Restaurants openings in the area spark curiosity



This fall — not so much.

Nevertheless, there are a few new restaurants and other news worthy of mentioning.

If you know of any that I’ve missed, let us know

El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant – 2955 Bethany Road in Milton

This small chain of Mexican restaurants is set to open in Zola Bistro’s old space off Ga. 9/Alpharetta Highway. They have four other locations; two in Gwinnett County and two in South Carolina. According to their website, the restaurant gets their name from the Spanish word for “mortar and pestle.” Some of their featured entrees are served in bowls made from volcanic rock. Beyond that, I don’t know much about them. Extra credit if you can pronounce “Molcajate.”

Cumming Fish Market – 872 Buford Highway in Cumming has closed.

The Cumming Fish Market, which was operated by the same family as Sage, Northpoint Diner and Spice has closed its doors. Even the experienced restaurateurs couldn’t overcome the hurdle of this poor location. They were in a beautiful building that was practically invisible.

Fire Fly Restaurant – 3070 Windward Plaza in Alpharetta is opening soon.

I’ve learned a little more about this restaurant from someone close to the managers. Like the Fish Market, there are experienced restaurateurs behind this endeavor, making a go in a terrible location.

Lee Chadwick from The Metropolitan Club is an investor. She was also behind The Taco Stand, which opened this year in another shaky location.

Fire Fly’s executive chef will be Scott Sutton. I hope they are successful in this location. It’s an awesome space that deserves to have a thriving restaurant.

La Casa Italian Grill – 37 Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta has opened.

Pasquale Cardamuro has finally opened his family’s Italian restaurant at the old Cafe Efendi location in downtown Alpharetta.

Berry Bean Cafe – 869 Main Street in Alpharetta

I normally wouldn’t mention a new smoothie shop, but this place also does coffee. Their Facebook page has pics of some beautiful coffee creations and pastries. I desperately want an independent coffee shop to be successful in this area. I don’t know if Berry Bean fits that category, but I wish them luck. They are on North Main in the Taco Mac shopping center.

Restaurants coming soon:

Dulce Chocolat – Still no word on when this chocolate shop on Old Milton will open.

Twisted Taco Express – Their buildout continues. Look for them next to Wildflour on Windward.

Saigon Cafe – I mentioned these guys almost a year ago. Thought they had gone the way of the city that also bears their name. Seems that life is again in this restaurant. Look for them next to Smashburger on Windward.

S. Lee Guy is a Roots in Alpharetta blogger. His work can be found at and

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