Athens, home to the University of Georgia, has been chosen as the next location for wildly popular meatless burger joint Slutty Vegan. An announcement was made via social media over the weekend. The restaurant, opening in 2022, will reside at 700 Baxter Street, on the edge of the UGA campus. People can follow the restaurant’s progress via text alerts using a number provided on the post.
Athens will become the second Slutty Vegan location outside of metro Atlanta. Owner Aisha “Pinky” Cole is also working on a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. A fourth Atlanta-area location opens in Duluth on Pleasant Hill Road by the end of this year.
The huge success of Slutty Vegan cannot be overstated. Cole founded the vegan burger business in 2018 as a delivery service, with people contacting her via Instagram to place orders for provocatively named meatless burgers like the One Night Stand and Ménage à Trois. She quickly amassed a large following, leading to a food truck and late night pop-ups around Atlanta University Center. Nearly four years later, Cole has three restaurants in the Westview neighborhood, on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, and in Jonesboro south of Atlanta. The Clark Atlanta University alum also opened a cocktail bar and vegan restaurant called Bar Vegan on the second floor of the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market earlier this year. [IG]
Atlantic Station Mexican restaurant Azotea Cantina delays its opening
Azotea Cantina was to open October 18 on 18th Street at the Midtown mixed-use development, but that date has been pushed out a few weeks as the restaurant awaits its liquor license from City of Atlanta. Owned by Diego Velasquez of Tacos and Tequilas Mexican Grill, expect Azotea Cantina to serve a variety of street tacos, shrimp aguachile cocktail, tostadas, and entrees like blackened Gulf redfish “on the half shell” drizzled with citrus mojo and accompanied by an avocado salad. The restaurant also features an open-air rooftop bar. [Official]
No, Augustines in Grant Park isn’t closing
The longtime Grant Park pub at the corner of Memorial Drive and Grant Street closed temporarily back in September as it undergoes a change in management and a renovation. No word on the reopening date. Follow on Instagram for updates. [IG]
A second location of Buckhead market Lucy’s Market opens this winter
Buckhead market Lucy’s Market opens a second, smaller location this winter at Corso Atlanta on Howell Mill Road near West Paces and Northside Drive. Located at senior living community Corso Atlanta, the shop will only incorporate 500 square feet at the complex and sell home goods, seasonal items, and pantry provisions. Lucy’s Market is currently undergoing an expansion of its original location on East Andrews. [Official]
Takeout pizza shop G’s Pizzeria opens in Sandy Springs
Il Giallo and Lagarde owners chef Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura opened a takeout pizza joint called G’s Pizzeria over the weekend. Located in the same complex on Roswell Road as Il Giallo, G’s serves 15-inch Neapolitan-style pizza for takeout only, according to the AJC, and is only open Wednesday through Sunday evenings. [AJC]