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Westside Ironworks Bags 3 New Tenants; Renders Emerge

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On Westside's retail front, an adaptive-reuse project is gaining momentum while promising to boost streetscape appeal and pedestrian safety. Westside Ironworks officials announced three new tenants this week — two eateries and a home furnishings store — and released fresh images of what the 19,000-square-foot former foundry will look like when construction wraps this summer. The redevelopment project is now 75 percent preleased with original retail and first-to-market dining options; three retail spaces remain, totaling 5,000 square feet, and construction of Atlanta's second Barcelona restaurant is in "full swing," officials said.

"We are seeking tenants that want to take advantage of the character of not only the buildings and site but also the storied history and organic authenticity of this submarket," Frank Buonanotte, partner at Westside Ironworks LLC, said in a press release. Buonanotte said his group is working with Jamestown, owners of the Westside Provisions District, to mimic the existing streetscape, including lighted trees, seating areas and landscape. Buonanotte's group is co-funding a lighted crosswalk on Howell Mill Road, and he said the city has proposed adding a center lane to the traffic-plagued thoroughfare.

The Westside Ironworks build-out is expected to finish this summer, with the bulk of tenants opening soon after. The new retail announcements are described as follows:

Sushi: O-Ku
Expected opening: Fall 2015

"Celebrating a southern approach to Asian cuisine, O-Ku brings its award-winning sushi concept from Charleston to Atlanta. Named the Best Sushi Restaurant in 2013 by Travel + Leisure, the 3,200-square foot restaurant is situated on the east side of the main building capped-off with rooftop seating and bar overlooking the Midtown skyline. The interior will be modern yet infused with Southern charm showcasing Ironwork's unique history with exposed brick, steel beams and vast ceilings."

Furniture: Dixon Rye
Expected opening: Fall 2015

"Dixon Rye is a soon-to-be-classic, first-to-market, original home furnishings store founded by an award-winning interior designer and former retail executive with a national home furnishings brand. The 5,000-square foot store welcomes Atlanta consumers seeking an environment that reflects their lifestyle and Southern sensibility. Dixon Rye offers unique, one of a kind, bench-made furnishings including furniture, wall art, gifts, rugs and other design elements – in addition to interior design services. Retail collections will include 'found' pieces steeped in great stories that combine industrial materials with traditional forms. The store will preserve the industrial character of the original Ironworks, showcasing the steel trusses, overhead crane system, exposed ceilings and massive original doors as design features."

Lunch: Tom+Chee
Expected opening: Fall 2015

"With an established following for its acclaimed Grilled Cheese Donut, Tom+Chee brings its take on comfort food to West Midtown. The restaurant first gained national recognition on Travels Channel's 'Man v. Food Nation' followed by ABC's 'Shark Tank.' Touted the grilled cheese and tomato soup shop for the kid-at-heart, the café-style concept mixes classic comfort food with fresh ingredients and healthy alternatives wrapped up in more than 25 sandwiches, salads and (tomato) soups. This 2600-square foot Tom+Chee location unveils a fresh, new prototype with garage door access to outdoor seating along Howell Mill Road — characteristic of this modern community and ideal for the area's young professionals."

· Swank Westside Retail Project Hopes to Deliver this Year [Curbed Atlanta]
· Howell Mill's Next Adaptive-Reuse Project Lands Tenant [Curbed Atlanta]