Billy Allen, who ran Beluga which is now the Rose Bar on Piedmont Road, will be opening Café Erehwon at 3165 Maple Drive.
Allen said the new lounge will transform Buckhead to 1940s Hollywood complete with “black bowties, a cigarette girl [and a] jacket-required [dress code].” The 4,200-square-foot building has three floors which will each be designed with its own unique, eclectic theme, he said.
A day spa formerly operated at the location.
“I’ve been involved with 16 bars in 29 years, mostly in the Buckhead area,” Allen said. “To go along with what’s happening in Buckhead, I think this would be a really great addition.”
He told members of NPU-B’s public safety committee the new business would not be crowding Maple Drive with parking. He said there will be dedicated spots in the front and back and he has an agreement with a neighboring hair salon to share some of its parking.
The committee unanimously approved his liquor license request as well as those for Smoke Belly Barbeque at 128 Andrews Drive and Chow Bing in the disco Kroger shopping center at 3330 Piedmont Road.
Smoke Belly, an upscale barbecue restaurant at the former location of Tavern 99, will open in February or early March. Chow Bing, a Chinese restaurant featuring natural, organic ingredients, plans to open its doors in January.
The board also unanimously approved liquor license requests for four other businesses that had to re-apply solely based on changes in management at their respective locations — H&F Bottle Shop, Courtyard by Marriott Buckhead, Del Frisco’s Grille and The Cheesecake Factory.
Tim Creedon, area director of operations for The Cheesecake Factory, will be back before the board next year when the restaurant relocates from Peachtree Road to Lenox Square.
“We are going to start construction after the first of the year,” he said. “We’re looking at probably 14 to 16 weeks [of construction] depending on the early weather. We should be in there late spring.”
Creedon said the Peachtree Road location opened in 1993 and was the company’s eighth restaurant.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet move for us … but we know that we’ll do great things at Lenox,” he said.
NPU-B Chairwoman Andrea Bennett said the board has approved more than 35 alcohol applications this year.
The Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit-B board will meet Jan. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.