Alpharetta Restaurant & Retail News – July 2012

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

There’s not a ton to report this month but my coming soon list continues to grow. Look for a flurry of new restaurants to open by this time in August.

Another Broken Egg – Old Milton

Those who vacation on the Gulf Coast may be familiar with this chain of breakfast restaurants. Their presence in metro Atlanta has been limited to only one location in Buckhead. The Double R Restaurant Group is planning to open locations in Dunwoody and Alpharetta on Old Milton Parkway. Look for them in the empty space recently vacated by Cuzi Fresh.

Mambo’s Cafe – Windward

Mambo’s will close their restaurant in the Alpharetta Crossing shopping center at the end of July. Look for them in a few months in new digs at 4915 Windward Parkway. This is the vacant little shopping center near Lowe’s, across Windward from Ippalito’s.

This ought to be a good, yet confusing move for the Peruvian/Cuban restaurant. Mambo’s Cafe, formerly known as Mambo Jambo, will be a half mile away from newcomer… Mambo Jambo. Got it?

Noche – Johns Creek

The blog Tomorrow’s News Today reports that tapas joint Noche will open a location in Johns Creek. Look for them in the Camden Village shopping center near the original Marlow’s Tavern.

Bite – Expanding

Alpharetta’s much-lauded newcomer is taking a bite out of their strip mall. Bite announced they are expanding into the vacant space adjacent to their restaurant. Their current space is cozy to say the least.

52 Bistro – Closed

52 Bistro has been 86-ed. Their closure last week got a fair amount of media attention. It seems the restaurant, according to their press release, was not “able to sustain a self-supporting establishment.” It’s doubtful any future restaurant in this space will either.

Now Open

Meat and Potatoes Kitchen & Bar opened about a month ago in Johns Creek. Early reviews make the place look promising. Also in Johns Creek, check out Grecian Gyro, a franchise Greek restaurant in Johns Creek Walk.

Carrabbas at the Avenue Forsyth

Restaurants Coming Soon
Joe’s NY Pizzeria - From the folks behind Verra-Zanno in Johns Creek. Look for them to open in about a month at 1605 Mansell Road.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza - Look for an opening in August on Windward in the old K Cafe space. If you’re interested, their Facebook page is pretty active.
Tassa Carribean Express - A second location of Tassa Roti Shop in Marietta. Buildout is underway on Old Milton.
Chipotle - Still planning new construction on Haynes Bridge near the mall.
Mirko Pasta - Opening in Johns Creek, State Bridge and Medlock Bridge. Look for an opening around the first of August.
Carrabbas - They are making quick progress building this new location at the Avenue Forsyth. Look for them on an outparcel between Chick-Fil-A and Red Robin.
Grand Champion BBQ – Can’t wait for these guys! Look for them in Crabapple within the month.
Haiku Sushi Steakhouse – The same folks behind the Etris Road restaurant in Roswell are looking at Yamato’s old space on North Point Parkway.
Cuzi Fresh - Moving down the street to 4160 Old Milton Parkway, where Donato’s Pizza used to be ages ago.
Burger 21 - A Florida-based burger chain pondering a new location in Milton. Still no word on where or when.
Dickey’s BBQ Pit - Building out in the former Hangry’s burger space across the street from the Avenue Forsyth.
Fresh Mexicano Grill - These guys are very close to opening on McGinnis Ferry near where Legend’s Deli used to be.
OVR Coffee Cafe – A vegan bakery and coffee shop coming to Vickery Village.

Retail Coming Soon

Walmart Neighborhood Market - A new grocery-only version of Walmart to open at 11770 Haynes Bridge Road behind Alpha Soda.
Walmart -A third Forsyth County location is being planned on GA-141 and Mathis Airport Parkway near Target.
Regal Theaters - Moving from North Point Parkway to the new Avalon project.
AMC Theaters – Coming to Parisian’s old space at North Point Mall in late 2013.

6 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant & Retail News – July 2012”

  1. Laura July 13, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    We had Grecian Gyro last night and the gyros were excellent but the Greek salad was a little limp and the potatoes, while tasty, were sliced very thick which made them really heavy. I think the salad might have been limp because it was packaged in the take-out box with the gyro and potatoes- the heat must have gotten to it. If they packaged the salad separately and cut the potatoes thinner they would have a dynamite meal. I will be back to try the other options on the menu.

  2. Mala July 13, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about 52 Bistro. It was a fun little place that we tried to get to when we could. Unfortunately, downtown Alpharetta isn’t really a ‘destination’ yet (like historic Roswell).

  3. Tina July 13, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Breadtime appears to have closed. Restaurant is dark and umbrellas have disappeared from their patio. That is too bad; I was hoping to have some German beer on tap and more of their fresh food.

    Just up the road, though, Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market is open and pouring growlers of beer and soda to go. A growing bottled selection is available as well, and homebrewing supplies are coming soon. Still no sign on the building, but they’re right next to All Fired Up.

  4. Lee July 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Tina – I noticed a dark Bread Time yesterday during the lunch hour. Hope it was just for a day or maybe a brief vacation. I’ll look into it though.

    I’m working on a big growler store comparison article. My frequent guest poster Mike Christensen is helping me with it. We’ve had to drink a lot of beer to compare the various growler stores. Tough job but somebody’s gotta do it.

  5. Lee July 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Update on Bread Time – They are closed for the month of July while they go on their summer vacation. How very European of them to take a whole month off!

  6. Tyrone Biggums July 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    That stinks about Mambo Cafe moving. Now I’ll have to face that crappy lunchtime Windward traffic to eat there.

    Definitely looking forward to Tassi though.

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