Commerce Drive @ Church Street, Decatur GA
Commerce Drive @ Church Street, Decatur GA
It’s official folks!
The AJC is reporting that at long last the owner of the Decatur Dairy Queen, Nisar Momin, signed a lease with Centro Development last week to open a new location at Trinity Triangle (aka “Arlo”).
Also of note, the AJC reports that Asst. City Manager Lyn Menne told them that Centro “agreed to a rental rate considerably below market rate to make it happen”.
According to the blurb, the new location likely won’t open until Spring 2016.
Photo courtesy of David
Jeni’s posted this new message on their website this afternoon. No word yet on when locations nationwide will reopen.
Thank you for your patience during the past week as we worked to identify and eliminate the source of Listeria in our production kitchen.
As we’ve previously stated, we found Listeria in our production kitchen. We can now say that we believe we located the smoking gun. Our swab testing found Listeria on the spout of one of our production machines. It is a machine we use to fill a portion of our pints. The machine was not used to fill buckets that we scoop from in our shops, but we are nonetheless continuing with our plan to dispose of all of those buckets.
We’ll never be 100% certain how Listeria got onto the machine. Our job now is to rework our production kitchen into a facility that provides the best defenses against any contamination, and we have enlisted some of the world’s top food safety experts to help in that effort.
So far the conservative estimate of new investment in the transformation of our kitchen is $200,000, but we expect that number to increase. We will spend whatever it takes.
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I’ve compiled an easy-to-read list from last year’s open thread where you revealed your favorite Mexican restaurants in and around Atlanta. Enjoy!
The old Bowen Press building at 312 Church Street is one of the more unique buildings in Downtown Decatur.
For years the building space behind the street front retail locations (Sapori, the coming Brushstroke Sushi Izakaya, Re/Max) has been rather hidden from the general public, serving as an offices for SafeCo Insurance and most recently a temporary City of Decatur office space.
However, we learned with much fanfare late last year that Guy Wong would soon be opening up a new restaurant, Big Boss Chinese, in part of the space off the street. And now we learn – via the Decatur Focus – that Trinity Mercantile & Design is moving into and renovating the space, exposing the old barrel vaulted ceilings.
Trinity Mercantile & Design is also growing. Owners Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan are moving the business across the street into a bigger location adjacent to Big Peach Running Co. The new store can be accessed from Church Street or Trinity Place. The new space, once occupied by SafeCo Insurance and used for several years as temporary office space by the City of Decatur, takes advantage of the beautiful, historic architecture of the building.
Take a peek inside and feast your eyes on the gorgeous barrel vaulted ceiling they have exposed.
The city goes on to describe the building a “retail and restaurant center that will bring more energy and foot traffic to this side of the square”. The blurb also notes that neighboring Sapori di Napoli will also soon be adding a covered patio.
It sure will be interesting to see this space when it’s all built out.
Having just leased out three, brand-new retail spaces at The Place on Ponce in Downtown Decatur, Redstone Properties President, Lyle Fogarty, may currently have one of the best vantage points to report on the state of the city’s retail real estate market.
In a recent press release, Mr. Fogarty noted that “The demand for retail space in Decatur was greater than we projected,” He continued, “It is clear that restaurant owners and retailers recognize the uniqueness of the area and its value.”
I was curious for find out a bit more detail as to what this demand looked like, so I followed up. His response should be quite interesting to many of you who like to follow and offer predictions on Decatur commercial real estate trends.
We simply had demand from many more tenants than the 10,000 sf of space could accommodate. By far, the most demand came from restaurants. We could have filled up 30,000 sf with restaurants if we had the space (and parking).
There was some demand for soft goods and apparel, but many of those retailers like to congregate together and need more critical mass to help them be successful. If a location could be identified in Downtown where a developer could build 50,000 or more square feet of modern retail space, there’s sufficient demand from shop tenants to make a vibrant retail district in Downtown in addition to the renowned restaurant scene.
So basically, even though the restaurant market may already seem pretty saturated in Decatur, it sounds like we shouldn’t expect it to ease up anytime soon. Also, for those expecting a greater variety of clothing stores in the city, you may need to wait for a very large project to come in and provide the necessary space to allow a “critical mass”.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if any of the current projects in development (Arlo,
Alexan Decatur residential only!) or planned (Calloway, Avondale MARTA Station) will make a move in this direction.
Here’s some restaurant news that I wasn’t able to share yesterday due to the overwhelming side traffic from Water Slide-aggedon.
Kale Me Crazy opened its doors yesterday along West Ponce de Leon Ave, next to Decatur CD. The 4p-8p Grand Opening attracted a line out the door, as the shop offered free smoothies to the masses with a coupon in-hand. (We received a hardcopy version early in the week while dining on a nearby sidewalk.)
While I wasn’t able to make the grand opening, I did stop in this morning and try it out. (Anything and everything within walking distance of your home must be tried and evaluated. I’m pretty sure that’s a Decatur ordinance.)
I tired a “Refresh” smoothie – seen above – and I was impressed how they somehow made something that is both sweet and includes kale and celery, quite delicious. Now that the free smoothie offer has ended, you do need to be willing and able to drop $8 on the beverage. But as of 10am, its sufficed as a filling breakfast for me, so I’m not complaining.