Despite all of the uncertainties and financial upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of Atlanta restaurant and bar owners and food and beverage entrepreneurs plan to open new establishments in 2021.
Check out this list of dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops — most announced in 2020 — set to open around Atlanta in 2021.
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Shake Shack opens a fifth metro Atlanta location later this year on Haynes Bridge Road. The restaurant features a drive-thru window.
Up on the Roof, a rooftop restaurant serving Southern comfort food and cocktails, opens this summer at Liberty Hall on South Main Street in the heart of downtown Alpharetta.
Victory Brands, the group behind Victory Sandwich Bar, LLoyd’s, and Little Trouble, plans to open a new restaurant concept at the recently opened Indie Studios complex on Ottley Drive.
Eataliano Kitchen opens this spring next to Park Bench at the Braves stadium complex.
Mac McGee opens a second location at the Battery Atlanta this summer. The menu for the Cobb County location will be similar to the Roswell restaurant.
Silverspot Cinema, a two-story, dine-in theater, opens in May and will feature ten movie theaters with seats that fully recline, a separate cocktail bar, and a full-service food menu.
The Daily opens on Trabert Avenue next spring. The Charleston-based coffee shop and cafe is owned by Michael and Melody Shemtov, who also own Butcher and Bee in Charleston and Redheaded Stranger in Nashville.
Corner Grille is opening on Marietta Boulevard in the former Westside Pizza space serving Cajun and Creole fare.
Juniper Cafe, Vietnamese restaurant and bakery from Lazy Betty owners Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, open this summer at Westside Village.
Spiller Park opens its third location this fall at the Publix-anchored Moores Mill Center complex.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q opens a third location by next summer in the former Hudson FC International Sports Pub space at Brookhaven Station on Peachtree Road.
Fetch the Old Fourth Ward dog park and bar opens its second Atlanta location at Buckhead Village District by spring.
Le Bon Nosh market and all-day cafe opens at the Irby apartment complex this spring.
Red Phone Booth is opening on Peachtree Road. Themed after a 1920s speakeasy serving pre-Prohibition and Prohibition-era cocktails and a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon and scotch, people access the bar by dialing a secret code inside an antique red phone booth.
Sweetgreen, the billion-dollar salad chain, expands to Atlanta with at least two new locations.
A Mano opens next summer on Sylvan Road. First reported. Opened in 2017 at the corner of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Glen Iris Drive, owner George DeMeglio hopes to begin construction on the restaurant this summer.
Neyow’s Creole Cafe, the New Orleans-based restaurant, opens an Atlanta location on Walker Street.
Antiguo Lobo opens this spring on Peachtree Road in historic downtown Chamblee. Owned by Jesús Oñate Jr., Antiguo Lobo (“old wolf”) honors his late father with a menu featuring dishes from multiple regions around Mexico.
Spice and Sky, a rooftop bar and restaurant opening in June at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Chamblee, hired Bhojanic and Tandoori Pizza and Wing Co. chef and owner Archna Becker to help develop and consult on the menu.
The Distillery of Modern Art plans to open this spring on Irvindale Way near the Chamblee MARTA station. The building will house a distillery producing vodka, gin, whiskey, and possibly an amaro or herbal liqueur.
The Breakfast Boys all-day brunch restaurant opens this spring in the former Kafenio space on Main Street in College Park.
Cubanos ATL, the tiny house-based Cuban sandwich shop, takes over the Southern Filling Station space in April at the Cumming Marketplace shopping complex.
Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ expands to Decatur this year.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse opens another location this spring on the edge of Decatur.
Inner Voice Brewing opens next spring in the former Big Tex restaurant space on West Ponce.
Mr. Fries Man, a LA-based restaurant specializing in loaded French fry platters, is opening its first Georgia location on Decatur Street this spring.
Wild Leap opens a location with two levels this fall at Centennial Yards South, part of a 50-acre redevelopment of the historic Gulch and railyards.
Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ expands to Duluth this year.
The Hall at Ashford Lane, a nine-stall food hall, opens inside the former Henredon Furniture store at Perimeter Place (soon to be renamed Ashford Lane) on Olde Perimeter Way.
Pollo Supremo opens for pollo asado, sides like rice and beans and elote, soup, family meals, and desserts such as churros and flan.
Southern Feed Store, a six stall food hall anchored by Brazilian coffee and cocktail bar Buteco, takes over the former Graveyard Tavern space on Glenwood Avenue this summer.
Victorian Atlanta x Bellwood Coffee plant shop and coffee bar opens in May inside a 100-year-old home currently under renovation near the Flatiron Bar.
Gusto! opens a sixth metro Atlanta restaurant at the Parkaire Landing development in East Cobb this summer. It will be the second location with a drive-thru.
Hippin’ Hops brewpub adds a second location later in the year at the Hosea and 2nd development.
Exurbs — outer metro Atlanta
The Exchange, a large mixed-used development taking shape in the Gwinnett County city of Buford, will contain several restaurants as part of its dining district, including a food hall.
Pho Cue, the pop-up that mixes Vietnamese flavors with central Texas barbecue, opens as a restaurant later this spring.
Bankhead Seafood, backed by Atlanta rappers Killer Mike and T.I., opens as a 130-seat, two-story restaurant on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
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Spoon, the Ormewood Park Thai restaurant owned by Sujaree Hewitt and her family, opens its second location in the south metro Atlanta city later this year.
Hattie B’s hot chicken opens a second Atlanta location at 10th Street and Howell Mill Road.
Painted Park takes over the Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish space on North Highland Avenue and will serve food and drinks with expanded outdoor seating and lawn games along the Beltline.
Nouveau Bar and Grill opens in July at the former Firehouse Museum, bringing its comfort food menu, Friday night karaoke, and celebrity-hosted Mimosa Jam brunches to the south metro Atlanta city.
Bellsmouth Cafe and 3 Heart Coffee Roastery open at the historic Pratt Pullman District development taking shape along Rogers Street.
Kamayan ATL, the highly popular Filipino food pop-up founded by Mia Orino and Carlo Gan, opens as a restaurant in Atlanta this year.
The Abby Singer pub opens in May at the historic Pratt Pullman District, featuring the famed Minneapolis cheese-stuffed burger the “Juicy Lucy”.
An outdoor, mobile alcohol park opens in May as part of the new Historic Rail Park at Pullman Yard in Kirkwood, and it will be operated by upcoming restaurant the Abby Singer, also opening in May at the Pratt Pullman District.
Little Five Points
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, which temporarily closed last March due to the pandemic, could reopen as soon as this spring, and it has a new owner.
Big Boss Chinese, owned by Atlanta chef Guy Wong, opens this summer in the former Chinese Buddha space on 10th Street near Georgia Tech.
Holeman and Finch pub finally reopens this year at Colony Square.
Nagomiya lands on West Peachtree this spring serving rice bowls, sushi rolls, and, ramen.
Politan Row, the upcoming food hall at Colony Square, should see stalls opening by spring. The first stalls opening inside forthcoming Midtown food hall include chef Shaun Doty’s Federal Burger, a second location of Sang Ho’s restaurant Bun Mi Vietnamese Grill, and Rob Green’s smoothie and bowl spot YŌM. Check out more stalls here.
Pour Taproom opens a three-level bar in the former Tap space on Peachtree this spring.
Rumi’s Kitchen opens a third Atlanta location of the Persian restaurant at Colony Square.
Saints and Council, a new restaurant from the CEO of Cafe Intermezzo, opens this summer at Colony Square.
Shake Shack is apparently opening its sixth Atlanta-area location on the outskirts of Piedmont Park in Midtown, near the 12th Street entrance.
SmoQue Burger burger and sandwich shop opens at the Collective at Coda.
Toscano, from the owners of Sandy Springs Italian restaurant Cibo e Beve, open a new Italian restaurant this year at Atlantic Station.
Old Fourth Ward
Biggerstaff Brewing Company opens beside Staplehouse Market on Edgewood Avenue this year.
Handlebar bar, from the owner of Edgewood Pizza, opens at the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard.
Indulge Gourmet Popcorn opens this spring at Krog Street Market.
Kuro, from chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee, opens in the former Hazel Jane’s wine bar space next to Cold Beer. The menu will focus on seafood and serve a mix of Japanese fare and ingredients fused with Soul food dishes.
Papi’s Cuban Cuisine opens at Krog Street Market this spring next to Soul: Food and Culture.
Sweetgreen, the billion-dollar salad chain, expands to Atlanta with at least two new locations.
Nashville-based Red Pebbles Hospitality, the group behind Adele’s and the 404 Kitchen, plans to open a restaurant beside Staplehouse Market and forthcoming brewery Biggerstaff Brewing on Edgewood Avenue.
H&W Steakhouse opens in the former Black Walnut Cafe space on Peachtree Parkway.
Kettlerock Brewing opens early this year, taking over the former Nemoe’s Tavern and Grill space on Peachtree Parkway.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery opens a second location at Ansley Mall this spring.
East Pole Coffee opens by the end of the year in the former San Francisco Coffee/Apotheos Roastery space at Plaza on Ponce.
Fishmonger seafood market and takeaway cafe opens at the Plaza on Ponce shopping center, home to the historic Plaza Theatre, the Righteous Room, and Southern Belle.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams takes over the former Queen of Cream space at the Plaza on Ponce complex this year.
Jinya Ramen still plans to open at Plaza on Ponce along North Highland Avenue in the back of the complex.
Muchacho cafe and bar expands into the Golden Eagle restaurant and cocktail bar space on Memorial Drive after it closes there on May 2.
Bryan Furman BBQ, a new restaurant owned by pitmaster Bryan Furman opening in early 2022, will be a celebration of Black barbecue traditions. The existing house on the Bolton Road property will be torn down to make way for a new building and smokehouse. Read the full story here.
Cubanos ATL should open later this year behind former live music venue Gypsy Rose on Alpharetta Street.
Southern Forsyth County
Cattle Shed Wine and Steak Bar opens in May at Halcyon.
Concept modern American diner still plans to open along Georgia Avenue.
D Boca N Boca, a Mexican gastropub from Real Mexican Vittles mobile kitchen owner Helio Bernal, opens this year along Georgia Avenue.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse should open another Atlanta location along Hank Aaron Drive.
How Crispy Express sandwich shop opens across from Little Tart Bakeshop on Georgia Avenue.
Press Start, from Char Korean and Girl Diver owner chef Richard Tang, opens as an old school arcade and bar along Georgia Avenue.
Redacted Basement Drink Parlor, the Summerhill conspiracy theory-themed bar, still plans to open along Georgia Avenue.
Chattahoochee Food Works sees the first restaurant stalls opening this spring and summer and throughout the summer at the 31-stall food hall. The food hall includes a location of popular Cuban sandwich shop Cubanos ATL. Several stalls are now open.
Fetch Park opens by the end of the year at the Works complex, an 80-acre development that includes food hall Chattahoochee Food Works.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q opens a second location at the Works next to Chattahoochee Food Works.
Waffle Experience, a California-based breakfast and brunch restaurant, opens at the Works development along Chattahoochee Avenue in northwest Atlanta.
Doughnut Dollies opens this spring at the corner of Virginia and North Highland avenues.
Kinship combines the conveniences of a market, butcher, cheese counter, cafe, and wine shop under one roof at the VA-HI building.
Pizza By the Slice, owned by Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza, opens soon at the VA-HI building for Sicilian-style pizza, served by the slice or whole pie, and Jersey-style sub sandwiches.
Edgewood Pizza — the home of “king slices” — opens a second location at the Sky Lofts complex on Oak Street near the West End Mall.
Lake and Oak Neighborhood Barbecue, owned by chefs Todd Richards and Josh Lee, opens later this year at the Lee and White complex.
Portrait Coffee, an Atlanta-based roastery, opens later this year at the Lottie Watkins Building on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, one block north of the historic Wrens Nest House Museum.
Rodney Scott’s Barbecue should finally open this year at the Met complex.
Westside-Howell Mill Road/Brady Avenue
Brown Bag Seafood, owned by Chicago restaurateur Donna Lee, opens a second Atlanta location in the former Little Star cafe space at Westside Provisions District.
Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches opens at the Interlock, currently under construction across from Westside Provisions District.
Draw Bar opens this spring at the emerging Interlock development. Part of the Bellyard Hotel at the complex, Draw Bar resides off of the lobby on the third floor and features a bar and lounge as well as an outdoor terrace.
Holiday Bar, an open-air bar that takes advantage of the Interlock’s open-container license, opens this spring.
Mujo, the Castellucci Hospitality-backed sushi pop-up, opens next door to Cooks and Soldiers on Howell Mill Road this summer.
Pour Taproom opens at the Interlock across from Westside Provisions District this fall.
SMR Tap bar could open this winter at the emerging Star Metals complex on Howell Mill Road.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery opens a second Atlanta location at the emerging Osprey complex on Howell Mill Road.
Atlanta Location TBD
Amar Bien was to open at the Westside Village complex on Marietta Boulevard. Those plans were scraped while owners Howard and Anita Hsu scout new locations for the restaurant.
Bocado closes March 27 on Howell Mill Road, but owner Brian Lewis plans to reopen the restaurant known for its burger elsewhere, possibly in another westside Atlanta neighborhood.
Botanico Kitchen and Bar in Buckhead closed above Savi Provisions on Pharr Road, but plans to relocate the club-like Mexican restaurant and bar are already underway.
Dear Friend Bagels, owned by Dale Donchey of Spiller Park Coffee, will open as a bagel shop and delicatessen in Atlanta. Donchey tells Eater he’s eyeing space in downtown Atlanta.
Nourish Botanica, a sustainable greenhouse cafe owned by Quianah Upton, should open somewhere in South Atlanta by the end of 2021.