Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and Deli — Ansley Mall
Popular Johns Creek-based bakery and deli Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and Deli plans to open a second location at Ansley Mall early next spring, according to What Now Atlanta and a post to Instagram. First opened in 1997, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery specializes in kettle-boiled bagels, bagel sandwiches, and deli-style sandwiches and hoagies. Take a look at the menu here. Masks are required inside the Johns Creek location.
Vesuvio — Kennesaw
Italian restaurant Vesuvio, owned by former Sotto Sotto and Fritti executive chef Massimo Andreozzi, opens in the former Colombian Bites space on North Main Street in Kennesaw this December, the AJC reports. Colombian Bites announced its closure earlier this month on Facebook, citing the pandemic as the reason. Andreozzi, who hails from Naples, Italy, and lives in Kennesaw, plans to serve wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads, and paninis on the menu at Vesuvio. Once open, the restaurant will seat just under 50 people inside and 20 people on the front patio. Takeout and delivery will also be available.
Sweetgreen — Ponce City Market and Lenox Square Mall
A billion-dollar salad chain is expanding to Atlanta with at least two new locations opening next year. Sweetgreen, based out of Los Angeles, will open restaurants slinging its vast array of salad and grain bowls and celebrity chef-collaborative dishes at Ponce City Market and Lenox Square Mall. The latter takes over the former ATL Taco space at the Buckhead mall. Sweetgreen has over 100 locations nationwide and is valued at $1.6 billion. The company could be looking to open more restaurants around Atlanta.
In a year when a National Restaurant Association survey suggests nearly 30 percent of the state’s restaurants will likely close over the coming months due to the pandemic, Sweetgreen received a $10 million PPP loan back in April as part of the first round of coronavirus stimulus money. The company ended up returning the funds after the program faced fierce criticism for only providing loans to corporate restaurant groups and large-scale chains. According to a report by Eater New York, all of the proceeds from sales of the chef-curated salad bowls on Sweetgreen’s latest menu are being donated to the Independent Restaurant Coalition.