Forsyth, across from the movie theater. I think this is a prime spot and should have a thriving restaurant. I’ve never been to any of the other Marlow’s locations but I look forward to trying this one over the summer.

2 Responses to “New/Closed Restaurants – June 2011”

  1. Greg June 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I’m a big fan of Marlows on Old Alabama and Jones Bridge. The only problem with it (other than it’s a bit loud) is that it’s so hard to get a table!

  2. Chris R June 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    I just read about Smashburger this morning in an article about Five Guys rapid growth. Looking forward to an alternative option. Hopefully it will be a little cheaper but just as good (and less greasy).

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