Shops at Metropolis: Newk’s Eatery Listed For Lease, Mukja Korean Fried Chicken Preps Opening

Skyline Seven Real Estate is seeking a replacement for the quick-service sandwich chain while a new Korean fried chicken restaurant nears its debut a few doors down.
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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.

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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.

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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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jake
2 months ago

Another nail in the coffin of Midtown due to the great Trump Pandemic. It’ll take a long time to recover thanks to Trump’s negligence in his handling of the pandemic. Midtown had made such progress in recent years but it has all been undone in a few months.

Magic Man
2 months ago
Reply to  jake

Agreed – it’s sad that Trump did not listen to Kemp to open up the state earlier for business. If Trump had not listed to the Doomers like Fauci, WHO and CDC, the entire nation could have been open for business much sooner, likely saving millions of jobs.

Yes Me
2 months ago

The Midtown Newks was on its way out the door way before Covid19. The hours had changed from 7 days per week to Mon-Fri.

citizenseven
2 months ago
Reply to  Yes Me

Trump had it out for Newks all along.

eRosewater
2 months ago
Reply to  citizenseven

It was the criminal ring based out of it’s basement that really did Newks in…

Seth Mohs
1 month ago

Newks, in that location, was barely open before the crisis. They had poor service, shut down well before the posted hours and had horrible service. No loss at all. I knew as soon as they closed that they would never reopen.

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