Alpharetta - Milton Edition - May 2020

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VITAL SIGNS The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as well as other North Fulton entities sent out a survey to more than 3,000 businesses in greater North Fulton County to nd the economic eects on the region. The survey was open April 13-20. WHAT IS THE OPERATING STATUS OF YOU BUSINESS?

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Business owners in Alpharetta and Milton—and statewide—were able to reopen dining rooms at a limited capacity beginning April 27. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Alpharetta, Milton restaurant owners navigate reopening while the coronavirus pandemic continues

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In the city of Alpharetta, dine-in service ended earlier after Alpharetta City Council members passed an ordinance March 20 prohibiting dine-in services at any restaurant within city limits. “I couldn’t sleep for days when all of this was going on, and I cried thinking about the decisions I had to make. I have 80-85 employees that depend on me to take care of their families,” Henderson said. “I feel the heaviness and the weight of responsibility [as a business owner].” While Kemp allowed dining rooms to reopen beginning April 27 as long as specic health guidelines are met, most CONTINUED ON 18

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“I haven’t seen a paycheck in about two months,” said Dar- ren Henderson, chef and owner of Crust Pasta & Pizzeria in Alpharetta. This is the reality for some business and restaurant owners in Alpharetta, Milton and elsewhere in Georgia as the coro- navirus pandemic caused the closure of restaurant dining rooms beginning April 6, per an executive order fromGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp. The closures have resulted in a $2.5 billion revenue loss to the state’s restaurant industry from March 17 to May 4, according to Sarah Thorson, director of partner- ships and events for the Georgia Restaurant Association.

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Welcome to ALPHARETTA and MILTON DR. AARON LARSEN, DMD, DABCDSM, DABCP

Alpharetta Smiles, located off Highway 9 on the border of Alpharetta and Milton, joins the family of Dr. Larsen’s dental practices which include Sun Valley Smiles in Roswell and Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates in Sandy Springs. We are excited to announce the GRAND OPENING of our third location – Alpharetta Smiles – on May 19th! As a resident of Milton, Dr. Larsen is thrilled to expand his practice in his own community. His first priority is the health and happiness of his patients. To achieve this, he ensures that his patients feel comfortable in the chair by making connections with them and honestly answering any questions they may have. He believes that “Relationship Based Dentistry” is a best practice and should serve as the foundation of trust between doctor and patient. In addition to being a general practitioner, Dr. Larsen has extensive expertise in rotary endodontics (root canals), dental implant placement and restoration, and full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Larsen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. In other words, he can treat you for head and neck pain related to your TMJ (jaw joint) as well as manage your obstructive sleep apnea if you are CPAP intolerant. Outside of his practice, Dr. Larsen and his wife Jana are active members of their church where they enjoy volunteering their time and services. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, cooking and playing video games with his children. Dr. Larsen is fluent in both English and Russian.

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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERATLANTAMETRO Allison Altobelli, aaltobelli@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Krista Wadsworth EDITOR Kara McIntyre COPY CHIEF Andy Comer COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Timothy Anderson DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Aubrey Galloway STAFF DESIGNERS Anya Gallant, Damien Hernandez, Chelsea King, Monica Romo, Lindsay Scott, Isabella Short BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US 308 Maxwell Road, Ste. 200 Alpharetta, GA 30009 • 4044189444 communityimpact.com PRESS RELEASES alpnews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions ADVERTISING communityimpact.com/advertise © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher.

FROMALLISON: In this edition of Community Impact Newspaper , you will nd coverage related to the coronavirus— such as how local restaurants have adapted to the new guidelines (see Pages 6-9)—as well as how the community at large has come together during this unique time in our history. You’ll also nd our Home Improvement Guide and our monthly coverage of city government, transportation, and business and dining proles. Enjoy and stay well! Allison Altobelli, PUBLISHER

BUSINESS INNOVATIONS How local businesses are adapting

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FROMKARA: During this time, we feel that local news is more important than it has ever been. We have been working since the coronavirus began impacting Georgia to bring you the latest news that is relevant to Alpharetta and Milton on our website. We also implemented a daily digital newsletter that sends the day’s top stories directly to your inbox. We hope to continue to keep you informed throughout this crisis and beyond as our cities bounce back. Kara McIntyre, EDITOR

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How businesses are adapting to the coronavirus outbreak

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T he Ballog was just getting over the hurdles of being a new business to the Alpharetta community when the coronavirus pandemic broke out, said Kelsey Edwards, buyer and creative director for The Ballog. She, her sister Lindsay and mother, Kathy, opened the Alpharetta location of The Ballog in October 2018, she said. One of Edwards’ priorities for 2020 was to launch a store website; however, these plans

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COMING SOON 1 Site plans for a new Dunkin’ location—with a Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor inside—were approved at the city of Alpharetta’s Design Review Board virtual meeting April 17, Community Development Director Kathi Cook said in an email. These plans will have to go back to the board for nal approval at a future meeting. The proposed site will be a one-story, 2,250-square- foot building with outdoor patio seating located at 700 N. Main St., Alpharetta, at the corner of Cogburn Road and North Main. A construc- tion timeline could not be provided 2 The city of Alpharetta Design Review Board approved site plans April 17 for the new AC Hotel by Marriott , set to feature about 140 rooms, in the Northwinds Summit node of Alpharetta. The new hotel, located near Haynes Bridge Road and Summit Place, will span almost 79,000 square feet and is planned to be six stories tall. A construction timeline could not be provided as of press time May 12. www.hotel- development.marriott.com/ brands/ac-hotels-by-marriott 3 The grand opening of Studio HF , originally slated to open sometime this spring, is on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, owner Kevin Cardone said in an email. Studio HF—located at 2905 Jordan Court, Ste. H, Alpharetta— aims to take a holistic approach on health and tness, focusing on body restoration by decompressing joints, before press time May 12. www.dunkindonuts.com stretching and working the fascia throughout the body. Cardone said Studio HF also places a heavy focus on proper form while exercising. While the physical location is not open at this time, Cardone launched virtual classes for a $25 monthly membership beginning April 6. Memberships can be purchased via the studio’s downloadable app on the App Store or Google Play store. info@studiohfalpharetta.com. www.studiohfalpharetta.com

were pushed into overdrive, Edwards said, after they decided to close the store in mid-March and had to rely on online sales. She launched the site March 25, oering free shipping on orders over $100 and free curbside pickup by appointment. “We kind of went into survival mode just trying to get creative and think outside the box of what we could still do to sell despite closing the brick-and- mortar store,” Edwards said.

A lpharetta’s Maple Street Biscuit Co. launched Biscuits for Heroes on March 30, which is a program that allows community members to purchase a box of meals in multiples of 10 or individually—at $10 per box—for a health care professional, hospital, medical facility or rst-response unit of their choosing within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant, located in downtown Alpharetta. Each individ- ually boxed meal includes a biscuit sandwich, a signature side, a dessert and a bottled water, according to Shasta Judy, managing partner and assistant community leader for Maple Street Biscuit Co. in Alpharetta. The purchaser can pick the day and time the meals will be deliv- ered, and anyone who orders a Biscuits for Heroes box will receive a gift card in the mail worth 10% of the purchase, she said. “We wanted to start this to create a way for people in our community to be able to help the heroes on the front lines who are ghting this virus to keep our community safe,” Judy said. Supporting healthcare workers, rst responders Maple Street Biscuit Co. 50 Canton St., Ste. 113, Alpharetta 678-381-1447 www.maplestreetbiscuits.com

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G eo Kokoszka, director of operations for Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, said he wanted to help out the employees he had no choice but to furlough due to the nancial impact from the coronavirus. He started a twice-per- week grocery market for the 75 or so people he had to furlough from both the Milton and Brookhaven locations, where employees could come to the restaurant and pick up basic groceries for free. “It’s been really neat to follow

all the local restaurants and what they’re doing to either push their business or protect their employees and help their employees because it all works together,” he said. “Every- body’s doing something.” All tips from takeout, delivery and curbside pickup orders go straight into a fund for this grocery market, Kokoszka said. Monetary donations to help replenish the market are also accepted by contacting the restaurant via social media or through the website.

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LOOKING AHEAD Even though Taste of Alpharetta was canceled this year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Alpharetta city ocials and sta are shifting the events and activities planned forward to next year’s Taste of Alpharetta. May 6, 2021 5-10 p.m. Downtown Alpharetta, including City Center SOURCE: CITY OF ALPHARETTACOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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“We work really hard to deliver a great event, and we’re sad that we don’t get to do that this year,” Musilli said. An estimate on the economic loss from the event was not yet available, however, Musilli said organizers projected between 50,000 and 55,000 people to attend this year. The city also planned on donating any unserved meals to Second Helpings, a nonprot food rescue organization in metro Atlanta. Last year, they donated about 250 pounds of food to the organization and anticipated the same this year. However, most of the activities and vendors planned for this year— including bounce houses, the food donations and an area dedicated to composting the food waste from the event—will still be included in Taste of Alpharetta next year, which is scheduled for May 6, 2021.

For the last 30 years, the city of Alpharetta’s annual culinary event— Taste of Alpharetta—has brought visitors from all over the country to the city, tasting the foods from local restaurateurs and browsing the inven- tory of local businesses, said Amanda Musilli, community services manager for the city of Alpharetta and chair of the Taste of Alpharetta event. She said the event brought in about 50,000 attendees in 2019—a 50% attendance increase from 2018, she said—tasting foods from about 65 local restaurants. The event was scheduled for May 7, 2020; however, after the outbreak of the coronavirus—the rst two cases of which were announced in Georgia March 2—city ocials decided to cancel all public events organized, sponsored or permitted by the city through May 10, including the Taste of Alpharetta.

More than 60 restaurants typically participate in the annual Taste of Alpharetta event, which takes place at the beginning of May each year, in addition to vendor booths from local businesses. (Courtesy Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau)

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Updates on local restaurants

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced guidelines to allow restaurants to reopen April 27 and some restaurants have chosen to allow limited dine-in service while others will chose to remain closed. Listings were accurate as of press time, please contact restaurants to conrm . LOCAL FOOD&DRINKOPTIONS

I Love NY Pizza 980 Birmingham Road, Alpharetta 770-442-9699 www.ilovenypmilton.com D H P Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant 12850 Hwy. 9, Alpharetta 770-663-0050 www.ippolitos.net D H P A Jekyll Brewing 15 Academy St., Alpharetta 470-273-5932 www.jekyllbrewing.com D H P A Jerusalem Bakery & Grill 4150 Old Milton Parkway, Ste. 129, Alpharetta 770-777-0193 https://jerusalembakery.restaurant D P JINYA Ramen Bar 401 S. Broad St., Alpharetta 770-609-8238 www.jinya-ramenbar.com H P Joe’s New York Pizzeria 1605 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 770-640-5637 www.joesnewyorkpizzeria.com H A Kale Me Crazy 50 Canton St., Ste. 101, Alpharetta 470-509-5744 www.kalemecrazy.net D H P Koko’s Japanese Restaurant 9950 Jones Bridge Road, Ste. 500, Alpharetta 770-740-8337 P La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant 865 N. Main St., Alpharetta 678-339-3888 www.laparrilla.com H P Local Expedition Wood Fired Grill 5315 Windward Parkway, Ste. B, Alpharetta 470-448-1249 www.thelocalwoodfiredgrill.com H P Made Kitchen & Cocktails 45 Roswell St., Alpharetta 770-452-6233 www.madekc.com D P Madras Chettinaad 4305 State Bridge Road, Ste. 108, Alpharetta 678-393-3131 www.madraschettinaad.com D P Mama’s Pizza 5950 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta 770-751-6001 www.mamaspizzaalpharetta.com D H P A Mambo’s Cafe 4915 Windward Parkway, Ste. 130, Alpharetta 770-753-4354 www.mambos-cafe.com D H P

www.cravepiestudio.com P Crú Food & Wine Bar 300 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-248-5181 www.cruwinebar.com D P A Crust Pasta & Pizzeria 131 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-777-6789 www.crust-pizzeria.com P A Currahee Brewing Company

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ALPHARETTA 2BWhole Gluten-Free Bakery 42 Milton Avenue, Ste. B, Alpharetta 470-395-5248 www.2bwhole.net H P Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta 770-664-8055 www.altobelis.com D H P A Andy’s Frozen Custard 3670 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 470-268-6175 www.eatandys.com P Antico 3185 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 770-674-8811 www.littleitalia.com H P A Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar 900 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-266-6218 www.barleygardenkitchen.com D P A Branch & Barrel 4100 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-436-5655 D P Bezoria 2685 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 470-294-0991 www.bezoria.com P Bite Bistro & Bar 11500 Webb Bridge Way, Ste. A9, Alpharetta 770-754-5500 https://biteatl.com H P A Bocado Burger 2820 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 678-248-5223 www.bocadoburger.com D H P A Buca di Beppo 2335 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 770-643-9463 www.bucadibeppo.com D H P A BurgerFi 5475 Windward Parkway W., Alpharetta 770-817-4658 www.burgerfi.com D H P A Butcher & Brew Alpha City Center 3 S. Main St., Alpharetta 678-585-3344 www.butcherandbrewshop.com P A

Butcher & Brew Halycon 6690 Town Square, Ste. 410, Alpharetta 770-559-0327 www.butcherandbrewshop.com P A Cabernet Steakhouse 5575 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 770-777-5955 www.cabernetsteakhouse.com H P A Cafe Efendi 488 N. Main St., Ste. A, Alpharetta 770-360-8014 www.cafeefendi.com D P A Campania 800 N. Main St., Alpharetta 678-825-2156 https://campaniaga.com D H P A Carson Kitchen 4 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-696-1752 www.carsonkitchen.com D P Central City Tavern 871 Third St., Alpharetta 770-696-2052 www.centralcitytavern.com D P A Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar 42 Milton Ave., Alpharetta 770-777-0230 www.cevichetaqueria.com D H P China Sky 980 Birmingham Road, Alpharetta 678-240-0200 www.chinaskytogo.com D P Chiringa 34 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-802-8940 www.chiringa.com H P A Citizen Soul 60 S. Main St., Alpharetta 678-317-3232 https://citizensoul.com P Colletta 900 Third St., Alpharetta 678-722-8335 www.collettarestaurant.com H P A Crabapple Tavern 12350 Arnold Mill Road, Ste. 6, Alpharetta 770-667-7456 www.thecrabappletavern.com D H P A Crave Pie Studio 360 Commerce St., Alpharetta 678-485-7198

25 S. Main St., Alpharetta www.curraheebrew.com D P A District III 7140 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 404-977-1779 https://district3atl.com D H P A El Trompo Mexican Taqueria 11877 Douglas Road, Ste. 113, Alpharetta 770-754-9442 www.eltrompotaqueria.com P A E.M. Bop Korean BBQ 800 N. Main St., Ste. 130, Alpharetta 678-395-6226 www.facebook.com/embopalpharetta D P A Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 2665 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 678-225-8611 www.firebirdsrestaurants.com H P A Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou 52B N. Main St., Alpharetta 470-242-5458 www.flatlands52.com H P A French Gourmet Bistro 5310 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 470-336-7777 www.frenchgourmetbistro.com D H P A Goldbergs Fine Foods 3180 First St., Alpharetta 770-663-8555 www.goldbergsfinefoods.com D H P Grouchy’s New York Deli & Bagels 11525 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta 770-667-6933 www.grouchysdeli.com H P Holmes Restaurant 50 S. Main St., Alpharetta 678-691-8320 https://restaurantholmes.com H P A House of Hummus 5950 North Point Parkway, Ste. 127, Alpharetta 770-680-2638 http://househummus.com D H P Ichiban Steak & Sushi 5306 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 770-772-6822 www.ichibansteaksushi.com P A

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Mangia Ristorante & Pizzeria 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta 770-619-9797 www.mangiapizzeriaalpharetta.com D H P Maple Street Biscuit Co. 50 Canton St., Ste. 113, Alpharetta 678-381-1447 www.maplestreetbiscuits.com D P Marlow’s Tavern 3719 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta 770-475-1800 www.marlowstavern.com D H P A Moctezuma Mexican Grill 13020 Morris Road, Alpharetta 470-275-3819 www.moctezumamexicangrill.site D H P A My Friend’s Place 1545 McFarland Parkway, Ste. 104, Alpharetta 678-879-0200 H P Nahm Thai Cuisine 5310 Windward Parkway W., Alpharetta 678-762-1818 H P A The Nest Cafe 58 Canton St., Ste. 101, Alpharetta 678-231-2477 www.thenestcafe.net D H P

Never Enough Thyme 8 S. Main St., Alpharetta 470-395-3977 https://neverenoughthyme.net D H P A Oak Steakhouse 950 Third St., Alpharetta 678-722-8333 www.oaksteakhouseatlanta.com P A Peace Love and Pizza 4055 Old Milton Parkway, Ste. 14, Alpharetta 470-299-0999 www.peaceloveandpizza.com H P Pepperoni’s Tavern 4190 Old Milton Parkway, Ste. 2A, Alpharetta 770-343-8228 www.pepperonistavern.com D H P Pita Mediterranean Street Food 5530 Windward Parkway, Ste. 101, Alpharetta 678-694-8883 www.pitastreetfood.com D H P Poke Factory & Ramen Bar 5950 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta 678-353-6627 https://poke-factory.business.site H P

Pure Taqueria 103 Roswell St., Alpharetta 678-240-0023 www.puretaqueria.com P Ray’s at Killer Creek 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 770-649-0064 www.raysrestaurants.com/ raysatkillercreek D P A Rio Balsas Taqueria 235 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-475-7890 D H P Rumi’s Kitchen 7105 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-534-8855 www.rumiskitchen.com D H P A Ruth’s Chris Steak House 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta 770-777-1500 www.ruthschris.net D H P A The Savory Gourmet 50 Canton St., Ste. 109, Alpharetta 770-857-3960 www.savorygourmetmarket.com H P A

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Updates on local restaurants

MILTON 3:8 Juice & Eatery 5250 Windward Parkway, Ste. 113, Milton 770-680-2411 www.38juice.com D H P 7 Acre barNgrill 850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton 770-777-2273 www.7acrebarngrill.com P A BobbyG’s Chicago Eatery & Sports Bar 12990 Hwy. 9, Milton 770-772-0710 www.bobbygs.com P Brooklyn Joe’s Pizza, Pasta & Grill 13065 Hwy. 9, Milton 770-754-0202 www.brooklynjoespizza.com H P A Campania 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton 470-210-5542 https://campaniaga.com D H P A Chad Thai 13087 Hwy. 9, Ste. 910, Milton 470-545-2445 www.chadthai.com D H P A Cheeses & Mary 12220 Birmingham Hwy., Bldg. 80, Ste. 102, Milton 678-558-1414 www.cheesesandmary.com D P cue 13700 Hwy. 9 N., Ste 300, Milton 770-667-0089 www.cuebarbecue.com P A Delightful Donuts 12872 Hwy. 9, Ste. 110, Milton 770-664-7000 H P Express Wings & More 12872 Hwy. 9, Ste. 130, Milton 770-410-9399 D P Flippin’ Pizza 5230 Windward Parkway, Ste. 105, Milton

470-410-3547 www.flippinpizza.com H P A Grand Champion BBQ 12635 Crabapple Road, Ste. 210, Milton 770-993-4227 www.gcbbq.com D H P Kathleen’s Catch 12660 Crabapple Road, Ste. 110, Milton 678-691-3064 www.kathleenscatch.com/milton-market D H P Knuckies Pizza & Hoagies 12630 Crabapple Road, Ste. 100, Milton 470-253-1580 www.knuckiespizzaandhoagies.com H P Mazzy’s Sports Tavern 13695 Hwy. 9, Ste. 106, Milton 678-579-5598 www.mazzys.com D P Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 800 Mayfield Road, Milton 770-817-0161 www.miltonscuisine.com P A Mondo Italian Kitchen 14155 Hwy. 9, Ste. 500, Milton 770-680-4452 www.mondopizzakitchen.com H P A Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub 12650 Crabapple Road, Ste. 100, Milton 678-624-1090 www.oldeblinddog.com D H P A Peace Love and Pizza 12640 Crabapple Road, Ste. 100, Milton 706-810-8888 www.peaceloveandpizza.com D H P Scratch...fresh 12890 Hwy. 9, Ste. 160, Milton 678-393-9059 www.scratchfreshburgers.com P TacoNest 12890 Hwy. 9, Milton 770-837-9277 www.taconest.com D H P

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470-235-5614 www.tazikis.com D H P Truck & Tap 30 Milton Ave., Alpharetta 770-680-2760 www.truckandtap.com P A The Union Restaurant 14275 Providence Road, Milton 770-569-7767 www.theunionrestaurant.com P A Valor Coffee 44 Milton Ave., Alpharetta 706-452-3329 www.valor.coffee P Village Tavern 11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta 770-777-6490 www.villagetavern.com P A Vitality Bowls 364 Commerce St., Alpharetta 770-680-2519 www.vitalitybowls.com H P Vito’s Pizza & Ristorante 3665 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 770-475-0369 https://vitospizzaandristorante.com D H P A Volcano Asian Bistro 5316 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 678-366-9668 www.volcanoasian.com H P A Wildflour 5815 Windward Parkway, Ste. 210, Alpharetta 678-822-9453 www.wildflouratlanta.com D P Windward Tavern 5206 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta 732-892-9463 www.windwardtavern.com H P A

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Scream’n Nuts 5950 North Point Parkway, Ste. 129, Alpharetta 404-474-4766 www.screamnnuts.com D H P Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar 6195 Windward Parkway, Ste. 102, Alpharetta 770-752-0922 www.secretokitchen.com P Simon’s Chinese Cuisine 3975 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 678-762-0038 www.simonschinese.com D P Smokejack BBQ 29 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-410-7611 www.smokejackbbq.com P A South Main Kitchen 9 S. Main St., Alpharetta 678-691-4622 www.southmainkitchen.com D P A Superica 1130 First St., Ste. 1030, Alpharetta 678-248-5239 www.superica.com/alpharetta P Tara Humata Mexican Grill 6195 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 770-772-4540 https://tarahumata.com H P A Thai Thai 11525 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta 770-777-1306 www.eatthaithai.net H P Ted’s Montana Grill 6100 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-710-9025 www.tedsmontanagrill.com D P Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe 5306 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta

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Tokyo Sushi 980 Birmingham Hwy., Milton 678-240-0602 www.tokyosushimilton.com P Vintage Pizzeria 12540 Broadwell Road, Milton 770-817-6000 www.vintagepizzeria.com H P Willy’s Mexicana Grill 5304 Windward Parkway, Milton 678-691-8733 www.willys.com H P Yan’s Cafe 12890 Hwy. 9, Milton 678-638-0868 www.yanscafemilton.com H P Your Pie 2955 Bethany Bend, Ste. 300, Milton 470-210-5151 www.yourpie.com H P TEMPORARILY CLOSED 19 North 5750 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta 770-754-9600 www.marriott.com Alpine Bakery & Trattoria 12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta

770-992-5566 https://pappadeaux.com Salt Factory Pub 102 S. Main St., Alpharetta 770-752-1888 www.saltfactorypub.com Sarku Japan 5304 Windward Parkway, Ste. A-102, Milton 770-667-6515 www.sarkujapan.com South City Kitchen 9000 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta 678-722-3602 https://avalon.southcitykitchen.com Tavern House 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta 770-751-9898 www.thetavernhouse.com Urban Tea 5250 Windward Parkway, Ste. 112, Alpharetta 678-446-4200 www.urbantearoom.com Vinny’s on Windward 5355 Windward Parkway W., Alpharetta 770-772-4644

770-410-9883 www.alpinebakeryandtrattoria.com Another Broken Egg Cafe 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta 770-837-3440 https://anotherbrokenegg.com Botiwalla 24 S. Main St., Alpharetta 470-314-0707 www.botiwalla.com Cans Taqueria 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton 770-663-0908 www.canstaqueria.com Coalition Food & Beverage 50 Canton St., Alpharetta 470-839-6725 www.coalitionfoodand beverage.com Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse 2355 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 770-800-8044 www.galeto.com La Casa Italian Grill 37 Old Roswell St., Alpharetta 770-609-6311 http://lacasaitaliangrill.com Lapeer Seafood Market 12 N. Broad St., Alpharetta 678-691-9400 www.lapeerseafoodmarket.com Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 10795 Davis Drive, Alpharetta

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REGIONAL PROJECTS

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Big Creek Greenway extension This project involves the extension of the Big Creek Greenway north from Windward Parkway to connect to For- syth County’s greenway trail system. Upon completion, the greenway trail system will run more than 14 miles in total through Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County. Construction began in February and is anticipated to last about 16 months. Timeline : February 2020-June 2021 Cost: $9.8 million Funding source : 2016 parks and transportation bond

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Georgia 400 interchange improvements

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right-turn lanes going eastbound and westbound on Kimball Bridge to accom- modate peak commute periods in the morning and evening. Water line installa- tion from Fulton County began the week of April 14. Timeline: February 2020-third quarter 2021 Cost: $15.7 million Funding sources: 2016 city of Alpharetta parks and transportation bond, Fulton County

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The North Fulton Community Improve- ment District plans to reduce congestion to the Georgia 400 interchange at Wind- ward Parkway by adding a triple left-turn lane, which will extend along Windward to Deereld and Westside parkways. The project was 44% complete as of mid May. Timeline: February 2019-fall 2020 Cost: $7.18 million Funding sources: NFCID, city of Alpharet- ta, Georgia Department of Transportation, Fulton County, State Road & Tollway Authority 2 Charlotte Drive extension The city of Milton is working on a project to extend Charlotte Drive from Mayeld Road to Birmingham Highway, which is intended to give drivers a way to bypass congestion in the downtown Crabapple area. The project also includes adding a roundabout at the intersection of Mayeld and Charlotte. As of mid May, the project was nearing completion, according to Milton city ocials. Timeline: February 2019-spring 2020 Cost: $2.3 million Funding source: Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST 3 Kimball Bridge Road improvements This city of Alpharetta project involves roadway and streetscape improvements along Kimball Bridge Road between North Point Parkway and Waters Road, including extending the dedicated

6 Windward Parkway widenings The city of Alpharetta recently com- pleted the design of two widenings to Windward Parkway: one going eastbound from Westside to North Point parkways and one going westbound from North Point to Georgia 400. This TSPLOST project will add a third travel lane going eastbound from Westside to the south- bound Georgia 400 on-ramp and one going westbound from North Point to the northbound Georgia 400 on-ramp. The project also includes lengthening existing turn lanes on the westbound side and adding bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. Timeline: mid-2020-TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: TSPLOST 7 Academy Street improvements This Alpharetta project—which stretches from Loxford Lane to Alpharetta Fire Station No. 81—includes the installation of a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on one side of Academy Street, installation of a striped shoulder to accommodate bicycles in both directions of travel from Loxford Lane to Wedgewood Drive as well as the installa- tion of left-turn lanes and landscaped me- dians between Loxford and Wedgewood where possible. Design was expected to be completed by the end of May. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: TSPLOST

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McGinnis Ferry Road widening The cities of Alpharetta and Johns Creek, Forsyth County and the Georgia Department of Transportation partnered on a project to widen McGinnis Ferry Road from Sargent to Union Hill roads, totaling about 4.6 miles. The proposed design includes two lanes in each direction with a 20-foot-wide raised median, a 16-foot- wide urban shoulder along the north side with a 10-foot-wide multiuse path and a 12-foot-wide urban shoulder along the south side with a 6-foot- wide sidewalk. Project design was still underway as of mid May. Timeline: TBD Cost: $36 million-$44 million Funding sources: Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, GDOT, federal funds

This city of Alpharetta project consists of widening Old Milton Parkway between Georgia 400 and State Bridge Road to a six-lane divided section. The city is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to expedite the project using mostly state and local funds. City sta is working with design consultants to minimize right of way and construction costs on this project. Timeline: TBD Cost: $1.8 million Funding source: TSPLOST 5 Webb Bridge Road pedestrian improvements The installation of 8-foot-wide sidewalks, 4-foot-wide bike lanes and 3-foot-wide “beauty” strips, which feature landscaping and trees, will be installed on both sides of Webb Bridge Road in accordance with this city of Alpharetta project. Two single-lane roundabouts and pedestrian lighting along Webb Bridge will also be installed as part of this project. Design is anticipated to be completed in January 2021.

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News from Alpharetta and Milton

QUOTEOFNOTE “... I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TOHAVE PARKSWITHINA 10MINUTEWALK FROMEVERYBODY IN THE CITYOF ALPHARETTA. ...” JASON BINDER, ALPHARETTA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

Pier coming toProvidence Park as part of 2018 city grant request

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test, so the city removed it with the intention of putting something back in its place, he said. The idea is to construct the shing pier with a boardwalk over the lake that will connect to a trail system. It will also serve as a stormwater detention area. “The water can get quite high based upon stormwater, so we’re still working on the process of exactly what height it would be relative to [Americans with Disabilities Act] accessibility as well as stormwater management,” Cregge said. Conceptual designs were approved in 2018. Next steps include approving a contract with an architectural rm to come up with nal designs, which will be presented at a future meeting. If the cost does not total the $200,000 available for the project,

MILTON A new shing pier will be coming to the 42-acre Providence Park in Milton after the city received a grant March 25 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant that was submitted in fall 2018, said Jim Cregge, the city’s director of parks and recreation. Milton City Council members approved an agenda item to accept the $100,000 grant at their April 27 meeting, and the city is to match the grant with $100,000 of its own for the pier project. When the city took ownership of Providence Park in 2015 from Fulton County, there was already a shing dock on-site, Cregge said; however, the dock failed a structural integrity

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the city can reallocate any part of its $100,000 portion elsewhere. “We’re restoring [Providence Park] to its original glory. ... [But] I’d [still] like another chance ... to be able to look at the design and review it,” Council Member Laura Bentley said Providence Park master plan, which was approved in June 2018 and is intended to restore the park after it sat vacant for about 10 years. The plan also includes creating trails, widening the entrance road and adding parking spaces and a restroom facility. to Cregge during the meeting. The pier is part of the city’s

DATE TOKNOW

MAY 25

Residents of the city

of Alpharetta can participate in a virtual public meeting to provide input on the design of Alpha Link, a new trail connection. The survey is available through May 25 at www.visionalphalink.com. CITY HIGHLIGHTS ALPHARETTA A construction contract was approved at the May 4 Alpharetta City Council meeting for a crosswalk at the mid-block of Marietta and South Main streets. The project will cost just under $200,000. MILTON Milton City Council members approved a grant application to the U.S. Fire Administration’s Stang for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program to help sta the new public safety complex under construction on Hwy. 9 in Milton. ALPHARETTA Council members discussed adding two questions to the development authority application for a tax abatement at the May 4 meeting, related to partnering with the city in recreational programs and/or with the Fulton County Schools system. Alpharetta City Council Meets June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000. www.alpharetta.ga.us Milton City Council Meets June 1 and 15 at 6 p.m. at 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton 678-242-2500. MEETINGSWE COVER

All abilities park to open for school, public use following city agreement

Ocials brace for 10%budget drop

BY KARA MCINTYRE

BY KARA MCINTYRE

ALPHARETTA Preliminary discussions on the city’s scal year 2020-21 budget have been ongoing throughout the past several weeks as ocials work to determine howmuch of a nancial eect the coronavirus will have in the region. At the city’s May 4 council meet- ing, council members and Finance Director TomHarris discussed multiple options for balancing an anticipated 10% drop fromwhat the city initially expected for the FY 2020-21 budget. To help lessen the eects of the loss in revenue, Harris said options include removing merit raises, keeping some open positions frozen though 2021, and adjusting discre- tionary budget and capital funds. All council members said they would prefer to hold any funds from capital projects that have not yet been committed and move those monies into the unallocated category for use in FY 2020-21. The rst public hearing on the budget is anticipated to take place at the June 1 council meeting.

ALPHARETTA City Council mem- bers and Mayor Jim Gilvin approved a contract between the city and Playsouth Playground Creators for a new inclusive community playground, located at Alpharetta Elementary School, at the May 4 council meeting. The council approved an intergovernmental agreement for this project between the city and Fulton County Schools on March 2—meaning in exchange for the new playground and landscape improvements, the area can serve as a public park during non-school hours, Community Impact Newspa- per previously reported. The new playground—which will cost $107,992 with $75,000 funded by Northside Hospital Foundation and the Resurgens Charitable Foundation—will feature inclusive equipment to accommodate disabled students and residents. The approved contract will allow construction to begin and play- ground equipment to be installed

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An inclusive playground is coming to Alpharetta Elementary School. (Rendering courtesy city of Alpharetta)

before the start of the 2020-21 school year, said Morgan Rodgers, the city’s director of recreation, parks and cultural services. “This is really a great deal for us,” Council Member Jason Binder said during the meeting. “At my core belief of why I’m here is [that] I believe that we need to have parks within a 10-minute walk from everybody [in the city of Alpharetta], from every neighbor- hood. By doing partnerships like this, it gets us to add a park to the public at very low cost.”

www.cityofmiltonga.us Fulton County Schools

Meets June 17 at 6 p.m. in the South Learning Center, 4025 Flat Shoals Road, Union City. 470-254-3600.

www.fultonschools.org Fulton County Board of Commissioners

Meets the rst and third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 141 Pryor St., Ste. 10, Atlanta. 404-612-4000. www.fultoncountyga.gov

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News from Fulton County Schools

COMPILED BY KARA MCINTYRE

Alternate graduation ceremonies scheduled for lateMay for FCS high schools

NOOR ELGAZAIRLY CAMBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

SUCHETAS BOKIL ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL

ISMAEL FONG MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

While traditional graduation ceremonies may be canceled at Fulton County Schools high school campuses, FCS ocials said at the May 5 work session that all schools will hold a virtual celebration for the class of 2020 in late May. As of press time May 12, Milton High School was scheduled to hold its alternate celebration May 21, while Alpharetta and Cambridge high schools were scheduled to host alternate ceremonies May 23, said Tim Corrigan, the area superintendent for FCS, during the work session. Alternate ceremonies for Alpharetta, Cambridge and

Milton high schools—the three FCS high schools in the area—include drive-thru and drive-in celebrations so that social distancing guidelines can still be put into place, Corrigan said. FCS ocials were still working on nalizing more plans as of press time May 12 for potential in-person celebrations this summer. “I want to acknowledge that much has been done; we have more plan- ning to do. Be assured, our leaders are listening, adapting and support- ing our parents and communities, working side by side with them for possible summer celebrations,” Corrigan said.

Three Alpharetta and Milton-area students in the class of 2020 were nominated as Star Seniors. (Photos courtesy Fulton County Schools)

Fulton County Schools honors graduates in Star Seniors series

FCS ocials clarify grading, summer school

Seventeen Fulton County Schools seniors will be honored through FCS’ new Star Seniors digital series in which FCS ocials will choose one senior from each high school in the district that “embodies the spirit and fortitude” of the class of 2020, according to an April 24 FCS press release. FCS ocials announced the rst ve honorees in the video and web series—one of whom is Suchetas Bokil, an Alpharetta High School senior—April 24, and the remaining 12 honorees were announced May 1 and May 8. Three of the 17 students attend one of the three FCS high

schools in Alpharetta and Milton: Alpharetta, Cambridge and Milton high schools. “We are recognizing high aca- demic achievers, all-star athletes and award winners, students with unusual or unique stories to share, and those who have beaten the odds to graduate,” FCS oficials said in the release. FCS ocials chose Cambridge High School senior Noor El-Gazairly as one of the May 1 honorees, and they chose Milton High School senior Ismael Fong as one of the nal honorees May 8.

The Fulton County Schools Board of Education representatives discussed April 23 expectations within the district’s remote learning guide, which will be used for grading for the remainder of the school year. Work submitted during the remote learning period will only count if it positively impacts a student’s overall grade as it stood March 12, which was the last day of traditional instruction. However, if

Fulton County Schools Board of Education meets virtually June 9 for a work session and June 18 for a board meeting. 470-254-3600. www.fultonschools.org MEETINGSWE COVER 5 Vickery Mill Elementary School 6 Haynes Bridge Middle School 7 Holcomb Bridge Middle School 8 Sandy Springs Middle School For a full list of sites, visit www.fultonschools.org NORTH FULTON DISTRIBUTION SITES 1 Ison Springs Elementary School 2 Esther Jackson Elementary School 3 Lake Forest Elementary School 4 Mimosa Elementary School a student disengages and completes less than 70% of the remote learning assignments, the student will receive an “incomplete.” This will result in mandatory summer school. Students can attend summer school for credit recovery in two phases: virtual summer school from June 3-July 15, and face-to- face and blended learning from July 7-31, which will be adjusted based on Georgia’s shelter-in-place requirements.

FCSwill continuemeal service throughout summermonths After testing out a one-day-per-week model for meal distributions April 15, Fulton County Schools ocials decided to continue with this model for the rest of the year and potentially through summer school at all 21 distribution locations, Chief Operations Ocer Patrick Burke said at the April 16 virtual FCS Board of Education work session. Meal distributions take place each Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at all 21 locations, eight of which are in the North Fulton area. As of press time May 12, meal distribution schedules through summer were forthcoming; however, FCS Chief Communications Ocer Brian Noyes said May 12 the schedule will vary a little but still continue through the summer. More than 300,000 meals have been distributed to date, according to FCS ocials.

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