Archive - September, 2011

Alpharetta Restaurant News – September 2011

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

I’ve got a lot of changes to report this month. Let’s get right to it!

The Midway Restaurant Scene

The Midway Community of south Forsyth has never really been known for their food scene. For years it’s been home to Casa Nuova, but nothing else has really stood out. That’s about to change! First there was Good Grub Subs, a small sandwich shop. Next came Scootz Gourmet Grill, which I reviewed two weeks ago. Two new joints are in the works, including…

BW Tavern

The folks behind the dive bar Mulligan’s are changing directions. Yesterday I met Alex King, a partner in this new concept. They will close the old restaurant very soon and start an aggressive buildout, slated to take only about a week. In the words of King, the new BW Tavern will “create comforting and interesting dishes while impressing every guest as if they were guest in our home.”

The kitchen will be under the direction of chef Corbett Walsh. His past assignments have included gigs at Stoney River and high-end burger joint The Counter on Mansell Road.

Look for a soft opening sometime in mid to late September with a grand opening in October. I’ll give them a more detailed review at that time.

Woody’s Meat and Sausage Co

The sausage king of Alpharetta? Step aside Abe Froman.

They’ve been building out a strip mall space real close to Scootz for a few months now. Looks like they’ll be grinding their own sausage in-house. They are on Facebook if you want to keep up with their progress. Put me down for a few pounds of andouille, Woody.

Fire Fly Restaurant – Windward

Oh brave souls! These guys are building out 3070 Windward Plaza Suite P! This is the cursed restaurant space I’ve written about. It’s becoming legendary! I don’t know anything about them at this time. More info hopefully soon!

Burrito Gorilla – Closed

I’m taking Jon Agri off my Christmas card list! This guy has created two absolutely outstanding restaurants only to shut them down! First it was Flippin Out, my favorite burger joint in north Fulton. Next came the Gorilla, arguably the best new restaurant of 2011. He shut it down last week. It seems his Dal Cuore Italian restaurant is being received much better by Johns Creek foodies. The Burrito Gorilla space will be used to support this Italian concept.

Azul Agave – Old Milton

They have finally opened! I was there for lunch this week and was amazed at how beautiful this space truly is. On twitter I compared their menu to Tara Humata, which most folks seemed to take as praise. I didn’t necessarily mean it as such. They are certainly a notch above your typical, Speedy Gonzalez-style Mexican restaurant. However I wouldn’t yet put them in the same league as CANS or Pure Taqueria. The lunch prices are also pretty steep. Their grand opening is Friday September 9th.

Shlok Nightclub – State Bridge Road

Alright, not exactly a restaurant here. But it is noteworthy that Alpharetta now has a nightclub. I’m guessing that the owners and/or clientele of this establishment are Indian. An early review on Yelp suggested a diverse group of folks. It’ll be interesting to see if Shlok can make it. They are located a little off the road, behind the new BB’s Bagels.

Coming Soon

I’ll keep a running list of future restaurants here, updating their status when appropriate.

Smashburger Windward – They have announced an opening date of September 28th. Look for them near Einstein Bagels.

La Casa Italian Grill – Looks like they are stuck in permit purgatory. I expect them to open in the former Cafe Efendi space in downtown Alpharetta sometime in September or October.

Dulce Chocolat – Still no word on this chocolate shop on Old Milton. Their website promises a September opening.

Twisted Taco Express – Coming soon to Windward, next to Wild Flour.


Number of the Month – LCIs in Johns Creek

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random bit of local trivia.


The number of Livable Centers Initiative studies in Johns Creek.

Alpharetta has two. Roswell has two. Even south Forsyth has an LCI study. Johns Creek has none. It’s a curious fact considering that mayor Mike Bodker sits on the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and is so involved in regional planning. The ARC encourages LCI studies and doles out Federal grant money to projects they deem worthy.

Why doesn’t Mike Bodker eat his own cooking?

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