Alpharetta Restaurant News – May 2014

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

It’s been a busy month keeping up with changes to our restaurant scene. Strangely enough I don’t have much to report on in Alpharetta proper. Nevertheless a lot of restaurants are moving off my coming soon list having finally opened doors this past month. But first let’s get on with the newcomers. We’ll start on Peachtree Parkway in Forsyth.

Costa Vida logoThe Baja California-inspired restaurant chain Costa Vida will open their first location in the southeast in the Brannon Crossing shopping center across from The Collection. Their menu will feature southwest favorites with a California surfer motif. The franchisee is Michael Williams, a name familiar to many in south Forsyth as he’s currently a candidate for State Senate. This is Williams’ first restaurant but he ran a successful chain of hair salons. Look for them in the former Larado’s space.

Also opening in the Brannon Crossing shopping center will be Roly Poly Sandwiches. This is their first location in the area.

Yet another Mexican restaurant will open way down on Peachtree Parkway in the former Lupe’s/Rio Balsas space. Look for Senior Quintin Mex-Grill in the coming weeks. There’s a similarly named restaurant on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road but those answering the phone there yesterday didn’t know of a second restaurant in the chain. I suspect that this is though.

Spice AfroBack in Milton you’ll soon find Spice Afro Caribbean Cuisine. These guys were at Taste of Alpharetta last week even though they are probably a few months from opening. Their menu looks similar to what you’d find at Tassa or Caribbean Fiesta on Old Milton. Look for them next to Montana’s on Highway 9.

And I like the name of a small new Indian joint coming to Windward. Dancing Mouth Indian Restaurant is building in the former Quiznos space on Jordan Court near Costco. And I’m hearing rumors of another opening on Windward. Unfortunately there isn’t enough confirming information to publish details at this time.

Restaurant broker Shumacher Group announced last week that they sold Famous Original Pizza on Old Milton. We’re told a new concept is coming to the space but have no word yet on what that might be.

Now open and gladly collecting your restaurant dollars is Crust Pasta and Pizzeria. They’re in the former Al Fresco space on Old Milton and Main. Also opening this month is 12 Slices in Johns Creek. Have I mentioned how competitive the pizza business is here? Good luck slicing out a niche.

Kabibish Indian and Pakistani Restaurant is now open on Highway 9 in Milton. They’re in a poor location but hey, they’ve got a buffet!

Sip Wine and Tapas opened Wednesday at The Collection Forsyth  next to Chick-fil-A. I have high hopes for these guys in this space. And finally, 37 Main – A Rock Cafe has opened in Johns Creek. Go see an 80′s cover band and chow down on bar food. For those about to rock, we salute you.

Restaurants Coming Soon
Senor Patron – Opening very soon in Chepe’s old space in Johns Creek.
Oh Boy Rotisserie and Tacos – Should open in about two weeks in BB’s former digs on State Bridge in Johns Creek.
Tower Burger – Look to be very close to opening yet they have no online presence whatsoever. Strange.
Utopia Bar – Coming to Johns Creek near Sugo.
South Main Kitchen – Louis Soon’s new restaurant on Main Street in downtown Alpharetta.
First Watch – They will anchor the new Twin Oaks shopping center being built on Old Milton and North Point.
Zoes Kitchen – New location at The Collection in Forsyth near Mellow Mushroom.
Made Kitchen and Cocktails – New concept from the Sedgwicks coming to Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta.
2b Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery - New bakery to open on Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta.

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