The pace of new restaurant announcements is slowing in Alpharetta. I’m having fewer restaurants to report in this monthly column. Either I’m slipping up and missing stuff or perhaps we’re reaching some kind of saturation point. Who knows. Let’s get to it.
One of last year’s failure to launch restaurants has reemerged. We reported last summer on Anabelle’s Table and their plans to open on Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth. Unfortunately plans for this French-inspired mom and pop joint fell through. They hinted a few months back that a lease might be signed for space on Windward. Turns out that space is the former Cosmic Deli location. They’ve targeted a fall opening but a more realistic guess is near the end of the year. While the location is a bit hidden from the street, this place has potential to attract cubicle dwellers on foot. And a well-run independent concept is sorely needed on this stretch of road.
Speaking of Windward, look out for Windward Tavern. They won’t be on Windward proper but rather the former Cinco’s space at 5206 McGinnis Ferry near Publix. This banner sign over the space is all that’s known about the concept at this point.
A business called Flavor Juicery will open in the Kimball Crossing shopping center near Bagel Boys and Bite. They feature a wide array of cold pressed juices sold in mason jars.
I’ve been completely derelict in my duty in this column to not have mentioned Delightful Donuts. They’ve been building out a new doughnut shop at 12872 Highway 9 in Milton in the original Scratch Fresh location. As with any new entrant in this field, comparisons to Dutch Monkey, Da Vinci’s and Sweet Apple will be in order.
Closing since last month is longtime Alpharetta favorite Satay House. It sucks to see these guys close but I’m going to speculate that it was because of Amana Academy. They purchased the entire shopping center a few years ago for the expansion of their school. Perhaps they needed the space.
A lot is coming off our list from below. Chai Thai Urban Asian Kitchen of course is open and worth a visit. The Bowl has opened on Old Milton Parkway as has CamiCakes on North Point Parkway.
Cafe at Pharr finally opened about three weeks ago in the practically invisible space on Windward behind CVS. They are in the old Pig N Chick location but have a slightly smaller dining doom than you might remember. This isn’t a franchise but is managed by an Alpharetta family who I know from church. They’ve got a decent chicken salad sandwich and a lot of healthly options. But I can’t see any restaurant doing well in this space without really hitting it out of the park. Time will tell.
Restaurants Coming Soon
Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar – Opening on Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta next to 2B Whole Bakery.
Starbucks – Tiny new free-standing location coming to Haynes Bridge near the mall.
Bawarchi Biryani Point Indian Cuisine – Replacing Mayuri in the old Pizza Hut near the mall.
Mugs on Milton – Second location for this indy coffee joint to open in Crabapple, former Scoops location.
Varasano’s Pizzeria - Coming to the back entrance of North Point Mall.
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina – Coming to the former Uncle Madio’s space on Windward. Buildout has not started.
The Real Chow Baby – Stir fry joint coming soon to downtown Alpharetta.