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Announced Atlanta Restaurants: Meating Street BBQ; Porch Light Latin Kitchen Spin-Off

A regularly updated list of places opening soon in the metro area

A Meating Street BBQ pop-up Meating Street BBQ/Facebook

Wondering what new dining options are coming to Atlanta? This frequently updated list of forthcoming restaurants, bars, and breweries is your guide.

August Announcements

SMYRNA — Porch Light Latin Kitchen chef-owner Andre Gomez is opening an adjacent sister restaurant, reports What Now Atlanta. Gomez tells WNA El Back Porch will make diners feel like “feel like you're having a cocktail or small plate on my back porch.” The new restaurant is taking over the former Hungry Howie’s space at 400 Village Green Circle SE. Gomez says the El Back Porch name could change, but the restaurant will be more drinks-focused and will serve a small menu of seasonal plates.

ROSWELL — Popular barbecue pop-up Meating Street BBQ is opening a brick-and-mortar outpost in a former Domino’s space at 1294 Alpharetta Street, reports Scoop OTP. Pitmaster Brian Lee Keenan will serve pulled pork, brisket, hot guts sausage, pork ribs, and turkey, per Scoop. Keenan hopes to have the smokehouse up and running in November.

ALPHARETTA — South Main Kitchen Owner Louis Soon is opening a seafood restaurant across the street from his Alpharetta restaurant, according to Atlanta Magazine. Dubbed Lapeer, the fish house will have chef Andy Long (of the Fry Guy food truck) leading the kitchen as executive chef. Lapeer “will be a more upscale option with plated entrees, a poke bar, and seasonal, line-caught fish,” per Atlanta. The space will cover 4,000 square feet, and there will be a large patio for al fresco dining.

Lapeer is one of three new restaurants Soon is opening. He’s expanding his Butcher & Brew sports bar with a second location at the forthcoming Halcyon development in Forsyth County, and he’s working on a taqueria, Tacayo, at the development as well.

TOCO HILLS — Burgeoning pizzeria chain The Local Piazziolo hopes to have four locations open across the metro area over the next year. The fast-casual restaurant is taking over the former Bellwoods Social House in Westside this October, and a similar timeline for opening is scheduled for a Toco Hills location at 2941-B North Druid Hills Road NE. The first Local Piazziolo restaurants will be followed by outposts in Sandy Springs (6125 Roswell Road) and Reynoldstown (905 Memorial Drive SE), both of which should begin service sometime next year.

July Announcements

SANDY SPRINGS — Downtown-based Ebrik Coffee Room, which specializes in Turkish coffee, is expanding to the Modera by Mill Creek development at 6125 Roswell Road, reports Tomorrow’s News Today. This new location, which will take up a 1,359-square-foot space, will reportedly expand on Ebrik’s business model by adding a drive-thru lane. The coffee shop joins The Local Pizzaiolo and Casi Celo as announced tenants at the development.

In addition to the Downtown original, Ebrik recently opened a second cafe in Decatur. "Atlanta isn't just [in the perimeter] and we understand that," co-owner Abbas Arman tells What Now Atlanta. "We want to spread the love and allow the Sandy Springs community to experience Ebrik."

CHAMBLEE — The forthcoming Parkview on Peachtree mixed-use development has announced two new restaurants. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and The Alden are on track to open at the project later this year, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jared Hucks of the Dogwood Table Supper Club will reportedly run the kitchen at The Alden, serving “charismatic food and high-quality wine and cocktails.” Bad Daddy’s, which is based out of North Carolina and has locations in the Tar Heel State, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, will serve gourmet burgers, chopped salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and a bar program focusing on craft beers, per the AJC.

ALPHARETTA — A new food hall called The Daily, planned for 11556 Rainwater Drive, has revealed its first two tenants: King of Pops Bar and Nashville-based Biscuit Love. KoP Bar will serve all-natural popsicles and popsicle-based cocktails, and Biscuit Love’s first location outside the state of Tennessee will offer Southern breakfast standards. Both are currently scheduled to open in May 2018.

DUNWOODY Sweet Tuna is taking over the former DaVia Italian space at Perimeter Place, reports Tomorrow’s News Today. The restaurant will serve poke bowls (raw fish, vegetables, and seasonings), riding one of the hottest trends in dining today. No potential opening date has been announced.

FORSYTH COUNTY — Incoming mega-development Halcyon has revealed its complete dining lineup. Gu’s Dumplings, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, and three restaurants from chef Marc Taft are the highlights. Halcyon is being constructed northeast of Alpharetta off Turner McDonald Parkway. The restaurants are expected to come online sometime in 2018.

ATLANTA and ATHENSMamoun’s Falafel, a New York City late-night staple that has been serving for nearly a half-century, is planning expansion into the Georgia market. The restaurant has signed a six-unit deal for the Peach State, reports QSR Magazine, and the locations will be split between Atlanta and Athens. No locations have been announced, and there’s no timeline for any openings.

BUCKHEADAmorino, a Paris-based gelato chain that boasts the unique quirk of rose-shaped servings, will open its first brick-and-mortar Georgia outpost at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this fall. Founded in 2002, Amorino now has nearly 200 locations around the world, including a kiosk at Lenox Mall.

WEST ENDThe latest tenant announced for the forthcoming Lee + White development is Golda Kombucha. The business is relocating from Tucker, where owner Melanie Wade founded Golda in 2013 at a 2,000-square-foot space. The company’s new home will be three times the size at 6,000 square feet and will give patrons the chance to “taste, purchase, and learn about the making of kombucha tea.” Golda joins Westside-based Monday Night Brewing, Decatur’s Wild Heaven Beer, Banyan Roots Brewing Co., Buckhead-based ASW Distillery, Southern Aged Cheese, Doux South Pickles, and Honeysuckle Gelato at the BeltLine-adjacent development.

All Coming Attractions [EATL]