Alpharetta Restaurant News – August 2013

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

firefly3070 Windward Plaza Suite P is a beautiful location for a restaurant. It’s also cursed. Five restaurants have opened and failed here. Most recently was Firefly who’s buildout cost over half a million dollars. They lasted only a few months.

Restaurant broker The Shumacher Group reports they have sold the restaurant. The buyer is Jim Prince. There’s no word yet on what his concept will be. Prince was behind the former Fratelli di Napoli on North Point Parkway.

All-you-can-eat buffet AJ’s Country Cooking opened about a week ago on Haynes Bridge Road. Expect a decent sized buffet for only eight bucks. Unfortunately canned veggies dominate the offerings.

An opening is expected any day now at The Corner Burger Shop in the Midway community of south Forsyth. They’re in the former Construct-a-Burger space on Post Road right next to the little league baseball diamond. We’re told the owner was the former general manager at Dreamland BBQ in Roswell.

And we’re anxious to learn more about Collet French Pastry. A business by this name is building in a storefront next to the Sabri Guven jewelry store on Old Milton Parkway. Think a French bakery would work in Alpharetta? Oui.

Update: A late addition from our man on the street (Mike). Replacing MAC Meals on South Main Street will be Aunty’s Authentic Indian Restaurant. And Pollo Tropical says they will be opening their Alpahretta location on August 16th.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Salt Factory – Hopefully opening in February August.
Rosati’s Pizza – Chicago-style pizza joint converting the former Buckhead Pizza space across from The Avenue Forsyth The Collection at Forsyth.
Mama’s Pizza – Their reopening has been delayed a bit. Look for them any day now in new digs on North Point.
Philly Factory – Franchise cheesesteak joint planning an opening on Old Milton next to Dunkin Donuts.
Cafe Caribe – Cuban/Caribbean restaurant coming to Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth.
Tower Burger – Slowly converting the old Sonic building on South Main Street.
Great Harvest Bread – Sammich chain coming to Windward next to Mambo’s Cafe.
Main Street Kitchen – Coming to the old 52 Bistro space on North Main Street.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe – Alabama-based chain coming soon to Windward Parkway.
Casa Del Sol Mexican Bar and Grill – Mexican joint in Forsyth near 141 and highway 9.
7 Tequilas Cantina – Mexican restaurant replacing Smokejack in Forsyth’s Midway community.
Jose’s Mexican Grill – New concept from the folks that brought you Rio Nuevo. North Point and Webb Bridge.
Hurricane Grill – Wing joint coming to Johns Creek, Medlock Bridge and State Bridge.
Dunkin Donuts – Building two new Forsyth locations; McFarland at Hwy 9 and Peachtree Parkway near Dutch Monkey Doughnuts.
First Watch – Breakfast concept building at Northpoint and Old Milton.
Chipotle, Corner Bakery Cafe, Pollo Tropical, Zoe’s – Starting to look like real restaurants now.

6 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – August 2013”

  1. Cool Papa Bell August 9, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Francois Collet opening a place on Old Milton is a good score for the area. He and Douceur de France put out the best croissants in the Quad Cities.

  2. A August 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Definite yes to a French bakery in Alpharetta! Have driven by Douceur de France on Highway 9 in Roswell, but it’s a bit out of the way for me. This new one would be perfect. I’ve always thought that Sabri Guven building was a monstrosity and didn’t keep with the aesthetic of Alpharetta, but maybe I’ll change my mind after my first croissant!

  3. jim August 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Dunkin Donuts GA9 @ McFarland.. Was wondering what was going into that buildout. I noticed that both Kroger & Publix on GA9 have step up there donut production & Cut the prices (at least at Kroger) Maybe get people use to getting donuts @ Market before DD opens.

  4. SCSA31274 August 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    The Chipotle will be open hopefully by the end of the month.

  5. Mike H August 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    FYI for your next Restaurant News article:
    According to their FB page, The Corner Burger Shop opened on 8/15.
    According to the sign hanging in front of 7 Tequilas, they will be opening on Thursday 8/22.

  6. Eddy M August 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Anyone know what’s up with Xian’s? Their phone number is now disconnected. Are they closed for good, or is it still just for renovations?

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