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Mark Toro

48. Mark Toro

As managing partner at North American Properties, Toro has a reputation as a developer who sets ambitious targets and hits them.
50 Best Shops in Atlanta

Cosmetic Market

Known for beauty counter service with the selection of a mega-retailer
Avalon

Avalon

The $600 million project, which will eventually consume 86 acres off Georgia 400 in Alpharetta, has been flashy from the start (the grand-opening gala last October lasted four days). And Toro’s mission—to break the mold of traditional suburban cul-de-sacs and strip malls in favor of a dense, walkable “urbanburb”—has clearly struck a chord.
Avalon yoga

A drone’s eye view of Sunrise Yoga at Avalon, Alpharetta

The center of a mixed-use development is not the first place one thinks of seeking enlightenment. But downward dog usurps shopping sprees during Sunrise Yoga classes on the grassy plaza of Avalon in Alpharetta.
Inman Quarter

August Market Minis: New stores open at Ponce City Market, Ebony Fashion Fair reunion, and more

The Ebony Fashion Fair, which brought couture to the black middle class for 50 years, hosts a reunion in Atlanta on August 22; store openings underway at Ponce Cit Market
Superica

The El Felix and Superica

It doesn’t much matter what I think about Superica and The El Felix, Ford Fry’s two new Tex-Mex restaurants with almost identical menus and almost identical lines. When I asked the manager of The El Felix—in Avalon, the Alpharetta mall-city—how many diners they served, he said, “Three to four hundred on a slow night.”

LottaFrutta opens late June at Avalon; additional locations in the works

LottaFrutta Gourmet Fruit House and Market will open at Avalon in Alpharetta at the end of the month. The order-at-the-counter restaurant will be identical to the original Auburn Avenue location in terms of menu—at least at first. Owner Myrna Perez says there will always be Cuban-style sandwiches, fresh-cut fruit, smoothies, and salads, but since the Avalon spot will serve dinner in addition to breakfast and lunch, her team may adapt their offerings based on demand. They will also offer catering and delivery.

March market minis: Phipps Plaza to get a facelift, new shops at Avalon, and more

Updates on new Buckhead Atlanta shops, Phipps Plaza's overhaul, and a few stores we had to say goodbye to.

Oak Steakhouse

Where Oak Steakhouse aims to set itself apart from other steakhouses—as the genial, tall, bearded chef Chad Anderson will tell you if he comes by your table—is in its selling only Certified Angus Beef, all of it prime. If you order one of the four “classic steaks,” as I did the ribeye, the server will quickly ask, “Don’t you want the dry-aged?”

Colletta Italian restaurant opens February 5 at Avalon

Steve Palmer, founder of Charleston-based Indigo Road Hospitality, has a new restaurant in the works. Located next to its Oak Steakhouse at Avalon in Alpharetta, Colletta will begin serving pizza and pasta February 5. This will be the group’s second Italian restaurant, and about 40 percent of the menu will be comprised of favorites from Charleston-based Indaco, where Michael Perez is executive chef.

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