Alpharetta Restaurant News – November 2014

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

North Carolina-based fast food burger chain Cook-Out may open an Alpharetta location. The restaurant has filed plans with the city to open at 11475 Haynes Bridge Road in the former Backyard Burger location. This location has stood vacant for about six years but is perfect for Cook-Out as it will require little in the way of renovation and is already equipped with a drive-thru lane.

CookOutRestaurantMy blogging friend Eli Zandman has chronicled Cook-Out’s metro Atlanta expansion in a series of articles. Their choice to open in Alpharetta frankly came as a surprise to me. The restaurant competes at the low end and often targets college markets. And this particular location puts them directly adjacent to The Varsity who certainly would be a competitor. I’ve tried Cook-Out once on a recent visit to North Carolina and found it to be pretty good for fast-food.

And while we’re talking burgers, Tower Burger opened yesterday.

We’re hearing reports of another new downtown Alpharetta restaurant, although this one will be a tad up Main Street. The name will be Creative Studio Cafe. Details have not yet emerged on the concept but hopefully I’ll know more by this time next month. We’re hearing they may be a gallery and restaurant combination. Look for them at 160 North Main Street a little past the Methodist Church.

beer with frameLocal growler store pioneer Crafty Draught has closed their original south Forsyth location. Their Old Milton store in Alpharetta is still around. While Forsyth County was the first municipality in this area to permit growler stores, they refused to adapt their laws like Alpharetta and Johns Creek. This made it difficult or impossible for stores to offer perks like samples and flights of beer. As a result, every small growler store in the south part of the county is now gone. Way to be business friendly there Forsyth County. Or perhaps the growler business is going flat. It’s probably a little of both.

Taking their place will be Growler Works. That’ll be the name of a new growler store in the Medlock Bridge Shopping Center in Johns Creek. Look for them directly behind Egg Harbor Cafe.

2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery opened at the end of October in downtown Alpharetta. Looks like this was an actual relocation from Kennesaw, not a second location for these ladies. They’re at 42 Milton Avenue and also at the Alpharetta Farmers Market. Also opening since last month is Eggs Up Grill in the Publix shopping center in Crabapple.

And finally, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will open on November 24th after a speedy buildout. And according to a press release they’ll forgo the ribbon-cutting in favor of ceremoniously cutting into their first steak. Cute.

Restaurants Coming Soon

The Farmhouse – Coffee and crepe shop opening in Johns Creek.
Boneheads – Grilled fish and peri peri restaurant coming to Windward near Sri Krishna Vilas. Should be open by the end of the year.
Anabelle’s Table – Their lease in south Forsyth fell through. Removing after this month until they reannounce an opening.
Made Kitchen and Cocktails – New Sedgwick concept in downtown Alpharetta. Expect a December opening.
Jay’s Mexican Grill and Taqueria – Slow buildout on McFarland Parkway.
JD’s Sports Pub & Pizza – Replacing TPS Pizza on Peachtree Parkway in Forsyth.
Tom and Chee – Grilled cheese shop to open near Chicken Salad Chick on North Point.
Piece of Cake – Bakery and cake joint also opening near Chicken Salad Chick.
Nothing Bundt Cakes - More cakes. This time at The Collection at Forsyth.
Smallcakes - And more cakes, cupcakes that is. 4055 Old Milton Parkway. Let them eat cake.
Another Broken Egg - Another location, this time in Johns Creek Walk.

10 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – November 2014”

  1. Travis Allen November 14, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Anchors Seafood & Ale House opened recently on Mansell Road in the same shopping center as Longhorn and The Counter.

  2. DoubleDach November 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    “Anchors Seafood & Ale House” Menu looks fancy, but the name sounds like Captain D’s with a liquor license.

  3. Cool Papa Bell November 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Not impressed whatsoever with Anchors Seafood. I give them two months.

  4. Dan November 15, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Definitely going to need a review on Tower Burger. After 2+ years of building out, they better have the best burgers on the planet.

  5. Kevin Davis November 15, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    I work right next to the old Backyard Burger spot, and have been thinking it would make a perfect location for Cook Out for years! No telling what shape the building is in after 7 years or so of being empty, but there can’t be that many empty fast food buildings that are already equipped for grilling (even if the grills are gone I assume there are extra ventilation modifications that are still in place). The proximity to Varsity is a downside, but Varsity has gotten ridiculously expensive over the past few years so as a combo meal is couple bucks cheaper at Cook Out, not to mention the much larger variety, they should do just fine if they actually open here.

  6. Scott Douglas November 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Piece of Cake opened in Johns Creek in same strip center near Smash Burger

  7. Lionel T November 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Any idea if this is the same operation as the people who ran The Crab Trap in John’s Creek and The Fish House (where Scratch now is)? You can read my reviews of each on Yelp, they were run by the same people and had fake Yelp reviews, like the ones that reek for Anchor’s now.

  8. S Lee Guy November 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    @Kevin – On top of that, Alpharetta tends to discourage new drive-thru restaurants in the city, especially those close to GA-400. Pollo Tropical had to jump through a lot of hoops to open with a drive-thru. Cook-Out probably knew that and it might have influenced their location choice.

    @Lionel – I hadn’t planned on covering Anchor’s as it’s a little outside my area. But if they are the Fish House family then I’m for sure interested. Watching these guys run restaurants into the ground is rather entertaining. That’s not something I usually find humor in, but this family takes it to a whole new level. Need for someone to confirm this rumor!

  9. Travis Allen November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    They’re already on Groupon…never a good sign in my opinion.

  10. Franklin November 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Any word on whether Crafty Draught has closed their Old Milton Parkway location as well? Their website only mentions their Charleston location and when I drove by over the weekend it looked closed…

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