Healthy foods, Vietnamese cuisine, and derivatives of the popular Café Vendôme and Paces & Vine are among the first restaurants announced as tenants in City Springs.
“We had high expectations of restaurant tenants,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said during the April 11 unveiling of restaurants in his city’s new civic center. “We wanted it to be a place where people would come and hang out.”
The restaurants are still under construction and more could be named by Selig Enterprises, the private partner on the retail side of City Springs. Restaurants enter storefronts along the Market Square section of City Springs on the Blue Stone and Johnson Ferry routes.
New restaurants include:
Cafe Vendome: The French pastry, bread, sandwich and quiche shop currently operates at 4696 Roswell Road in South Sandy Springs; this is a sister location.
Flower Child: A healthy restaurant with “bowls, wraps, cereals and green vegetables”.
Nam Kitchen: A Vietnamese restaurant by Alex Kinjo of Atlanta’s MF Sushi with a full-service bar with handcrafted cocktails. The executive chef is Thuy Bich, who will use recipes from his mother, Ahn Hoang, formerly of Nam Midtown.
the select: From the team behind the Paces & Vine restaurant in Vinings, this will offer “a light interpretation of contemporary American cuisine with an exceptional wine list. Think comfort food with a slight French accent – light, bright, and relaxed.
Paul said one of The Select’s owners has moved into Aston Apartments in City Springs, a sign of how seriously they are taking the restaurant’s launch and a vote of confidence in the site’s mixed-use approach.
The April 11 event also unveiled some retail tenants, including the Vida-Flo “hydration” clinic, which also has a location in Buckhead, and the previously announced fitness centers SculptHouse and TURN Studio.
City Springs is a 14-acre mixed-use civic center bounded by Roswell Road, Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs Circle, and Johnson Ferry Road. In addition to housing and shops, it includes a new town hall, a large park and a large performing arts center. It is opening in phases this year, with City Hall scheduled to open on May 7 and the Performing Arts Center in August.
Speaking in front of a fountain in the heart of Market Square, Paul described the history of the City Springs site as the former site of a big box store with long shutters. In some of his trademark phrases, he said the city “has destroyed a parking lot and built a paradise”, in an attempt to create “a connective tissue” and “everyone’s neighborhood”.
Paul noted City Springs’ mixed-use strategy and said the city hopes it will attract every resident to visit at least once a year. “I grew up in rural Alabama and they have a saying there, ‘We’re going to treat you so many ways, you’re bound to love one of them,'” said Paul.
In a subsequent interview, Paul said the city is keen to see this kind of diversity in the restaurant mix as well. He said negotiations with Selig regarding suggested tenants had gone back and forth: “We said, ‘You’re getting closer. Keep looking. The final list, he said, meets the city’s expectations for high quality and diverse family businesses.