We’ve been working on the annual Flagpole Guide to Athens, and lots of food news has been coming in through the process. Here’s a whole bunch of what’s changed lately:
The Jittery Joe’s Roaster Tasting Room on Barber Street, which has operated there for years, closed in that location and will open on Fritz Mar Lane, near Kindercore Records, on Aug. 1, retailing from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
White Tiger Deluxe, a second, swankier location of the original in Boulevard, is open in a candy-colored fantasia of an interior in Watkinsville, with a full bar that serves real fun drinks and slices of pie, in addition to the usual banana pudding.
Opa Robby’s, the sweet market in front of Target, has closed after nine years in business.
The Chop House, a chain steakhouse out of Tennessee, is opening in the former location of Bone Island Grillhouse soon, in Oconee County, with seafood, pork, a large variety of sides, Beyond Meat for veggie folks, a kids menu and cocktails.
Clean Eatz, a health-focused franchise, will be opening in the same area, near the movie theater. It does bowls, salads, burgers (no ground beef, just healthier options like salmon, black beans and bison), kids meals, smoothies and weekly meal plans for busy folks who can’t afford a personal chef.
Dooley’s Bar and Grill is open in the former location of Einstein’s Bagels downtown, at 259 E. Broad Street. Open from 4–10 p.m., it does a wide variety of fried apps, soups and sandwiches, with a focus on fancy grilled cheese (brie, bacon and peach preserves; fried egg, bacon and cream cheese on French toast), a smash burger on a brioche bun and desserts including Key lime pie and a deep-fried Uncrustable PB&J sandwich. It also has a full bar upstairs.
The Athens location of Pizza Factory is open on Alps Road, in the same strip as Golden Dragon.
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