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Charleston’s Oak Steakhouse Coming to Avalon in Alpharetta


Lauded as “one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America” by critic John Mariani, Oak Steakhouse has become a Charleston, S.C. destination, helmed by executive chef/partner Jeremiah Bacon, a James Beard semifinalist in 2012 and 2013 for best new chef in the Southeast.

Now the Indigo Road restaurant group plans to open a sister Oak Steakhouse in the new Avalon development in Alpharetta in the fall of 2014. Bacon will aid in the search to find a chef to helm the new restaurant.

“I grew up in Atlanta and I have always looked forward to an opportunity to open a restaurant here,” Steve Palmer, the managing partner of Indigo Road, said in a press release. ”I’ve looked at a lot of different real estate over the years and this was the right fit and the right time to bring Oak Steakhouse to Avalon. We’re thrilled to be a part of this vibrant, growing community.”

Oak Steakhouse Alpharetta will reflect the current Charleston menu with a signature mix of classic steakhouse items and seafood and vegetarian dishes sourced from local farmers and fisherman.

Specialties at the Charleston Oak Steakhouse include pan-roasted grouper, jumbo lump crab cakes and whole fried lobster and signature cuts of Prime Certified Angus Beef, such as a 24-ounce bone-in ribeye and a New York strip.

Avalon is a $600 million mixed used development located on 86 acres at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway. Currently, Bocado Burger Bar and Antico Pizza are scheduled to join Oak Steakhouse in the development, along with residential and hotel properties.

Have you eaten at Oak Steakhouse in Charleston? Will its sister restaurant be a hit in Alpharetta?

— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

24 comments Add your comment


December 11th, 2013
5:58 pm

Looking forward to it.

Avalon will be an interesting development to watch. The challenge with most restaurants in the Alpha-Ros-Johns area, will Oak be able to generate enough weeknight and lunch business to prosper?


December 12th, 2013
7:32 am

It will be a Chili’s in 2 years.


December 12th, 2013
7:59 am

Sorry Mark – it’ll be anther Goodwill donation & job training centers in 2 years.


December 12th, 2013
8:34 am

This area of ATL will not support the price point of the Oak Steak House


December 12th, 2013
9:50 am

The jealousy is palpable. For what reason? Who knows?


December 12th, 2013
10:00 am

How will this area not support the price point? Johns Creek is the wealthiest city in Georgia and Alpharetta doesn’t do that bad either. It is a great location and as someone who has been to the one in Charleston…..I will be a frequent guest to he Avalon location.


December 12th, 2013
10:32 am

Oak stands a real good chance in that location. I guess some folks don’t believe that J. Bacon knows much about his profession and his abilities to expand correctly. Hey guys, buy a lotto ticket you are on a roll.

Sweet Pot Pie

December 12th, 2013
10:39 am

He should open in Cabbagetown or the Old Fourth Ward. It will be a Goody’s in three weeks.

Cat Cat

December 12th, 2013
11:30 am

There is plenty of expendable income “outside the perimeter”. If the steakhouse is good, it will do very well. I was at Pampas Steakhouse last night to purchase gift cards and the place was packed! Not even a seat at the bar available. North Fulton will support good restaurants! Those who are naysayers are just showing their ignorance.


December 12th, 2013
11:44 am

Price point is not an issue. I could see the fact that there are a large number of higher end steak houses in the area (Pampas, Viande Rouge, Cabernet, Rays, Stoney River Etc) could hurt in the long run.


December 12th, 2013
12:03 pm

Billy – I don’t think of Rays and Stoney River as higher end steakhouses. At least they’re certainly not in the same league as Oaks and the others you mention. Still, your point is valid – can the Alpharetta area support 4 +/- high end steak houses? An open question.


December 12th, 2013
12:39 pm

Glenn……there used to be an old adage in the oil business; If there are good 3 gas stations at a corner intersection, the one that will do the best is the one that opens on that 4th corner.


December 12th, 2013
12:40 pm

3 good gas stations


December 12th, 2013
12:55 pm

Alpharetta can support it, that is if it’s worth it. If you want to know if a restaurant is good in Alpharetta/JC, look in the parking lot. All the good places always have plenty of business. All the other high priced eateries around north fulton that go belly up is because either the food wasn’t good, the portions are too small, the ambiance/concept sucks or the service sucks. People around here are not going to pay extremely high prices and support a restaurant if the quality isn’t there. If I can go to Whole Foods and buy the same ingredients or better and make the dish myself for half the price and have it taste better….then why would I go out and pay the amount of money that I can get for a weeks worth of groceries at Whole Foods? All they need to do is offer something different that is WORTH the extra price.


December 12th, 2013
3:25 pm

“All the other high priced eateries around north fulton that go belly up is because either the food wasn’t good, the portions are too small, the ambiance/concept sucks or the service sucks.”

Hahahahahahaha!!! Portion size is a big problem for these fat suburban dorks! You guys don’t deserve a good restaurant. The portion sizes are great at Applebees!


December 12th, 2013
3:46 pm

All the ITP folks sounding off here just sound silly.


December 12th, 2013
4:08 pm

I am a financial services executive for a major firm and we have done a lot of research on the demographics of the Atlanta area. When firms run the wealth “heat maps” in the metro area to determine where to open office locaitons, Alpharetta is white hot and has the largest concentration of wealth, tied only with Buckhead 30305 zip code. The demographics will certainly support the restaurant and the Avalon project-the developers have done the same research and arrived at a similar conclusion.


December 13th, 2013
9:49 am

I am actually work in the mail room and looked at a company memo.


December 13th, 2013
11:49 am

What the heck is the deal with the stupid audio crap that comes on when you open the articles? I can’t figure out how to turn the commercial off!!! AJC STINKS!


December 13th, 2013
2:43 pm

donkey200…..I don’t get audio or a commercial when I open these articles. Wonder if anyone else has your problem?


December 14th, 2013
12:09 pm

The interesting thing about many of the higher end restaurants in this area is that they get most of their business during the week due to the large influx of out-of-towners in the area for corporate training. Cabernet, for example, offers half price on bottles of wine during the weekend just to attract a larger crowd. Avalon is going to be a huge hit and will draw both a business crowd and a residential one as well. Further its accessibility right by GA400 trumps any destination inside the perimeter.


December 16th, 2013
8:48 am

I wish some developer would tear down some more trees north of Atlanta. It’s not like there aren’t thousands of acres of cleared land with nothing but rotting silt fence and a fancy brick “entrances” just waiting for no trees to ever grow there again. Keep sprawling, Atlanta! The rich ZIP codes are relying on you to create neighborhood that will be crime ridden eyesores in 20 years! I’m looking at you, North Point.


December 16th, 2013
11:07 am

@Marsh, Avalon is in fact the reclamation of a project that went bankrupt in the last decade. This land has been an eye sore for quite some time and is now being transformed.

Typical Redneck

December 16th, 2013
3:21 pm

Thank you Art. Marsh ain’t smart.