Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
This has been an extraordinary week for new restaurant openings. So many have opened and announced surprises that I’m running this monthly column a week early. Let’s get right into it.
The Buford Highway invasion of Johns Creek continues. Cafe 101 began their soft opening Wednesday. They also confirmed that their chef worked at the Doraville Cafe 101 three years ago before that restaurant changed ownership. They along with Liu Fu represent a small but hopefully growing trend of authentic Asian cuisine moving from the Buford Highway corridor to this suburb, perhaps following their clientele. Look for them at the intersection of Jones Bridge and Douglas Roads.
House of Hummus opened last week on North Point near the mall. This Mediterranean restaurant out of the Tallahassee area features shawarma, gyros, a real good lentil soup and hummus of course.
Neopolitian pizzeria 850°F Bar Pizza also opened this week in Crabapple. The big story here is that they hired Stefano Rea to man their oven. Rea is no stranger to this space. He put in a brief stint at Erwoods before it closed. But you’re more likely to remember him as the friendly chef at Campania. He left that gig three months ago.
Next to Campania you’ll find Kickshaw Tavern and Grill which is now open. And Volcano Asian Bistro is now open on Windward in Xian’s old digs. Both restaurants do sushi, but Volcano’s doing it right next to Sushi Nami. Gutsy.
No restaurant news article would be complete without talking pizza. Back in January we talked about the parting of ways between Jersey Boyz and their Johns Creek franchisee. Looks like his promised independent pizzeria is coming to life. It’ll be called 12 Slices and will be in the same location at 9945 Jones Bridge Road.
Down on Mansell Road you’ll soon find a second location of Kennesaw’s Big Pie in the Sky. You might remember these guys from being on Travel Channel’s Man vs Food show a few years back. If you’re up for trying their carnivore challenge pizza, look for them across from the Melting Pot.
Zoes Kitchen continues their rapid expansion with a new location at The Collection at Forsyth (fka The Avenue). They will open in the former Movie Stop store near Mellow Mushroom. And while you’re there, froyo and cupcake joint Sweet Monkey is now open at The Collection.
We’ve been able to confirm that the Sedgwick Restaurant Group will open a restaurant in the long-vacant Coro spec restaurant building on Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta. You’ll know the Sedgwicks from places like Pure Taqueria and Vinny’s. With Pure, their newly opened office and now this space, they’ll soon own this entire block of Roswell Street. We’re heard rumors of what the new concept will be but have not confirmed.
But if you want rumors, here’s one. Fried chicken and biscuit purveyor Bojangles may be eying a location in Alpharetta. Word is that they may have an outparcel at the new Twin Oakes shopping center at Old Milton and North Point Parkways. No plans have been filed as of yet.
And Florida-based Burger 21 announced the signing of a new franchisee for what they call “South Alpharetta”. Two years ago they announced a franchisee for the north part of our town. Again, we’ve seen no firm plans that they are building here at this time. They’re pretty late to the burger party.
And speaking of burgers… Indy joint Scratch Fresh will move down the strip mall into the former Fish House/Boga location. The new space will be larger and give them a bit more road exposure. Look for their new digs to open in about a month.
On the closed list this month is Rita’s Italian Ice on McGinnis Ferry and Lupe’s Cantina on Peachtree Parkway. And my blogger friend Eli Zandman reports that Windward’s Cosmic Deli will close this week.
Restaurants Coming Soon
37 Main – A Rock Cafe – Restaurant, bar and music venue coming to Johns Creek in April.
Sip Wine & Tapas – Second location coming soon to The Collection (fka The Avenue) in Forsyth.
Tin Roof Kitchen - The new restaurant at 52 North Main in Alpharetta.
Cuoco Italian Restaurant – The ever renamed Italian restaurant on GA141 near Sharon Road in Forsyth.
South Main Kitchen – Louis Soon’s new restaurant on Main Street in downtown Alpharetta.
Mary’s Bread Basket – Small sandwich chain opening in Forsyth’s Vickery Village.
Utopia Bar – Coming to Johns Creek near Sugo.
Crust – Pizza joint opening in Alfresco’s former location on Main and Old Milton.
DaVinci’s Donuts – This cake doughnut maker should open next week!
First Watch – They will anchor the new Twin Oaks shopping center being built on Old Milton and North Point.
El Don Bar and Grill – Mexican restaurant on Atlanta Highway in south Forsyth.
Tower Burger – Will they ever finish?