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Prepare for More Lines Now That Whataburger Is Open in Woodstock

Plus, Whoopsie’s bar opens in Reynoldstown and a wine bar debuts along the Marietta Street Artery

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.

Whataburger opens on Highway 92 in Woodstock

After first opening in Kennesaw this past November, sparking furious debate as to which cities and counties are considered part of metro Atlanta, Whataburger continues making inroads into north Georgia this week. A second location opens Thursday, January 26, along Highway 92 in Woodstock in Cherokee County — a county the Atlanta Regional Commission deems part of metro Atlanta. Like the opening in Kennesaw, Whataburger in Woodstock will initially open for drive-thru service only, with dine-in service and ordering inside at the counter beginning in the coming weeks. And if the lines in Kennesaw are any indication, the answer to the question as to whether people are willing to drive great distances (and in Atlanta traffic) to get their Whataburger fix, it’s apparently, “yes.” Police in Woodstock are already preparing for heavy traffic in the area and, according to the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger, private security will be on hand at the restaurant during Thursday’s grand opening.

Based in Texas, Whataburger is known for serving customizable burgers topped with the chain’s signature spicy and fancy ketchups. Last year, the company announced plans to expand in Georgia, opening at least eight new restaurants in the state over the next two years. This includes the locations in Kennesaw and Woodstock, as well as forthcoming locations in Cumming, Snellville, Covington, and Buford. Locations are also planned for Monroe, Athens, and Dawsonville. A Whataburger is open in Thomasville near the Georgia-Florida state line. At present, no ITP or city of Atlanta locations are in the works.

Whoopsie’s bar opens in Reynoldstown

The new cocktail bar from barman Tim Faulkner (Up or Down, Octopus Bar) and Hudson Rouse (Rising Son) is now open in the former Hodgepodge Coffeehouse space on Moreland Avenue. Expect a tight list of beer, cocktails, and red, white, and sparkling wines, as well as a sandwich of the day (think roast beef) and shareable dishes like sweet potato dumplings, a vegetable-laden snack tray, and hassleback potatoes. Much of the produce on the food menu is grown by Rouse on his farm. Seating is available for up to 10 people at the bar and for up to 40 people at booths and tables. Open Thursday through Monday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Keep an eye out for a full feature story on Whoopsie’s next week on Eater Atlanta.

Postino Wine Cafe debuts at the Brickworks on Marietta Street

A second location of the Arizona-based wine bar is now open at the Brickworks. The all-day wine bar and cafe features a global wine list offered by the glass and bottle paired with charcuterie and cheese boards, paninis, salads, and desserts. Postino features a daily happy hour menu until 5 p.m., with food and wine specials throughout the week and weekend brunch. This location also features a dog-friendly patio. The Marietta Street location joins a location in Buckhead on Roswell Road.

Bask Steakhouse opens February 2 in Roswell

The owners behind From the Earth Brewing Company are set to open Bask Steakhouse Thursday, February 2, on Holcomb Bridge Road. Located next door to the brewery, the “upscale steakhouse” will feature a menu of prime cuts of meat and classic side dishes as well as special entrees from chef Joey Stallings paired with beer, a mostly California wine list, and cocktails. The bar opens at 5 p.m., with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 627-9911 Visit Website

Rising Son

124 North Avondale Road, , GA 30002 (404) 600-5297 Visit Website

From the Earth Brewing Company

1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, , GA 30076 (770) 910-9799 Visit Website

Hodgepodge Coffeehouse

720 Moreland Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 622-8525 Visit Website