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Halcyon names first restaurants

Chef set to also open spot in Avalon

Some of the food will be inspired by traditional Southern fair, such as chicken and dumplings.
Chef Marc Taft has opened several Southern cooking inspired restaurants around metro Atlanta.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Halcyon, Forsyth County’s 480,000 square foot mixed-use development off Exit 12 on Ga. 400, will be getting a taste of Southern food.

Three leases were signed in January with Atlanta chef Marc Taft who plans to bring three restaurant concepts, including Co-Op Community Table and Bar, Feed - Fried Chicken and Such and a market hall burger concept. The restaurants are set to open in spring 2018.

"Being raised on Southern food inspired the vision behind the concepts going into Halcyon,” Taft said. “I've worked hard to create these concepts and to find the perfect place for them to operate. Halcyon is such a unique, exciting development that I think will enrich these restaurants. I expect all three to do very well in Forsyth County."

Co-op Community Table and Bar will be a full-service, farm-to-table concept with a Southern ingredient focus. Co-op is planned to be a neighborhood gathering place that will provide effusive Southern hospitality while emphasizing the importance of sustainability.

Feed - Fried Chicken and Such is a fast-casual concept that was inspired by Southern roadside restaurants Taft ate at with his family while traveling from Alabama to East Tennessee to see his grandmother. Feed’s first location will open at the Battery Atlanta, the new home of SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

For the third restaurant, Taft’s team is currently crafting more details about the burger concept.

“Chef Taft has an impressive resume and a spectacular vision for these concepts,” said Patrick Leonard, principal of RocaPoint Partners, the developers behind Halcyon. “The three new restaurants will fit in effortlessly with the overall tenant mix we have in mind for Halcyon and will be a fresh, exciting addition to the Forsyth County restaurant scene. Residents and visitors will soon be able to walk from the Big Creek Greenway into our food hall or restaurants, and we believe Taft is setting the perfect tone for the concepts we’re bringing to the area.”

Opening restaurants in metro Atlanta is not new for Taft. He said he appreciates the “lack of chef-driven concepts in the suburbs and wanted to offer diners an alternative to chain restaurants.”

He currently owns and operates Chicken and the Egg in Marietta, which opened in August 2011 and has been well received, he said.

He also recently announced a concept for Avalon, Brine Seafood Shack, a “Cape Cod meets Santa Monica”-inspired eatery, which will offer lobster rolls, tuna poke, fresh oysters and more, along with a roof-top bar. It is set to open this spring.

“Brine and Feed are two brands that we plan to grow, so it’s important to make sure guests know what they represent,” Taft said. “I firmly believe that having solid teams in place to lead these restaurants, taking care of guests and evaluating how diners respond will determine our long-term objectives. Our restaurants reflect the experiences I have had throughout my career. Although guests will see the majority of our brands heavily influenced by Southern heritage, we will be branching out with other unique concepts.”

But Taft doesn’t just do business in Georgia. He has led restaurants in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Nashville and Dallas. In total, he’s overseen the opening of 41 new restaurants.

Halcyon is set to include more than 480,000 square feet of office and retail, two hotels and 690 residential units once completed.

In November 2016, the first tenant was named. CMX, a state-of-the-art cinema venue, will anchor the development. The theater will have 10 screens, 500 seats, 38,000 square feet and is slated to open April 2018.

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