What Now AtlantaWhat Now Atlanta https://whatnowatlanta.com Openings & Closings in Restaurant & Retail Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:55:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Scope These Renderings, Details for 'Block 3' of Underground Atlanta Transformation https://whatnowatlanta.com/renderings-details-block-3-of-underground-atlanta-transformation/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/renderings-details-block-3-of-underground-atlanta-transformation/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:55:02 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56573 Block 3 is the Southwest Corner of Central and Alabama Including Kenny’s Alley.

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[Update] Dive Market Moving Forward In Reynoldstown https://whatnowatlanta.com/dive-market-reynoldstown-moving-forward/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/dive-market-reynoldstown-moving-forward/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:20:25 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56554 The 'convenience store with a kitchen' is working through a complex permitting process.

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New Ben & Jerry's Franchise Planned for Inman Park https://whatnowatlanta.com/new-ben-jerrys-location-planned-inman-park/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/new-ben-jerrys-location-planned-inman-park/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:29:07 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56536 Vermont-based ice cream chain will open in space formerly occupied by Tough Boot Co.

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Nashville's Five Daughters Bakery Coming to Ponce City Market https://whatnowatlanta.com/five-daughters-bakery-coming-ponce-city-market/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/five-daughters-bakery-coming-ponce-city-market/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:15:16 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56550 The Old Fourth Ward sweet shop will be the company's fifth location overall, first in Georgia.

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Cigar Shop and Lounge Smokehouse Cigars Opening in East Lake Next Month https://whatnowatlanta.com/smokehouse-cigars-opening-east-lake/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/smokehouse-cigars-opening-east-lake/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:34:56 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56532 March 3 will be the cigar concept's first day with a grand opening celebration the weekend of March 17.

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Blue Donkey Coffee Planned for Grant Park https://whatnowatlanta.com/blue-donkey-coffee-planned-grant-park/ https://whatnowatlanta.com/blue-donkey-coffee-planned-grant-park/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:15:25 +0000 https://whatnowatlanta.com/?p=56506 The local coffee purveyors will open a new shop in The George, a new apartment building on Memorial.

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Colony Square Is Partnering With Fooda For 'Restaurant Pop-Ups' https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/colony-square-fooda/ https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/colony-square-fooda/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:26:37 +0000 https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/?p=439 You can find the pop-up option of the day by searching Fooda’s website.

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You can find the pop-up option of the day by searching Fooda’s website.

Colony Square last week launched a partnership with Fooda to bring "restaurant pop-ups" to the Midtown development.

Fooda will be available Monday through Friday in Colony Square’s atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can find the pop-up option of the day by searching Fooda’s website here. The restaurant changes daily.

The partnership comes as North American Properties (NAP), Colony Square’s developer, prepares to break ground on the redevelopment this fall.

The first phase of the reimagined Colony Square will be delivered July 2018.

“We are redeveloping Colony Square to become a locally-inspired, arts-infused dining and entertainment destination that sparks with energy and provides the diversity of experiences Midtown craves,” Liz Gillespie, vice president of marketing at NAP, said in a press release.

“While the redevelopment is underway, we will curate culinary activations, pop up experiences and exciting events, including food trucks and our partnership with Fooda.”

Restaurants such as Smoque House BBQ will pop-up at Fooda and sell from customized menus at or below typical prices.

NAP is reimagining Colony Square’s two insular office towers and food court.

They are in the process of curating a merchandise mix of chef-driven eateries, boutique entertainment, fitness concepts and market-responsive retailers.

Part of that process means making way for new tenants.

“To all our Midtown epicureans, we will soon have more exciting news to announce about the culinary transformation coming to Colony Square. Stay tuned!”

Fooda Colony Square

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Veda Juice To Open Second Location Ahead of Two-Year Anniversary https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/veda-juice-to-open-second-location-ahead-of-two-year-anniversary/ https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/veda-juice-to-open-second-location-ahead-of-two-year-anniversary/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:48:37 +0000 https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/?p=425 The health-conscious quick-service eatery is coming soon to Colony Square.

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The health-conscious quick-service eatery is coming soon to Colony Square.

Veda Juice, the Peachtree Hills juice bar and health-conscious quick-service eatery, is looking to expand to Midtown.

Co-owners Jackie Greene and Lisa Martinez have plans to bring a 200-square-foot market stall to Colony Square, at 1197 Peachtree Street NE.

The new Veda Juice could open December 19 in the mixed-use development if all goes according to plan, Greene told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview Friday.

Veda Juice Colony Square would be situated in the food hall in space previously occupied by Press Together Juice.

"We're really passionate about the community and providing healthy food quickly and on-the-go," Greene said.

Veda Juice, which serves salads, breakfast bowls, juices, and smoothies, gets its name from The Vedic scriptures, the spiritual literature of the ancient Indian culture.

"These scriptures are like a staircase with many steps that lead to a higher goal. This was the inspiration for our tag line, 'Step Up To A Healthier Life'. Some non-juice drinkers come in for the first time and see a green juice and think, 'ugh,' I'm not drinking that. As with The Vedic, we can gradually get you there."

Greene and Martinez first launched Veda Juice February 14, 2014 with a location in Peachtree Hills, and could open as many as five Atlanta-area stores.

"We would love to be in the Chastain-area, Brookhaven and maybe eventually Sandy Springs and Alpharetta."

Veda Juice - Colony Square

Where should Veda Juice open next? Leave your thoughts in the comments...

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WeWork To Open Second Atlanta Coworking Space in Colony Square https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/wework-to-open-second-atlanta-coworking-space-in-colony-square/ https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/wework-to-open-second-atlanta-coworking-space-in-colony-square/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:36:48 +0000 https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/?p=420 The company's three-story Midtown location should open mid-2017.

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The company's three-story Midtown location should open mid-2017.

North American Properties (NAP), the developer that's "re-imagining" Colony Square, Friday in a press release announced coworking juggernaut WeWork has leased three floors in the mixed-use development's 100 building.

“WeWork’s mission is closely aligned to the energy and experiences happening daily at Colony Square,” Mark Toro, managing director of NAP, said in the release.

“And, as the reimagining of Colony Square progresses, we will continue to attract companies that value social experiences, street level energy and walkable, transit-oriented places that improve people’s quality of life.”

WeWork opened its first Atlanta location in Buckhead at 3340 Peachtree Road in May 2016 and is expected to open in Colony Square mid-2017.

“Midtown’s connectivity and young, educated population makes it an extremely attractive market for companies looking to retain top talent,” Lawrence Gellerstedt of Cushman & Wakefield, the company responsible for leasing Colony Square's offices, said in the release.

“Colony Square at 14th and Peachtree is ideally situated geographically. Beyond that, Mark and the NAP team have a proven track record of being able to dial in with great skill to different areas more cultural and aesthetic vibes, making them an ideal partner for introducing WeWork’s incredible brand and culture to the heart of Atlanta.”

Since NAP acquired Colony Square in December 2015, the team has taken key steps to curate a new experience that follows Colony Square’s theme, “The Art of Modern Life.”

NAP has installed new branding throughout the property, giant MIDTOWN letters anchoring the corner of Peachtree and 15th Streets and a turfed community gathering space with ample soft seating. The gathering space often hosts food trucks, yoga classes, cornhole tournaments and special holiday events for the public to enjoy.

In 2017, NAP will break ground on the major redevelopment project to turn Colony Square’s retail center inside out. The world-class team, including urban planner Jeff Speck and architecture firms Beyer Blinder Belle and Lord Aeck Sargent, has designed a highly connected, open-air square that will be known as a foodie haven; a shopping mecca; an events destination; and an arts-infused place to gather and soak up Midtown’s vibe. The first phase of the reimagined Colony Square is set to open in July 2018.

Cushman & Wakefield served as the brokerage firm for both NAP and WeWork. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Sumlin, Sonia Winfield and Laura Power represented NAP, and Lawrence Gellerstedt, Sam Hollis and Clinton McKellar represented WeWork in the lease negotiations.

NAP invites people to follow Colony Square’s transformation with the hashtag #reimagineCS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

WeWork Buckhead.
WeWork Buckhead.

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O-Ku's Steve Palmer To Launch Sukoshi, a Pop-up Sushi Concept https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/o-kus-steve-palmer-to-launch-sukoshi-a-pop-up-sushi-concept/ https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/o-kus-steve-palmer-to-launch-sukoshi-a-pop-up-sushi-concept/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:16:21 +0000 https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/?p=412 The 500-square-foot eatery will arrive fall 2016 in Colony Square.

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The 500-square-foot eatery will arrive fall 2016 in Colony Square.

The culinary team behind O-Ku Atlanta has set its sights on Midtown’s Colony Square for the opening of Sukoshi, a long-term sushi pop-up concept, set to open this fall.

Inspired by sister restaurant O-Ku, Sukoshi will be a counter-service establishment featuring dishes derived from the original restaurant in a grab-and-go format. The new concept, complete with garden lights and outdoor seating, comes as part of North American Properties’ (NAP) efforts to reimagine Colony Square.

“We are very eager to debut this new concept to this thriving area in Midtown,” Kimball Brienza, managing partner of O-Ku, said in a press release Wednesday.

“With so much foot-traffic in the area, we saw an opportunity with this space to provide quick, daytime access to the same fresh and dynamic dishes that O-Ku serves nightly on the Westside.”

Located near Colony Square’s MIDTOWN letters off Peachtree Street, the new concept will serve up a variety of sushi rolls and small bites to-go including some popular mainstay menu items from O-Ku such as the Black Magic roll made with squid ink rice, lobster and masago aioli; rock shrimp with tomato confit, red chili and crusted peanut; and the Marilyn Mon roll with salmon, kani tempura, cucumber, avocado and thin sliced lemon.

Adding to its culinary offerings, Sukoshi will also offer a variety of traditional sake alongside beers from local breweries.

Designed by David Thompson, the 500-square-foot-space will feature a sushi bar with four seats alongside a grab-and-go food station. The interior will reflect that of its O-Ku predecessors, boasting a wooden sushi bar alongside lavender and Japanese accents throughout the space.

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Colony Square Gets Wired Certified, Unveils New Rendering https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/colony-square-gets-wired-certified-unveils-new-rendering/ https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/colony-square-gets-wired-certified-unveils-new-rendering/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:18:38 +0000 https://colonysquare.whatnowatlanta.com/?p=401 WiredScore recognized the Midtown development for connectivity, infrastructure and capacity to support new technology ahead of redevelopment.

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WiredScore recognized the Midtown development for connectivity, infrastructure and capacity to support new technology, ahead of redevelopment.

Colony Square, the mixed-use community in Midtown Atlanta being "reimagined" by North American Properties (NAP), Tuesday unveiled a new rendering of what the finished project could look like, and announced the property received a Wired Certified Platinum rating for its "state-of-the-art Internet connectivity, infrastructure and capacity to readily support new technology."

“In today’s digital age, competitive office buildings must provide first-rate connectivity for tenants,” Mark Toro, managing partner for (NAP), said in a press release.

“Receiving WiredScore’s highest stamp of approval will further drive leasing efforts at Colony Square as it demonstrates our ability to support current and future tenants with the most stringent technology requirements.”

WiredScore operates the first and only connectivity rating platform for commercial buildings across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Launched by Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, WiredScore identifies and certifies buildings with the fastest and most reliable Internet connections.

"Wired Certified Platinum is the highest rating possible and confirms Colony Square as best in class across all features that matter most to tenants: number and quality of internet service providers, redundancy and resiliency of telecom infrastructure, ease of installation and capacity to readily support new services."

Colony Square’s two office buildings offer tenants seven unique sources of Type 1 fiber from AT&T, Cogent, Comcast, Level 3, Verizon, XO Communications and Zayo. All of these carriers provide tenants with dedicated, business grade Internet access upon request.

From an infrastructure standpoint, both buildings have access to three points of entry on Peachtree Street, 14th Street and 15th Street. Within the building, there are two continuous risers, which afford providers with available pathways to deliver services to tenants. From a readiness standpoint, both buildings have sufficient spare capacity for new providers, as there is available capacity in at least one point of entry, available floor and wall space for new equipment and available capacity in the risers.

“We are thrilled with the Platinum certification as technology is one of Colony Square’s core values. We look forward to enhancing our culture of connectivity as the reimagining progress continues at Colony Square.”

Earlier this year, NAP released initial renderings of the modernization, showing tenants the vision for a transformed and reimagined Colony Square. Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, a new rendering is available here, which illustrates the energy and sophistication of the future space.

Latest rendering (as of August 30, 2016):

New Colony Square Rendering - Atlanta August 30

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