Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
It hasn’t been a tremendously busy month for restaurant news. There are a few joints and thankfully no closures to report. But if last year is any indication, I expect to see a handful of places close at the end of the year.
Campania Pizzeria – We’re slowly starting to learn more details of this place coming soon to the vacant stripmall at 800 North Main Street in Alpharetta. They will be a Neapolitan-style pizza joint, a genre we don’t see a lot of in these parts. Look for a February 2013 opening. Stay tuned to Foodie Friday for more details.
Next week is Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. So maybe it’s no coincidence that I have two new Indian joints to report. Is Alpharetta saturated with Indian cuisine? Perhaps not as I don’t report on many closures.
The first is Mayuri Indian Restaurant which will open in the old Pizza Hut/Woody’s BBQ space near North Point Mall. Mayuri is a Hindi word for a female peacock (a peahen I guess). Buildout is starting now.
Nilgiris Bakery and Cafe is now open on GA141 near Brookwood in south Forsyth. Look for Indian food and sweets. They are across the street from Target in a tough spot to see from the road.
A small restaurant called Sushi Mania is planning to open in Johns Creek. They will be in the Camden Village shopping center near the original Marlow’s Tavern on Old Alabama near Jones Bridge.
And don’t forget that tomorrow is Alpharetta’s newest foodie event, Vintage Corks and Gourmet Trucks. The fun starts at 1:00 pm in downtown Alpharetta. For more information see the article I wrote three weeks ago or hit the city’s website here.
Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery opened on October 25th. Look for them on Kimball Bridge a bit south of Old Milton. Tap on Main opened doors a few weeks ago in downtown Alpharetta. I’d call it a soft opening really. Check them out in the old Coffee Pot location. Expect a decent selection of craft beer (but not like at a growler store) and some smallish-yet-manly sandwiches.
And I’m pleased as punch to report that Grand Champion BBQ has finally opened in Crabapple after an excruciatingly-long delay. You can expect to find Q made with amazing attention to detail that’s almost competition caliber. The space is a little small though. They’re in the old Elements Coffee location.
And finally, Bite is set to reopen in a matter of days. They temporarily closed their much-hyped Alpharetta restaurant while construction crews knocked down a wall and expanded into the adjacent space. It’ll be interesting to see what these guys can do with a full bar offering. In the meantime, drool over this picture of their lobster roll.
Not a lot to report in this space. A cell phone repair shop called Bob Knows Phones has opened on Haynes Bridge near the new Walmart Neighborhood Market. This might be a cheaper alternative for hipsters seeking to repair their expensive Apple products. And a new salon called Studio NV is planning an opening on Windward near the new Mambo’s Cafe. More on Mambo’s in a minute.
Restaurants Coming Soon
OVR Coffee Cafe – A vegan bakery and coffee shop in south Forsyth’s Vickery Village. Look for them in the old Mommy Francis space.
Mambo’s Cafe – Construction is coming along in their new space on Windward. Can’t wait for these guys to reopen.
Tower Burgers - They are looking at the old Sonic building on South Main Street but there is still no sign of life here.
Chipotle, Corner Bakery Cafe, Pollo Tropical – A trifecta of new restaurants to be built on Haynes Bridge near the mall entrance. I expect Pollo Tropical to be the first of the three to emerge.
BurgerFI – Fast-casual burger concept coming to Windward next to FedEx.