ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Developer George Banks has unveiled the first two tenants that will occupy his courtyard megaplex eatery when it opens next year just off Haynes Bridge Road where The Varsity once stood.
King of Pops Bar and Biscuit Love have signed on as part of the development which will feature as many as seven restaurants of varying size and seating.
Banks said he plans to have all seven tenants announced by Christmas, meanwhile construction at the site should start in August or early fall. Opening should take place late spring or early summer 2018, he said.
Banks’ new concept, called The Daily, calls for an unconventional layout with painted exterior concrete blocks.
It will feature climbing vines of ficus obscuring the eateries and teasing passersby to explore what lies inside.
“I want to draw that line between giving people enough of a glimpse to make them curious enough to find out more,” he said.
Banks is known for his wildly eclectic and successful Krog Street Market in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood.
Banks’ Alpharetta design calls for seven attached restaurants surrounding a 7,300-square-foot courtyard for outdoor dining and relaxation.
The courtyard will be set up for year-round use, with heaters, a fireplace and a fire pit for the cold months.
The eateries will vary in size, with the largest operation occupying 2,800 square feet. Plans include two 626-square-foot shops, as well.
King of Pops Bar, from the creators of the popular Atlanta frozen treats on sticks, will offer some custom popsicles and “poptails.” Those are a combination alcoholic-fruit flavored concoction) exclusive to The Daily. Its menu is modeled after King of Pops Good Grub & Bar, the company’s food operation at Ponce City Market.
Biscuit Love, based out of Nashville, specializes in popular breakfast items. Nationally renowned food-television icon Alton Brown has called the restaurant’s shrimp and grits the best he’s ever had.
Banks said he plans to make more tenant announcements in the coming weeks.
The Daily has already received enthusiastic reception from Alpharetta’s Design Review Board and city planners say they’re excited about the concept.
Alpharetta Planning Director Kathi Cook said she was happy to see the property adopted for new business so quickly after a closure. She said the concept is perfect for the area.