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Gusto Is Expanding With a Virginia-Highland Outpost

It's the restaurant's second location

Rendering via Lindsay Denman

Gusto, former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl's fast-casual Brookwood Hills restaurant, has found enough success to open a second location. The health-conscious eatery will move into the space at 782 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, according to a Monday announcement. The Gusto team bills the address as Poncey-Highland, but on that side of the street it's technically Virginia-Highland.

Gusto VaHi map

"We're grateful to celebrate a successful first year and can't wait to meet new neighbors in the Poncey-Highland community," Hybl said in a prepared statement. "As we begin our transition from a single restaurant to a multi-location brand, our team continues to draw inspiration from our mission to provide an exciting alternative to mainstream fast food."

The concept focuses on grilled proteins and "gustos," flavor profiles in the form of sauces, fresh vegetables and fruits, and fresh garnishes. The menu offers build-your-own salads, rice bowls, sandwiches, and wraps, plus a selection of house-made combinations.

Design of the space will be similar to the original location, with exposed brick, concrete floors, and "gusto! gold" yellow accents. Outdoor seating will be available in addition to the main dining room. The building previously housed The Real Chow Baby, a fast-casual pan-Asian restaurant.

Hybl's first restaurant opened in October 2014. The Ponce de Leon address is prime real estate for Gusto since Ponce City Market, the BeltLine, and Freedom Park Trail all are within a couple of blocks. Hybl and his team hope to have the restaurant in business by this summer, and they plan to enter new markets in the near future.