Category: Food & Drink

Heritage Sandy Springs cancels final farmers market

Heritage Sandy Springs has canceled its Dec. 8 Farmers Market, which was expected to be this season’s final day. Citing the expected inclement weather, the group announced Dec. 7 it would cancel the final day of the market’s ninth season. The farmers market is expected to return in mid-April 2019, the announcement said. The market debuted at a new location at City Springs this season, and Heritage Sandy Springs plans to make that its permanent...

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Ribbon-cuttings in Reporter communities

The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Chopt Creative Salad Co., restaurant, 3655 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Choptsalad.com. Club Pilates, exercise studio, 5968 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Clubpilates.com. Flower Child, restaurant, 6400 Blue Stone Road, No. 170, in City Springs, Sandy Springs. Iamaflowerchild.com. Office Evolution, shared work space, 56 Perimeter Center East, Suite 150, Dunwoody. Officeevolution.com. Personal Capital, financial advisors, 3340 Peachtree Road, Buckhead....

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Brookhaven council OKs ‘brunch bill’ amid questions over state law

Restaurants in Brookhaven can begin selling alcohol at 11 a.m. beginning Sunday following overwhelming approval of the “brunch bill” referendum on Nov. 7 and an amendment to the Brookhaven alcohol code approved by the City Council Nov. 13. But the new law also appears to prohibit the sale of alcohol past midnight on Sunday in Brookhaven, according to the city attorney, casting doubt on the council’s recent decision to extend Sunday hours for nightlife venues from midnight until 2 a.m. The City Council voted Nov. 13 to approve an amendment to its alcohol code to allow for the sale...

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Sunday-morning alcohol sales appear OK’d by voters

The so-called Brunch Bill allowing Sunday-morning alcohol sales appeared headed for approval by voters Nov. 6 in all four cities in Reporter Newspapers communities: Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. In unofficial tallies from a majority of precincts in all four cities, approval of the Brunch Bill ballot question was leading by large margins. The law would authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. rather than the current 12:30 p.m. The Brunch Bill legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven/Sandy...

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Food for Thought: Steaks and sides with restaurateur Michel Arnette

Restaurateur Michel Arnette made a name for himself with his restaurants in Brookhaven — Haven, Valenza and Vero — all located on bustling Dresden Drive and part of the Word of Mouth Restaurants group. He chose Brookhaven again to open his newest restaurant, Arnette’s Chop Shop, last year in the renovated Bagcraft Papercon building on Apple Valley Road in a complex named Apple Valley Brookhaven. Chef Stephen Herman, Arnette’s business partner, moved from Haven to Arnette’s Chop Shop, but is also the culinary executive director for all Word of Mouth restaurants. Arnette already has a fifth restaurant in the...

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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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