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Three Upcoming Atlanta Restaurant Openings to Know, Right Now

Restaurants serving kettle-boiled bagels and deli sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas, and more salad and grain bowls plan to open over the coming months

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

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.

Sesame seed bagel sandwich cut in half containing folded egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato, and avocado held by a pair of hands Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and Deli
Sandwich on sourdough cut in half stuffed with corned beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo, each half wrapped in white paper Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and Deli

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.

Vesuvio takes over the little grey and white house on North Main Street, formerly home to Colombian Bites; the restaurant includes a small white fenced-in patio out front

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.

Hexagon tin bowl containing a bed of kale green with a colorful variety of nuts, grains, purple cabbage, grilled chicken, julienned carrots, and corn with a sprig of basil leaves Sweetgreen
Hexagon tin bowl containing red rice, sliced apples, cauliflowers, cubed grilled chicken on a bed of kale greens Sweetgreen

Sotto Sotto

313 N Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 404 523 6678 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website


309 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 880-9559 Visit Website