Alpharetta Restaurant News – November 2013

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

37 main logo37 Main – A Rock Cafe will plug in some new amplifiers in Johns Creek. Named for the address at their original location in downtown Buford, this restaurant, bar and music venue will open a second location in the former Barnacles space on Medlock Bridge Road. Expect a menu that resembles your typical casual American restaurant along with a steady stream of tribute bands.

Alpharetta will finally get a locally-owned doughnut shop. A new joint called DaVinci’s Donuts will open around the first of the year on 131 South Main Street. Their menu will feature only cake doughnuts with a huge variety of toppings and glazes. Pre-made doughnuts are available or customers can create their own to-order. And I’m told “hot now” will be offered. Look for DaVinci in the Alfresco shopping center at Main and Old Milton.

Looks like someone will finally fill the old Erwoods space in Crabapple. It’ll be 850°F Bar Pizza. Eli Zandman first reported on these guys and their plans to open in Midtown Atlanta. Looks like that’s fallen through and they’ve spied this location in Crabapple. It makes sense as the space already has a brick pizza oven capable of making Neapolitan-style pizzas. With the success of Campania and the promised arrival of Antico at Avalon, Alpharetta’s about to be overrun with Neapolitan pies. Not that this is a bad thing, but can this area support it?

And speaking of Campania… a restaurant called Kickshaw Grill will open in the same shopping center at 800 North Main Street. I’m told it’s a chef out of Clearwater Florida who plans a menu of Kobe-style beef and seafood.

Artuzzi’s on Windward is rebranding, becoming Annie’s Italian Kitchen. This was the last location for the struggling chain. It makes sense for them to buck the chain look and do something on their own.

blind murphy logoGrowler store owner Dave Sheets has sold Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market in downtown Alpharetta. He will instead focus on his hard soda business. Sheets was instrumental in crafting Alpharetta’s growler ordinance a few years ago. Who’s the new owner? We’re still in the dark.

Famous Original Pizza is now open in the former Mama’s Pizza location on Old Milton Parkway. And of course Salt Factory, eleven months in the making, is now open in downtown Alpharetta. Expect all sorts of buzz.

Rosati’s Pizza is open and busy near The Collection Forsyth. Don’t be in a hurry as their pies take forever to bake. And next door to Rosati’s used to be Laredo’s Mexican Grill. They’re a goner.

It’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing Indian restaurant scene, but I’ll do my best. Om Hyderabadi Indian Restaurant (formerly known as Zafraan) on has been bought by Sri Krishna Vilas. You might be familiar with their south Indian cooking on Windward Parkway. This Peachtree Parkway location in south Forsyth will be their second restaurant. And a little down the road is Myzenes Indian Coastal Cuisine which opened recently.

And Alpharetta’s quadruple restaurant row is now complete with the opening of Corner Bakery Cafe on Haynes Bridge. The lunch crowd at these joints is crazy. Do yourself a favor and hit Mama’s Pizza instead. It’s outstanding and just around the corner.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Collet French Pastry - Soft opening is next week for Francois Collet’s new joint. Look for them next to Sabri Guven Jewelry on Old Milton.
Great Harvest Bread – Still no word on when they open on Windward next to Mambo’s Cafe.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe – Expect an opening next week on Windward next to Ichiban.
Jose’s Mexican Grill – Mexican joint coming to North Point and Webb Bridge.
Urban Spice – Mexican/Indian fusion concept that Azul Agave will become.
Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes – Froyo coming to The Collection Forsyth.
Tower Burger – South Main Street in a former Sonic Drive-in.
Dunkin Donuts – McFarland and Hwy 9 location is open. Peachtree Parkway near Dutch Monkey Doughnuts is next.
First Watch – They will anchor the new shopping center being built on Old Milton and North Point.

7 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – November 2013”

  1. Travis Allen November 8, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    The sign for Great Harvest Bread finally went up on the building this week.

  2. Kim November 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    @Travis, didn’t need to know that…. one of my favorite joints.

  3. A November 11, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Looking forward to trying Collet French Pastry. The building is still an eyessore, and I can’t believe the city of Alpharetta allowed it, but maybe a good croissant will trump that!

  4. MyBellyHasAName November 12, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    A tip for your trip to Rosati’s — slices at lunch are fast and delicious… and 2 huge slices are only $5.00. Worth the trip.

    A Chicago Deep Dish pie takes forty minutes because it’s about 3 inches thick, made to order, and worth the wait. If your starving they have appetizers, sandwiches, pasta, and salads.

    Give them a chance, nice to have a solid Chicago pie in ATL without having to go down to Buckhead or Midtown for a Nancy’s (although those are also delicious). Good Luck Rosati’s!

  5. theGWN November 14, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Jeff Orr is the new owner of Blind Murphy. Know anything about him?

  6. W. November 15, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Jeff Orr ran/owned/started? Ikon before selling it to Ricoh.

    If you work in an office, go look at your copier, chances are you’ll see one of those company names on it.

  7. Ford January 12, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Unless it’s opening at Avalon….not really interested

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