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New Grindhouse Killer Burgers to open soon

Credit: Alex Brounstein

Credit: Alex Brounstein

After months of delays, Grindhouse Killer Burgers’ new Piedmont Heights location seems to be in the home stretch. But the road has been anything but smooth.

Originally announced nearly a year ago, the new location on Piedmont Ave. was originally slated to open in the fall of 2010. But, as often seems to happen with many new restaurants in Atlanta, a series of permit delays and roadblocks pushed that opening date into January of this year and beyond.

To most passers-by, the construction of the new location, which dwarfs the original counter location at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, seems to have been completed for some time now, yet the doors have remained shuttered.

I recently spoke with Alex Brounstein, the founder/owner of Grindhouse, about the status of the opening and the reasons for the delays.

The delays have mostly boiled down to permitting, from months of lag time awaiting the approval of completed permit applications to where Brounstein sits today: Re-grading his parking lot and building the sidewalk to nowhere.

Formerly the home of a car wash/car repair shop, the new Grindhouse sits on the corner of Piedmont Ave. and Wimbledon Dr., a street that becomes residential – consisting of single-family homes – right after Brounstein’s new property line. Because Brounstein’s property sits on the edge of the Beltline Overlay District, he is subject to additional zoning and construction regulations. One of these mandates that he build a sidewalk from the corner of Piedmont to the end of his property…where it will promptly stop.

The “sidewalk to nowhere” – my words, not Brounstein’s – is one of the more amusing examples of the issues that have held up the process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. With a little luck and some good weather, an opening in the second week of April is “so close, I can taste it,” he said.

The restaurant itself is ready to go, pending health and fire inspections…which can’t happen until the parking lot and sidewalk are completed.

In addition to serving up the same burgers that won over fans at their original location, Grindhouse Midtown will feature a large outdoor patio, full dinner service in the evenings, and a full bar, which will also include six different kinds of alcoholic milkshakes.

Here is to hoping that the wait is almost over.

19 comments Add your comment

RK

March 25th, 2011
2:29 pm

Thanks, government, for hurting small businesses. Good job!

Rodney

March 25th, 2011
5:41 pm

I, and two gal-pals of mine, have been waiting PATIENTLY … at least we can take solace in knowing it may not be too much longer before a Grindhouse lunch date. :)

Kev

March 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

Is that the same location that had the gorilla out front?

Wino

March 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

Alex,
Please change your policy on cooking rare burgers…….

Uh Oh

March 25th, 2011
6:38 pm

Alcoholic milkshakes??? I could be in trouble.

VickiF

March 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

The Gorilla Car Wash is next door. Gorilla still out there feebly moving his arm.

LindaK

March 25th, 2011
8:32 pm

okay, it’s not really a sidewalk to nowhere. there’s already a sidewalk there. and the neighborhood is DYING with anticipation!

Matt

March 25th, 2011
9:07 pm

Fulton County/City of Atlanta are the poster children for government incompetence.

jals3

March 25th, 2011
9:58 pm

Sure, permitting in the suburbs takes a fraction of the time it does in the city, but it is totally worth the wait. This restaurant/property is connected to the neighborhood that will help it thrive for years and years to come. Suburbs permit quickly with very little concern to long term, which is why they are quickly becoming the slums of our country, much like they are Europe.

bride of puerquito

March 25th, 2011
10:37 pm

Wow! another burger place with fancy milkshakes, I can’t wait…

AJ

March 27th, 2011
12:45 am

This issue sounds like a good story for the AJC to investigate – how to get the city of Atlanta to encourage new businesses by making permitting a reasonable process. People want to invest in this city and the government slows it down. Come on Mayor Reed. Do something about it. Come on AJC, bring this to Mayor Reed’s attention.

LargeLeon

March 27th, 2011
12:49 am

STFU bride of puerquito, you’r being a troll. grindhouse is anything unlike the others that have cropped up. Grindhouse is down to earth, good ingredients and good people.

DS

March 27th, 2011
8:36 am

Shame on the City! A sidewalk on Wimbeldon already exists….on the other side of the street. There will never be a sidewalk on the Grindhouse side of the street because the City is too cheap to pay for it. If the City had any brains they’de let them open to generate tax revenue, rather than having them waste time and money on a pointless stretch of sidewalk.

Edward

March 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Expecting something like “logic” to exist in City of Atlanta or Fulton County government is simply a pipe dream — will never happen.

I’m looking forward to the eventual opening of the new Grindhouse. Tasted them at Taste of Atlanta and I was hooked.

Grasshopper

March 28th, 2011
6:45 pm

I think Gorilla should be the next mayor of Atlanta.

Nom Nom Nom

March 29th, 2011
1:14 pm

Grindhouse (x2), Yeah! (x2), Filp (x2), 5 Guys (x?), Georges, Boardwalk, 5 Napkin, Vortex (x2) Burger Lounge, Canyon Burgers, Farm Burger, Ann’s Snack Bar, Fuze Burger, any other bar/restaurant who happen to make a burger, AND fast food joints (McD, Wendys, BK, DQ, Varsity, Zestos). And this is just intown places.

I LOVE burgers, but this is just ridiculous. DOES ANYONE HAVE AN ORIGINAL IDEA ANYMORE? And if someone says tacos I’m going to hurt someone!

K Tron

March 30th, 2011
1:20 am

Actually, there’s a persian burrito place right across the street from the new Grindhouse called Sheik Burritos. That’s pretty darn original, and its tasty too. But guess what…Grindhouse will be way more packed because people like burgers!!! Gotta give the people what they want. Besides, look at most cities – they’ve always had tons of burger spots. Atlanta is just catching up to the rest of the country.

What?

March 31st, 2011
12:49 pm

FIrst off, this place is going to be awesome, tasty burgers and a full bar with alcoholic milkshakes, what more can a man(or woman) ask for.

Secondly, sidewalk to nowhere? What? You can say the sidewalk ends at the edge of the property if there is a forest, river, or cliff at the property line. But in this case the edge of his property is Wimbledon Rd where there is a crosswalk to, guess what, the current sidewalk on the other side of the street. If we want to revive this city a major component is getting people out of their cars and on there feet. Asking a business to replace the sidewalk after the grading removed the old one is not asking too much

Drew

March 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

Yes, all fledgling businesses should be expected to budget in months of delays and unrelated building expenses for the pleasure of doing business with the City of Atlanta… where hassle, crime and homelessness never sleep. A bargain at any price.