Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Empress of China II will serve its last meals on Monday; Botekim Brazilian Bistro has already shuttered its doors.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Two East Cobb restaurants -- one a longtime part of the local dining scene and the other considered a new, rising star -- have closed or will be closing. The Empress of China II, located in the Market Plaza Shopping Center at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, is closing on Monday after 32 years in East Cobb. A notice on the restaurant's website said the closing was due to "the current financial climate" and the retirement of the owners. The food blog Atlanta Eater reported on Wednesday that Botekim Brazilian Bistro has closed its doors, leaving a note in the door thanking patrons and informing them of the news. The brainchild of former Sal Grosso chef and Brazilian immigrant Alex DeGrossi, Botekim opened last July to rave reviews (East Cobb …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Can the recent opening of L.A. Fitness Center spark greater community redevelopment in the Powers Ferry Road corridor?
When the Powers Ferry Road Master Plan was completed last year, L.A. Fitness wasn't on the radar. The county-appointed committee, which included significant citizen input, targeted the largely-empty Terrell Mill Village Shopping Center as a key for the area's commercial renewal. L.A. Fitness, which specializes in building in redeveloping areas and had a nearby location on Akers Mill Road, became the first notable major business to move into Terrell Mill Village when it opened its doors last month. But as the grand opening celebration continues, community and business leaders are hopeful it will serve as a linchpin for further redevelopment. "I think it can be," said East Cobb commissioner Bob Ott, who pushed for the creation of the …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The venerable Powers Ferry area restaurant will reopen with a new name in a new location in April.
One of East Cobb's local favorites for Greek and Meditteranean food is closing its doors. But only for a short while. The Giannes family, which has operated Christos' Pizza at two locations in the Powers Ferry Road corridor for more than 30 years, is moving back closer to its roots this spring. And when the new place reopens at the redeveloped Terrell Mill Village Shopping Center in April, it will have a different name: Kouzina Christos. Owner Christos Giannes made the formal announcement Thursday on the old restaurant's Facebook page: "Thank you for 32 wonderful years. Sandy [Christos' late brother and business partner] was blessed and I continue to be blessed with tremendous support and unwavering loyalty of so many of you. . . . …
Monday, October 17, 2011
This East Cobb Greek restaurant will move to the corner of Terrell Mill and Powers Ferry roads early next year.
Christos' Pizza owner Christos Giannes is responsible for keeping the business running as efficiently as possible. The restaurant's marketing efforts focus on sponsoring nonprofits, schools and sports teams. Giannes said that he doesn't buy any advertising. All the marketing money is spent supporting the community. Q. What's the best thing about your job? A. The interaction with so many people. It's fascinating to see everybody. We're in the people business. Q. What is the best thing about being in East Cobb? A. Cobb is dynamic and well run from every aspect. Q. Why did you choose to open your business here? A. When we were looking for a location we looked at demographic profiles of places. This area has the right mix of offices and homes…