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Great Spaces: Nitro Zone




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

Nitro Zone
6344 Cash Court
Peachtree Corners 30071

Who says a corporate or family gathering has to mean a seated meal in a restaurant? Why not entertain the colleagues and the kids – both children and adults who are still kids at heart, and head over to Nitro Zone for some action-packed holiday fun? Nitro Zone offers all the entertainment your coworkers and relatives can possibly handle, in one building.

If you’re wondering how this could fit into your holiday plans, Nitro Zone has everything you need for competition-driven, and/or team-building corporate celebrations. And families easily spend 3-4 hours here on average. Eliminate the worry of restless youngsters being seated for a traditional, multigenerational holiday gathering.

Nitro Zone Marketing and Sales Specialist, Kendall Lawrence, informed me that there is something for everyone. The kids are entertained, and when the adults are not joining in the bowling, racing and arcade action, they enjoy the full bar and massage chairs; everyone is happy.

Childhood AND Grown Up Christmas List

The smallest party here would be a party of 10. Conversely, a group as large as 500-750 can be amused for an event at this location. If rotating groups of guests throughout the day, a party can be planned here for up to 2000 people. Buyout for a few hours is an option, you would have to speak to one of their party planners for details.

“Quick Trip had an Employee Appreciation picnic here with 2000 people rotating throughout the day. They had face painters, balloon artists, and bouncy houses for the kids outside. FedEx had a formal Christmas party with white tablecloths…and silver ornaments dressing up the room,” recounted Lawrence.

Whether you’re seeking a chance at bragging rights, or your team just enjoys cheering each other on, there are plenty of options at Nitro Zone. “It’s 127,000 square feet of fun,” said Lawrence.

The following activities are sold-by-the-hour options for your event:

  • The Nitro Speedway go-kart races take place on a high-speed track with dimmed lights. A state-of-the-art timing system allows you to challenge yourself for your best personal time.
  • Bazooka Ball is a cross between paintball, Nerf Guns, and Laser Tag. Participants wear vests, shoot nerf balls at each other, and light-up when they get hit.
  • Action Zone includes a Ninja Course, Rope Course, and a Trampoline Park. It’s wall-to-wall trampolines. “Picture a game of Trampoline Dodgeball where you can hit your boss in the face and not get in trouble for it,” chuckled Lawrence. Bounce and flip into the Foam Pits, or try your hand at a jousting match on a balance beam.
  • Near Stacks Bar and Grill you’ll find Bowling – 14 lanes worth, with interactive touch screens, and Billiards (pool tables) with 24 televisions dedicated to sports.
  • Arcade video games with the hottest new games and latest technology. “The most popular arcade game is basketball. Everyone loves to show off who’s the best.”

How About a Holiday Party at Nitro Zone?

From a cocktail hour at the bar with the availability of an additional satellite bar if you wish, to any type of food set-up you’d like for your holiday bash, Nitro Zone’s sales team, and event coordinators will make sure the right amount of staff is on-site to make your vision a reality.

Food options vary and depend on the nature of the event you are planning. “We can provide foods like pizza, wings, tacos, and burgers in-house. You may want to have a burger bar, or a taco bar set-up,” related Lawrence.

For something more upscale they have a preferred caterer from the Norcross/Tucker area. Their party planners have worked with Moe’s, a favorite barbecue place, and Buca di Beppo. Any type of food and service you’d like is possible, as long as you give them enough time to plan accordingly.

In the same manner, any food restrictions you may have can be addressed if they are given proper notice. Lawrence explained, “I can contact our food rep. I ordered kosher wings for a birthday party recently. If we need to outsource something, we’ll make sure we do everything we can for the customer.” They do have vegetarian options: veggie burger, fries, loaded nachos with no meat. They have a veggie stack, a vegan option, as well as gluten-free options, and dairy-free cheese.

As for desserts, they have cookies in-house, and they are happy to order any desserts you may need. Usually, people bring their own cakes, but they can order those too, if you wish.

Wine, beer, and liquor is available for your party, and you can rent 8-10 tables of 10-12 to set up down the hallway. For larger parties, they offer a buffet style meal with chafing dishes to keep food warm.

Book it!

If you’re planning to have a grand, extravagant event at Nitro Zone, you should look into booking two months ahead. For a typical holiday party, a month in advance is advisable, although they’ve booked socials in as little as two days and even 20 minutes.

Nitro Zone Hours

Monday:          Closed
Tuesday:          4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday:    4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday:        4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday:         11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday:           11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Parties can be booked during hours of closure with proper notification and sufficient time to plan.

For smaller parties, there is a per person rate. Once you reach 40 or more guests, there is a per hour charge. For reference, you can have 5-6 races on the Speedway in one hour.

Events are sold based on the number of guests, food and beverage selections, and the activities you choose.


Wednesday: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. unlimited play for $25.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: half off bowling.

Activities are a la carte – you purchase the activities of your choice. You can do all if you time it right, for a little over $50. There are often Groupons available, and you can usually find coupons in the Magazine, Local Flavor.

To give you an idea of the range in cost for activities:

  • Low: $22 bowling and racing.
  • Mid: $28-30 two races and one hour of bowling.
  • High: $35 per person to do Bazooka Ball, racing, unlimited Action Zone, and an hour of bowling.
  • Buyout: $1250 an hour for Go Karts – depending on the day of the week. 

Prices vary from weekday to weekend. A weekend grand package is $35. It’s $32 on a weekday. They’re willing to negotiate with you as long as they make sure they’re covering their costs.

Call Kendall Lawrence, Marketing and Sales Specialist, to inquire about booking your fun-for-all-ages holiday event at Nitro Zone at 678-949-3866.

Disclaimer: Pricing and specials are 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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