Hungry for more? Several local restaurants announce openings, revitalizations
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Chequers Seafood + Steak, whose Signature Seafood Platter — including oysters, shrimp cocktail, king crab legs and lobster claws — is seen above, has recently announced a new location at 1401 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.<br>Special to the MDJ
Chequers Seafood + Steak, whose Signature Seafood Platter — including oysters, shrimp cocktail, king crab legs and lobster claws — is seen above, has recently announced a new location at 1401 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.
Special to the MDJ
Four local restaurants have recently announced grand openings or revitalizations in Cobb County: Chequers Seafood + Steak, O’Charley’s, Henry’s Louisiana Grill and Hungry Howie’s Pizza.

Chequers Seafood + Steak

Chequers Seafood + Steak announced recently it has opened a location at 1401 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. The eatery will have 130 seats, including an outdoor, covered patio and a semi-private dining room.

Open for dinner seven nights a week, along with Sunday brunch, the restaurant will feature the original Chequers location favorites, along with new menu items showcasing fresh ocean fare and prime steaks. The new location’s Executive Chef is James Dennerline.

In addition to its diverse menu, Chequers Seafood + Steak will launch Happy Hour on the patio and bar, featuring $7 appetizers, $1 oysters and $3.50 lobster claws from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sunday Brunch is served buffet style with items including made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles and an assorted cold seafood display.


The O’Charley’s at 3550 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta along with several restaurants nationwide underwent a revitalization and reimaging plan featuring refurbished store interiors and exteriors, a new brand mark and updated menu items.

O’Charley’s will offer the first 100 guests to the Sandy Plains Road location a free $9.99 meal on May 16 to celebrate the reopening. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The new identity of the restaurant derives inspiration from the approach of Charley Watkins, the man who founded O’Charley’s. Inside, guests will find a more expansive floor plan with walls removed to clear sight lines and expose the bar area. There are more booths, a more flexible floor space to accommodate larger parties and a signature O-shaped booth by the entrance.

The O’Charley’s brand mark has also been freshened. The O and the C in O’Charley’s, which were once interconnected, have been separated to make the type easier to read, and the restaurant’s signature green has been brightened to signify a new beginning. 

The comprehensive O’Charley’s revitalization plan was orchestrated by new leadership at American Blue Ribbon Holdings, who acquired the restaurant chain in May 2012.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth announced recently that Henry’s Uptown, located just above the restaurant, is now open on weekend nights with a full bar and menu. The space, previously used as an overflow waiting area and special events for the restaurant, has been renovated and has more room for dining.

The upstairs features a new bar built by Randy Shaw, owner of Architectural Glass and Henry’s neighbor on Main Street, who designed the current bar in the main dining room downstairs.

The restaurant’s entire menu and drink offerings will be served upstairs, while guests can sit at new high-top tables, enjoy a beverage in the lounge or be seated for dinner in the new dining area. Henry’s will also continue to take special/private event bookings on weeknights in the updated space.

The Henry’s Uptown area is open on Wednesdays during crawfish season, March through May, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza

Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 400 Village Green Circle in Smyrna, opened recently and made a donation to Hosea Feed the Hungry, an organization increasing public awareness of the struggles families and individuals face while living in poverty.

The franchise is the second location for Preston Starr who also operates the Hungry Howie’s Pizza location in Douglasville. Prior to opening that location, Starr was employed as an insurance executive.

The Smyrna location’s hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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