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Lazy Dog Restaurant

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

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
5224 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners 30092

General Manager Nick Munaweera, a California transplant who has recently settled in Peachtree Corners to set up Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, shared the details about enjoying some holiday festivities here.

If you’d like a restaurant with a relaxed, lodge-like, chic atmosphere or a dog-friendly patio for your next holiday event, this new local favorite is for you. Lazy Dog serves up the freshest global comfort fare. Be the person your dog thinks you are, and take your pooch along too!

The food, the ambiance, and the service are the draw here. Besides the fact that your furry best friend is allowed to join you. “We want to make sure people have a good experience,” said Munaweera.

We Woof You a Merry Christmas

Corporate or personal events are welcome, in designated areas of the restaurant and the patio, however, there is no private room. The maximum amount of time allotted for a party is 2.5 hours.

For an après-ski feel to your party, you can seat a maximum of 16 people in front of the stacked stone fireplace and under a soaring ceiling accentuated with tasteful, wooden beams in the main dining room. There would be patrons seated in booths on either side of your party.

On the patio, a maximum of 25 people can be accommodated. One side of the massive stone fire pit could be dedicated to your event. The other half would be left available for patrons and their dogs.

Cocktail events would be ideal here on a Thursday or Friday evening. If you’re not necessarily looking to have dinner, but would prefer some appetizers and beverages, reserve a corner of the patio. Tables could be set up in the area with appetizers like wings, tots, Cajun fries, hummus, and you and your guests can mingle during a block of time sometime after 3 p.m. and before 7 p.m.

How About a Holiday Party with Lazy Dog?

Lazy Dog boasts a 100% scratch kitchen. They buy raw ingredients and at any given time, there are six or seven people, including a Saucier and Garde Manger, making salads with freshly chopped lettuce, cucumbers and other salad ingredients. Everything is diced and chopped every morning. The founding chef was a culinary teacher, so they use a lot of French terms in the kitchen. “Nothing comes out of a plastic bag,” said Munaweera. “It’s a lot of work for the chef.”

“Surprisingly, even in the summer, American comfort foods like chicken pot pie, lamb pot pie, and pot roast are very popular in Peachtree Corners,” noted Munaweera. They set a record for Bison burgers within the first few days of opening; 35 were served in one day. It seems Peachtree Corners residents enjoy some very hearty American dishes!

Munaweera was accustomed to the more health-conscious Californians who typically slimmed down in the spring, ordering only salads and soups. He knows how to take a local patron’s warning seriously and will not run out of pot pies in Georgia—no matter the season.

While it may be impossible to come up with a menu that can meet all dietary needs, Munaweera said, “We go to the tables as managers, ask for their dietary needs, and then go to the kitchen and discuss with the chef. I did that with one of the council members’ wives last week. She was sensitive to soy.

“We will claim a gluten sensitive menu but we can’t call it gluten-free because the food is prepared in the same air space, there could be cross-contamination. We reserve part of the grill so we don’t cross-contaminate food. There are some vegetarian items on the menu and some ingredients can be removed to make dishes vegan or vegetarian.” They can cater to patrons with nut allergies as well.

Lazy Dog does not let the dogs out—ahem, I mean they don’t cater. But they do offer pick-up! “We can load up your car with boxes of food to go,” informed Munaweera. DoorDash, and Grub Hub are also options. Quantity for a pick-up is not an issue but the more heads up you can give, the better. For an office party for 50 people, 24 hours’ notice is good. If it’s an order for over 50 people, 48 hours’ notice is helpful.

Book it!

The sooner you can book your holiday party here, the better. Events will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. A week in advance should be sufficient usually, but with the holidays around the corner, blocks will book-up quickly.

Lazy Dog opens at 11 a.m. and closes at midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, they’re open for brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then stay open until midnight.

Parties are billed on a per-person basis, only charging for what guests consume. It can start as low as $15 per person. A mid-level price would be $20 per person. A high price would be $25 per person. That does not include alcohol which would be billed separately, and also on a per consumption basis.

Hosts can choose to cover all alcohol for their guests. Some cover all food and guests are on their own for cocktails. Others cover the first two drinks for their guests. Munaweera and his team will discuss these details with you when you call to book.

You may choose to offer your guests a restricted menu, with a few options each of appetizers, entrees and desserts, for example. That also helps to move things along more quickly in the kitchen.

For a tail-wagging good time at your holiday party, call General Manager Nick Munaweera to book your holiday event at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at 470-735-4501.

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

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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