Dolce space in Atlantic Station to get $2.25 million renovation

By on August 29, 2011
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Will Yard House restaurant’s big bet pay off?

Geisha house. Gone. Dolce. Gone. Ten Pin Alley. Gone.

Yard House is the latest restaurant chain that’s spending millions at Atlantic Station. Is the fourth time a charm?

The American fusion restaurant is taking the place of the now shuttered Dolce Enoteca E Ristorante, which closed its doors earlier this month.

The California-based franchise filed a permit with City of Atlanta Friday for tenant improvements to the space.

Those improvements include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in addition to a new mezzanine, lift and stairway as well as an outdoor patio with a fire pit and heaters, according to the permit.

The estimated cost of construction is $2,250,000.00 for the 13,807-square-foot space. That’s roughly $163.00 per square foot!

Tenant improvements are costs often shared by the landlord and tenant. It’s certain Atlantic Station is contributing to the build-out, but to what extent is unknown.


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About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.

9 Comments

  1. KenBud

    August 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Sadly, had to happen. Dolce was soooooooo specific that anyone who took over the space wouldn’t be able to adapt. The interiors you are describing above could almost apply for any “upscale” type restaurant in the future. The new Atlantic Station owners are paying the price for the decisions made by the previous regime. I, for one, am ecstatic with all these changes.

    I still think the parking situation will come back and rear its ugly head. They gotta figure out a way to make $$$ of that … or charge more rent from tenants, which raises prices, etc.

    They have to figure out a way to “encourage” residents to walk to these places. I’ve seen more people drive out of Atlantic Station, hang a right and pull into Target’s parking lot (instead of walking). Others …. are just parking Target parking lot and walking over to the movies or shopping … and not taking a ticket. Maybe AS should install the same parking ticket method at Target.

  2. mark

    August 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Regarding the walkability of A.S. and the surrounding neighborhoods, its pretty poor. it would be great if there were some sort of access from the north-side of the development… its pretty near impossible to walk there from the north side, when it is actually pretty close.

  3. JonC

    August 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I’m surprised so many people are able to get away with parking at Target. There’s been a couple of times I’ve parked there to actually shop at Target and a security guard stopped me to make sure I wasn’t walking over to AS.

  4. Urbanist

    August 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    That’s more of a psychological problem that Atlantans have, than it is a walkability issue. I would imagine anyone who lives in AS probably walks to see movies, grab a bite, etc. But those who cannot walk there, drive, and then drive everywhere.

    I’m not sure why the development wasn’t built to be more high density than it is (i.e. most of the residential except 12 and the Atlantic are only 3-4 stories), thus giving people more of the real benefit of proximity over the perceived benefit of a car.

    As far as YardHouse is concerned, I’m starting to warm up a little bit to the concept. It’s not going to be great food, or a great atmosphere, but it’ll be better than what’s there currently. Hopefully it’ll change the dining dynamic enough to cause a shift in the general dynamic of AS. I think it’s changed pretty dramtically, just in terms of riff-raff, loitering crowds, etc. in the past few months, so hopefully it keeps moving in that direction..

  5. CP

    August 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    While I agree there is generally a psychological component to Atlanta’s resistance to walk, Atlantic Station has some *specific* problems that make walking really tough. Walking into AS from the North is virtually impossible since AS is fenced off and there are big, blocky, backs-of-superstores-and-garages all along the north side.

    From the west side it’s also difficult to traverse Northside to walk towards IKEA without feeling like you’re endangering your life with zooming cars and lack of crosswalks and consistently paved sidewalks.

    And we all know how unsafe the neighborhoods directly south of AS feel, especially at nighttime (though I admit it seems to be getting better each year). Maybe better street lighting at night would help?

    I just wish AS could use some more muscle to link up the surrounding neighborhoods OTHER THAN MIDTOWN (on the east side).

  6. Dan

    August 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I really wish that AS would fix the intersection of State St. and 16th. It is so annoying when trying to get to AS when driving north on State St and being forced to make a right on 16th.

  7. Jason

    August 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    From what I’ve seen over the years, Atlantic Station doesn’t connect well with the surrounding neighborhoods because that’s the way the neighborhoods want it. Even in the city most Atlantans have a suburbanite automobile focused cul-de-sac mentality.

  8. JasonH

    August 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    As an Atlantic Station resident, I am happy to see something go in that has broad appeal and might have decent service (we will certainly wait and see on the latter). They seem to have more attractive beer options (for most people). This place looks more like a staple and less a destination, but AS needs something to get people there regularly. Fox and Copeland’s were the only two restaurants that really had broad appeal, and we know how horrible those two are. AS needs destination restaurants and retailers, but it also needs to offer the basics. Nothing exciting about this, but it should be useful.

    With regard to the walkability of AS, it leaves much to be desired. I live in the condos on 17th St and will very rarely walk to the retail portion. This is still a car-dominated city, and the main intersections are just not places where drivers are looking out for pedestrians. I have walked home from the Arts Center station many times, and I run regularly, but I often just don’t feel like dodging traffic on my way to go get something to eat or to do a little shopping. I know this will be crazy talk to some people, but parking at AS is really easy. But, as I have said before, if I end up driving somewhere, that makes a LOT of places much more accessible, and the competition for my every day shopping/eating goes way up if I don’t walk. We end up eating on the westside pretty much to the exclusion of AS most of the time because of this.

  9. Free Ride

    August 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Dan,
    State and 16th is not going to change. The residents of Home Park demanded that State St not be a main artery into AS.

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