Category: Food & Drink

City Springs retail, restaurants begin opening, get approvals

Restaurants and businesses have begun opening in the commercial section of City Springs. One restaurant recently received approval to enclose a patio, changing the façade of the building. Four restaurants and three retail tenants were announced for Sandy Springs’ new civic center earlier this year, but were not ready for the City Hall and Performing Arts Center grand openings in May and August, respectively. A health-food restaurant, Flower Child, plans to open sometime in October. The Select, a restaurant by the owners behind the Paces & Vine restaurant in Vinings, has received approval by the city to enclose an...

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Sandy Springs Board of Appeals approves Antico Pizza plan

The Sandy Springs Board of Appeals has approved a developer’s plan to bring an Antico Pizza Napoletana to Sandy Springs, requiring it to build a brick and wood fence between it and the neighborhood. Neighbors and representatives from the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods had expressed concern that the restaurant would cause noise and light that would affect nearby residents. The pizza restaurant would replace 4 Seasons Pottery at Hammond Drive and Boylston Drive. The parcel is complicated by the many stream buffers and existing setbacks, according to city planning staff. It also would likely be affected by the...

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Sandy Springs development board to hear Antico Pizza proposal

The Sandy Springs Board of Appeals will hear the application to open an Antico Pizza restaurant at the corner of Hammond Drive and Boylston Drive at its Sept. 11 meeting. The custom-built restaurant would replace 4 Seasons Pottery, a lawn ornament and design business, at 336 Hammond Drive. The application was deferred at the board’s July 10 meeting. The restaurant would be developed by Sandy Springs-based Cornerpoint Partners. The Board of Appeals will hear several requests for variances for the development, which are mostly centered around stream buffer requirements, according to the application. One variance requests permission to encroach 15...

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South African restaurant plans to open in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

A South African restaurant is planning to open in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, the shopping center in the Buckhead Village area. The restaurant plans to open in the suite at 306 Buckhead Ave., according to a planning application. The suite has been vacant and was used in December 2017 as a space for Miracle Two, the holiday-themed pop-up bar. The restaurant is seeking to have Oliver McMillan, the landlord, first expand the patio area by 277 square feet. The restaurant will then come back and built out the interior, according to presentation at the SPI-9 board meeting on Aug....

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Food for Thought: Bringing upscale Mexican dining to Sandy Springs’ new downtown

An upscale Mexican restaurant with the ambitious name Casi Cielo — “Almost Heaven” — is coming to the new City Springs district, where Sandy Springs is making its own ambitious attempt to create a new downtown. Casi Cielo, under construction now in the Modera Sandy Springs mixed-use development at 6125 Roswell Road, comes from the owners of La Parrilla, an Atlanta-based chain that is the official Mexican restaurant of the Atlanta United soccer team. Casi Cielo, an upscale casual dining restaurant focuses on an Oaxacan menu. Oaxaca, a state in southwestern Mexico, is known for its indigenous people and...

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‘Restaurant row’ joins mix of Sandy Springs intersection redesign ideas

Saving a stretch of commercial buildings as a possible “restaurant row” is among the ideas the city is considering for its redesign of the Mount Vernon Highway/Johnson Ferry intersection in advance of a public meeting within about a month. Earlier this year, the city proposed rebuilding the X-shaped intersection as a “grid” of parallel streets. One side effect would be taking some or all of a half-dozen commercial properties along Mount Vernon between Roswell Road and Boylston Drive. Gerard Gunthert, a Sandy Springs developer, owns one of those buildings, at 285 Mount Vernon, where his current tenant is a...

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Kosher BBQ Festival moves to City Springs

The annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival is moving to City Springs this October after years at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park, as another big event comes to Sandy Springs’ new civic center. Expected to draw 3,000 attendees, the Oct. 21 festival will feature a juried competition of barbecue that is kept kosher – meaning it meets Jewish dietary laws – and tastings that are open to attendees. This year’s version will debut a chili competition as well. “We’re really excited about our new City Springs location,” said Jody Pollack, the festival’s executive director, in a press release. “It’s a beautiful...

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Head for the Hills: Days of wine and roses at Tiger Mountain Vineyards

When three Tiger Mountain wines — the 2015 Sweet Petit (late harvest Petit Manseng), the 2014 Tannat and the 2016 Rosé — each won silver medals at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Martha Ezzard, one of the founders of Tiger Mountain Vineyards, knew it was official: “Georgia wines have come up in the world.” The 2017 competition received over 3,000 wines from 999 wineries including wines from France, Portugal, South Africa, Italy and the U.S.; that Tiger Mountain did so well is a testament to family commitment, passion and dedication. Ezzard was also particularly thrilled because “Tiger Mountain...

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Photos: Farmers market draws a crowd to new City Springs location

The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market drew a sizeable crowd May 12 in its debut at a new home next to City Springs. It was a homecoming of sorts for the Sandy Springs institution, which began in 2010 on the City Springs site – at the time, a parking lot outside an old Target store. Since then, it has been taken over by the cultural organization Heritage Sandy Springs and has relocated a few times. For the past few years and the beginning of this season, it had operated in an office park on Lake Forrest Drive. Attendance was...

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New Dunwoody Farmers Market deemed ‘wildly successful’

Opening day for the city’s new farmers market attracted approximately 1,000 people to Brook Run Park on May 5, with organizers deeming the event an overwhelming success. “By all accounts, it was a smash,” Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Adrienne Duncan said at the DHA’s May 6 meeting. “It was a home run on the opening pitch.” Forty vendors participated in the farmers market and many sold out of their items. “[May 5] was the long-awaited … renewal and restart of the farmers market and it was wildly successful,” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said at the council’s May 7 meeting. The...

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City Springs names executive chef; will debut at farmers market

City Springs has named its executive chef, Rodney Martin, who will make his public debut at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market on May 12, the day it moves to the civic center. Martin will oversee all catering and event menus at City Springs’ major public spaces with food service, including the Conference Center, theaters in the Performing Arts Center and a bar and restaurant called CityBar. Martin comes from a similar position at Florida’s Palm Beach County Convention Center, which has the same management company as City Springs, Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. His 30 years of industry experience,...

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Food for Thought: From an Iowa farm to a Dunwoody kitchen, an award-winning preserves business rises

Regina Nekola Hild’s upbringing on an Iowa farm instilled in her a love and appreciation of food. After a career in real estate, Hild went back to her roots in 2016. She founded Regina’s Farm Kitchen, a jam and preserves business, in her Dunwoody home when a farmer friend didn’t know what to do with a batch of accidentally-grown jalapeño peppers. Her strawberry blueberry jalapeño jam went on to win in the “Preserves” category at this year’s Good Food Awards in San Francisco in January. Hild says she is planning to expand her product line and hopes to sell...

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