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Visions For Vacancies: Sushi Mania In Cherokee Plaza

The space next door to the old Brookhaven Post Office is now vacant. What do you think should go there?


I figured it was only a matter of time before Sushi Mania, one of my favorite spots, went out of business.

The restaurant cut back its operating hours to serve only dinner, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"visions-for-vacancies-elwood-s-pizza-in-cherokee-plaza"} --> a few months ago. While I was out this past Tuesday night visiting (for its

John McGrew September 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Isn't the Kroger expanding into that space, or are they giving up on that?
FreddieK September 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The Kroger expansion which literally extorted a record 15 Variances from DeKalb County despite all being required and part of the LCI is taking the Sushi space and the Post Office Space. In the future there will be even more less-than-mediocre employees to help ruin your day. If you want to see an appropriately opinionated & sentimented letter sent to the Kroger's manager look here: http://abetterbrookhaven.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Kroger-ltr_Bobby-Smith.pdf
Jane September 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
LCI is not working. Chamblee is having a terrible time with it. People are shopping value, those who wish to shop 'high-end' may frequent the more costly, boutique stores, but Kroger will always be the popular choice. What was the purpose of the letter, to make Kroger build out it's store to meet with a 'vision' concocted by neighbors that is not based on their successful business model. Get over yourselves!
Grieg Ericsson September 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Jane, Strip club coming soon.
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I read the letter, what a hoot! Plus, some of the information on A Better Brookhaven is incorrect. Specifically, when Cherokee Plaza was developed and statements made by commenter’s are simply pulled out of their arses. Kroger is in a strip center set back from the road. I agree with sidewalks, and although trees sound good, they can create issues. Sounds like some folks would not be happy until the entire shopping center is torn down and the property owner rebuilds to the demands of a select few. Is the Overlay meant to govern modifications to existing tenants wanting to expand? Or, new tenants locating in an existing shopping center or structure? Careful folks, requirements to extensively modify existing buildings will result in discouraging tenants. How long do you want that building or space to be vacant in a depressed economy? Interesting what you expect others to do with their money. Now, about Kroger. I never go to Whole Foods, too expensive, and a lot of hype. Rarely to Publix unless I have to, but mostly for sale items. Although Kroger is not one of my regulars for food needs, I abhor visits to the location on Johnson Ferry; the Hampton Hall and Murphy Candler matrons with their whiney, undisciplined kids are a real turn off. However, as I motor up Peachtree and I have a reason to stop I relish my visits to the Kroger in Brookhaven. Talk about VERY HOT CHICKS! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Mr. Grieg, beautiful women and special hamburgers go together! The old Hastings’s location with a party deck out back! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Interplanet Janet September 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I'd love to have a Taqueria del Sol kind of place go in there, with $2 soft tacos!
FreddieK September 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Jane - the LCI hasn't had the chance to work, it has only been in effect for a short time and people continually seek variances from it's requirements. It is not a quick fix, it is a great roadmap for the next 20 years. I promise you this Jane... Chamblee will become fully developed & even overdeveloped in the near future despite the LCI. As for Kroger, their successful business model is "as cheaply as possible" which, in my view is not what I want built around me! Again, I promise that there will continue to be Krogers around the area rather than give up market-share to competitors. Oh, but they'll be prettier, better landscaped, safer & more pedestrian friendly, etc. You sound like a person who has been thwarted by the LCI! Lastly, I will not get over myself.
FreddieK September 17, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Mr. Burger - the rules, almost wherever you go in this country, are if you change the site plan you adhere to current zoning. Cherokee Plaza is demolishing an existing building (Brusters/Nathans), changing the Use Group of the former Post Office & Sushi Restaurant, expanding the footprint of the building, oh... also... completely demolishing and building back the expansion space & substantial renovation of the rest of the space. So, in the end, only 20-30% of the existing shopping center remains as-is. The existing pedestrian & vehicular traffic into & out of that center is bedlam & dangerous at best despite being an area with a significant number of walkers and non-ambulatory people using scooters. The truth is that the lease for expanding Kroger was done and executed long before the variances were approved... at that point they simply wanted to see how cheap they could make it. Personally, I think the female shoppers are far more attractive at the Publix at Town Brookhaven, but I digress.
HamBurger September 20, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Mr. Tim, when this restaurant first opened under the original owners it was a real delight, we visited regularly. However, under subsequent owners, the fascination with the food and the service diminished. Regrettably, it never had the traffic worthy of the delights prepared and served by the original owners. Our pictures remained on their picture board for years. I wonder . . . A special hamburger with wasabi?
Brooktrout Knickerbocker December 01, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Alas, Sushi Mania (and before when they called it Harada) was our favorite sushi joint in the South. Very few that we're this good, in New York, Ft. Lauderdale, we loved the food and service so very much! Does anyone know where the chef went? They were good enough to follow... Seriously. Where can we find out this information? These people should not stop making sushi, even if it's at some other restaurant, the world is better off with them.
Fritz Alders December 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Sushi Mania closed, but it didn't bite the dust. They're moving to John's Creek and will be opening soon. And as good as their sushi is, I can hardly wait!
Fishy blue May 23, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Does anyone have any updates on the restaurant (or at least the chef!) reopening? If so please post the name & location of the restaurant!
Fishy blue May 23, 2013 at 06:56 PM
I think they're back - hallellulah! For anyone interested here is the info from urbanspoon.com Sushi Mania (678) 502-7452 Johns Creek location: 3719 Old Alabama Rd Alpharetta, GA 30022 Web site: http://www.sushimaniaatlanta.com/ 89% 106 likes on urbanspoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/9/1441575/restaurant/Atlanta/Johns-Creek/Sushi-Mania-Alpharetta
MK May 23, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I think they got the date wrong on the letter. It should be April 1. Or at least I hope so, because otherwise it would appear that my "upscale" and "high income" neighbors have lost their minds.

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