“This guy has so much passion,” he said of Marteny. “I told him, ‘Whatever you want to make, I’ll sell it, I’ll find an audience for it.”
In addition to his work at Alpha Soda Kitchen, Marteny will also get to flex his barbecue muscles at Trinity BBQ, which will be located in the same development and will likely open within the next six months. Clarke said Marteny plans to cook traditional barbecue and will also bring in Vietnamese and Korean influences.
Clarke said he hopes to turn the other three store fronts into different culinary concepts bearing the “Alpha Soda” name.
The restaurant has gone through several iterations, locations and owners since Louis Jones opened it in 1920 on Main Street in Alpharetta. It moved to Alpharetta Crossing Shopping Center in 1990 and to its current location in 1995.
The newest version will feature a full beverage program run by Tara Remmell Webb, previously of Murphy’s Restaurant and other Atlanta restaurants.
Alpha Soda will do away with its current breakfast hours and will focus on serving lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch and dinner Saturday.
The space will seat around 255 customers total and will also offer two private dining spaces.
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