Alpharetta Restaurant News – October 2013

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

This is a delicate story to cover to I’ll stick with just the facts. Draw your own conclusions. The city has received a request to replace the signage on the Azul Agave building on Old Milton Parkway. The new signs will be for “Urban Spice, Indian fine dining and tapas lounge”. Repeated calls to Azul Agave this week went unanswered yet the restaurant is still open. Not wanting the story to go unreported, your fearless blogger ate lunch here yesterday. When asked if changes were coming, my server mentioned that he heard the menu was being expanded. Humm.

Famous Original Coming SoonJust down Old Milton Parkway you’ll find Famous Original Pizza. They’re set to open in the old Mama’s Pizza location near 5 Seasons Brewing. You’ll remember that Mama’s relocated to near the mall over the summer. The buildout is moving along famously so expect an opening pretty soon.

And speaking of openings, next week is jam packed. Salt Factory‘s downtown Alpharetta location is set to open Monday. We first started talking about these guys way back in December.

Opening Wednesday will be Firefly Kitchen Bar on Windward. Check out their new website for information on the concept. Their menu is already available and looks remarkably similar to the Firefly you might remember.

Zoes Kitchen logoZoës Kitchen (with umlauts but no apostrophe) will open Thursday near the mall. Their building-mates Corner Bakery Cafe can’t be too far behind.

And who couldn’t use another fro-yo joint? Gainesville-based Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes will open a store at The Collection Forsyth (fka The Avenue). Expect an opening near Thanksgiving. And across the street Starbucks is planning to offer beer and wine. Aldo Nahed at the Forsyth Herald has a story on it this week. It’s just like the alcohol concept they have at their Mansell store in Roswell.

The Midway community of south Forsyth has two new empty restaurants. Blu Bay Seafood closed about three weeks ago. And on Monday drive-in joint Sonic hung up their roller skates.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Collet French Pastry - Opening in early November on Old Milton Parkway near Sabri Guven Jewelry.
Myzenes Indian Coastal Cuisine – I’m told it will be south Indian vegetarian cuisine. Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth.
Rosati’s Pizza – Chicago-style pizzeria taking over the former Buckhead Pizza near The Collection Forsyth. Expect an opening this month with a large craft beer selection.
Great Harvest Bread – Mid-November is their target opening date on Windward Parkway.
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.
Jose’s Mexican Grill – The sign is up and the menu online for this new joint on North Point and Webb Bridge.
Tower Burger – South Main Street in a former Sonic Drive-in.
Dunkin Donuts – Building two new Forsyth locations; McFarland at Hwy 9 and Peachtree Parkway near Dutch Monkey Doughnuts.
First Watch – They will be in a new strip mall on North Point and Old Milton. 2014 opening.

6 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – October 2013”

  1. A October 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Have enjoyed the food at Azul Agave several times but always thought this restaurant was a bit odd. It looks like a nightclub from the outside and is very large on the inside. I wonder if that’s put people off from going in to try it. It’s not a white tablecloth fancy place at all but the food is several notches above your Mexican places that do combination platters like La Parilla and El Azteca.

  2. Lynne October 12, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Heard Nine (Main) Street Kitchen pulled out of 52 Bistro. Alpharetta looking for another tenant.

  3. Cool Papa Bell October 14, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    The owner of overpriced mediocrity Azul is Indian. I’m going out on a limb and say he’s returning to his roots. Can you put out a better product?

  4. S Lee Guy October 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Salt Factory opening has been pushed back a week to October 21st.

  5. Jodyml813 October 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I had the opporutnity to try the new FireFly Kitchen Bar on Sunday when I accidentally walked into their friends and family night. The owners were very nice and invited me to stay for dinner. Desserts were amazing and big enough to share and there were plenty of menu options for all tastes. The key to success here will be getting lunch customers in and out in less than an hour! We need more choices on Windward and I wish them success!

  6. Kat October 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Salt Factory isn’t open yet. Drove by today, there’s a lot of activity but it doesn’t look finished.

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