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Cheq mate

Cobb’s dining scene has exploded the past decade with dozens of new restaurants opening successful and often-lauded ventures.

In the last three years especially, it looks like chefs and owners finally took notice of the high-income market in east Cobb. The area has become a haven for new dining spots. New restaurants making a name for themselves include Common Quarter, Stem, Seed, The Butcher, The Baker and Chicken and Egg.

The latest restaurant to join is longtime north Atlanta dining spot, Chequers Seafood + Steak. The restaurant was a mainstay in the Perimeter area for many years and often a power lunch spot for executives working in the King and Queen district.

Now it’s coming to Cobb with 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.

Marietta not dragging its feet

Some analysts might say Marietta’s Franklin Road makeover coinciding with the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb was plain luck. But one thing is for sure: There was no luck involved in the city moving forward with working toward the creation of a CID. Eyeing how Cumberland and Town Center have benefited from their CIDS — as well as guarding their own soil against “CID annexation” — Marietta pushed forward.

The city still needs to get 75 percent of the businesses to vote to tax themselves up to an additional five percent for the CID to get approved. (The tax does not affect residential properties). Overall, the CID would include 33 businesses in roughly a mile-long stretch along Franklin Road.

If the CID does get approved, it will virtually connect the three CIDs from Cumberland to Town Center along I-75. With the new Braves stadium on the southern end and the Lake Point development in Bartow, the corridor could become one of Georgia’s hottest areas over the next five years.

Home Depot endures rough quarter, but aims to rebound strong

As reported in this issue, Cobb-based Home Depot’s first quarter earnings came in below expectations. The company chalked it up to the damp and cold spring. However, the first quarter report hasn’t dampened expectations for the year. The company reaffirmed full-year revenue projections and their stock rose significantly afterwards. It will be interesting to see how this plays out through the year, especially given the finicky disposition of Mother Nature.


As reported in the April issue, Cobb is becoming a hotbed for the electric car market in Georgia. It also has a handful of upper-market dealerships, including Rolls Royce and Maserati as featured at Select Cars on page 22. What could be next? It could have a British flavor. The Alfa Romeo is finally coming back to the U.S. Yes, after a two-decade absence from the U.S. auto market, the car company is selling cars again here beginning this month. According to Forbes, the company hopes to sell roughly 500 cars this year and double that amount in 2015. The cars generally run in the $50,000 to $100,000 range. What makes owning one even more exclusive? In addition to the limited number, you can only purchase the car at Fiat and Maserati dealerships. The closest Fiat dealership is south of Spaghetti Junction and Maserati dealerships are in Atlanta. Of course, with Tesla and other highline dealerships in the Cumberland area, we wouldn’t be surprised to see one in Cobb either.

Let us know if you see one on the road

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