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Support Your Locally Owned Restaurants

Locally owned small restaurants need your support. Help me encourage visits to neighborhood enterprises.

I usually write to you about the new and exciting restaurants in and around our neighborhoods. Today I'd like to write about something a bit more serious.

How many times have you walked into a restaurant and felt an immediate welcome, feeling like you've arrived at your favorite relative's home for dinner? Well, I have experienced that in many of our local establishments. It may very well be that I frequent them more often that the average person, but how wonderful is it to walk in and feel a warm smile greeting you, sometimes even with hugs and air kisses?

I am writing this blog today to let you all know that one of my favorite little pubs had to close its doors. , sent me a notice  last week, thanking me for my patronage and letting me know that they can no longer sustain their business. I am saddened by this news because they are locally owned and I feel like a family member has just moved away. They still own Olde Blind Dog, but the feeling of having a "go to" in the neighborhood has disappeared.

I urge all of you, who have a favorite locally owned establishment, to continue to let your friends know about each one of these places. Spread the word when you find someplace special.

It is difficult enough for small businesses to make it these days so when you find a great little Bistro, a beloved cafe, or a special hideaway- talk it up.

Although I am sad about losing one of my favorites, there are still many great places to eat. Stay locally or venture to a nearby neighborhood, but remember to support the small business owner so they don't vanish.

Please feel free to post any of the names of your favorite individually owned restaurants.

Bon Appetite!

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J.R. July 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Agreed. The first time I heard about this was during the advertisement for a Daily Deal site (I can't remember which one). I've never heard of this restaurant before, why not? I've heard of the Olde Blind Dog and that is considerably further away. I try often to let people know that Alpine Bakery is amazing or Pampas is exceptional, but there are only so many dining out dollars in most budgets. I've lived in Alpharetta for nearly 20 years, now that they're closed, I've heard they were good. Maybe now that the Patch is here and there's a Best Of coming out which is highlighting lots of great neighborhood places, people will venture out a bit more. For instance, I've tried Marco's Pizza and I've tried a few new things at Rosa Mia on someone's suggestion here. There's just not that much nearby, so to hear that 52 Bistro was great, but is closing is sad. Glad to hear they have other great opportunity ( I recall a 90 minute wait at Olde Blind Dog a couple of months ago ) so I'm sure that crew will come out ahead :) Thanks for the blogging!
Travis Allen July 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Try following the blog at www.rootsinalpharetta.com He frequently reviews locally owned, smaller restaurants and you can find past reviews as well.
Nikki McCarty July 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I live 1 mile from there. I never went. I think the "downtown" Alpharetta area needs to be revamped soon. There's no trendy or eclectic vibe like there is on Canton St. in Roswell. I didn't know where to park to go to that restaurant. There's no foot traffic there. Most of the businesses seem to lock up around 6pm. Everything is on Windward in Alpharetta & even those businesses seem to have trouble making it in this economy.
J.R. July 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Thanks! I'll do that.
Barbara Diener July 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM
J.R. Thank you so much for your response to my blog. I will miss this little place very much. Rose Mia is also a restaurant I have reviewed in the past and highly recommend. Rose and Maria have become great friends and I love that the atmosphere in their restaurant is warm and welcoming too. Where is Marco's pizza. I am a bit of a pizza snob since I come from New York! Thanks for adding that to the list of locals.
Barbara Diener July 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Travis, Thanks for the website. I have something in common with www. rootsinalpharetta since I review a few places myself! Thanks for reading my blog.
Barbara Diener July 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Nikki, I was sorry to read about your disappointment in downtown Alpharetta. There are many good places here, even though you think they lack the "vibe of Roswell. Its a completely different atmosphere, yes, but a few good places non the less. Perhaps trying our local places will change your mind. Alpharetta is trying to revamp, but needs the support of the local community to succeed. Please reconsider frequenting the eateries along Highway 9 and Main Street. To quote a favorite movie- "if you build it, they will come".
Bob Pepalis (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Alpharetta is bringing forward its plan to cut the distance requirement businesses selling alcohol–such as restaurants–must be from churches and schools. I just posted a story on the ordinance proposal. That's always been a problem in downtown, so perhaps this will help those redevelopment plans that Barbara mentions.
Rob Forrest July 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Maybe y'all will try Erwoods across from Olde Blind Dog in Crabapple... Been there over a year and we and everyone there struggle. Downtown Alpharetta will be a case of the haves (east of 9) and have nots (west of hwy 9)... $29m being spent on east side, couple hundred K on west side maybe. What kind of restaurant/nightspot y'all want downtown? I'll bring you one or two.
Barbara Diener July 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Let's hope we are all happy with the results the powers that be command. Thanks for your insight.
Barbara Diener July 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Rob, Haven't heard of Erwoods. What type of restaurant? Maybe I'll make it my next review. Are you the owner? We'd love to see a really good casual seafood "go to". Perhaps a good ol' all American bistro like the one we lost. You know great sandwiches, steaks and burgers, wine list (always a plus). We also need a really good Chinese/Asian restaurant on this end of town, not the basic Cantonese, but a really good mix of savory treats. Can you make this happen? Thanks Rob.
Paul weatherholt July 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Barbra the Marco's Pizza mentioned is at the corner of Abbotts and Jones left of the Burger King. It will meet your expectations even if your from NY.
Lee at rootsinalpharetta.com July 10, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Good story, Barbara. I agree and try to seek out the small players who work hard. Erwoods is a worthy local restaurant (Rob, you should probably mention that you're the owner). I liked their former sister restaurant, Tifosi, better.
allyson newman July 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Wow, So many good comments & ideas !! I was a "Regular" @ Bistro 52 & was there most Wednesday evenings grabbing a delicious Salad or my favorite Kobe Beef Sliders. Met some very interesting people & felt very @ Home with Donna (Owner) & Francis (Bar Tender). Very Sad to see them close. I would love to see some additional cute places open up on or around Main St. which is walking distance fom my Townhome on Academy Street. I frequent a great place in Brookhaven near my Daughter's Home called Kalidescope (On Dresden off Peachtree) Great fun atmosphere, Unique Menu, large outdoor patio, Locally Owned small Business. I know there's all the Big Chains that are always busy & the food is just So So. We need to build up Alpharetta's Downtown. It will healp all our property values go up as well. Support Locally Owned Small Businesses & Restaurants ! Babs, let's try Elwood's this Thursday evening !! Allyson
Karl J July 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Marcos Pizza in Johns Creek is a great place with quality food and service. Groupon had an offer for Marcos Pizza and that is what gave us the push to go with the family. I like using Restaurant.com, Groupon, Half Off depot, and and Loclly to save some money and experience our local businesses. 9 out of 10 times we end up being repeat customers because of their service and quality foods.
Kyle Tripp July 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Lee, don't forget to recommend Yelp.com to all these commenteers so they can find good locally owned restaurants like Boga, La Casa, and Mambo's. I see your great reviews all the time.
Barbara Diener July 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Paul, I will try it and let you know. Thanks for the tip!
Barbara Diener July 11, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Klyle, I hope you are referring to my great reviews! I have reviewed all those restaurants and agree that they are great finds. Boga is a wonderful little place, but never crowded so it scares me a bit that they won't make it. Lets spread the word about how good their food is.- Boga Taqueria Highway 9. La Casa is also one of my favorites. Pasquale is fantastico!

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