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Birria, Burgers, and Baked Wings Are on the Menu at These Forthcoming Restaurants

Plus, there’s a new soul food spot now open in Buckhead and a restaurant serving baked wings and grilled salmon sliders opens February 5 in Stone Mountain

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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 12 years.

Coming attractions

El Indio Restaurant and Taqueria
439 West Pike Street, Lawrenceville

With two locations in Norcross and Duluth, the popular OTP taqueria known for its quesabirria tacos plans to open a location in Lawrenceville. “We are expanding to lawrenceville. Thank you to all of our customers for the overwhelming support this wouldn’t be possible without you,” a post to Instagram reads. A representative for the restaurant tells Eater after a quick renovation, the Lawrenceville location should open this spring.

Chef Smokey ATL
2805 Veterans Memorial Highway, Austell

Owned by chef Mauro Cruz and Carlos Bickers, Chef Smokey ATL transitions from pop-up to restaurant any day now in Austell, serving Cruz’s signature birria, birria tacos, quesabirria, and birria nachos on the menu, along with pizza, burgers, and wings. Follow on Instagram for restaurant updates.

Shake Shack
11780 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta

It appears a fifth location of the Danny Meyer-back burger chain Shake Shack is headed to a former Burger King along Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. And the restaurant will feature a drive-thru window. No other details are currently available, but according the the city, the restaurant opens in late 2021. Shake Shack currently operates four Atlanta-area locations in Buckhead, the Perimeter, the Old Fourth Ward, and on Concourse A at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. [ABC]

Restaurant openings to know

Drumz N’ Flatz
5370 Stone Mountain Highway, Stone Mountain

Caribbean-American restaurant Drumz N’ Flatz, owned by Stacey and John T. Arthur III, opens Friday, February 5, in Stone Mountain, the AJC first reported. The couple also own Jerk Fusion Cafe catering company. Look for the restaurant’s signature dish on the menu — baked wings featuring 20 sauces options — along with a selection of sandwiches like a grilled salmon slider, jerk chicken, and several vegan options. The latter includes vegan wings and burgers. Takeout and delivery available. Masks required. [AJC]

The Peach Cobbler Cafe
2221 Peachtree Road, Buckhead

Soul food meat-and-three the Peach Cobbler Cafe is now open in the former Big Al’s Gourmet Butter Made Burger space in Buckhead. Owner Arle M. Alston closed the former restaurant last year. The Peach Cobbler Cafe pays tribute to Alston’s grandmother and brother, who were both chefs, according to the AJC. The menu features oxtails, rib tips, rotisserie chicken, and fried catfish, along with other dishes such as smothered pork chops and hot wings paired with black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread Look for daily specials on the menu and six types of cobblers for dessert, including peach, blackberry, and pear and apple. Check out the menu here. Takeout available. Masks highly encouraged. [AJC]

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El Indio

6289 South Norcross Tucker Road, , GA 30084 (678) 620-3876

Shake Shack

4031 Hillsboro Pike, , TN 37215 (615) 610-6326 Visit Website