Tupelo Honey Cafe, an iconic restaurant in downtown Asheville, N.C., is taking their eclectic spin on Southern food to the peach state with a new restaurant slated to open in Atlanta in fall of 2015. The restaurant will be part of the new Sandy Springs Gateway, a 21-acre mixed use development, which is being developed at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs, Ga.
The Atlanta restaurant will be the first location in Georgia and the sixth out-of-market restaurant for Tupelo Honey Cafe. Other cities include Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City, Tenn.; in addition to the original two restaurants in Asheville. “Atlanta is the capital of the South and a food mecca so it’s definitely been on our radar from the beginning,” said Steve Frabitore, owner of Tupelo Honey Cafe. “When we were approached with the opportunity to be a part of the Sandy Springs Gateway project, we knew the site would be ideal. We’re incredibly excited to be a part of Atlanta’s exceptional dining community.”
About Tupelo Honey Cafe
Since opening in downtown Asheville, N.C. in 2000, Tupelo Honey Cafe has become one of the most beloved restaurants in the Southeast. The award-winning restaurant’s casual, colorful and whimsical atmosphere and farm-to-fork New South cuisine have grown in popularity, spurring additional locations and a nationally distributed Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook. A second cookbook is due in April 2014. Owner Steve Frabitore opened a second Asheville location in 2010 since has opened locations in Knoxville, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Charlotte, N.C. The company will open a Johnson City, Tenn. location in May 2014. For more information, visit www.tupelohoneycafe.com.
fug’em. the food isn’t that great. kinda like the thirsty monk…7 bucks for a pint? they wanna get big, then sell out.
I always vote for them for best chain.
I’m confused… is this one of the chains that’s okay to have downtown, or one of the chains that we need to get the torches and pitchforks out for?
Hmmm….great question! So, what it is it, Asheville? Is this Mellow Mushroom, Marble Slab, Doc Cheys (chains downtown are cool) or Jimmy Johns, Urban Outfitters, (chains downtown are evil)?
Why do you keep insisting that “Asheville” has some kind of monolithic, cohesive opinion on issues like this?
The original Tupelo Honey is on College St and its been there a while. Then they built the South Asheville one, now there are 7 locations all together and another in Atlanta coming soon. That’s really fast and really amazing how they have expanded. The problem is that instead of going local and getting their meat and produce in WNC it comes form Sysco, which tastes like crap and you can tell when you eat there.
Why? Mainly because it’s fun to poke at how Asheville seems determined to live its own stereotype sometimes.
I heard they just laid off a few managers recently.