Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
Doughnut wars are upon us in south Forsyth. The amazing success of Dutch Monkey Doughnuts has finally invited a competitor. Opening this week is Sweet Apple Donut and Coffee. You’ll find them in the old Legend’s Deli space at 5430 McGinnis Ferry Road. Can they match the quality product that DMD puts out everyday? Or will they compete on price?
And while not in the same league, Dunkin’ Donuts has plans to build a new location on the corner of McFarland Parkway and Highway 9. Another location is in the works in extreme southeast Forsyth on McGinnis Ferry near Old Atlanta Road.
Also in south Forsyth are two new concepts opening on Peachtree Parkway/141. Green China Cafe will open at 3105 Peachtree Parkway near Five Guys. Golden Key European Food and Deli will open near the Brookwood Target. Expect Russian and eastern European goods.
It appears that Tap on Main in downtown Alpharetta is all tapped out. I’m told they will not reopen. Another concept is planned under a different name. Stay tuned.
Also coming soon to Alpharetta will be Teriyaki House at 3710 Old Milton Parkway. Look for them where My Friends Place used to be.
Last month I reported on the sale of Izumi Asian Bistro on North Main Street. The buyer is Thai Star Cafe from Sandy Springs. They’ve already changed the concept around and are open. Can these guys compete in a saturated Thai market that includes Lime Juice, Nahm, Satay House and Thai Squared?
Sushi Mania in Johns Creek is now open. This is another case of an ITP joint coming to the burbs. They are relocating from Brookhaven to the fancy side of town in Johns Creek. Look for them near Marlow’s at Old Alabama and Jones Bridge.
And finally, Bite has reopened after a long renovation. They expanded into the adjacent space in their shopping center.
Lee Garden (no relation) is a goner. These guys had been around forever. Makes you wonder if the rent is too high in the Alpharetta Commons shopping center. Mambo’s Cafe recently ditched this place as well.
Also closing at the new year was Firefly on Windward Parkway. They made a great attempt here and had some decent live music. If you’re keeping score at home, that makes five closures in this cursed location.
Rio Nuevo on North Point appears to be closed. The restaurant was dark last night and their phone number has been disconnected. I suspect they may be re-branding the joint as Jose’s Mexican Grill.
And while they are still open for now, Dockery’s on Main Street is in a bind. Their lease in this city-owned shopping center expires in a few months. The building will be demolished to make way for the City Center project. The restaurant is still considering their options.
Restaurants Coming Soon
Mambo’s Cafe – I expect by this time next month they will be open at their new digs at Windward and Main.
Chipotle, Corner Bakery Cafe, Pollo Tropical – A trifecta of new restaurants to be built on Haynes Bridge near the mall entrance.
BurgerFI – Fast-casual burger concept coming to Windward next to FedEx.
Mayuri - Indian joint coming soon to the former Woody’s/Pizza Hut near Northpoint Mall.
Osaka Steak & Sushi – Small hibachi joint coming to Johns Creek/south Forsyth near Michael’s.
Campania Pizzeria – Their sign is up at 800 North Main Street. Expect an opening in March.
Salt Factory – Highly-anticipated Roswell restaurant coming to Main Street Alpharetta.
Nine Street Kitchen - Reportedly planning to open at 52 North Main.
First Watch Cafe - Breakfast joint taking over the J Christopher’s in Johns Creek.