After originally planning to open an Atlanta outpost by the end of 2015, Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe now targets a launch for this summer. A note to members of Tupelo Honey's loyalty club — known as the Shoo Mercy Club — reveals the new timeline.
When the restaurant does open, look for dishes such as a sweet potato pancake with whipped peach butter, spiced pecans, buttermilk fried chicken, maple-peppered bacon, and maple syrup; braised short ribs over Yukon Gold potatoes and roasted carrots; and a Southern fried chicken BLT, consisting of a buttermilk fried chicken breast with maple-peppered bacon, dijonnaise, lettuce, and tomato. At the bar, there will be a seasonal cocktail program and weekly beer list, with a focus on local breweries.
Tupelo Honey will take up residence in the Sandy Springs Gateway development at 4600 Roswell Road. The popular Southern chain currently boasts 12 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. In addition to its Atlanta restaurant, Tupelo Honey is planning expansion outside the South for the first time with a location in Denver.
Sandy Springs Gateway is the same development that houses Birmingham, Ala.-based Urban Cookhouse and the forthcoming new location for Taka Sushi and Passion.