Photo Credit: Pub on Main/Facebook
Downtown Watkinsville's Pub on Main, which replaced Pour, is softly open, with lawn games, giant Jenga, a frosé machine and more. The hours will eventually include lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner Monday through Saturday, with the bar open a little later, but for now you can find updates on the restaurant's Facebook page. Its official website, complete with menu, is here.
Photo Credit: The Expat via Facebook
The Expat, the fancy French-ish restaurant in the former Two Story Coffee space in Five Points, has been open for a few weeks now, with lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Sunday brunch. The Sunday supper menu changes weekly. The other one is here. Also: very serious cocktails.
Las Monarcas, at 645 Danielsville Road, has closed but was quickly replaced by Taqueria Mundos, which just opened and is cash only for the moment.
Sonny's BBQ on Atlanta Highway is closing as of tonight after 37 years in business, as its franchise license is not being renewed by its parent company. It will reopen as Malinda's Country Kitchen and Catering, which does not appear to be a franchise. The sign on the door describes it as, "an a la carte buffet featuring home cooking with a wide selection of proteins and vegetables that will change throughout the week... It will also feature a menu of sandwiches and side items for those who prefer a lighter meal." The management team and staff will remain.
It wasn't a huge surprise when Pour, in Watkinsville, closed its doors recently after an expensive build-out followed by a social media dust-up in which the restaurant banned children and enforced a dress code. Now, the folks behind The Pine are coming in to take over the space. Owner Scott Parrish says the new place will be called Pub on Main and will be "An American Pub, casual, FAMILY friendly, everyday price points… taking advantage of the massive patio & grassy area out front." It should open this summer.
Buvez, Bain Mattox and Amanda Kapousouz's Euro-style cafe on Barber Street, in the former 1000 Faces space, had a soft opening this past weekend and is now open regular hours (approximately 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fancy sodas and pastries from The Comerian are available in the a.m., and sandwiches on baguettes take over a bit later. You can also get soft pretzels, bulk snacks, hard-boiled eggs, beer, wine, aperitivos (and cocktails based on such), sno-balls (boozy and nonalcoholic).
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Sakura's second location, in Five Points, next to The Pine, is open! Yay! It does not appear to have a Facebook page or be reflected on the original location's website, but it's doing lunch and dinner business. Woo!
With 1000 Faces vacating its spot in the DOC Building on Barber Street, across from the Habitat Re-Store, local entrepreneur/restaurateur/unofficial mayor of Normaltown Bain Mattox saw an opportunity in the space. His newest project, Buvez, should open there around March, with coffee, drinks, snacks and light breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mattox's wife, Amanda Kapousouz, said, "In an effort to continue the great community vibe started by our friends over at 1000 Faces and bring in ideas we are inspired by in other areas of the country, we are looking to open a space in the spirit of what Bain knows best: drinks! Hence, the name: buvez [which means 'drink' in French]!"
Photo Credit: Rashe's Cuisine/Facebook
Rashe's Cuisine, at 211 Tallassee Road, is unfortunately closed at that location. Last week, pipes froze and burst, resulting in a flooded restaurant. Then the owner of the building sold it to another restaurant. It's a bit of a bummer, as Rashe's has been perhaps the most successful tenant in the space since it housed Cali N Tito's, years ago.
It's true: Everyone's favorite homophobic-yet-delicious fast-food chicken chain is coming to downtown Athens.
Rumors that Chick-Fil-A would move into the prime space at the corner of Broad Street and College Avenue most recently occupied by burger chain Five Guys have been confirmed by documents filed with the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department.
The building is in the downtown historic district, and Chick-Fil-A has applied for permission to make changes to the facade:
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The Athens location of Atlanta's J.R. Crickets is open on Hawthorne Avenue, in what has been a Dickey's, Big Daddy Mike's and Allen's (post-Normaltown). The place focuses on wings but also does burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, ribs and more, plus it has a full bar.
Photo Credit: The Treehouse Market Facebook
Once you get over the name it shares with our local toys and crafts store (in a sort of Office Lounge/Office Bar & Grill situation), The Treehouse Market, in the Falls of Oconee shopping center on Macon Highway, is kind of neat. It's a bit of a convenience store, with gum and magazines and beverages, but it also has fancy pickles (house-branded), sippy cups designed for wine, some kind of amazing milkshake/smoothie machine, nice beer and wine, good chocolate and more.
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