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Make-it-your-way style burrito joint trades parking for restaurant space

Just when you thunk Moe’s Southwest Grill couldn’t possibly pump out any more assembly line made burritos, the Poncey-Highland fast food Mexican joint is expanding.

Moe’s Southwest Grill at 863 Ponce de Leon Avenue is getting a face lift and will undergo renovations, according to a building permit filed with the city of Atlanta Thursday.

The restaurant is expanding square footage taking existing parking, the permit notes, in addition to renovations to the facade.

In a city dependent on parking, could Moe’s decision negatively affect business?

And besides, where are they going to park the Moe’s mobile?

Moe’s Southwest Grill
863 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE
Atlanta GA, 30306

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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9 years ago

I take issue with the question, “In a city dependent on parking, could Moe’s decision negatively affect business?” That location is served by a frequent bus line right in front of the restaurant, and several others a short walk away. It is adjacent to an enormously popular biking and walking path. And it is across Ponce de Leon from the very walkable (and very popular with walkers) Virginia Highland neighborhood, and just up the street from the only slightly less walkable Poncy Highland neighborhood. Actually, I think they could get rid of ALL of their parking spaces and do just… Read more »

9 years ago

Crack on Moe’s all you want, but I love that place. Yes, the menu names are ridiculous, but who cares? They use high(er) quality ingredients than most restaurants and provide a variety of vegetarian/vegan-friendly menu items. Works for me.

9 years ago

I’m so happy Moes and Chipotle came in and made that rancid Tortillas restaurant close. Bad service and surly employees.

Old South
9 years ago

If you like Moe’s, you ain’t been out West. I can eat it, but it’s really so-so at best. Most of the stuffin general that comes out of Atlanta is so-so at best.

9 years ago

Wonder if Old South views the following “stuff in general” that came out of Atlanta as “so so”:

Civil Rights, World’s Largest Aquarium, Coca-Cola, CDC

9 years ago

James don’t forget about Chickfila.

9 years ago

and the Bronner Brothers!

Old South
9 years ago

Yes, with CDC the expception. Don’t forget to add LongHorn. I’m happy for these folks success, but it is what it is.

9 years ago

I went to that location two years ago solely because I’d received a free burrito for my birthday. I’d never really noticed the location before despite passing it almost daily; and, as one might expect, the food was beyond disgusting. They should pay people to eat there. Since making that unfortunate visit, I’ve paid attention to that spot as I pass by, and there (not surprisingly) never seems to be anyone there. Perhaps it’s just the times I’m driving by, but an expansion seems odd. Would much prefer that they close altogether and that something like Tortillas (RIP) open instead.

9 years ago

Tortillas was full of bitter and dirty employees and smelled like an armpit.

9 years ago

I love this Moe’s. The new owners have done a super job and I can’t wait to see what everything looks like when the face lift is completed. Great food and atmosphere at the Ponce Moe’s!

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