Two new restaurants are opening this month and next in former Buckhead restaurant locations, veteran bar operators from Athens are opening the Lost Dog Tavern on Roswell Road in the strip between Irby Street and E. Andrews Drive, and Tavern 99 and Mood Lounge have new owners.
Who said the restaurant and entertainment business in Buckhead is suffering in this economy? One would never know that by the number of liquor license applications (11) that were heard by the Public Safety Committee of Neighborhood Planning Unit B Tuesday night.
|Attorney Kevin D. Leff of Sard &|
Leff represented many of the
license applicants at NPU-B
Olde Towne Tavern & Grille is planning to open around Jan. 15 in the mixed-use development at 360 Pharr Road, the spot at the corner of Pharr and Grandview Avenue where three previous restaurants have opened and closed—Spondivits seafood and steaks, Harry Bissett’s and most recently Saskatoon.
Olde Towne owners Robert and Patricia Moravek, who also own the Olde Towne Tavern & Grille at Suwanee Town Center, described their restaurant as family oriented, similar to a diner. The diverse menu includes gourmet burgers, chicken wings, salads and steaks and seafood.
They say it will be a place to relax, eat and enjoy in a hometown upscale sports bar environment—“kind of like a Cheers,” they said. They received a hearty approval and good wishes from the NPU-B committee members.
Free parking for the restaurant is in the parking deck underneath the apartments and behind the retail spaces.
Xian Hang Xu, a self-described restaurateur from Greenwich, CT, also won the committee’s approval for a liquor license for Modern Restaurant & Bar, which will be opening in February at 3365 Piedmont Road, where Copeland’s New Orleans Restaurant recently closed.
|Saskatoon opened in February 2010 at 360 Pharr Road, but|
it has long since closed and Olde Towne Tavern & Grille
is the latest new restaurant that is moving into the space.
He told the committee he was urged to come to Buckhead and open a restaurant, but was not too interested until he actually came here to check out the area.
Xian Hang Xu described Modern as serving “contemporary American food” similar to what you might find at Buckhead’s Restaurant Eugene, Bacchanalia and such, but less expensive for the most part.
He said he is dividing the former Copeland’s space into three restaurant concepts: a high-end dinner-only small prix-fixe menu concept that will seat fewer than 45 people, a large dining area for more moderately priced lunches and dinners that will seat about 200, and a casual café area that will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and continue through lunch. The large restaurant will be open until around 10 to 11 p.m.
He said the high-end restaurant concept will offer five-course prix-fixe menus in the price range of $65 per person, but all five courses will be food, not something like a small cheese plate. He said the restaurant has plenty of parking spaces available and will offer valet parking as well.
|Bob Stasiowski is chair of NPU-B's Public Safety Committee|
and Sally Silver is chair of the NPU-B board.
Southall and his partner have bought the building, rather than leasing the space. And, they have arranged for parking at the old Rio Bravo location on the south corner.
Neither Southall nor Safety Committee chair Bob Stasiowski had a copy of the alcoholic beverage license application with them, so committee members had to view the application on an i-Phone screen. The application was approved, but Southall could not estimate when the build-out would be completed and the tavern would open.
|New owner Francisco Manuel Vidal is implementing some|
changes at Tavern 99, including new management and
a completely new food menu .
Vidal was formerly associated with the Park Bench lounge and restaurant in the West Buckhead Village area.
Back across Peachtree Road, in what is commonly known as Buckhead Village East, Justin Breland and his partner have purchased the Mood Lounge, located close to East Paces Ferry Road at 3061 Shadowlawn Avenue.
|Justin Breland, one|
of Mood Lounge 's
The lounge is located on a street of businesses operating out of former single-family homes, all of which close up shop around 6 p.m. One exception is Trader Joe’s supermarket, which stays open until 9 p.m. and has a parking lot entrance/exit onto Shadowlawn.
Breland told the Safety Committee he has a contract with a valet parking company to park customer cars and has arranged to use the parking spaces at surrounding businesses after they close for the day.
The committee, and later the full NPU-B board, approved the liquor license application, conditioned on Breland producing a valid valet contract for adequate parking spaces for the committee to examine.
In addition to all of those new liquor license applications, the committee also approved changes of agents for six additional Buckhead establishments: Maggiano’s restaurant at 3368 Peachtree Road, Flip Burger Boutique at 3655 Roswell Road, SpringHill Suites at 3459 Buckhead Loop, the Ritz Carlton Buckhead hotel at 3434 Peachtree Road, Ritz Carlton residences at 3655 Roswell Road and Doubletree Hotel at 3342 Peachtree Road.