Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Church's Chicken Eyes Atlanta Expansion

IN THE NEWS: San Antonio-based Church's Chicken, operator and franchiser of more than 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants in 18 countries, announced a new partnership with a business brokerage outfit that will accelerate its new store opening program through strategic franchisee-recruitment methods, CoStar.com reports. Markets targeted for growth include Jacksonville, Orlando, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Raleigh/Durham, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Nashville. ... Fatburger, a Los Angeles burger chain, is planning to beef up its presence in Atlanta, the Atlanta Business Chronicle atlanta.bizjournals.com reports. With one existing Atlanta store, Fatburger Inc. believes Atlanta is prime for 10 more locations in the next two years, and possibly more. The 55-year-old burger chain isn't another Five Guys Burgers and Fries, another newcomer to the ATL. Five Guys limits its menu to burgers, fries and hot dogs. Instead, Fatburger has made its name on a variety of burger toppings, like bacon, chili and eggs. Fatburger already signed a 10-unit franchise deal in Atlanta with Willie Anderson, a former NFL pro who played for the Cincinnati Bengals through 2006. Anderson owns Atlanta's first and only Fatburger location, in Buckhead Crossing at 2625 Piedmont Road near the Lindbergh MARTA station. Anderson's next store is slated for Windy Hill Road in Marietta. ... ChowDownAtlanta.com visits Brazilian steakhouse Fogo De Chao (3101 Piedmont Rd.) and Tacqueria Los Hermanos (4418 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker) . ...

The AJC's accessatlanta.com Meridith Ford gives three stars in her review of Farmhouse At Serenbe (10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto), while the paper also reviews 5th Earl Market (309 E. College Ave., Decatur), Entree Vous (8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell), J.R. Crickets (4479 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna), and AJ's Famous Seafood and PoBoys (2100 Roswell Road, east Cobb), while also plugging five great vegetarian-friendly places, including Buckhead's Cafe Sunflower. ... Ford reports on: the May 30 opening of Kevin Rathbun Steak; Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro owners Charlie, Eddie and Nan Niyomkul's quiet opening in Colony Square on June 10 -- it's the reincarnation of much-beloved Tamarind Thai Cuisine; James Beard nominee and chef-owner Hugh Acheson of Athens’ Five and Ten's new venture, The National, which is scheduled to open Aug. 1 at 232 Hancock Ave. in downtown Athens, with Peter Dale, Acheson’s sous chef from Five and Ten, running the kitchen; Linton Hopkins' fall opening in the Aramore directly across from his Restaurant Eugene of Holeman & Finch Public House; the opening of Tap, the American gastropub from restaurateurs Bob Amick and Todd Rushing (Trois, Two Urban Licks, One Midtown Kitchen, Lobby at Twelve, Piebar), on June 8; and the June 1 closing of Saga, the South African, Southern restaurant in Midtown. ... Creative Loafing's atlanta.creativeloafing.com Besha Rodell awards four stars to Quinones at Bacchanalia (1198 Howell Mill Road; www.starprovisions.com), while Cliff Bostick visits Tamarind Seed Bistro and the newest Figo (1021 Virginia Ave.), and blogs about Tap (1180 Peachtree St.), Middle Eastern mainstay Nicola’s (1602 Lavista Road), Vietnamese joint Saigon Basil (1870 Piedmont Ave), and barbecue spot Daddy D’z (264 Memorial Drive) ... Cheap Eats stops by BiBa's Italian Restaurant (4850 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.). ... The Blissful Glutton blissfulglutton.blogspot.com visits Fiesta Plaza, and has a hanger steak burger at Star Provisions. ... Atlanta Eats atlantaeats.blogspot.com stops by Tap.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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