Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday. Today we feature an article from Mike Christensen.
Got you, didn’t I? You thought that that mysterious burger place on Alpharetta Highway was finally open?
Here at Roots, when a new restaurant starts a build out, we take notice and update our readers on the progress until the new place opens. Then we visit a few times and we post a review. That’s how it normally works but not with Tower Burger.
The old Sonic sat empty and run down for a long time. Honestly, a lot of that section of Alpharetta/Roswell looked pretty sad. The building stayed there, neglected until… wait! Signs of life appeared. Everything was torn down except the main building. Then, nothing. Tumble weeds rolled through the parking lot.
Eventually we learned that a burger joint called Tower Burger was coming to that location. Ok, another burger place, fine. No big news. The build out started, and stopped, and started, and stopped. This continued for the next two years.
I was able to scope out some conceptual drawings online. The place looked promising, with its second story deck serving beer and wine. Anyone who drives Highway 9 daily has thrown at least a passing glance at the building as it now sits. It looks done. The sign is up, the landscaping done and parking lot paved. So what’s the deal?
I’ve peeked in the windows and circled the building. The last time I was there there were still unpacked boxes inside and no chairs and tables to be seen. I can tell you this, the place is small. In fact it’s tiny. The downstairs patio couldn’t hold more than one or two tables comfortably. It’s a cool looking place, but the function seems to be lacking. And of course the second story deck will have a stunning view of J. Christopher’s. If you crane your neck you might catch a glimpse of the Ferrari place up the street. Granted, all these observations are just from my view in the parking lot.
I will be able to form more fair opinions once Tower Burger opens. When will that be? It’s anyone’s guess. The mystery still remains. Tower Burger has no social media presence, no website, no nothing. It took an Indiana Jones-type effort to even get a name of someone who might be related somehow to the project. Attempts to contact that person have been met with bupkis. So keep your eyes peeled folks. If nary a whiff of meat cooking escapes from that place, our readers will be the first to know. After all, the most asked question from our readers is “Why do you hate Avalon?”. But the second most asked question is, “What’s up with Tower Burger?” You guys are in the dark as much as we are. The one question I have is, when Tower Burger eventually does open, will anyone care?