Citizen Soul, an American pub, and Chiringa, a casual Spanish beach bar, are the latest tenants to open in Alpharetta City Center.
“Citizen Soul is approachable, fun, and a place where business professionals and families alike can enjoy classic snacks and entrees prepared in a unique, modern style,” Philip Cooper, the restaurant’s owner, said in a press release Thursday.
The restaurant is housed at 60 S. Main Street in the Workshop building which was designed in honor of Hard Bailey, an African-American blacksmith who lived and worked on the land at the turn of the century.
Citizen Soul’s patio seating expands into the Shade Garden with tables under the canopy of an 80-year-old oak tree.
“Citizen Soul is the second concept from Cooper and was inspired by his extensive travels throughout northern California and the Pacific Northwest,” according to a company spokesperson.
“Coop,” as his friends and regulars know him, has been an Atlanta-area Sommelier for more than a decade.
His first concept, Vin25, is situated in historic Roswell.
Inspired by a casual beach bar in Spain, Chiringa has opened in one of the two “jewel box” buildings located on Alpharetta City Center’s Town Green, at 34 S. Main Street.
Chiringa, which means “kite” in Spanish, draws its inspiration from beaches across the world with dishes featuring seafood, organic or grass-fed meats, and cocktails made with juice squeezed in-house.
“Chiringa symbolizes the bright, airy feeling of a summer day with friends and family,” Andy McKoski, the restaurant’s owner, said in a press release.
“It is also the inspiration for our motto, ‘eat well, fly high.’”
Chiringa offers counter service and seating for 100 diners, including the patio that spills out into the Town Green along Main Street.
“When you’re in the dining room, we want you to feel like you’re outside,” McKoski said.