The expansion of a restaurant so popular it's causing outrage among Candler Park neighbors could signal the latest step in a northwest Atlanta corridor's slow march from heavy industry to more people-friendly uses. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q could claim two structures marketed as being "historic" — the circa-1920 Adams Hardware building and an adjacent, two-story building of all brick — at the pie-shaped corner of Bolton and Marietta roads, wedged between the western rim of Interstate 285 and Buckhead, reports Tomorrow's News Today. Fox Bros.' expansion plans haven't been confirmed by involved parties, but the 'cue purveyors have been adamant that they're seeking a second outpost, in part to alleviate parking and loitering issues that, as WSB-TV reported last week, have left some Candler Parkers up in arms. Atlanta magazine reported in 2013 that the Texas-born siblings behind Fox Bros. have been sniffing around this general area for at least two years. The location, as marketing materials point out, is a five-minute drive from Buckhead and seven from Vinings, and thus new pitches for the area are hardly limited to smoked chicken and brisket.
According to the property listing, the one-story former hardware store is 1,500 feet, while its two-story neighbor has a spacious 5,500 square feet. Aerial images suggest the 76-space parking lot behind the buildings has been lined in the not-too-distant past and is roughly 50 times larger than the DeKalb Avenue locale's Achilles heel. Grease traps, as the listing enthusiastically notes, are already installed!
Fox Bros. would bring competition to an area with established eateries such as Nuevo Laredo Cantina and Bone Lick BBQ, and it wouldn't be the only evidence that Atlanta's western flank is changing. Down the road, Topgolf Midtown is in full swing , the multi-phase Dupont Commons on Marietta Road is delivering hundreds of homes, and developer Cannon Equities recently confirmed that they're beefing up a proposal for an ITP village called "The Quarter-Upper West Side." That vision calls for a 386-unit apartment complex, a collection of townhomes, condos and single-family residences (for a total of more than 800), along with boutique shops, restaurants and a town square overlooking a park.