By John Schaffner
johnschaffner@reporternewspapers.net

The Tuxedo Festival shopping center is being renovated.

One party store is going to replace another kind of party store at Tuxedo Festival shopping center in Buckhead when redevelopment of the center is completed.

Neighborhood Planning Unit B approved a new business license for Tuxedo Wine & Spirits at its June 1 meeting. The adult beverage retail store plans to move into the 14,000 square feet of space presently occupied by Party City. No schedule for the changeover was announced.

The applicant for the license was Rhonda C. Butchaell, an agent for the owner of the shopping center, New York-based GDC Properties, which will be a partner in the business that will own and operate the liquor store at 3655 Roswell Road.

A major redevelopment of the shopping center began in May when Blockbuster Video closed and sidewalks and turn lanes were being improved at the Roswell Road location, just north of the intersection with Piedmont Road.

GDC Properties did not respond to several phone calls inquiring about changes in store for the center, but the Buckhead Reporter has learned that FLIP restaurant is scheduled to go into the Blockbuster site and Zoe’s Kitchen also will open in the center.

Kevin Leff, the attorney who represented Butchaell at the NPU-B meeting, said the liquor store is “part of the whole shopping centers redevelopment” and will have an emphasis on wines and discount liquor. He said the property managers plan to install security cameras and alarms at the center.

It may seem loco, but…

Loco’s restaurant, which was replaced on Peachtree Road about a year ago by the Buckhead Bar & Grill, is moving back into the same spot with a new owner and interior look.

Christine Jung, who has owned and operated a Loco’s franchise restaurant in Alpharetta for about five years, is opening a Loco’s at 3167 Peachtree Road, next to the Hole in the Wall bar. She said the interior of the space is being totally renovated and the restaurant will serve 70 percent food (it has a four-page menu) and 30 percent liquor.

Jung, who had her application approved for a license to operate a restaurant and serve liquor at the June 1 NPU-B meeting, reported that Buckhead Bar & Grill went out of business on May 30.

A new seafood catch

Big Catch, a casual seafood grill, is scheduled to open in July at 3279 Roswell Road in the spot previously occupied by the Taco Stand restaurant.

David Rice, one of four people who will own and operate the restaurant, told the NPU-B board the price range for entrees will be $15-$25. Members of the group have previously owned and operated Tin Lizzy’s and Milton’s restaurants and bars.

Rice, who lives in the neighborhood at the Buckhead Village Lofts, said the restaurant will offer outdoor dining and will also have live entertainment on certain nights of the week. He said the manager is coming from Seasons 52.