2 of 10 Buckhead Atlanta Restaurants Seek Alcohol Licenses
April 2, 2014
2 of 10 Buckhead Atlanta Restaurants Seek Alcohol Licenses

With the July opening date for a good part of Buckhead Atlanta getting closer, the first two of the 10 announced restaurants for the mixed-use development have gained approval of their applications for alcohol licenses from Neighborhood Planning Unit-B in the past 30 days. The 10 new restaurants that have been announced reportedly represent the total that will be opening in Buckhead Atlanta parcels presently under development—all centered in the area between Pharr and E. Paces Ferry roads and between Peachtree Road and North Fulton Drive. The two that have applied for alcohol licenses—both concepts of Consilient Hospitality out of Dallas, Texas—are Thirteen Pies pizzeria (known in other Consilient markets as Fireside Pies) and an American tavern concept, which was originally going to be named AF&B (American Food & beverage). Tom Johnson, vice president of development and construction for Consilient, told BuckheadView and the board of NPU-B Tuesday night that the name will be changed from AF&B to resolve a dispute, but the new name has not yet been finally determined. Cindy Brown, owner of F&B restaurant, which opened in the first floor of the office tower that also has the Ritz Carlton Residences, at 3630 Peachtree Road, reportedly filed a complaint with the Superior Court of Fulton County earlier this month after restaurant “AF+B” announced it would open in Buckhead Atlanta. Brown had told What Now Atlanta (WNA) earlier this year she was concerned the yet-to-opened eatery would cause brand confusion given its close proximity to F&B. But that problem now seems to have been solved. The restaurant will not open under the AF&B name. The now unnamed Consilient restaurant concept will be opening in 6,200 square feet of space at the corner of Buckhead Avenue and North Fulton Drive, on the ground floor of one of the 20-story residential towers and next to an entrance to the main parking garage. Johnson said the American tavern-style restaurant, which had its application for an alcohol license approved by the NPU-B board Tuesday night, will employ about 100 and seat about 175 customers. It will be patterned after the company’s Porch restaurant in Dallas. Johnson said the firm will be seeking permits for the restaurant in a week or so and hopes to open at the end of August after a 3-4-month buildout. Thirteen Pies is going into Buckhead Atlanta at 262 Buckhead Avenue, directly across the street from Fados Irish Pub, on the ground floor and next to an entrance to the main parking deck. Jeremy Miller represented Consilient in the alcohol license application before NPU-B in March. That license application was also approved unanimously. The Thirteen Pies concept was started in Dallas in 2004 as Fireside Pies and is known for serving artisan pizzas made in hot wood-fired ovens, as well as items that complement pizza, such as hand-cut pasta, market fresh salads, housemade desserts and a selection of wines, craft beers and scratch cocktails. Thirteen Pies will occupy about 4,000 square feet of space, will have two wood-fired ovens and employ about 65. It also is planned to open in August, according to what Miller told the NPU-B board in March. In addition to the two Consilient Hospitality restaurants that will open this summer in Buckhead Atlanta, here is a rundown of the remaining eight restaurants announced for the new Buckhead Village development: Le Bilboquet is an upscale French bistro that has been located near Manhattan’s Central Park for more than 25 years. It also has locations in Dallas, Texas, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. “Through the years, we have had an awful lot of clients from Atlanta,” said restaurant co-owner Rick Wahlstedt. “Buckhead is obviously the living center of Atlanta in our mind. We just thought this would be a perfect fit.” Lugo Caffe is an Italian café concept from New York-based restaurant group LDV Hospitality with locations in New York City and Atlantic City. The restaurant offers its own lines of Prosecco, Chianti and Pinot Grigio, and specializes in homemade pastas. Corso Coffee is an Italian-style coffee bar from LDV Hospitality. It offers espresso-based beverages, breakfast pastries, salads and paninis. It also has locations in New York City and Atlantic City. Doraku Sushi is a Japanese concept that first opened in South Beach, Fla. It’s from Kevin Aoki, son of the founder of Benihana. The restaurant, which also has locations in Hawaii and Vietnam, has extensive sushi and sake menus. Georgetown Cupcake is a bakery featured on the TLC network show “DC Cupcakes.” Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman are two concepts from the founders of Atlanta’s The Big Ketch and Tin Lizzy’s. The two restaurants will share a 10,000-square-foot spot. Gypsy Kitchen will be a Spanish fusion concept. The Southern Gentleman will be a gastropub. Shake Shack will open its first Georgia location at Buckhead Atlanta. The burger, hot dog and frozen custard stand from New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group will take about 2,500 square feet and will have a rooftop deck.

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