Opening of Decatur Grindhouse Killer Burgers pushed back to January

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 19, 2015
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This story has been updated. 

An alcoholic beverage license application to the city of Decatur shows that plans for a Grindhouse Killer Burgers restaurant have been pushed back till early next year.

Grindhouse has four locations, including one in Athens. Grindhouse has been open since 2009 and its first location was the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. It’s known for good, modestly-priced burgers and boozy milkshakes.

In November, the owners said the restaurant could be open as early as summer 2015. That appears to have been an optimistic timeline. The alcoholic beverage application says, “The business is scheduled to open in early January 2016.”

City Commissioners will consider approving the application at the commission’s regular meeting on Oct. 19.


In other business at the Oct. 19 meeting:

– City Commissioners will be asked to approve traffic calming measures for Sycamore Drive. The recommendations include installing a median at the entrance to the Decatur Heights neighborhood in the 900 block of Sycamore Drive. The installation will use “the City of Decatur standard construction detail for median islands and two bulb outs just north of the driveway to Sycamore Station condos in the 800 block of Sycamore Drive using the City of Decatur standard construction detail for bulb outs,” the meeting agenda says. As Decaturish recently reported, the Decatur Heights neighborhood will be part of a pilot project to see if it’s feasible to lower speed limits throughout the city.

– Commissioners will consider accepting petitions to annex 12 parcels into the city. “These parcels are part of an effort to resolve existing boundary issues with the city limits, particularly where the property is partially within both the City of Decatur and DeKalb County,” a memo from City Manager Peggy Merriss says. “There is one property that fronts West Ponce de Leon that is located wholly within DeKalb County but is practically surrounded by the City of Decatur.”

– Commissioners will consider approving modifications to a federal grant to purchase flood prone properties. According to the memo attached to the city commission agenda, the city applied for a grant to buy properties at 115 Willow Lane and 453 Superior Avenue. But the property appraisals for the property show the combined value of both exceeds the grant amount by $122,000. The property at Willow Lane is appraised at $315,000 and the property at Superior Avenue is appraised at $370,000.

“Because adequate grant funds are not available to purchase both properties, it is recommended that we proceed with an offer and move forward with mitigation activities for one property,” the memo attached to the agenda says.

The Oct. 19 City Commission meeting begins with a work session at 6:45 p.m. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street, and are open to the public.


Clarification: An earlier version of this story said the City Commission would consider annexing parcels into the city. The City Commission is considering accepting annexation petitions, which would begin the annexation process. 

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  • DecaturMax

    Willow lane and Superior are assessed at 185k and 245k for good reason. With the properties in the 100 year flood plane, they are not economically build-able or expand-able and will require FEMA flood insurance if you get a loan. Better get a good look at these appraisals. Sounds like a government bail out on extremely undesirable property.

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