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Shops at Metropolis, the name given to the ground-floor retail of the Metropolis condo tower in Midtown, could soon lose one of its longtime tenants.
Space housing quick-service restaurant Newk’s Eatery, at 933 Peachtree St. NE Suite 921, has been listed for lease.
But the restaurant, which in early-April closed its doors by state mandate in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, is still “open and operating at Metropolis, but looking to consolidate this location with another,” Josh Wulz, the Skyline Seven Real Estate leasing associate who holds the listing, told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in an email Wednesday.
“I am actively seeking a replacement.”
As of now, the plan is for Newk’s to “stay open until a replacement is found,” Wulz said.
It’s unclear if Newk’s decision to eventually close its Midtown doors is directly linked to the novel coronavirus as has been the case with an ever-growing list of Atlanta-area restaurants.
Reps for the chain on Wednesday did not immediately respond to WNA’s request for comment.
Newk’s has been a longtime tenant in Midtown having opened in the glassy condo tower in 2013.
On the other end of the development, a new restaurant is gearing up to make its debut, however.
Mukja Korean Fried Chicken will soon open in space formerly occupied by the short-lived BurgerIM behind Taco Mac, in suite 951.
“Mukja,” Korean for “let’s eat,” is an “independent Atlanta brand serving Korean fried chicken with southern influence,” according to a Facebook page for the restaurant.
On that same social media profile, Mukja announces a late-2020 opening is likely, even as the space looks ready to immediately begin serving Midtowners.
“We can’t wait to serve the city that raised us.”
WNA has reached out to Mukja for comment.