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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent “technician” that offers “quick” solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won’t cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Buckhead for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
Your Trusted Source for Commercial and Residential Locksmiths in Buckhead

As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you’re looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Buckhead are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It’s just the way we do business!
Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe
Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn’t defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Buckhead is so important – to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home’s locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it’s time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we’re done, we’ll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you’re interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses’ assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Buckhead install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it’s too late – your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it’s always better to be proactive about your businesses’ security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Buckhead:

Commercial Door Locks

Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

Commercial Door Lock Repair

Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses’ locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it’s always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

Alarm Systems

Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

Security Cameras

Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses’ roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

Access Control Systems

Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses’ locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock’s grade:

  • Strength Cycles – How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational – This refers to a door’s ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security – The effectiveness of the lock’s security
  • Material – What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish – Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today’s day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you’re worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Buckhead Village to transform into winter wonderland for holiday happenings

Buckhead Village will transform into a winter wonderland for its holiday events all season long.The district will be decked with illuminated sparkling globes in trees, fresh eucalyptus garlands, oversized pastel ornaments and larger-than-life floral sculptures. Wonderland happenings will abound all season long, beginning Nov. 11.From Thurs., Nov. 11 to Sun., Nov. 14, Buckhead Art & Co., a premier contemporary art gallery located at Buckhead Village, will be hosting its second annual Holiday Market this November, benefiting ...

Buckhead Village will transform into a winter wonderland for its holiday events all season long.

The district will be decked with illuminated sparkling globes in trees, fresh eucalyptus garlands, oversized pastel ornaments and larger-than-life floral sculptures. Wonderland happenings will abound all season long, beginning Nov. 11.

From Thurs., Nov. 11 to Sun., Nov. 14, Buckhead Art & Co., a premier contemporary art gallery located at Buckhead Village, will be hosting its second annual Holiday Market this November, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and supporting Pamela “Pammy” Reid, a local sixth grader who has struggled and overcome pediatric medulloblastoma. The Holiday Market helped raise $62,000 for CHOA last year, and this year’s market will feature paintings, jewelry, holiday gifts and more for purchase from artists including Charlie Hanavich, Laura Deems, Angela Chrusciaki Blehm and Millie Sims. The Market will be open to the public and will be located in the space next to Billy Reid, across from The Veranda.

Then, Buckhead Village will welcome guests into a whimsical, immersive Sugar Plum Fairy Forest throughout the holidays at The Veranda from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31. Filled with contemporary photo opps, the space will feature pastel floral canopies, life-sized abstract paper trees and colossal flowers. Guests will be able to let their inner pixie roam free in Buckhead Village’s reimagining of a classic holiday scene, and strike a pose with sugar plum ballerinas each Saturday beginning Nov. 27 from noon to 6 p.m.

Beginning Nov. 27, Holiday Shop & Stroll: Buckhead Village’s Shop and Stroll series will invite guests to enjoy an open-air dining and shopping experience every Saturday through Dec. 18, noon to 6 p.m. Shop and Stroll will feature family-friendly activities and crafts like ornament and cookie decorating; holiday performances and appearances throughout the day from Stylish Santa, The Mad Violinist, Tinsletone Carolers and ballerinas; restaurant specials; in-store events from shops around the property and food and beverage carts offering complimentary treats from Saint Germain Bakery, Georgetown Cupcake, Bella Cucina, Shake Shack, The Southern Gentleman and more.

On Nov. 27, 6 p.m., the Atlanta Ballet 2 will perform for audiences. The community can enjoy a free and open-to-the-public magical holiday performance by the Atlanta Ballet 2, presenting selections from classics like “The Nutcracker” and “Snow White” plus contemporary works. Selected by audition from all over the world, Atlanta Ballet 2 represents the highest level of training in the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. The performances at Buckhead Village will take place alongside fire pits in the open-air space across from Le Bilboquet.

Buckhead Village will be a part of Livable Buckhead’s Miracle on Peachtree Hot Chocolate Crawl Dec. 11, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants can view the community hub’s beautiful light displays, explore retailers’ festive window displays and stop by Saint-Germain Bakery for complimentary hot chocolate as well as other Buckhead Village restaurants to enjoy special holiday drinks, live music, beats from DJ Grace and entertainment throughout. Tickets and additional details will be available here beginning in October.

Opening Mid-Nov. is The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar. Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village are “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their spaces for the third annual holiday pop-up — The Blitzen Room. The restaurants will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

Lastly, guests can stop by and cozy up beside complimentary fire pits next to The Veranda all season long.

Thanksgiving Store Hours 2021: What's Open, Closed In Buckhead

Want to get a jump on Black Friday shopping? These Buckhead stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day.ATLANTA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Buckhead.While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday s...

Want to get a jump on Black Friday shopping? These Buckhead stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

ATLANTA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Buckhead.

While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday shopping.

However, don't expect all of your favorite retailers to be open this year.

In June, retail giant Walmart announced it will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day this year, a move the company said is a "thank you" to store employees for their hard work through the coronavirus pandemic.

Walmart's decision follows a similar one by competitor Target, which announced in January that stores would also close this Thanksgiving.

The two giant retailers Walmart and Target are among many companies that have faced criticism for remaining open on Thanksgiving and keeping workers from spending the holiday with their families. In response, a growing number of retailers including Costco, Lowe's and Hobby Lobby have started closing stores on the holiday.

Still, a number of stores remain open on Thanksgiving Day, according to lists compiled by Good Housekeeping, Country Living, NBC Chicago and more. Here are a few — and as always, it's a good idea to check your local store's hours.

Big Lots: Last year, select locations were open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CVS: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours may vary by location.

Dollar General: Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Dollar: Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Five Below: Stores will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Michaels: Stores open at 6 p.m. to midnight.

Old Navy: Most stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through Black Friday.

Victoria's Secret: Last year, most stores were open by 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Walgreens: Most stores will be open regular hours. Pharmacy hours may vary by location.

Meanwhile, these stores will be closed on Thanksgiving:

Ashley FurnitureBanana RepublicBarnes & NobleBath & Body WorksBed, Bath and BeyondBest BuyBloomingdale'sBurlington Coat FactoryCalvin KleinCentury 21Crate and BarrelDick's Sporting GoodsForever 21GapHome DepotHomeGoodsHomesenseJCPenneyKohl'sMacy'sMarshallsMenard'sPetcoPetSmartSierraSur La TableTargetTJ MaxxT-MobileWhite House Black MarketWalmart

The Absolute Best Brunch in Buckhead

You deserve it. Corner Cafe and Buckhead Bread Co.We all have that special brunch spot that we frequent the most. You know, that restaurant where even the longest wait time won’t deter you—because you know the French toast is beyond worth the wait. But while it’s great to have a trusted go...

You deserve it.

Corner Cafe and Buckhead Bread Co.

We all have that special brunch spot that we frequent the most. You know, that restaurant where even the longest wait time won’t deter you—because you know the French toast is beyond worth the wait. But while it’s great to have a trusted go-to, you should definitely keep exploring all of the incredible brunch offerings in Atlanta, especially if you are as infatuated with brunch as the rest of the city is. Neighborhoods like Buckhead, for example, have plenty of restaurants with unmissable brunch menus. If you’re interested in switching things up and hanging out on the north side this weekend, here is your personal guide to the best places to eat brunch in Buckhead—and here's your guide to brunch everywhere else in Atlanta.

Owner and Executive Chef Suzanne Vizethann first welcomed guests into Buttermilk back in 2012, and almost a full decade later, the Southern restaurant remains a force to be reckoned with breakfast and brunch menu items that are actually worth the wait. On the off-chance that you can’t choose between building your own custom breakfast platter or weekend brunch specials—we’re talking Strawberry Biscuit French Toast and Avocado Short Rib Benedict—a great entry point at Buttermilk Kitchen is its signature Chicken Biscuit, a sweet tea-brined fried chicken breast served on a buttermilk biscuit with house red pepper jelly.

Even though breakfast is available every day at The Betty (one of the eateries at the chic Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead), Sundays belong to brunch. The restaurant offers unique and upscale brunch options like the Crab Omelette (with fine herbs, sherry, and arugula), the Pork Belly Benedict (with green chile hollandaise, and trapanese pesto), and the Salmon Tartine (with salmon soft scramble, dill mustard cream, and brioche). The drinks are just as swanky, so don’t hesitate to wet your whistle with a Sangria of the Season (rosé wine, seasonal fruits, and herbs), Aperol Spritz (strawberry infused aperol, bubbles, and soda), or Espresso Martini (Titos, La colombe espresso, and Nola Coffee Liqueur).

Corner Cafe and Buckhead Bread Co.

One of the eateries from legendary Atlanta restaurateurs Palo and Peter, Corner Cafe & Bread Bakery had been serving Piedmont Road since 1994, so if you are in the mood for a classic take on brunch, this is the place. Corner Cafe offers not just one, but four types of Eggs Benedict, including jumbo lump crab cake, tradition, fried green tomato, and smoked salmon. The menu also boasts specialty brunch items like the Nutella Belgian Waffles, the Eastern Shrimp Omelet, Scratch Corned Beef Hash, and White Chocolate Brioche French Toast. You’ll also have plenty of great tipples to choose from, including the Prosecco Sunrise (prosecco, fresh orange juice, and grenadine), Blood Orange Margarita (blood orange Pellegrino, 100% Agave, lemon, and lime), and the Café Bloody Mary (Charleston’s mix, sriracha, salt rim, applewood bacon garnish), among others.

Across the Metro Atlanta area, South City Kitchen has four different locations, and one of them is in Buckhead. The Southern restaurant has been open since 2016, and its brunch menu is unlike any other in Atlanta. In addition to expected brunch staples like shrimp and grits, loaded biscuits, and waffles, South City Kitchen offers She-Crab Soup, pan fried chicken livers, collard greens, and Carolina Trout. Top off your meal with a classic mimosa, served by the glass or pitcher.

Photo courtesy of Big Sky Buckhead

If brunch and Sunday football are both on your itinerary this weekend, Big Sky is the perfect place for you. For what they call “the most important meal of the week,” Big Sky serves up its heavy hitters, including its Nashville Sliders, Fried Chicken Benedict, Big Sky Burger, and its appetizing combination of sautéed shrimp and cheese grits. Those who aren’t tied down to the brunch and mimosa concept will also enjoy specialty craft cocktails like the Buffalo Soldier (Buffalo Trace bourbon, Campari, POM juice, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, and Angostura bitters), Harvest Mule (Hanson mandarin vodka, apple cider, Fever-Tree ginger beer, fresh orange, and cinnamon), or the Housemade Hooch (Bare Bone vodka, cinnamon, seasonal spices, and grain alcohol). During the fall, Big Sky saves its brunch festivities for Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, but throughout the rest of the year, guests can enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Photo courtesy of The Hive

For what’s undoubtedly one of the longest brunches in the city, The Hive’s brunch stretches from 11 am to 6 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you come hungry because the Peachtree Road hangout offers a hearty brunch menu, complete with Southern-style breakfast standards like fried catfish and grits, steak and eggs, and pecan banana foster French toast. Those feeling adventurous can also dig into The Hive’s crab macaroni and cheese or the red velvet chicken and waffles. And in addition to having a drink or two, guests can also have hookah alongside their meal.

Those who think chivalry is dead must have never become acquainted with The Southern Gentleman in Buckhead. Rather than holding a door open for you or offering you a coat when you get cold, howevér, The Southern Gentleman treats your tastebuds with respect. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Buckhead restaurant switches things up for brunch, and the menu is overflowing with great choices, from the Buttermilk Fried Chicken (served with creamed leeks, herb roasted potatoes, carrots, and hot honey) to the delectable Brioche French Toast (served with macerated berries, lemon curd, powdered sugar, & whipped cream). And as with any great weekend brunch menu, The Southern Gentleman’s drinks—from cocktails to seasonal brunch punches—are just as varied as its food options.

Photo courtesy of The Chastain

The Chastain starts serving breakfast at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday, but if you roll out of bed just a bit later and pull up to the Chastain Park restaurant around 11 am, you’ll be able to enjoy a boozier brunch experience. In addition to its AM Café menu options like the Almond Croissant and the Sheeps Milk Yogurt, guests can also order cocktails and select lunch items, too. Plus, brunch is just better outside, so take full advantage of The Chastain’s gorgeous patio.

Photo courtesy of Toast On Lenox

Brunch should be a celebratory occasion, and no restaurant in Buckhead knows that more than Toast On Lenox. Even with mouthwatering menu highlights like the Beef Short Rib Breakfast Skillet, the Hot Georgia Honey Fried Chicken, and the Lobster Waffle, the food has stiff competition with Toast’s eclectic assortment of boozy drinks. In addition to a mimosa with flavors ranging from traditional to apricot, Toast’s beverage program includes the Blackberry Smash (whiskey, blackberry, lime, and 1821 barrel-aged bitters), the D’usse Old Fashion (D’usse, 1821 barrel-aged bitters, brandied cherry, and orange), and the Blame It on Rita (Casamigos blanco, fresh lime, agave, and Combier orange), among several other must-try cocktails.

First Look: Chef’s Le Bon Nosh in Buckhead is just start of bigger plan

Le Bon Nosh opened last week at The Irby residential development in Buckhead. The cafe and market from chef Forough Vakili occupies a 6,300-square-foot corner space on Irby Avenue.The name roughly translates to the good bite. And the design with L.A.-based firm Commune captures that raison d’etre in an atmosphere that’s both elegant and welcoming, while featuring finishes that reflect Vakili’s Persian heritage.There are multiple indoor and outdoor seating options, including sidewalk tables, a covered patio, an...

Le Bon Nosh opened last week at The Irby residential development in Buckhead. The cafe and market from chef Forough Vakili occupies a 6,300-square-foot corner space on Irby Avenue.

The name roughly translates to the good bite. And the design with L.A.-based firm Commune captures that raison d’etre in an atmosphere that’s both elegant and welcoming, while featuring finishes that reflect Vakili’s Persian heritage.

There are multiple indoor and outdoor seating options, including sidewalk tables, a covered patio, and a more formal dining room with a soon-to-open wine bar. Up a sweeping staircase, a “secret mezzanine” with a terrace offers a venue for events and private dining.

There are multiple options for all-day eating and drinking, too, including an espresso bar, and morning menu of house-made pastries and sweet and savory breakfast items. Currently, for lunch or dinner, sides, mains, tartines and galettes are served from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The stylish market area offers seating at banquettes and communal tables, with views of the display kitchen, which is equipped with a custom La Cornue range, and surrounded by bakery and prepared food cases.

A nearby wall holds rows of shelves stocked with curated kitchen essentials. Just above it, there’s a window that gives visitors a glimpse of the wood-fired grill in the prep kitchen.

Last week on opening day, Vakili sat down at a table in the market and talked about her somewhat unlikely journey from Georgia Tech student to chef and restaurateur, with a sojourn to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in between.

“I grew up in Iran, and I came to the U.S. for educational reasons, mainly. Now I’ve lived in Atlanta for 21 years, so this is home,” Vakili said. “I trained as a chemical engineer at Georgia Tech. I always had a burning interest in food, but it really wasn’t until I decided to go to culinary school in France that I noticed that a big part of who I am was missing from my life in America.

“I grew up on a farm, with parents who owned land, and one of the things I grew up knowing was nature, and eating in season from the land around us. Coming to the U.S., we could have anything any time of year, but nothing ever tasted as amazing as what I remembered back home. Being in France was more similar to my upbringing. That’s when I made a mental note that I wanted to create a space that was about those moments that I missed from my childhood.”

After culinary school, Vakili came back to Atlanta and took a job with Porsche, doing pop-up dinners, and overseeing the food side of the Experience Center. But her ultimate goal was to create her own restaurant, based on local, simple, seasonal ingredients.

Vakili describes Le Bon Nosh as “a neighborhood kitchen,” adding, “I have something to offer for breakfast. I have something to offer for lunch. You can take away dinner. You can come in between those times for meetings or coffee and pastry.

“When we went into designing the space, there was an intention to make it very airy and something like California-meets-France. But I very much wanted it to feel like a home.”

Talking about the menu, Vakili said she doesn’t always know how to describe her style of cooking. “I think first of ingredients, then what’s the best way to use them,” she explained. “I always let the seasons dictate my menu. Everything is driven from the farmers market, and I would say the style is very close to California cuisine.”

For breakfast, you’ll find lighter items, such as an oat bowl with labneh, local almond butter, seasonal fruit, and toasted seeds, as well as a more substantial board with house beet-cured salmon, soft-boiled eggs, herb salad, and hearty rye bread. For lunch or dinner, look for the likes of lobster potato salad, wood-grilled salmon, seared tuna, and a pear galette with Gruyere, bacon lardons, and chicory.

“This is meant to have a multitude of concepts,” Vakili said. “Beyond breakfast and lunch, you can grab and go from the cases, with home staples, such as chicken noodle soup, bone broth, salads. That’s basically what I envision as a quick stop to grab dinner on your way home.

“In the evenings, the wine bar will come into the picture with European-style service. You come in, you go up to the bar, you order your first round of wine and food, you sit down, and after that, we serve you at your table.”

Though Le Bon Nosh is still in its earliest opening stage, Vakili said there is much more to come, including cooking classes, branded products, and more locations.

“The intention is to take this concept national,” she revealed. “The idea is to build a lifestyle brand. And how I treat the space is as a showroom into the brand. So everything you touch, you feel, you experience is something that has been thought out and considered from a consumer’s perspective.”

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7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

Rebuilt fire station, Chastain parking deck among western Buckhead projects on $700M infrastructure funding list

A rebuilt fire station and a Chastain Park parking deck are among the western Buckhead items that could be funded in a $700 million from an infrastructure bond and transportation sales tax the City hopes to put on the May 2022 ballot.The projects were part of a list, not set in stone, of potential Northwest Atlanta improvements presented at a Nov. 22 virtual meeting about the funding plan. Projects for Northeast Atlanta, including eastern Buckhead, were discussed at ...

A rebuilt fire station and a Chastain Park parking deck are among the western Buckhead items that could be funded in a $700 million from an infrastructure bond and transportation sales tax the City hopes to put on the May 2022 ballot.

The projects were part of a list, not set in stone, of potential Northwest Atlanta improvements presented at a Nov. 22 virtual meeting about the funding plan. Projects for Northeast Atlanta, including eastern Buckhead, were discussed at a similar Nov. 18 meeting.

Atlanta is in year five of an existing transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) and the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program. Both sources have been used to execute a wide variety of projects, from street improvements to public art. They also have been controversial for slow pace and confusing, changing project lists.

The City aims to essentially extend those programs with a $400 million infrastructure bond and a 0.4% TSPLOST estimated to be worth $300 million. The City wants to put both questions on the spring 2022 primary election ballot, which likely will be held in May, officials say.

To do that, City officials need approval of the City Council, which they hope to get Dec. 6 following Dec. 1 hearings before the Finance/Executive and Transportation committees.

A reconstruction of Fire Station 26 at 2970 Howell Mill Road is on the project list. The station was renovated last year, but like virtually all fire facilities is considered subpar for modern use.

Among many other projects are a path on Northside Parkway that would connect to North Atlanta High School, and resurfacing of such streets as Blackland, Mount Paran and West Paces Ferry roads.

For Northwest Atlanta overall, the project list features 21 or 22 transportation projects, includin about 13 miles of sidewalk repairs, 12 miles of new sidewalks, and 16 miles of “major street projects.” The list also includes improvements to 10 parks or recreation facilities.

Of the estimated $700 million, $190.5 million would go to citywide projects. Another $3 million would go to discretionary funds of City Council members to spend locally as they wish.

As at previous meetings, City Deputy Chief Operating Officer LaChandra Butler Burks was asked about how Buckhead cityhood would affect the funding proposal. If the General Assembly approves cityhood legislation, it could be a ballot question in 2022 as well, six months after the bond and TSPLOST vote. Burks repeated her answer that the City is proceeding on the assumption that Buckhead will not secede and keep doing so “unless something very different happens.”

There is no final or permanent project list, said Burks, nor is one needed to get the bond and TSPLOST questions on the ballot. However, she said, City officials intend to have a project list, with a cost estimate for each, to present to the council as it considers whether to proceed on the ballot question. She acknowledged that cost estimates were a problem in the last round of funding, requiring the creation of a new list, but that the City believes its current numbers are accurate.

The public appears to have little influence over the lists at this point, with the meetings functioning primarily as advertising to promote the effort to get the funding questions on the ballot. The Nov. 22 meeting, like others in the series, had a brief question-and-answer period, but no opportunity to directly change the project list or create a new one. Burks said the PowerPoint-style presentations from the meetings will be posted online somewhere, but indicated that recordings of the meetings will not be.

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