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RIP Koa Surf Bar, Eden’s Cafe Coming to West Broad, The Expat Adds Lunch and More

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College Avenue’s Koa Surf Bar and Restaurant (reviewed here) has closed, probably making way for another bar. Around the corner, on Broad, the downtown branch of Einstein Bros. Bagels also appears to be no longer, although you can still get the chain’s wares in UGA’s Main Library and Science Learning Center. Magnolia Cafe, in Crawford, has also closed.

Eden’s Cafe, a vegan pop-up until now, will be moving into the building at 1660 W. Broad St. (ex-Arctic Girl, Walter’s, Preserve, Broad Street Coffee [also vegan], The Fish Shack and others). The plan is to stay organic and local with produce as much as possible, donate 5 percent of profits to charity and share the wealth with workers.

The Expat, in Five Points, is adding lunch starting Feb. 5, running Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. It will also be closed on Mondays, including for dinner, and the bar upstairs is now only open Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to close. The lunch menu includes a hamburger, a veggie burger, a grain bowl, the gougères and some bistro-type items, like a salade Lyonnaise.

Sake Mama, a bar specializing in (you guessed it) sake bombs, is open on Clayton Street downtown, between College and Lumpkin.

Joel Penn, formerly of Heirloom Cafe (where co-owner Jessica Rothacker is now running the kitchen), has a new pop-up in Atlanta with Giving Kitchen’s Amanda Newsom called Vinetta, findable on social media at @VinettaATL.

Inoko Sushi Express, on the Eastside, is moving down the street, from its current location in the Kroger shopping center, to the Georgetown Shopping Center, next to Publix and Village Wine and Spirits, and should be in place by the end of February.

Square One Fish Co. will be moving into the P&M Army Store in Normaltown, and is working on build-out to turn the space into a restaurant.

Athentic Brewing Co., formerly known as Kudzu, is working on a space on Park Avenue, in Boulevard.

Lickin’ Chicken, a restaurant with locations in Stockbridge and Covington, will take over the former Church’s on Oconee Street, serving wings, tenders, fries, sandwiches, fried fish, brownies and strawberry shortcake.

Pelican’s SnoBalls, a franchise based out of North Carolina, is likely coming to Baxter Street, at Church, with shaved ice in a kajillion flavors.