Delbar, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Inman Park that’s been a hit since opening last year, is bringing a second location to Buckhead Village in late 2022.

The new Delbar is aiming for a fall 2022 opening in the recently completed Gentry apartment tower at 3172 Roswell Road, according to restaurant owner Fares Kargar. 

The sunroom at the Inman Park location of Delbar, as seen on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“The space will follow a very similar design to our current Delbar, hoping to transport our guests to countrysides of Iran,” said Kargar.

That will include a covered patio, an open kitchen and a private room. And the menu will be similar, too.

The patio entrance of the original Delbar in Inman Park, as seen on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“Delbar” is a Farsi term that the restaurant translates to “heart, captured” — meaning a sweetheart or true love. And that’s the treatment Delbar has been getting from reviewers since it opened in May 2020 at 870 Inman Village Parkway. Reviews on Yelp and from pro critics have been glowing for the mix of cuisines from Iran, Turkey, Israel and Lebanon.

Kargar is a native of Iran who uses family recipes. He formerly was general manager at Rumi’s Kitchen, the popular Persian restaurant in Sandy Springs. 

Construction recently began on improvements to the 3350 Peachtree skyscraper that will include a new publicly accessible park atop a parking garage. 

Formerly called Capital City Plaza, the 30-year-old tower stands on Peachtree Road next to the Buckhead MARTA Station and Ga. 400 and is known as the home of the popular South City Kitchen restaurant. Owner Cousins Properties last fall announced the plan to expand the parking garage and cap it with green space. 

A rendering of the future park at 3350 Peachtree, with Ga. 400 and the Buckhead MARTA Station to the left.

The plan includes potential connections to two stalled projects: the HUB404 park that would cap Ga. 400 between Peachtree and Lenox roads, and a mixed-use skyscraper on an adjacent parking lot behind the tower numbered as 3354 Peachtree, though it sits well off that street. Improvements to the Peachtree Road driveway for both drivers and pedestrians is another part of the plan.

An aerial view of the future park.

Cousins did not respond to questions about the construction timeline. At an Aug. 4 meeting of the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 12, a specialized zoning district, project engineer Charles Zakem said work had begun, as is evident along the driveway and the rear of the parking garage.

“You may have noticed some activity around the site recently. They have started some of the construction work on the site in the last week or so,” said Zakem.

Zakem was at the DRC to present minor changes to the plan, largely related to abandoning a shared loading dock with the still-theoretical new skyscraper in the rear. The changes, Zakem said, do not affect the plan for the privately owned, publicly accessible park.

“The public open space… [is] very much still part of the project,” said Zakem.  

As presented last fall, that open space includes paths, lawns, sculptures and greenery, plus a bistro with restrooms. 

The park will sit atop the tower’s parking garage, which is being extended to the rear and expanding from roughly 660 to roughly 1,000 spaces. That expansion is a trade-off for Cousins giving up many spaces in the adjacent surface lot. 

Improving the public spaces around office towers is a trend that Cousins is also leading elsewhere in the neighborhood with its renovations to the Buckhead Plaza complex at Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads.