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Great Spaces: Mojitos Cuban American Bistro



Mojitos at the Forum

One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Mojitos Cuban American Bistro
5161 Peachtree Parkway #630
Peachtree Corners 30092

For authentic Cuban cuisine, live music every night, dancing, and a laidback, festive atmosphere, invite your holiday party guests to Mojitos. This family-owned and operated, Cuban restaurant boasts a splendidly friendly staff, and dedicates a tremendous amount of time and resources to daily prep-work in order to deliver only the freshest family recipes that are subject to quality control by the head chef and creator of said recipes herself, the matriarch of the family.

Her son, Alexander Cortes, General Manager of Operations, allowed me to pick his brain about hosting a unique holiday party there. His dad is a chef. His parents, sister, and brother-in-law co-own the restaurant. His sister, Yanin Fernandez, and her husband also play with the band on Friday and Saturday; she sings, he plays several instruments. It’s really all in the family here! And they love to share their heritage with you through their food and music.

Feliz Mojitos

No shocker there, it’s in the name, after all. They’re serving up the best Mojitos in town! The lime juice is freshly squeezed, and the mint is picked fresh, daily. There are no drinks made with pre-mixers at this bar.

Your Cuban Christmas party could be as small as 15 people, and as large as 200. Inside, 100 can be comfortably seated. Outside on the all-season patio, you can seat 50.

Either the bar area or the patio would be an ideal place to host a cocktail hour for a maximum of 60-80 guests. If you had a larger-scale happy hour in mind, you could use the whole restaurant and fit 200 inside, up to 300 if you also make use of the patio.

How About a Holiday Party at Mojitos?

Enjoy different musicians every night. See performances from a Flamenco guitarist, an R&B cover band, and Abe Parker, an acoustic cover singer. If you wish to be part of the entertainment from the patio, large garage doors open allowing you to enjoy the acts from outside. If you’d rather have a more intimate gathering, the doors remain shut.

“Our food is all fresh and seasoned here. Our roast pork leg cooks for 4 hrs. We season it the night before. It takes a lot of prep work every day. We have four to five people coming in every morning just for prep, that doesn’t include the chefs,” emphasized Cortes.

Custom menus for parties are planned in advance upon your request. “It really depends on what type of party you’re looking to organize. We can offer a limited menu. We can do a buffet. No two parties are the same. If you have a vision for your event, we want to make that vision happen.”

In terms of dietary restrictions, they can make gluten free suggestions. Vegetarian options are available. Although more limited, there are some vegan selections too. Most of their dishes are nut free. “We’re very careful about paying attention to any May Contain warnings,” shared Cortes.

Good News! Mojitos Caters! If you can’t make it to Mojitos, they’ll take the Cuban cuisine to you! Within a 10-mile radius, they can cater the food and provide full service at your holiday party, if you need it.

Fun Fact: The family is very involved with Atlanta United. “We took it seriously when they asked us to be a sponsor,” confided Cortes. “We go to some games as one of the affiliates, and we bring precooked Cuban sandwiches and make paella on site – we basically tailgate the restaurant… in the parking lot. It’s fun, and we get to see the game.”

Book it!

They try to be flexible but recommend booking a party at least a week in advance. Parties are normally limited to 3-hour blocks but if you have something else in mind, they can work with you up to 4 hours.

They are open seven days a week: Monday to Thursday, from 11a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Every other Saturday, there’s a serious party going on in the suburbs. They host Havana Night with a DJ, starting at 11 p.m., and patrons take on the night life until 2 a.m. “Havana Nights are announced on Instagram and Facebook,” Cortes pointed-out. You could host a party on those evenings, but it would have to be on the patio. “We can cook paella outside on the patio for 30 people on the weekend, it depends on the night.

Because of the volume of regulars, parties after dark are a little more restricted.

The size of your group is also a factor. You can always start earlier in the day or choose a more open day of the week. However, if it’s small enough, the patio is always a good location for a private event on busy nights.

Party Packages are based on needs and everything is customizable. “We’ll have suggested foods in each package but if there is something you really want, we can always add it, even if it’s a higher-end item. Then we’ll rework the rest of the menu to fit… [your desired price range]” said Cortes.

  • Lower: $14 – $20 Soft drinks, beer and house wine can be included in the $20 range.
  • Drink Tickets are available as well. You can limit the alcohol to two drinks per guest for example, and you’d pay $7 for each ticket.  
  • Mid: $30-$35 per person. This tier offers a broader selection of food, higher end choices, Mojitos, and well drinks. There is a two-hour maximum for the open bar.
  • High: $40 – $45 per person. All drinks are included, open bar style. Appetizers and desserts are included as well.

For an unforgettable, Cuban Christmas party that will not soon be forgotten, call General Manager, Alex Cortes at 770-686-3254.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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H&W Steakhouse Opening in Peachtree Corners



(Photography by Bruce Johnson)

Norsan Restaurants has announced the upcoming opening of its new restaurant concept, H&W Steakhouse. H&W is the third fine-dining steakhouse concept from Norsan Restaurants.

The company also operates Pampas Steakhouse in Johns Creek and Frankie’s The Steakhouse in Duluth. H&W aims to bring modern fine dining to Peachtree Corners with USDA Prime Steaks and a variety of seafood options.

H&W Steakhouse
Left to right, Martin Ramirez, COO of Norsan Restaurants, Thomas Minchella, Executive Chef of Norsan Restaurants

The restaurant was designed by architect Filipao Nunes out of Monterrey, Mexico.

“It fills us with great pride to be part of such an important project, which was designed to create an experience on par with the menu,” says Nunes. Our goal was to allow for elegance to shine in every single detail, staying faithful to the essence of the brand.”

Chef Thomas Minchella leads the culinary team at H&W and has served as Norsan Restaurant’s Executive Corporate Chef since 2020.

Chef Minchella, formerly the Executive Chef of McKendrick’s Steakhouse, looks forward to the opening and sharing his menu and creations with guests. He states, “Creating delicious food is my passion, creating a culinary staff is my ambition, and creating guests is my love!”

Norsan CEO Norberto Sanchez shares, “We are very excited to open our new concept H&W Steakhouse. Taking center stage at H&W will be handpicked premium steaks and a fantastic array of seafood offerings. Our hospitable and professional service team has one goal: to make our guests feel at home.”

H&W will soft-open late September with a limited number of reservations available.

Reservations will be available via Opentable and directly through the restaurant. Follow along on Instagram for the official opening date and ongoings @hwsteakhouse.

Source: H&W Steakhouse
Photography by Bruce Johnson

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Shah’s Halal Food Celebrates Opening in Peachtree Corners



Images courtesy of the City of Peachtree Corners

Mayor Mike Mason, Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), business professionals and community well-wishers joined the Hameed family, owners of Shah Halal Food, and staff to celebrate the opening of its new Peachtree Corners restaurant with a ribbon-cutting celebration and lunch event.

Khurran (Kay) Hameed shared, “At Shah’s Halal, we take pride in offering the highest quality, most authentic and delectable halal cuisine at a fair price. We are excited to bring our exceptional dining experience to Peachtree Corners.” 

In addition to dining services, Shah’s Halal also offers to-go orders and catering for special events.

Mayor Mason, along with PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Allison Reinert, Suzanna Martinez and local business supporters were on hand. 

“The city council and I are delighted that you have chosen Peachtree Corners for your business location,” said Mason. “We are pleased to have this new restaurant available as part of our business-friendly city.”

Shah’s Halal Food is located at 5450 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 8B, in Peachtree Corners. Check them out at shahshalalfood.com/peachtree-corners/ or call 678-292-6426 to find out more.

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Good French Fare Now Closer Than Ever



Photos by George Hunter

Henri’s Bakery & Deli opens a Peachtree Corners location.

“Un bon repas adoucit l’esprit et régénère le corps.”

That common French saying, “A good meal softens the mind and regenerates the body,” is gradually becoming a theme in this part of metro Atlanta. As the Peachtree Corners food scene expands its offerings, world-class cuisine is becoming more and more available.

For example, one can find the mouth-watering goodies of a French patisserie near the Town Center. Henri’s Bakery & Deli is one of the newest food purveyors in the area, but it has a long-standing tradition of quality and service.

A tasty history

French immigrant Henri Fiscus started his first bakery at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Atlanta in 1929. He quickly became known for his inventive recipes and the attention to detail he paid to his customers’ needs and wants. 

That legacy led to several shops across the metro area with the newest location in Peachtree Corners, according to company literature.

Fiscus passed away in 1974, just one day shy of his 80th birthday, but his family has carried on the traditions and original recipes but has employed modern business practices to spread the quality throughout the area.

To keep consistency and streamline costs, all the products are baked at central location in metro Atlanta.

“We have one commissary, where all our products are made daily overnight. We get a delivery every morning at 6:00. So, whatever we need is freshly made for the day,” said Henri’s Peachtree Corners General Manager Tarik Aboudi. “We want to keep the recipe the same and make sure there is someone on top of orders.”

Aboudi, originally from Morocco, has many years of experience in this kind of food business. When the Peachtree Corners location was looking for someone to lead it, he’d been at a local family-owned bagel restaurant.

“I enjoy what I do here and like working with the company. It’s a good concept,” he said. 

Unlike the other company, the hours are a little more family-friendly to his lifestyle, with the eatery closed on Sundays and wrapping up daily service by 6 p.m.

And the location is just 10 minutes from his home. “That’s one of the reasons I came here,” he said. “I don’t want to work eight to 10 hours and then spend another two or three hours in the car.”

With Henri’s being local and family-owned, it appealed to Aboudi on many levels.

“Family-owned businesses have a different personality than many corporations,” he said. “People care more about their legacy, and you get to talk to the owners face-to-face. It’s more personal and it feels more like you are part of a family.”

Feast for the eyes and tastebuds

When you get right down to it, the food is what brings people back.

“There’s a good selection of fresh pastries,” said Aboudi. “I was raised on fresh pastry and one of my favorites is the Napoleons.”

Of course, you can’t call yourself a French pastry shop without eclairs and croissants — sweet and savory. And although the name is French, Henri’s has lovely Italian fare like tiramisu and Greek baclava.

There is plenty to choose from for everyday eating, but Henri’s also provides sandwiches, salads and desserts for special occasions. “We have these little, small cakes with a flower on top called petit fours. Also, there is shortbread; that’s been popular for years and years,” said Aboudi.

There’s a wide selection of cookies, too — chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and a specialty called the ‘Mediterranean’ that’s gluten-free, as well as classic favorites like snickerdoodle and gingerbread people.

But wait, there’s more!

Breakfast sandwiches — with a bagel, croissant or toast base — come with eggs, cheese, bacon, chicken sausage, ham and/or cream cheese. For those looking for classic Southern fare, there are several types of cheese straws and wafers with chives, jalapenos and other tasty ingredients. 

Aboudi stressed that you’ll not find a more delicious cake anywhere. “Our cakes come in a lot of different sizes and flavors. You can get a six-inch round to a full sheet cake,” he said. 

Southern favorites, like red velvet and coconut, to modern twists, like cookies and cream and peanut butter, are just a few choices on the menu.

If you have a hankering for something different, customers are encouraged to work with Henri’s staff through the online form, by phone or in person, to build the perfect cake for their occasion.

For customers who just want to run in, grab something and go, there’s a refrigerated case with pre-made sandwiches and salads.

“We try to accommodate customers on every level,” said Aboudi. “We already are seeing a lot of business and we are getting good feedback.”

Henri’s Bakery & Deli is located at 5005 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. #820 in Peachtree Corners. Visit them at henrisbakery.com/peachtreecorners or call 470-282-3349. Their current hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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