Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
You’ve got to be a brick-and-mortar restaurant to have a booth at Taste of Alpharetta, or at least have a location in the works. That’s been a requirement from the get go for Alpharetta’s festival and it was why I pointed out Chow Baby last week. They’ve been on our radar since December when they abruptly closed their midtown Atlanta location with a hint of reopening in Alpharetta. Since that time it’s been crickets.
Turns out Chow Baby planted their Taste of Alpharetta booth squarely in front of where they will eventually open – The Alpharetta Lofts on Canton Street. If you’re not familiar with the project, it is a building of condos over retail that will be loved by
millennials parents of millennials. Last night the restaurant was talking up a possible August opening. That date seems aggressive as I’d put it later in the Fall.
Also at Taste last night was Four Fat Cows, a new ice cream parlor that’s already open at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown. A new ice cream parlor is a welcomed addition in this waning phase of the fro-yo movement, but I’m still holding out for someone to open a craft ice cream concept in Alpharetta.
After a little less than a year in business, Sip Wine & Tapas abruptly closed their location at The Collection in Forsyth County. Their original store in Crabapple has been closed for renovations for some time now. We had high hopes for Sip in Forsyth, especially at this location. But it’s safe to declare this spot as Forsyth’s most cursed restaurant building. Future restauranteurs should open here at their own risk.
Opening since last month is Mondo Pizza Kitchen on Highway 9 in Milton. Much like where Sip was located, this space hasn’t proven to be golden. But Mondo’s has a shot here with an upscale Italian concept lead by chef Greg DeMichiel. You’ll recognize this name as he’s been on reality television. He’s also worked at… wait for it… Sip Wine and Tapas!
The Bowl – Updated American Cuisine is set to open in about two weeks in the former Wok & Chopsticks location on Old Milton Parkway. It appears to be an Asian family peddling this concept with a menu that includes grub like beef stroganoff.
Buildout has started for LottaFrutta at Avalon. Look for their fresh fruit cups this summer. And if they are like their counterparts nearby, this fruit will cost a lotta moolah.
Restaurants Coming Soon
Chad Thai Urban Asian Kitchen - Opening very soon in Milton near Target.
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.
CamiCakes – Another cupcake joint, North Point near REI.
Mugs on Milton – Second location for this indy coffee joint to open in Crabapple, former Scoops location.
The Farmhouse – Extremely slow progress on this coffee shop in Johns Creek.
Cafe at Pharr – Also slow but steady progress on their new location off Windward.
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.