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Rooms To Go moving Bahama Breeze out

Furniture store Rooms To Go may build a large new retail showroom on the land currently occupied by Bahama Breeze. The change represents a larger trend of redevelopment along North Point Parkway, something the city is trying to stay ahead of.

bahama breeze logoUnder plans filed with the city, the Bahama Breeze restaurant would be razed and replaced with a large 47,000 square foot furniture showroom. Rooms To Go’s current space on North Point is less than half as big and would be closed. The new space would also include a section for children’s furniture.

Bahama Breeze’s apparent closure would represent a complete departure from Alpharetta by their parent company, Darden Restaurants. Alpharetta and the North Point area have a reputation of only having chain restaurants. That reputation is undeserved and is dying fast.

We’re witnessing a larger trend of outparcel restaurants being repurposed along North Point. The former Razoo’s space next door was demolished years ago and was recently rezoned to be a bowling alley. O’Charley’s and Smokey Bones’ former digs are cell phone stores today. And back in January we reported on jewelry store Jared replacing TGI Friday’s.

The next generation of North Point outparcel development is likely to involve demolition and rebuilding, not renovating existing space. The city of Alpharetta is trying to stay ahead of this curve by changing design standards within the North Point LCI plan.

The city envisions new development along North Point to be closer to the road. They are likely to change setback minimums to setback maximums. This would remove parking lots from the front of buildings. It would also reduce the overall number of parking spaces at most stores, something retailers and restaurants seem to want anyway these days.

The city will also push for larger eight foot sidewalks and more greenspace in the outparcels.

But Alpharetta has got to hurry. Jared’s plans have already been approved and Rooms To Go is in the pipeline now. City officials hinted that other parcels are looking at similar redevelopment. The remaining retail buildings in front of Target might be on the list or possibly the vacant restaurant space most recently occupied by Rio Nuevo. And of course there will be Rooms To Go’s soon-to-be empty home across the street. One thing remains certain – North Point is changing and certainly isn’t dead.

What do you think of the loss of chain restaurants along North Point? And should buildings along North Point be right on the street?

Alpharetta Restaurant News – April 2014

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

It’s been a quiet month for restaurant news, especially following the huge news we’ve followed recently. Nevertheless we’ve got a handful of new joints to report. Let’s get right to it.

The Sedgwicks have been tight lipped about their new concept in downtown Alpharetta. They purchased the empty Coro spec restaurant on Roswell Street a few months ago. The plan is to have a dental practice operate in a big portion of the building. A small restaurant will take the remainder. Rumor is that the place may be called Made Kitchen and Cocktails and will be an Argentinean tapas restaurant. The space will be tiny, even smaller than Pure Taqueria down the street.

Express Burger coming soon signA new burger joint will open on North Point in the former Dahlia Grill location in the Mansell Crossing shopping center. Look for Express Burger and Grill to open in a month or two. I don’t know anything about the concept at this point.

Milton will soon have a new Indian restaurant, something you don’t see often in this part of town. Kabibsh will open on Highway 9 in the former El Molcajete/Zola location. We wish them the best of luck as this is an atrocious restaurant location.

2b Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery will open a small shop at 42 Milton Avenue in downtown Alphartta. They currently operate a business in Kennesaw. They’ll be almost across the street from Mugs on Milton, the new coffee shop who is also making baked goods.

Johns Creekers can expect a few new restaurants this Spring. Senor Patron will open in Chepe’s former digs on Old Alabama. This will be the second location for the Mexican restaurant out of Midtown Atlanta. Chepe’s completely quit the restaurant business a few months back. We’re still watching for activity in their two former locations in Forsyth County.

oh boy logoOh Boy Rotisserie and Tacos will open on State Bridge Road where BB’s Bagels used to be. They’ve got an active Facebook presence if you’re interested in tracking their progress.

Closing last month was Incredible Sandwich Factory on McFarland.

And the Windward location of Tilted Kilt went tango uniform. And while this location lacks some road visibility, we don’t think it will be vacant long. It’s adjacent to the Cobalt Center which will soon have several hundred new IT workers calling it home. Plus the property is managed by Penn Hodge. His stuff isn’t staying vacant long these days.

Opening this month is Big Pie in the Sky on Mansell Road. This is the second location for the pizza joint out of Kennesaw. Mexican restaurant El Don Bar and Grill is open on Highway 9 in south Forsyth. Burger flipper Scratch Fresh has finished their short move to the old Fish House/Boga location.

Tin Roof Kitchen has started a soft opening period this week. They’re in the cute but hidden little space at 52 North Main Street in downtown Alpharetta.

Restaurants Coming Soon
37 Main – A Rock Cafe – Restaurant, bar and music venue coming to Johns Creek. Opening has delayed but is expected in a week or two.
Sip Wine & Tapas – Second location coming to The Collection (fka The Avenue) in Forsyth. Should be open in about three weeks.
South Main Kitchen – Louis Soon’s new restaurant on Main Street in downtown Alpharetta.
Mary’s Bread Basket – Small sandwich chain opening in Forsyth’s Vickery Village.
Utopia Bar – Coming to Johns Creek near Sugo.
Crust Pasta and Pizzeria – Pizza joint opening in Alfresco’s former location on Main and Old Milton.
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.
12 Slices – Pizza joint coming to Johns Creek in former Jersey Boyz location.
Tower Burger – Longest buildout ever but starting to come together on South Main.

850, Campania, Antico and Neapolitan pizza wars

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

No, this isn’t a review of 850. A good deal has already been written about Crabapple’s newest restaurant. Here are some general thoughts on our growing Neapolitan pizza war in the Alpharetta area.

850F Bar Pizza originally planned to open in west Midtown according to blogger Eli Zandman. They backed out of the space in favor of the former Erwoods location in Crabapple. It was a smart move. At that point in the summer of 2013 Alpharetta’s Campania was getting rave reviews. They were sure to draw a competitor.

Campania pizza

Tartufo at Campania

Next 850 pulled a major coup d’etat by stealing Campania’s pizzaiolo. Stefano Rea brings most of the familiar recipes with him to 850. This blogger’s favorite, the tartofu, is still around. Close your eyes and you’ll be hard pressed to taste a difference between the 850 version and that still on Campania’s menu – except that it’s a tad smaller and a few bucks cheaper at 850. But the explosive flavor combination of pancetta, garlic, rosemary and truffle oil is available in both restaurants.

What is different at 850 is the addition of calzones – deep fried calzones that is. It sounds gross but I assure these are amazing. They come out a beautiful golden brown color and not the least bit greasy. The frying gives the pizza bread an amazing texture. My calzone was stuffed with a spicy capicola. These may not be on the menu yet, but if you go, ask them about it.

But now this is starting to sound like a review.

Don’t count Campania out of the fight by any means. They were first to the market and have built a loyal following. Their staff and management are among the best and most friendly of any restaurant in town. That goes a long way. Campania’s biggest challenge from here on out will be staying creative with their menu after the loss of Stefano.

850′s got a better location in the heart of Crabapple. Their patio is awesome as is their beer selection. But the rent is expensive in these digs. The restaurant will have to fire on all cylinders to keep the bills paid. Campania’s management owns the real estate under the restaurant, something that could help if times get tough.

Nevertheless, I think there’s room in this market for both players. I personally will probably keep going to Campania over 850, mainly because city planners don’t want to make it easy for me to drive to Crabapple (but that’s another article).

850°F Barpizza on Urbanspoon

And then there’s Anitco. How will their opening at Avalon shape the Neapolitan pizza fight? We’ll have to see. I’m interested to see if they try to recreate the midtown vibe in Avalon. I don’t think they can do it, especially with the communal dining. I think suburban diners would rather opt for the friendly service at a traditional restaurant like Campania or 850. Again we’ll have to see.

Da Vinci’s Donuts – Main Street

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday. Today we feature a review from Mike Christensen. Follow Mike on Twitter @SCSA31274.

davincis logoThere’s a new player in the doughnut game after your wallet and waistline. And this ones doing it old school.

Ohio natives Andrew and Melissa Rudd have left corporate life behind to follow a dream that began a long time ago in Melissa’s childhood kitchen making doughnuts with her mother and grandmother. Da Vinci’s Donuts opened recently on Main Street next to the defunct Alfrescos. What makes Da Vinci different than all the other shops in town?

They serve an old-fashioned, classic grab-it-and-dunk-it-in-your-coffee kind of doughnut. A cake doughnut. It’s a dense, yet light delicious two bite fist full of flavor. Yes they come from a commercial mix and yes they are less labor intensive than yeast doughnuts but who cares? They’re great! Take a box to your office and time how fast they disappear.

The box is different in itself. Designed to look and function like a pizza box, it keeps the doughnuts in their place. It’s strong enough to stack several dozen on top of each other without the fear of crushing the lower layers.

DaVinci boxThere are tons of flavors to choose from. Flavors range from the classic powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar to the more outlandish Samoa and my personal favorite, maple bacon. Don’t squinch your nose at the thought of a bacon topped doughnut. It is worth your while. The sweet cake combined with the savory bacon tied together with the maple icing? Oh yeah it’s good.

Don’t see anything you like? You can have them build a custom doughnut. Start with a base doughnut and add any type of icing toppings or drizzles that your heart desires. While much of the menu is set, there will be rotating seasonal flavors. New creations are in development like a pineapple upside down doughnut or chocolate mint.

Right out of the gate, Da Vinci’s is putting a large focus on the community involvement. They encourage creativity with a large chalkboard wall in the restaurant where patrons are free to express themselves however they would like within good taste. They also have several items from a local artist for sale in the restaurant. Look for many other local artists work to adorn the walls in the future.

Da Vinci’s opens early 6 AM and closes at 1 PM. On Fridays they reopen at 6 PM and are open until 9, and Saturday they’re open all day long to catch the later day crowds that most of the other unique doughnut shops miss. They make donuts fresh all day long. Look for them to be open on Thursday nights also to try to capture some of the crowds that come downtown for Food Truck Alley.

Da Vinci’s Donuts on Urbanspoon

Da Vinci’s Donuts has a warm and inviting feel to the space like you’re coming into someone’s kitchen. My only complaint is the doughnuts are too darn small. That’s something I’ll have to learn to live with.

Hot restaurant corner in Johns Creek, “making the case” for Olive Garden in Cumming

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I didn’t have a formal review planned for today’s column so I thought I would write about a few random thoughts floating around in my head.

Johns Creek has a hot little corner for restaurants these days. The intersection of Jones Bridge and Douglas Roads is going gangbusters with outstanding restaurants. We need a name for this area. I’m open to suggestions.

Anchoring the area is Kozmo’s Gastropub. Open a few years now, Kozmo’s has survived a poor location and a long road closure that would have sunk many other joints.

cafe 101Next door is Noosh, a Persian restaurant that quietly opened last year. They’re still flying beneath the radar. I’ve only been once but really enjoyed the kobeda kabob (Persian minced meat). They remind me a lot of Baba’s Gyro and Kabob in Forsyth County, but a tad bit more upscale of course.

Across the street near Kroger is El Trompo, the taco shack we talked about here on Roots back in January. There’s nothing fancy about these guys, but the al pastor is still the best in town.

But the potential game changer at the intersection is Cafe 101. They’re atop the liquor store in the pie-shaped shopping center. This building is crumbling to pieces but don’t let that stop you. Early talk online is positive for this Buford Highway relo. I tried to go on Tuesday for lunch but managed to pick the only day of the week they are closed.

Instead we hit RosaMia. While not technically at the intersection, they’re close enough to get a mention. This little Italian shop it still uber-popular. If you go for lunch, try the dover sole panini. Delicious.

Making the case in Cumming

This is why we can’t have nice things in Forsyth County! This week the Forsyth County News started a new “interactive initiative”. The idea is for their readers to make the case for new restaurants or retailers to come to the area. Readers were encouraged to comment on the article at their website, Facebook page and Twitter account. As best I can tell no one has hit them up on social media yet. This new fangled internet thing still confounds people in Cumming, especially legacy media journalists.

Nevertheless a few folks replied to the article on the paper’s website. Olive Garden seems to be a popular restaurant request. I’m sure Red Lobster would be right up there as well. It’s pretty sad. While Alpharetta is busy attracting James Beard-nominated chefs to places like Avalon, Cumming is clamoring for an Olive Garden. Pass the breadsticks please.

Life is better outside, just not in Alpharetta

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. Follow Mike on Twitter @SCSA31274.

It’s that time of year again. The days are longer, the temps are warmer, the pollen is coming and the legs are whiter than ever. It’s springtime. Residents are venturing out of their homes to take advantage of all the outdoor activities the Alpharetta area has to offer, and that includes dining.

Many restaurants offer some sort of patio or deck for alfresco eats. The problem is that the vast majority of them are terrible. They’re just add on spaces with no real reason to exist. A few tables and chairs with umbrellas, a unique outdoor dining experience does not make. Places like Scratch, The Corner Deli, The KFC (sorry, Salt Factory) and Burger Fi have smallish patios where you can enjoy your entrees with a side of exhaust and nothing to look at but concrete.

Why can’t we have a cool place to eat outdoors? This is Alpharetta after all, the place where the elitists can drive high tech golf balls into giant nets.

Crab shack tybeeOne of the best outdoor spaces that I’ve eaten at is the Crab Shack on Tybee Island. It’s a true experience. Huge trees adorned with Christmas lights cover a deck overhead with a view of the marsh in the distance.

Now I know we have no such marsh or water feature here, save Lake Lanier or a rare retention pond, but can we at least have a view of something that wasn’t made by man?

Hop Alley’s front deck is pretty cool. The view isn’t too great, but at least there is shade (and beer) and you’re protected from the traffic. The potential rooftop deck at South Main Kitchen in downtown would be a large step in the right direction. Taco Mac on Windward as well as the nearby Hudson Grille have patios with giant TV’s all over. It takes away from the connecting with those around you, unless you want to stare at Sportscenter, then by all means.

The rooftop deck at Cincos as well as the patio at Tanners in Vickery Village are both winners in my book. The whole vibe of Vickery is pretty cool. You feel as if you are in a neighborhood.

Some places can transform to bring the outside in by opening up garage type doors like Pure or Marlow’s at the Collection. Nice, but it’s just not what I’m looking for and what Alpharettians deserve.

We’ve got great weather in the south. That’s why we all live here. Why are we trapped inside to eat? I would love someone to step up and make a truly unique outside eating experience. Your hard work will be rewarded.

Photo credit: jeanphony (creative commons)

Alpharetta Restaurant News – March 2014

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

This has been an extraordinary week for new restaurant openings. So many have opened and announced surprises that I’m running this monthly column a week early. Let’s get right into it.

cafe 101The Buford Highway invasion of Johns Creek continues. Cafe 101 began their soft opening Wednesday. They also confirmed that their chef worked at the Doraville Cafe 101 three years ago before that restaurant changed ownership. They along with Liu Fu represent a small but hopefully growing trend of authentic Asian cuisine moving from the Buford Highway corridor to this suburb, perhaps following their clientele. Look for them at the intersection of Jones Bridge and Douglas Roads.

House of Hummus opened last week on North Point near the mall. This Mediterranean restaurant out of the Tallahassee area features shawarma, gyros, a real good lentil soup and hummus of course.

Neopolitian pizzeria 850°F Bar Pizza also opened this week in Crabapple. The big story here is that they hired Stefano Rea to man their oven. Rea is no stranger to this space. He put in a brief stint at Erwoods before it closed. But you’re more likely to remember him as the friendly chef at Campania. He left that gig three months ago.

Next to Campania you’ll find Kickshaw Tavern and Grill which is now open. And Volcano Asian Bistro is now open on Windward in Xian’s old digs. Both restaurants do sushi, but Volcano’s doing it right next to Sushi Nami. Gutsy.

12 slices logoNo restaurant news article would be complete without talking pizza. Back in January we talked about the parting of ways between Jersey Boyz and their Johns Creek franchisee. Looks like his promised independent pizzeria is coming to life. It’ll be called 12 Slices and will be in the same location at 9945 Jones Bridge Road.

Down on Mansell Road you’ll soon find a second location of Kennesaw’s Big Pie in the Sky. You might remember these guys from being on Travel Channel’s Man vs Food show a few years back. If you’re up for trying their carnivore challenge pizza, look for them across from the Melting Pot.

Zoes Kitchen continues their rapid expansion with a new location at The Collection at Forsyth (fka The Avenue). They will open in the former Movie Stop store near Mellow Mushroom. And while you’re there, froyo and cupcake joint Sweet Monkey is now open at The Collection.

We’ve been able to confirm that the Sedgwick Restaurant Group will open a restaurant in the long-vacant Coro spec restaurant building on Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta. You’ll know the Sedgwicks from places like Pure Taqueria and Vinny’s. With Pure, their newly opened office and now this space, they’ll soon own this entire block of Roswell Street. We’re heard rumors of what the new concept will be but have not confirmed.

But if you want rumors, here’s one. Fried chicken and biscuit purveyor Bojangles may be eying a location in Alpharetta. Word is that they may have an outparcel at the new Twin Oakes shopping center at Old Milton and North Point Parkways. No plans have been filed as of yet.

And Florida-based Burger 21 announced the signing of a new franchisee for what they call “South Alpharetta”. Two years ago they announced a franchisee for the north part of our town. Again, we’ve seen no firm plans that they are building here at this time. They’re pretty late to the burger party.

And speaking of burgers… Indy joint Scratch Fresh will move down the strip mall into the former Fish House/Boga location. The new space will be larger and give them a bit more road exposure. Look for their new digs to open in about a month.

On the closed list this month is Rita’s Italian Ice on McGinnis Ferry and Lupe’s Cantina on Peachtree Parkway. And my blogger friend Eli Zandman reports that Windward’s Cosmic Deli will close this week.

Restaurants Coming Soon
37 Main – A Rock Cafe – Restaurant, bar and music venue coming to Johns Creek in April.
Sip Wine & Tapas – Second location coming soon to The Collection (fka The Avenue) in Forsyth.
Tin Roof Kitchen - The new restaurant at 52 North Main in Alpharetta.
Cuoco Italian Restaurant – The ever renamed Italian restaurant on GA141 near Sharon Road in Forsyth.
South Main Kitchen – Louis Soon’s new restaurant on Main Street in downtown Alpharetta.
Mary’s Bread Basket – Small sandwich chain opening in Forsyth’s Vickery Village.
Utopia Bar – Coming to Johns Creek near Sugo.
Crust – Pizza joint opening in Alfresco’s former location on Main and Old Milton.
DaVinci’s Donuts – This cake doughnut maker should open next week!
First Watch – They will anchor the new Twin Oaks shopping center being built on Old Milton and North Point.
El Don Bar and Grill – Mexican restaurant on Atlanta Highway in south Forsyth.
Tower Burger – Will they ever finish?

Start/Stop/Continue – Alpharetta Restaurants 2014

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

We’ve done this article five times now here on Roots, and each year my “start” picks never seem to materialize. We’ll trudge on anyway.

If you’re not familiar with this idea, I’ll explain. At the office we are finishing our yearly reviews. Many bosses perform a peer review exercise where your coworkers are asked to list things you should start doing, bad habits you should stop and activities to continue. It’s sort of a nicer way to dish on your coworkers I guess.

The idea gets adapted here at the start of the year and applied to Alpharetta’s restaurant scene. Last year I wanted to see a craft dessert or ice cream joint open up. That’s still not happening. The doughnut scene has expanded though. We’ve kicked around the fro-yo joints, but their demise was easy to predict. And many more failures are still likely.

So let’s get to it.

Start – Healthy Kids Menus

My wife will love this one. We’re trying to get our kids away from eating highly processed foods. Frozen chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese ain’t gonna cut it anymore. Restaurants put almost no attention into their kids menus. Yet surprisingly the costs seem to go up and up.

How about devoting a little culinary creativity to the little guys? Create something unique and healthy that kids will actually want to eat! If a restaurant could pull this off and get a few food and mom bloggers behind the effort, families would beat a path to your door. Restaurants, are you up for the challenge?

Stop – Pizza

It’s hard to say this because I love the pizza options we have in Alpharetta, especially New York-style. The relocated Yankees brought their pies with them and they’re outstanding. The problem is that the bar is set so high. Don’t you dare open a new pizzeria here unless you can compete with the best.

Campania pizzaAnd then there’s Neapolitan style. It’s about to go gangbusters here. 850°F Bar Pizza will open likely within the month in Crabapple. Campania, my pick for best new restaurant of 2013, is doing terrific business on North Main Street. But they’re keenly aware of the coming competition, especially Antico at Avalon. Their arrival in the ‘burbs is huge. It’ll be interesting to see how they settle into their new Alpharetta digs. It’s doubtful they can recreate the hip midtown vibe and communal dining experience at Avalon. But we’ll see.

Continue – Downtown Alpharetta

The restaurant scene here is growing organically. The city doesn’t have to build high density residential over retail to make this happen!

Hop Alley was a huge success last year, as was Salt Factory. South Main Kitchen has the potential to generate the same amount of buzz yet isn’t getting a lot of attention at this point. It’s a concept from Louis Soon, an alum of Salt Factory going independent. They will transform the boring old building across from City Hall and add a rooftop bar.

And then there’s Roswell Street. The spec restaurant built by Coro Realty has been sold. Rumor is that the Sedgwicks have bought the place. We’re anxiously awaiting news on what’s coming here.

What’s next for downtown Alpharetta’s restaurant scene? How about transforming the abandoned gas station on Main Street into a hip little restaurant?

Photo credit: Mike Murphy

Fry Me 2 The Moon – South Forsyth

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Fry me 2 the moon logoWith apologies to Frank Sinatra…

Fry me 2 the moon
Is this a hidden seafood find?
Let me try another fish joint
Along Highway 9

In other words, it’s been tried
In other words, they’ve all closed

Try the fish of the day
It’s basa or rockfish fried golden brown
Variety is all I long for
It may keep me coming down

In other words, please be different
In other words, no more tilapia!

Fill my belly with shrimp
But what they have is all frozen
Wild caught is all I long for
Georgia coast should be chosen!

Fry Me 2 The Moon on Urbanspoon

In other words, fresh would be sublime
In other words, in other words, give them some time.

Alpharetta Restaurant News – February 2014

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

After being open only about a year Alfresco on Main Street has closed. The family operating the restaurant wanted out and sold. The new owner is from Florida and will keep the pizzeria theme. We’re told the new name will be Crust. You’ve got to make a tremendous pie to be in the upper crust of Alpharetta pizzerias. The competition is fierce. We expect additional pizza closures in 2014.

utopia bar logoA joint called Utopia Bar plans to open on Medlock Bridge in Johns Creek near Sugo in the former Sinbad’s Feast space. The owner used to run a bar and restaurant of the same name in Washington DC that featured live Jazz music. We’ll see if this Johns Creek concept is similar.

Back in October we talked about a potential change in concept at Azul Agave on Old Milton. That metamorphosis appears to be complete as they’re now called Agave Tapas Lounge. Part of the concept is Urban Spice, an Indian menu to go along with the Mexican tapas.

Over in south Forsyth’s Vickery Village, OVR Coffee has closed. But opening soon will be Mary’s Bread Basket. This will be the third location for the sandwich joint out of the Jasper area.

And in fast food news – a Subway franchise will open on Windward in the Tara Humata shopping center. Burger flippers Five Guys will open in the North Point Mall food court. This is the same franchisee that operates the North Point Parkway store. And the gas station Burger King at Old Milton and GA-400 has closed.

Now open for your fried seafood pleasure is Fry Me 2 The Moon in south Forsyth. Also open is Great Harvest Bread at Windward and Main Street. And Mugs on Milton, downtown Alpharetta’s new coffee shop, is finally pouring cups of joe.

Restaurants Coming Soon
37 Main – A Rock Cafe – Restaurant, bar and music venue coming to Johns Creek. Their opening has been pushed back to April 1st.
Sip Wine & Tapas – Second location coming soon to The Collection (fka The Avenue) in Forsyth.
Tin Roof Kitchen - Coming soon to 52 North Main in Alpharetta.
Cafe 101 – Coming to the former Shiraz location in Johns Creek.
House of Hummus – North Point Parkway near Mama’s Pizza.
Cuoco Italian Restaurant – The ever renamed Italian restaurant on GA141 near Sharon Road in Forsyth.
Volcano Asian Bistro – Still remodeling  Xian’s old space on Windward Parkway.
South Main Kitchen – Louis Soon’s new restaurant in downtown Alpharetta. We’re told it may feature a rooftop bar.
DaVinci’s Donuts – Still a few weeks away from opening near Alfresco Crust.
850°F Bar Pizza - Neapolitan pizzeria coming to the old Erwood’s location in Crabapple.
Kickshaw Tavern & Grill - Asian steakhouse opening on North Main near Campania.
First Watch – They will anchor the new Twin Oaks shopping center being built on Old Milton and North Point.
El Don Bar and Grill – Mexican restaurant on Atlanta Highway in south Forsyth.
Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes – Froyo concept opening any day now at The Collection Forsyth.
Tower Burger – Slow buildout but perhaps the coolest second generation Sonic you’ll ever see. Also will feature a rooftop bar.

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