Buckhead restaurant roundup: Australian eatery coming, wine shop plan expands to food

Buckhead’s dynamic restaurant scene will soon include an Australian eatery, while a popular wine store plans an expanded location with a bar and kitchen.

Isla & Co., a New York-based restaurant chain, is bringing its menu of “Australian coastal town” food and cocktails to Andrews Square at 56 East Andrews Drive in the West Village.

A photo illustration of the Isla & Co. restaurant and its outdoor seating area coming to Andrews Square, as seen in a City permit filing.

When it opens in two to three months, the restaurant is expected to serve brunch, lunch and dinner. The details were provided by representatives of landlord EDENS and the chain at a May 4 meeting of the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 9 (SPI-9), a local zoning area.

The new restaurant replaces the shuttered Sama Food for Balance eatery. The build-out will include a new enclosed seating area on the patio.

Meanwhile, the plan for Perrine’s Wine Shop to open a Buckhead Village store has shifted to include a “wine bar,” a City planner told SPI-9.

The popular Westside wine shop last fall filed plans to demolish a commercial-use house at 3121 East Shadowlawn Ave. and replace it with a similar home-like structure that would become its second location around fall 2023.

New plans for the Buckhead Village location of Perrine’s Wine Shop include a retail shop on the ground floor and a bar, dining area and kitchen on the second. The plan was shown to the Development Review Committee of SPI-9 by a City planner.

But now the wine shop has “redone what their model is” and filed plans for the retail shop on the ground floor and a bar, dining area and kitchen on the second floor, according to City planner Nathan Brown.

As a retail shop, the plan required no parking, said Brown. But as a form of restaurant, it needs six, he said. The plan has five on-site parking spaces, and the wine shop has arranged to lease a space at a nearby office building for the sixth in a proposal Brown said was administratively approved by the City.

Perrine Prieur Gallardo, the shop’s founder and owner, did not respond to a comment request.