This is "In Progress," a regular column in which Becca Godwin answers reader questions about developments, mostly in Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett and North Fulton.
Read previous editions — like this one discussing whether the Dallas Highway will reach the Paulding line — by clicking the hyperlinks at the bottom of this column, where you'll also find information for submitting your own questions. Cheers!
Reader Lori asks: What will take the place of the old kids consignment store located on Alpharetta way at the crossroads of Woodstock Rd and Alpharetta Hwy?
A quick aside: Thank you to Geoffrey Cooper for allowing me to take on this question — which was submitted to him in response to his column on when the parking deck is coming to downtown Alpharetta — for my first In Progress that answers a question from north Fulton. You're a scholar and a gentleman, Geoff.
Now, back to the question at hand. After some quick online searching, I realized that Lori was referring to Ladybugs and Lizards, which recently closed after more than 10 years in business.
Next, I chatted with the previous owner on Facebook. I checked the property records for 1123 Alpharetta Street. I met an anonymous source in a shadowy parking garage. (Not really, but that would have been cool.)
I found that the 6,500-square-foot building is owned by RRB Development.
A couple calls later, and that's when I had my (well, Lori's) answer: The old consignment store will become — or, rather, will re-become — a restaurant.
American Pasta Factory, a fast-casual eatery that will have a menu offering noodles made on site, is expected to open in March.
Interestingly enough, it turns out the building was home to a Burger Chef in the 1970s.
So, there you have it. The next chapter for this building is to become a place where families can bond not over second-hand clothes, but over bowls of noodles.
I, Becca Godwin, am a staff writer with the AJC and a lover of metro Atlanta. To submit “In Progress” questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, @BeccaJGGodwin on Twitter or via the form below.