Pallookaville owner: Avondale Estates ready to develop

Avondale Estates’ revamped Pallookaville Fine Foods is slated for a mid-April re-opening after closing in early February. This follows Tuesday’s debut of the breakfast/lunch restaurant, Rising Son, in Tudor Square.

Pallookaville was bought in February by James Maggard and Jason Hylton, owners of Local No. 7 and M572 in Tucker, and the Matador Cantina in Oakhurst. Pallookaville’s original owner, Jim Stacy, remains as a consultant.

“We actually passed on [the space now occupied by Rising Son] about five years ago,” Maggard said Tuesday. “We didn’t think the time was right. But now that’s changed. Avondale is poised and ready.”

Maggard says Pallookaville’s new menu offers more variety, particularly with additional sandwiches and salads, with an ultimate goal of attracting more families.

“The Rising Son opening [across the street] is huge,” Maggard said. “I think Avondale’s starting to build critical mass. It’s tough for an independent to open in Decatur these days because of high rents, so I believe Avondale will be reborn out of necessity.”

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