Delbar Advances Plans For New Buckhead Location After First Potential Location Fizzles

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

Popular middle eastern restaurant Delbar, which operates locations in Inman Park and Alpharetta, has advanced its second round of plans to open a prominent new location in Buckhead at the corner of Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry, adjacent to One Buckhead Plaza. This new location at 3060 Peachtree Road would replace the former King + Duke restaurant that closed earlier this year.

Kevin Plenge of Fathom Architecture, which is spearheading the design of the proposed restaurant, presented Delbar’s plans to the Special Public Interest 9 Development Review Committee (DRC) Oct. 4. The DRC conducts reviews of development plans that require a permit and passes its recommendations to the City of Atlanta for its review. DRC members voiced no issues with the plan as presented.

Some of the dishes available at Delbar in Inman Park as seen on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Delbar’s proposed Buckhead location set to open next year

Though the plan still requires additional stages of approval, Plenge said the Buckhead Delbar location will seek to open for business by February of next year, but there is the possibility it could begin operations sooner.

Several updates are planned for the exterior of the restaurant — including a water feature and arched design elements — but the most notable is the inclusion of a 1,940-square-foot addition. Plenge said the addition’s seating area will include retractable windows and a retractable roof. These features will allow for open-air dining in fair weather, but the space can be closed off and will be climate controlled when necessary.

Plans call to “soften the design” of the exterior with modern arches, wood and stucco. Plenge said will, “brighten up the current overall look of the facility.”

The current interior of the restaurant should begin operating early next year, Plenge said, while construction on the outdoor space, which he said will “liven up that corner,” is ongoing.

“It would be ideal if this exterior [addition] was open by May of next year,” he said.

The permit application for the new Buckhead Delbar interior will be submitted to the city in mid-October, Plenge added.

If approved, the plan will finally bring the popular eatery to Buckhead after an initial attempt fizzled.

Delbar’s proposed Buckhead location is its second for the area

The Peachtree Road location is the second proposed spot for Delbar making its way into Buckhead. A previous plan to bring the popular eatery to the area, which was announced in mid-2021, did not come to fruition.

Delbar announced it would open its third location in the Gentry apartment tower at 3172 Roswell Road in Buckhead Village with a planned opening date of fall 2022. However, it was later determined the location was not mechanically suitable for a restaurant, and Delbar went back to the drawing board.

Delbar, which Plenge said offers a variety of middle eastern fair with a focus on Persian food, opened its first location at Inman Park in 2020. The menu is inspired by Chef Fares Kagar’s family recipes.  

On May 10, a second location was opened in Alpharetta on Old Milton Parkway.  

Both locations have been given glowing reviews by professional and amateur critics alike. The upcoming location in the Buckhead Village is expected to be one of the most popular restaurant openings of the year.

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