Big Forsyth project lands food tenants including Gu's Dumplings and Butcher & Brew

A big new mixed-use project in Forsyth County has landed a host of restaurants and food concepts, including new locations of Gu’s Dumplings and Alpharetta restaurant Butcher & Brew.

Halcyon, a $370 million mixed-use village rising at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road, will include more than 500,000 square feet of retail and office space. The 135-acre project is from Atlanta-based RocaPoint Partners and New York-based The Georgetown Company.

The project is proving it can lure top food concepts, some of which will make up a Market Hall that draws upon the success of intown projects such as Krog Street Market.

The latest announcements for Halcyon’s Market Hall include a new location of Gu’s Dumplings, which was originally founded on Buford Highway and now has a stall at Krog Street Market. It offers authentic Szechuan cuisine including dumplings, cold noodles and stir-fired dishes.

“The Gu’s team knows Szechuan food because it is in our blood,” said owner Yvonne Gu Khan, daughter of its namesake chef. “We want to introduce Szechuan food to the masses and want them to enjoy it like we do because we are proud of our heritage.”

Louis Soon, a popular Alpharetta restaurateur who’s behind South Main Kitchen and Butcher & Brew, will bring a new taco stand to the Market Hall called TOCAYO.

“We’re creating a very simple, but elegant vibe that will have Bohemian-inspired decor, Mexican draft beers and margaritas,” Soon said. “Visitors will be able to grab a taco and a margarita and walk out to enjoy them on the greenspace."

Other Market Hall tenants include:

  • A new location of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co., which Jonathan Goldenfounded in 2005 in Roswell. The company partners with farmers in Rwanda, Africa. The Halcyon location will be its largest coffee house to date (there are eight locations today) and will double as a music venue. It will be the company’s fourth corporate-owned location.
  • A new location of sweets shop Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge and Ice Cream. It is from franchisees Christina and Tony Abunassar. It offers goodies such as handcrafted chocolates, caramel apples, caramel corn and ice cream.
  • Two Southern-inspired concepts from Chef Marc Taft, who’s behind Chicken and the Egg in Marietta and Brine Seafood Shack at Alpharetta’s Avalon. They will be FEED Fried Chicken and a yet-named burger concept. Read more about those here.

Full-service restaurants have also been named for Halcyon.

Butcher & Brew, the concept from Soon that has its original location in downtown Alpharetta, will open its second outpost at the project. It will take 3,000 square feet and face a greenspace at the development.

Butcher & Brew is a “craft American shop, focused on quality ingredients and eclectic craft beers,” says an announcement. Its menu items range from risotto fritters to wings and sandwiches.

“We have created an environment where guests can have an upscale meal while cheering for their favorite sports team or connecting with friends over a craft beer,” Soon said. “We’re excited to bring our high-energy concept to Forsyth County.”

Never Enough Thyme, a family-owned restaurant in Alpharetta, will relocate to Halcyon. It will take about 3,500 square feet. Michele and Mike Doyle and Rob and Patric Pniewski own the restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“For 15 years, we have loved being a neighborhood gathering space known for our homemade food, and fast and friendly service,” said Michele Doyle. “Now, as the area is changing, we are excited to change with it by moving to Halcyon, where we hope to maintain our regulars and attract new guests.”

Chef Taft will also bring a full-service restaurant to the project called CO-OP Community Table + Bar, as Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in February. Read more about it here.

Halcyon will also feature two hotels and 690 residential units, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. Site work is now underway at the project. Greystar, the residential partner that is building 300 apartments and 160 units for those 55 years or older, is expected to go vertical in a few weeks. Vertical construction on the rest of the project should happen toward the end of the year.

Halcyon is expected to open in 2018. When complete, it will feature about 50 acres of greenspace and a 0.75-mile extension of the Big Creek Greenway.

JLL Retail is leasing the project. Wakefield Beasley and Associates is the architect.

Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in October that the project will also include metro Atlanta’s first CMX cinema. It will be a 10-screen, 38,000-square-foot cinema where patrons can dine in. Read more here.