More details have been made available on forthcoming restaurants that have been in the works for some time from business partners, real estate investor Shea Embry and executive chef Deborah VanTrece. The concepts are being brought to The Point, a series of buildings at the intersection of Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive that have been in development since 2016.
Previously tentatively named The Gulf Seafood and Burgers, Oreatha’s at the Point is planned for 2287 Cascade Rd in Unit C. It will occupy an existing space of 1,600-square feet and has an estimated construction cost of $120,000, per a permit filing.
Regarding the unique name, Embry explained, “When I brought on Deborah, we renamed everything. The names I had were just placeholders. While Oreatha’s was originally going to be a seafood and burgers place, we’re now doing something different.”
Oreatha is the middle name of VanTrece’s mother and the new restaurant will pay tribute to her. The concept for the food is “your mom’s favorite recipes from around the world,” and VanTrece plans to change out the country and recipes on the menu. Oreatha’s will also include a bar. Right now, an opening is planned for March 2022, but they are currently in the permit stage.
A liquor license will be submitted for a second restaurant, Serenidad (which means serenity), on Nov. 17th. According to Embry, the food concept for Serenidad is “Latin soul” and she is expecting full approval. An address has yet to be announced.
Embry and VanTrece’s third restaurant is Dulcet Down Under, previously tentatively named Aunt Mary Opal’s Speakeasy, and will open at 2310 Benjamin E Mays Drive. It will also include a bar and be able to seat 68 guests.
VanTrece, owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours on Huff Rd, is an internationally recognized chef with over 25 years of ‘globe-trotting culinary adventures’. She is working with Embry to bring all three restaurant concepts to life. It will be a semi-family affair as her daughter, Kursten Berry, will serve as Beverage Director for the new restaurants. Berry is currently the Beverage Director at Twisted Soul.
About six miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, The Point at Cascade has revitalized the neighborhood in recent years. According to The Shumacher Group, Atlanta area restaurant real estate brokers, The Point is designed to blend community assets, inspiration and potential to create a walkable public space that everyone can enjoy.
The area is also home to restaurants such as BUZZ Coffee and Winehouse, A Taste of New Orleans, and Big Daddy’s Cafe.
Embry has been on a mission to invigorate Cascade Heights, so, having not one, but three, restaurants open soon is exciting. “I’m really thrilled that after many years Cascade Heights is finally getting the type of businesses that will support the existing population,” she said.
Note: This article has been updated since its original publication to include comment from the owner.