Fitch downgrades Fulton Science Academy’s bonds… again

This week the credit rating agency Fitch downgraded the bonds of the Fulton Science Academy. This is the second time the agency has done so since the building bonds were issued in September 2011.

My opinion in this issue hasn’t changed since I wrote about it here and here. I’ll let Fitch’s words speak for themselves as they have summed up the issue rather well in my opinion.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:13 PM

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on the $18.9 million of Development Authority of Alpharetta, Georgia educational facilities revenue bonds (Fulton Science Academy project) (the bonds) to ‘B’ from ‘BB-’. The bonds remain on Rating Watch Negative.

SECURITY

Joint and several general obligation of Fulton Science Academy, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy Middle School, or the middle school or FSAMS), Fulton Educational Services, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy High School, or the high school), and Fulton Sunshine Academy (Fulton Science Academy Elementary School, or the elementary school; collectively with the middle school and high school, the borrowers, or the schools or FSA), payable from all legally available revenues and secured by a first mortgage lien on the new campus.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

MATERIAL DEFAULT RISK: The downgrade to ‘B’ reflects elevated default risk related to the non-renewal of FSAMS’ charter by its local school district, a shrinking window to pursue alternative charter renewal options, and further FSAMS leadership missteps in managing key relationships.

POTENTIAL LOSS OF CHARTER: Late last year, the charter authorizer (Fulton County School District, FCSD) rejected the middle school’s charter renewal application. FSAMS applied to the state of Georgia’s Department of Education (DOE) for a new charter, but a final determination is not expected until the middle of June, just weeks before its FCSD charter expires.

TURBULENT RELATIONSHIPS CAUSE CONCERN: FSA’s recent failure to obtain required construction approvals for its project, along with the FSAMS charter non-renewal, highlight an on-going, worrying trend of management inattention to regulatory requirements.

CONCERNS TRUMP INVESTMENT-GRADE CHARACTERISTICS: Fitch notes that on a consolidated basis, the borrowers generated solid debt service coverage in fiscal 2011 and standardized test scores generally exceed state and district averages. However, these factors, which help drive positive enrollment trends, do not fully offset the concerns Fitch has regarding FSAMS’ future, and FSA’s relationship management.

WHAT COULD TRIGGER A RATING ACTION

FAILED STATE CHARTER APPLICATION: Expiration of the middle school’s FCSD charter at June 30, 2012, without a replacement state charter could result in an immediate event of default as defined in bond documents. In such a scenario, Fitch would likely downgrade the bonds to no higher than ‘C’, with a Negative Rating Watch. According to terms of the loan agreement and indenture for the bonds, the trustee could implement accelerated redemption provisions.

STATE CHARTER WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT: If the middle school wins approval of a state charter, it still faces the challenge of operating without significant revenues currently provided by FCSD. Should proposed legislative remedies fall short of fully replacing the loss of district funding, the middle school plans to rely upon internal resources, potentially diminishing an already modest financial cushion.

FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF REGULATORY RELATIONSHIPS: The elementary and high schools maintain FCSD charters in good standing.

Spring Foodie Festivals

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

Spring is the season for our various “Taste of” food festivals. I try to hit most of these and it seems I’m not alone. Their popularity continues to grow. Some of these events are growing beyond their capacity.

Yet even though it is cool to sample food from many restaurants, I’m starting to feel a little disappointed after each event. Maybe it is because I’ve been intentional in trying new restaurants as they open. Most restaurants at these events are already very familiar to frequent restaurant patrons in Alpharetta. But nevertheless there are always a few that surprise me and occasionally you’ll discover a gem, such as a catering outfit you never knew about.

Let’s get onto the list!

Alpharetta Public Safety Chili Cookoff

Saturday March 10, 2012
11:00 – 2:00
Alpharetta Fire Services Headquarters
2970 Webb Bridge Road

It’s not exactly a “taste of” event, but I’m not going to pass up chili! Alpharetta’s police go head-to-head against the firefighters in this event to raise funds for the city’s Public Safety Foundation. Bring the kids for an up-close look at the fire trucks.

Taste of Webb Bridge

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Webb Bridge Middle School

This event is growing very fast, almost become a preview of the mammoth Taste of Alpharetta event in May. Their list of restaurants has grown and is spilling out beyond the east Alpharetta area. Look for notable restaurants like Bite, the Sage/Spice/Northpoint Diner family of restaurants, and Mr Taco among others. Also on the list is a catering outfit called Christophes Kitchen that’s worthy of a few tickets.

Taste of Forsyth

Saturday, April 7, 2012
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Cumming Fairgrounds

Talk about a great place for a festival, the Cumming Fairgrounds is the perfect venue. There’s a lot of space and you can be comfortable eating food at an honest-to-goodness table (imagine that!).

Unfortunately this event has suffered over the past several years. Participation is way down. I’d wait for the list of restaurants to be published before making the trip up there.

Taste of Alpharetta

Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Old Milton Parkway at Wills Park

The granddaddy of them all! Tens of thousands of visitors, shuttle buses, games, prizes oh my!

It’s probably a bit premature to talk about this event. The list of participating restaurants isn’t even out yet. I’m likely to devote two Foodie Friday columns to Taste of Alpharetta. Stay tuned.

Flavors of Forsyth

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Noon – 6:00pm
Lanier Technical College

This will be only the third year of this event and they’re growing by leaps and bounds. This year it will be organized by the United Way. They’ve also moved the event from the Avenue Forsyth to the Lanier Technical College just down the street.

HOT Lanes on GA 400

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Have you seen the white signs all over town? Dozens of them have cropped up in north Fulton and Forsyth along GA 400 off-ramps and elsewhere. They advertise a public meeting in Roswell concerning GA 400. No other real details are available on the sign. And very little has been published in the local media at this point in time.

So what does the Georgia DOT have in mind for GA 400? They’ve lit the fuse on what will surely become a firestorm of controversy in this area. They are proposing HOT lanes on GA 400… like the ones on I-85 in Gwinnett County. GDOT is considering these lanes starting in Cumming at the GA-20 interchange all the way down to I-285.

I won’t go into a lot of detail in this post except to say that I haven’t personally decided if I like these or not. All I know is that these will be very controversial, perhaps more so than the HOT lanes along the I-85 corridor. The jury is still out on their success in Gwinnett. On top of that GA 400 commuters have lingering bitterness over the extension of the fifty cent toll. Tacking on more tolls (albeit optional ones) are not likely to sit well with north Fulton and Forsyth commuters.

But we’ll have a lot of time to work through all of these issues. In the meantime, visit the DOT’s GA 400 HOT lane website or attend one of the three public meetings listed below.

March 13, 2012
The Cottage School
700 Grimes Bridge Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075

March 15, 2012
Piney Grove Middle School
8135 Majors Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041

March 20, 2012
First Baptist Church Sandy Springs
650 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Fish Tacos in Alpharetta

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

We’re in the season of Lent, a period for some believers to reflect, prepare, offer penance and practice self-denial. For many this includes eating only fish and vegetables on Fridays.

So I got to thinking… I write about food on Fridays. An observant Catholic might stumble upon my blog during this season and read about delicious and smokey barbecue. He or she might have been tempted by Mike Christensen’s description of lasagna bolognese in last week’s review. I don’t want to be the one who tempts you in your faith journey, so today I’ll offer something that better conforms to your theology – fish tacos!

Fish tacos are on a lot of Alpharetta menus these days so there’s no way to review them all. I like fish tacos because a chef can pack a lot of contrasting flavors and textures into a small package. Some were successful in this regard and others were not. Here’s what I found. Please let me know your favorite fish taco!

Boga Taqueria

Boga will do tilapia in their tacos either fried or grilled. My preference is fried. Their slaw is fair but the spicy mayo makes this taco. I wish there was a little more of it. All in all, Boga’s fish taco is fair. They offer far better alternatives elsewhere on their menu.

Pure Taqueria

Pure also offers fried and grilled fish tacos. The fried fish is tilapia. I liked the crisp batter which was almost tempura style. The mayo and slaw are good but the corn tortilla is awesome.

Pure’s grilled fish taco is the best in town. They use swordfish grilled with lime which comes deconstructed on the plate like a fajita. You assemble with grilled pico and fresh avocado slices. The fish is amazing with powerful grilled lime flavor. The grilled tomatoes in the pico stand out and the avocado acts as a cream sauce. If I had to nitpick about anything here it would be that it lacked a crisp texture for contrast.

BW Tavern

BW uses the most obscure species of fish in their taco – panga. I was not familiar with the panga but it has a white flesh not unlike a lot of fish in tacos. They rub the fish in ancho chili powder before cooking. It gives BW’s fish taco the spiciest bite of any in this list. They top it with cabbage, black bean salsa and a cream sauce. It is a decent taco but is a little wet and drippy.

Bite

The first thing that hits you is the pungent smell of cotija cheese. A little dusting of this Mexican parmesan cheese goes a long way. The guys at Bite are experts at layering flavors and they certainly do that with their fish tacos. Their pickled jalapeno slaw is amazing all by itself, as is their street corn. Both find their way into the taco. There’s so much going on that the flavors completely blow away the delicate taste and texture of the grouper.

Bite’s fish taco is good. But sitting right next to it on the menu is their highly-touted mole-braised pork taco. Order that. (oops, did I mention red meat? Sorry.)

Azul Agave

I’ve not been impressed with this Mexican newcomer to Alpharetta. Their fish tacos have been inconsistent on the two occasions I’ve had them. On my first try the mahi was overcooked and dry. A second chance turned out better. A generous application of Azul’s spicy cream sauce greatly helps these tacos. The cole slaw is decent but overall these fish tacos don’t stand out.

Photo credit: Cory Voglesonger (creative commons)

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Avalon is great with these changes

Avalon is a good project. It’s a great project with these changes. I like these changes so much that if Avalon is built with them I’d get a tattoo of the siteplan on my body.

But I cannot take credit for these ideas. They come from Alpharetta’s Community Development staff. They are recommendations that are being passed along to the Planning Commission who meets tonight to discuss the plan. I encourage you to read their document in this PDF. It also shows the conditions North American Properties disagrees with. It suggests that the negotiations are still pretty far apart in some aspects. Here are the major areas of contention.

Apartments

NAP frontman Mark Toro was careful not to use the word “apartment” in his public presentation last month. It was almost humorous to watch him dance around the issue. Alpharetta’s staff has removed the 250 for-rent units from the plan but NAP wants them back. I don’t see that either side has budged from this important aspect of the project. Approving apartments at Avalon would violate both the city’s new Comprehensive Land Use Plan as well as the Unified Development Code.

A fair compromise in my mind would be to replace the apartments with for-sale condos. Even with this addition the residential density of the overall project stays at about six units per acre.

It’s worth nothing that the legal ad announcing the Planning Commission meeting suggests that the Land Use Plan could be modified in this meeting to allow apartments in mixed use. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Poaching Retailers from North Point

North Point Mall is vital to Alpharetta’s long-term success. We’ve been fortunate that the mall has remained healthy and continues to attract retailers such as Von Maur. As the mall ages it is important to take steps to preserve it’s vitality, lest it go the way of Gwinnett Place.

Prospect Park’s developer had no problem with a zoning condition that limited their ability to lease to North Point retailers. Unfortunately NAP is pushing back on this reasonable request. They’ve indicated that Regal Theaters may be coming to Avalon, something that would violate this condition. An exemption for the theater is a worthy compromise.

Public Space

The city’s code requires 10% of the project be public space. Avalon meets this if the detention pond is treated as public space. City staff requests that a water feature be added to the pond in a decorative manor, something  NAP is resisting.

And while not exactly public space, NAP is also resisting a request to add a MARTA bus stop shelter along Old Milton Parkway. Metlife didn’t balk at a similar request in their Peridot project. It’s a curious thing to fight, especially coming from a group that champions urbanization.

Parking

The expansive parking lots on the site plan have been a concern to a lot of citizens. I thought Mark Toro dodged these questions during the public hearing in January. The city has responded by requesting more screening of parking lots. NAP seems cool with this except along Avalon Avenue, the main drag into the development.

So there you have it. Major kudos to city staff for putting together a document that attempts to keeps Avalon in-line with the city’s published goals. Hopefully planning commissioners and city councilmen will not acquiesce to the uncompromising demands of a developer. Avalon is a good project. Let’s make it a great project and insist on these changes.

La Casa Italian Grill – Alpharetta

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

Inside a quaint converted house on Old Roswell St less than a block from Main Street is La Casa Italian Grill.  Owner Pasquale Cardamuro opened La Casa four months ago in the old Café Efendi location to make a fresh start.  Having owned several previous strip mall and shopping mall restaurants in Atlanta, the long time Alpharetta resident longed to have a free standing building in which to serve his generations old Italian recipes.  Pasquale has gathered a loyal following in his 31 years in the restaurant business since he came to American from Naples.  All the ingredients used are locally sourced from the pasta to the herbs grown by Pasquale himself.

The house has undergone extensive renovations since purchased.  Pretty much everything except the walls has been molded to suit Pasquale’s needs.  Walking across the porch to enter the restaurant feels as if you’re going to a good friend’s home for dinner.  Inside it’s cozy, inviting, and warm.  There are several rooms to dine in, each lending an intimate feel to your meal.  La Casa would be great for either an office party or a private date out with your sweetie.  The front porch overlooks a nice fountain as well as a few herb planters that were recently added.  This spring and summer, La Casa will have live music on the porch.  The parking lot is limited, but there are plenty of other lots to choose from within walking distance.

Growing up in the South, I have experienced my fair share of “Italian” food (I’m looking at you Olive Garden).  The food you will get at La Casa is the real deal.  My wife and I visited La Casa a few weeks ago for dinner, and I was very impressed not only with the quality of the food, but also with the professional level of service.  Choices on the menu range from the more traditional spaghetti and meatballs to much more advanced dishes such as mussels marinara and scallops terramia.  All of the sauces, breads, and desserts are made in house.

After you are seated, they bring out two different type of bread along with olive oil with herbs for dipping.  Both types did not last long at our table.  I had the lasagna Bolognese and can only describe it as the best lasagna I’ve ever had.  The pasta was fresh, the cheese had  great texture and flavor, and the sauce was superb.  My wife picked the Pappardelle Bolognese, which is wide ribbons of pasta in meat sauce.  She kept commenting on how fresh tasting the pasta was.  There were no take home boxes.  She did take home a slice of cheesecake, which was gone before we got home.  She said that it rivals the cheesecakes in New York.

One interesting observation I made was one of the employees bussing a table across the room was making faces and waving at my 2 year old son.  It was nice to see someone take the time to entertain even the smallest customer.

Most of the items on the menu for dinner are in the $12-18 range, but taste much richer.  La Casa’s menu will change seasonally, and has already undergone a few changes since they have been open so check with them often for any changes.

La Casa is open Monday through Friday 11 AM -2 PM for lunch and Monday through Saturday 5-10 PM for dinner.  They are also open on Sunday noon to 8 PM for brunch, lunch, and dinner.  They are in a prime location to take advantage of the foot traffic in Alpharetta.  Take a stroll off busy Main Street and come have some real, fresh, and delicious Italian food.  We look forward to visiting La Casa many times in the coming year.  Pasquale is frequently in the dining room greeting customers with the enthusiasm and warmth that can only come from someone who has found his true home.

La Casa Italian Grill is located at 37 Old Roswell Street in historic downtown Alpharetta.

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Alpharetta Restaurant News – February 2012 Postlude

I have a foolproof way to learn of the latest news in restaurants… Work all your sources then write an article about new restaurants. The very next day you will undoubtedly learn of something new that you missed. This month is no exception – except the restaurants I missed are pretty big ones. It’s worthy of publishing a Foodie Friday article mid-week to make up for it!

Joe’s New York Pizzeria – Mansell Road

A rather vanilla-sounding name for a pizza shop, don’t you think? We’ve got a lot of very good joints making New York style pies here in north Fulton. How will this place stand out? Because Joe Amitrano is behind the effort.

Amitrano is the owner of Verra-Zanno Pizzeria in Johns Creek. Regular readers of my blog will know VZ as my favorite pizza in town. The fact that he’s branching out is exciting! Look for his new shop at 1605 Mansell Road in a former Starbucks store.

The Velvet Note – Old Milton Parkway

“The Velvet Note is a modern version of the traditional English gentleman’s club.”

You might get a completely wrong impression of the place after reading this on their website. I’m pretty sure clothing stays on at this new music venue coming to Old Milton Parkway. They will feature live music in a small setting. And the menu they have posted online looks very promising. Look for them to open in April in the stripmall at 4075 Old Milton Parkway with Cuzi Fresh and the new Ipanema Grill.

The Crab Trap – Closed

Thanks to blog reader Darryl for this one. The Crab Trap on GA141 in south Forsyth has closed. They were in the old SEN Vietnamese location near the Brookwood Target. I can’t say this one surprised me much.

Alpharetta Restaurant News – February 2012

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

I don’t have a lot of new restaurants to report this month. However several from my coming soon list have finally opened. Get out and try some of these new joints!

But before I get into the new restaurants, I’d like to put in a plug for something called Have a Heart for NFCC. Several local restaurants have partnered to raise funds for North Fulton Community Charities, a very worthy cause. If you dine at one of these restaurants on their designated day, a portion of your bill will be donated to the charity. There are some decent restaurants on this list. I encourage you to participate.

Feb 20 – Slopes BBQ
Feb 21 – Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar
Feb 22 – Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
Feb 28 – Alpine Bakery & Trattoria
Feb 29 – Sedgwick family of restaurants (Pure Taqueria, Vinny’s, Bistro VG and The Union)

Seven Seas Cafe – Devore Road

This Mediterranean restaurant quietly opened a few weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by The Spot. Not sure where this is? You’re not alone. This restaurant might as well be invisible, especially from Main Street.

I’ve yet to try this joint, but I trust the opinion of Boris Y on Yelp.

Breadtime – South Main

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but this little mom-and-pop German bakery is sehr gut! Their made-from-scratch ravioli cooked in browned butter is amazing. But you didn’t hear it from Roots in Alpharetta, alright? A full review is forthcoming. I promised them I would wait until they secured their liquor license.

Saigon Cafe – Windward

Their grand opening is Monday, February 20th. Look for them near Smashburger and Einstein Bagels.

Liu Fu – China Inn

China Inn has relocated from Chamblee to Johns Creek. They opened this month under the name Liu Fu. A Chinese co-worker of mine tells me they are generating quite a buzz on the hyper-local Chinese websites. Check them out on 141 across from the Emory Johns Creek hospital. I suggest the Sichuan hot boiled fish.

Bassanos – Johns Creek

Now open on State Bridge Road in Tasca Latin Bistro’s old location. I ate there last weekend and was impressed with their New York-style pizza. It’s certainly worth a return trip. Watch the crowds and be patient as they work out the kinks.

And speaking of Tasca… the broker that sold this restaurant said on his blog that former Tasca chef and owner Rogerio Martins will host a cooking show on Telemundo.

Erwoods – Crabapple

They have a new chef by the name of Brian Earl. He brings steakhouse and Italian experience from past jobs at Houstons and Longhorn. Also new at Erwoods is a wood-fired pizza oven.

52 Bistro – Main Street

They also have a new chef – Adam Legrand. His past gigs include Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, Downtown Kitchen and Goin’ Coastal in Canton.

Coming Soon

El Molcajete Mexican - Coming to Zola Bistro’s old space on Highway 9 in Milton.
Alfresco - Should open any day now on Main Street and Old Milton.
Meat & Potatoes - Johns Creek in the old Rio Bravo/Star Diner space.
Ipanema Grill - Coming to Old Milton Parkway where Chip’s Southern Cooking used to be.
Construct-a-burger - Still no word on a future location. I’m removing them from this column until I hear of firm plans to open.
Carrabbas - They plan to build a free-standing out-parcel restaurant at The Avenue Forsyth.

Putting Habitat for Humanity on trial?

In September 2011 a violent home invasion occurred in the Glen Abbey neighborhood of Alpharetta and was widely reported in the news. This neighborhood was built by Jim Cowart Residential – a fact not reported in the media. Why? Because it’s irrelevant and doesn’t explain the crime in any way.

On Sunday a boy was senselessly murdered in Milton. Several local news outlets saw fit to mention that the neighborhood was built by Habitat for Humanity. Is this a necessary thing to report? I don’t believe it is. These townhomes are owner-occupied just like the homes in Glen Abbey. So why bring it up?

When you report a story in this way you’re making an insinuation in an ever so subtle way. And unfortunately some in our community are making very direct statements on online forums about Habitat communities and crime. It’s ugly, disrespectful, undignified and not appropriate so soon after such a tragedy.

The insinuation is that families that live in Habitat communities are undesirable or prone to crime or violence. The simple fact is that this kind of crime can occur anywhere. There are broken families in every neighborhood. There are people prone to violence in all walks of life. This murder could have happened just as easily in Windward or White Columns.

Habitat for Humanity does amazing work. Dragging them into this discussion is irresponsible. Let’s put this cowardly step-father on trail and not this amazing charity. And let’s not demean Habitat families who quite literally built their own homes in addition to paying for them.

Now is the time to mourn the loss of this young man and support his family and friends at Alpharetta High School. Say a prayer for them and hug your kids.

Valentine’s specials in Alpharetta

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

Lobster stuffed filet mignon on a bed of lobster mashed potatoes.

Did I get your attention? Those are not my words but rather an Alpharetta-area restaurant trying to entice lovebirds on Valentine’s Day. It’s a busy night for higher-end restaurants and some are pulling out all the stops to get your reservation. Here are some specials I’ve found along with some others that might be a decent choice for a romantic meal.

Milton’s Cuisine

I’ve always thought of Milton’s as higher-end comfort food in a beautiful setting. You’ll never get any complaints picking this favorite for a romantic meal. On Valentine’s day they are offering a three course meal for $95 per couple. You can choose from scallops, cajun lamb lollipops and others. Don’t miss their famous carrot cake.

Village Tavern

Starting today through the 14th they are offering a four course prix fixe menu. There are several options in each course including a calamari appetizer, lobster bisque soup and filet. Their regular menu is still available.

Alpine Bakery and Trattoria

I teased this article with Alpine’s lobster-loaded surf and turf entree. Also available as a Valentine special is a sauteed salmon with passion fruit risotto. You can still order off their regular menu and the bakery is always there to tempt you. If you can’t make it there for dinner, a few tuxedo strawberries might make a neat little gift.

Sage, Spice and North Point Diner

These sister restaurants are all offering live music and candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately they have no special menu offerings. Sage is by far the sexiest and swankiest restaurant in Alpharetta.

Windward’s Expense Account Restaurants

This is what I call Cabernet and Vinny’s. Cabernet is a great option if you’re spending someone else’s money and want to impress a client with a prime steak. It’s not a bad choice for a date night but far better alternatives are available. They are not offering a Valentine’s special.

Vinny’s (part of the Sedgwick family of restaurants) is a better alternative in this category. Someone asked about Valentine’s specials on their Facebook wall and the restaurant responded “We will have an extra special menu Valentine’s Day that will include some of our all time favorites from the regular dinner menu.” Sounds like a clever way of saying that nothing different is being offered.

There are so many others I haven’t mentioned that would make a great choice for a romantic meal. I’d consider Ray’s Killer Creek on Mansell or Sip Wine and Tapas in Crabapple. And I haven’t even touched on anything in Johns Creek. Don’t tell my wife but I have reservations at Dal Cuore tomorrow night!

If you’re all out of ideas there’s always the Johns Creek Waffle House. They are known far and wide for their white tablecloths, mood music and sharp-dressed staff on Valentine’s day. Check please!

What Valentine’s plans do you have or what romantic restaurants have I missed?

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