GrindhouseBy Collin Kelley

It seems like every month an Intown restaurant announces it’s closing, but those are quickly replaced by new offerings.

We’ve put together a list of what’s on the horizon, although we’re just as gobsmacked as you are about the trend toward more burger, taco and yogurt joints. We’re excited about a couple of those burger places, so you’ll see them in the preview.

Leave a comment below, visit  our Facebook page and find us on Twitter (@ATLIntownPaper) and tell us which restaurant you’re most looking forward to dining at this summer.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers Midtown: Here’s a burger joint we love. The original location inside Sweet Auburn Curb Market has been a big hit, so the first stand alone location in a former gas station on Piedmont Avenue near Cheshire Bridge Road is highly anticipated by burger aficionados. Wasn’t open at press time, but might be now. Check the website,

Lure: Many Intowners lamented the closure of the Midtown location of Vickery’s on Crescent Avenue, but Fifth Group has snapped up the space and will open a new seafood concept called Lure, which should open this summer.

Our Way Café: After a devastating fire more than a year ago, the Avondale Estates favorite re-opened last month at 2831 E. College Ave. serving up tasty southern comfort food.

Briza: Located in the former Pacci Ristorante space in the former Hotel Palomar, both the restaurant and hotel have been transformed. The hotel is now a Marriott Renaissance and the restaurant is now Briza, which serves “urban Italian” made with “farm-to-fork” ingredients.

Double Zero Napoletana: The owners of Decatur’s popular Iberian Pig were expected to open this new concept in mid-April at 5825 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Check for updates.

5 Napkin Burgers: The former Nickemoto’s site at the prominent corner of 10th and Piedmont in Midtown wasn’t empty long. New York-based 5 Napkin Burgers snapped up the building and has been doing renovations for months. Watch the website at for updates.

No. 246: Ford Fry, chef and owner of JCT Kitchen, and Drew Belline, chef de cuisine at Floataway Cafe, have partnered to open this new concept in the former Eurasia space in Decatur. The menu will include pizzas, pastas, seafood and more. A mid-May opening is expected.

Another Broken Egg Café: The Destin-based chain will move into Georgia with its first restaurant in Peachtree Battle shopping enter, expected to open in June. As the name suggests, this has all the favorite breakfast menu items.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub: One of the most anticipated openings of the year will be located inside the renovated Kriegshaber House (circa 1900) in Little Five Points. Owners Bob and Kristine Sandage will brew their own beer onsite and there will be locally-raised beef, pork and chicken as well as vegetarian options.

More coming soon: Fifth Group will open a Tex-Mex restaurant at the 191 Peachtree Building in Downtown this year, while the former Shaun’s site on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park has been taken over by the owners of East Atlanta’s Holy taco for an unnamed new restaurant.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.