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What's New at Atlantic Station, Restaurant Eyes 'Cursed' Spot & More

A rundown on recent news in the local business community.

  • New Additions to Atlantic Station: It's been quite a year at Atlantic Station. Under for almost a year, the mixed-use development has secured 12 new stores, restaurants and attractions over the past 12 months. Recently announced are a new location of women's apparel store Fab'rik, the second location of Sole Shoes & Boutique, and a new improv theater for Home Park's (check back for more info). Alternative weekly newspaper Creative Loafing currently is making the move to at Atlantic Station; offices should be open Monday, staff writer Thomas Wheatley said via Twitter. Other new businesses are planned for 2012, including the first Atlanta location of Yard House Restaurant, as well as a new location of Meehan's Public House.
  • Restaurant Eyes 'Cursed' Spot at 10th & Piedmont: It looks like a new restaurant wants to try its luck in a Midtown space considered "cursed" by some. An eatery called Campagnolo has filed an alcohol license application with the city of Atlanta to operate at 980 Piedmont Avenue, across the street from . The space has housed a variety of restaurants over the years, most recently Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria. Reports in September announced a new restaurant was coming to the busy Midtown corner, but under the name "Bistro 980."  
  • Is the End Nigh for Amuse? Real estate blog What Now Atlanta reports , hidden at the end of Dutch Valley Road, is in danger of shutting its doors. The restaurant and lounge recently announced it will no longer serve dinner on Sunday. When questioned, the restaurant's general manager told What Now Atlanta: "We’re trying to keep [Amuse!] open."
  • Atlantic Station Firm Announces New Focus: Carter, a commercial real estate firm headquartered at Atlantic Station, announced Thursday its plans to target multi-family development, student housing projects and office investments. The news comes just months after  was sold to Cassidy Turley.
  • Outwrite Launches Fundraising Campaign: Midtown's iconic gay and lesbian bookstore recently secured a $1,000 donation to kick-off its "Save Outwrite Books" campaign, reports Project Q Atlanta. Money raised will help pay for Outwrite to relocate. Founder and owner Philip Rafshoon that due to financial troubles the bookstore would leave the corner of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street. Outwrite celebrated its 18th anniversary last weekend.
  • Burritos on the Westside: Bell Street Burritos recently opened its second location on Howell Mill Road, replacing shuttered breakfast spot Social House. The fast-serve restaurant serves typical Mexican fare -- tacos, burritos, quesadillas -- but no alcohol at this time. The space remains a cozy place to nosh. Old-timey photos and objects hang on the wall, including a large, rusted fan hung from the ceiling. Cliff Bostock gave the new joint a positive review in Creative Loafing.
  • Mexican Restaurant to Replace Bakeshop: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill -- a chain of casual Tex-Mex restaurants -- has plans to open a location on the Midtown Mile. This week, an application for the restaurant's alcohol license got support from Neighborhood Planning Unit-E. Lime Fresh will take over the space at 903 Peachtree Street currently occupied by , which the AJC says will close early next year. The bakery's owner says Bakeshop is working on expanding its wholesale business, What Now Atlanta reports.
  • Mi Cocina Coming to 12th & Midtown: Another Tex-Mex restaurant is planning to open in Midtown. Texas-based restaurant Mi Cocina is set to open late 2012 at the upscale 12th & Midtown development, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. The restaurant will be located at the corner of Peachtree and 11th streets, says a Monday blog post from 1010 Midtown. Interested in managing the new eatery? The company is hiring, per an online listing.
  • New Name for Piano Bar on Juniper: The on Juniper Street had a last-minute name change. Murphy's Den now is Mirffee's Den, a late November visit to the restaurant revealed. A waiter said the owners changed the name because it was too similar to Murphy's restaurant in Virginia-Highland.

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