Alpharetta Restaurant & Retail News – February 2013

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

If you follow the restaurant scene in Alpharetta then please join our conversation on twitter. My friends and I usually kick these new restaurant concepts around quite a bit before they hit this monthly column. I encourage you to follow my blog’s twitter account @rootsalpharetta and join the conversation!

Chill out

How long has Rainwater’s old space been vacant? Five years maybe? The monstrous 20,000 square foot restaurant and banquet hall proved to be too large for most restaurants these days. But that’s changed. Set to open there is Chill Restaurant & Lounge. I know nothing else about the concept except that their logo will look like this!

Another Dickeys BBQ Pit franchise is coming to Alpharetta. Look for them where Tacone used to be in the double decker shopping center on east Windward. They’ll be right at home next to Moe’s. And just a few doors down you’ll find Taste of India. This little Indian buffet changes ownership every few years. Thankfully this time they have a name that is pronounceable to non-Desis.

Mambo’s Cafe finally reopens today for lunch. They were delayed a week due to problems with their phone service. Look for their new digs at 4915 Windward between Lowe’s and Ippolito’s.


With the recent groundbreaking came an announcement of a few more tenants. Most interesting is a concept called Savor Boulanger from Chris Sedgwick (creator of Pure Taqueria and Bistro VG). Rumor is that this will be an oyster restaurant. Also announced is Kona Grill. Avalon would mark their first location in Georgia.

But don’t count your chickens before they hatch. One of the first restaurants to be announced at Avalon has withdrawn. Yard House is out. They were recently acquired by Darden (parent to Red Lobster and Olive Garden). It seems that Darden doesn’t want to be in Alpharetta. No hurt feelings here.

The remaining list of restaurants at Avalon includes Crú Food & Wine Bar, Yeah! Burger, Marlow’s Tavern, a to-be-determined concept from Ford Fry and Ted’s Montana Grill. Hopefully we’ll see these guys on opening day.


Four40 Kitchen + Bar at the Avenue Forsyth has closed. They were open for less than six months.

Bassano’s Pizzeria in Johns Creek closed a few weeks ago. Their parent store in Loganville told me that the restaurant has been sold and will reopen under the same name.

Retail News

Grocery chain ALDI will open a Johns Creek location on the corner of State Bridge and Jones Bridge. They will be on the end of the shopping center where Ace Hardware is now. Ace will move just down the street to the shopping center where Hachi-Hachi used to be.

And speaking of hardware… Howard Brothers, a family-owned hardware store, has opened a store in south Forsyth on Gateway Drive near Slopes BBQ. And for a hardware store, they’ve got a pretty good social media presence!

ZZZ’s by Ashley is coming to Johns Creek, according to The Shumacher Group. A mattress store isn’t anything to get excited about. But this new concept from Ashley Furniture is supposed to completely change the shopping experience for beds. No word on exactly where they will be. Rest assured, we’ll find out.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Chipotle, Corner Bakery Cafe, Pollo Tropical – Three new restaurants coming to Haynes Bridge. I’m taking them off my watch list until they show signs of moving forward.
BurgerFI – These guys are moving forward. Look for this burger joint on Windward next to FedEx.
Mayuri - I’m told they will open on February 14th. Sounds like a typical Indian buffet for lunch. Look for them where Pizza Hut and Woody’s BBQ used to be near the mall.
Campania Pizzeria – Coming to 800 North Main Street.
Salt Factory – No word on an opening date. They will be in Tifosi’s old spot on South Main.
Nine Street Kitchen - Mayor Belle Isle told me they were coming to 52 North Main. I’ve yet see evidence though.
Teriyaki House – Coming soon to 3710 Old Milton Parkway.

4 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant & Retail News – February 2013”

  1. Greg February 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I always held out hope Hachi-Hachi might someday open back up. I guess this drives a stake in it, though.

  2. A February 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I’m very cautiously optimistic about the whole Avalon thing. I read they don’t have full financing and it took them 18 months after acquiring the property to do a groundbreaking, none of which instills a lot of confidence. I am taking a “wait and see” and “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude towards Avalon.

  3. Travis Allen February 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    What is Darden’s issue with this area? I have two friends have are longtime Longhorn employees and I still find it crazy to not have a Longhorn or Red Lobster in Alpharetta…

    There’s a Red Lobster in Roswell, and Longhorn has locations in Roswell, Cumming and Johns Creek…does Alpharetta not have enough of a draw for them?

  4. Robert February 14, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Sad to hear that Yardhouse is pulling out. I love that place and always eat there when in Chicago or down at Atlantic Station… Would be great if they’d open up shop somewhere up this way… I’d go once a week!

Leave a Reply:

Gravatar Image

Switch to our mobile site