Alpharetta OKs ‘jewel box’ restaurants

Artist’s rendering depicts two “jewel box” buildings flanking a view of Alpharetta City Hall and the Town Green at City Center, the downtown redevelopment. CITY OF ALPHARETTA

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Artist’s rendering depicts two “jewel box” buildings flanking a view of Alpharetta City Hall and the Town Green at City Center, the downtown redevelopment. CITY OF ALPHARETTA

The Alpharetta City Council has approved a proposal for restaurants in a pair of "jewel box" buildings flanking the Town Green at City Center, in the downtown redevelopment area.

Cheri Morris of Morris & Fellows requested a conditional use for the two proposed structures, at 24 and 34 S. Main St. Each building would measure 74-by-24 feet and a 380-square-foot patio area.

“The applicant is in discussions with a pizza restaurant, a French bistro, a Taqueria, a Japanese Ramen Bar from the Buckhead area, as well as a local fried chicken restaurant,” according to a staff report to the council.

The council approved the request, with conditions recommended by staff. These include at least 50 percent perimeter wall transparency, restaurant use in compliance with the city’s alcohol ordinance (minimum 50 percent food sales), the buildings and outdoor dining areas not encroaching on the Town Green lawn, all back-of-house functions fully screened from public view, and decorative containers with landscaping.

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