Is Lime Fresh Mexican Grill shoving its burrito in Atlanta’s face?

By on February 25, 2012
Lime Fresh's Buckhead location, courtesy of Buckhead Patch

Mexican joint already opening third metro location, forced one restaurant into name change, chopped another into guacamole.

Atlanta metro area diners are being greeted by Lime Fresh Mexican Grill with a little more than a warm “hola.”

The Florida-based quick service Mexican joint seems to be taking any and all available space it can find, forcing other restaurants to change names and others to go out of business.

But we’ll rant about all of that a few graphs down.

Thursday, Lime Fresh filed a permit with City of Atlanta to make alterations to the Genghis Grill space, at 2140 Peachtree Road, for its newest location. The Mexican restaurant will spend an estimated $95,000 altering the space.

Since entering the Atlanta market, here’s how Lime Fresh has made its welcome so far:

  1. On February 22, Lime Fresh opened its first Atlanta metro area location in the now shuttered Johnny Rocket’s Bukchead. The 20-year-old burger joint fought to stay opened but was chopped into guacamole.
  2. Midtown’s Bakeshop is also being transformed into a Lime Fresh, the Mexican restaurant’s second location.
  3. Smyrna’s Lime Taqueria was threatened with a lawsuit and forced by Lime Fresh to change its name.

Although Lime Fresh’s public relations deaprtment is in touch with What Now Atlanta, it doesn’t seem to want to share information on other planned locations.

That’s probably because it hopes to go gang busters on Atlanta like Del Taco, which is planning 60 locations.

Photo courtesy of Buckhead Patch.

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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.


  1. RJM

    February 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Well, if we can’t make it good, at least we can make it unavoidable.”

  2. Old South

    February 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Lime fresh burrito vs Baja Fresh burrito.

    Baja Fresh wins this lawsuit I predict.

  3. Tim

    February 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

    does caleb spivak secretly write the headlines for fox news?

  4. Sam

    February 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Exactly how is Lime forcing anyone out of business?

  5. David

    February 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    What a strangely written article. Why so bitchy about a burrito place opening a few locations? I wouldn’t talk to you either if I were their PR department.

  6. Sonya

    February 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Let’s just say I won’t be going out of my way to eat at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.

  7. nunnaya

    February 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I won’t be eating there either. As someone who actually lives in the neighborhood, my family loved Johnny Rockets and will miss it. As do other families who live in the area. We already have plenty of crappy chain mexican food options in the Buckhead area, thank you very little

  8. Amanda

    March 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Why so bitchy? Really? These guys have killed off two places and think they own a citrus. I can’t imagine why they don’t deserve a bitchy tone.

  9. Terry

    March 3, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I love how a chain that never existed in GA can move ianshan force an existing business to change its name. Corporate bully anyone? They serve crap btw. I live in Midtown and if I want good Mexican ill eat at Escorpion thank you.

  10. Joe

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I actually Lime. I live close by and will eat there way more than I ever would at Johnny Rockets. Johnny Rockets has had better days and its run was over. With Flip, Farm burger, Smash Burker, Grindhouse and others, johnny rockets was done. I dont mind a better lunch. Better than Willie and Moes, thats for sure. I’ll take it, thank you.

  11. Andy

    March 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    What are you people bitching about? Lime didn’t shut these places down, they clsoed because they let themselves be shut down… Their business model wasn’t good enough to survive.. Have to tell you that the negative comments made and the article itself shows a sad state of ignorance around here.. Why would you blame a new business coming in and trying to make a go of itself? Those of you who belittle these openings should be ashamed of yourself. Perhaps you should take a lesson in business versus looking at things from such a narrow point of view.

  12. Lime??? More like Lemon!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Objectively tried this place over the weekend and the food is not good. Seriously, these are taco’s and burrito’s that I can make better and cheaper at home. The salsa bar is borderline disgusting and the southwestern style salad is on the same level as Arby’s, but three times the price. If these people don’t figure the menu out quickly, it’s moving to the death march page. I’ll check back in a month to see if things have changed.

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