A new made-to-order pizza chain is heading to Vinings.
In a press release Wednesday, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced that it would be increasing its number of Atlanta stores from two to as many as a dozen in the next year. The two-year-old franchise has three current stores, one in Kentucky and the others here in Georgia in Woodstock and Toco Hills.
“We’re excited about building out Georgia with the addition of our Woodstock and Vinings locations because it implements our founding decision to grow from our hometown, outward,” said franchise founder Matt Andrew in the release. Andrew is one of the five founding members and former president of Moe’s Southwest Grill.
While a new restaurant is on the way, an established one has recently been forced to change its name. , located at 4600 West Village Way in Smyrna, is now known as Village Taqueria & Tequila Bar.
The name change was brought about because a Florida-based Mexican restaurant chain, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, has recently decided to open an establishment in Buckhead. After the Smyrna West Village eatery was served with a copyright infringement lawsuit from Lime Fresh, a name change was in order.
The “new’’ Village Taqueria celebrated its fourth anniversary in October and there has been no changes to ownership or management.
Village Taqueria will host a wine tasting and food drive to fight hunger on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The $20 event will feature gourmet wines paired with complimentary appetizers from Executive Chef Oscar Mendivil’s kitchen. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Village Taqueria also encourages those who attend to bring a can or two of non-perishable food. The most needed items include: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned beans, canned soups, stews and pastas, 100 percent fruit juice, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese dinners, and whole grain, low-sugar cereals.
For more info, call 404-229-4540.
And while that West Village tenant has received a new name, a new business is coming to the West Village from South Cobb Drive. On Monday, , the children’s year-round learning center specializing in math skills, announced the relocation of its business to the Atlanta Road mixed-use development.
“The move to a larger, more conveniently located space will serve both students and parents alike,” said Bridget Cleary, owner and director of Mathnasium of Smyrna. “The new facility features a private classroom for tutoring and special classes. For parents, West Village offers an array of shopping and dining options to enjoy.”
In celebration of its move, Mathnasium of Smyrna is holding a Grand Re-Opening and Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 3 – 5 p.m. The community is welcome to join the fun and enjoy great food, music and games. Mathnasium of Smyrna is located at 4600 West Village Place, Suite 3003.
Mathnasium is a learning center where students can go after school and during the summer to boost their math skills. Their program is for students in Pre K through Twelfth Grade. For more information on Mathnasium of Smyrna, or to register for a membership, contact 770-436-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, Thursday night (Dec. 1) marks the annual lighting of the Vinings Christmas tree (6 – 8 p.m. at the new Tower Stage). Expect most of the Vinings Jubilee merchants to be open with lots of goodies to say thank you for your patronage this past year.
At Bellyhaven in Vinings Jubilee, the one stop shop for maternity clothes, breastfeeding supplies and pumps and education for pregnant and postpartum moms, there will be a Petunia Pickle Bottom Trunk Show Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m.
Nearby at Thursday night, they’ll be celebrating "A night around Spain" Tweet Up beginning at 7 p.m. that will feature a free tapas with purchase of a cocktail.
Just up the road from Noche, is celebrating $1 yogurt customer appreciation day on Thursday! Enjoy a 16-ounce cup of any 10 featured yogurt flavors with all your favorite toppings for just $1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And finally back in Smyrna, the gals at the Honeybee have their holiday lights up now and their “Bee Merry’’ night runs from 5 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday with promised fun and shopping specials for all.