Thursday, October 10, 2013

Excellent New Eatery in Dunwoody da Via

Two nights ago two of our esteemed staff members were cruising Dunwoody in search of a place to eat.  As we all know there is no shortage of great places to dine.  It's time to add a new place to your rotation, da Via.  da Via is down by Perimeter Mall, in the Super Target mixed-use center.  We happened by this place on their soft opening night and the manager greeted us as if we were part of the family.  The atmosphere is great, the food was awesome.

I had the piada and my co-worker had the pasta bowl.  Both were excellent.  The piadas are $7.00, as was the pasta bowl.  A family of four can get in and out for under $40 with drinks.  The scene is cozy and hip (as hip as we get in Dunwoody). 

The official Grand Opening is Friday (10/10/2013)

Here's a teaser from da Via:

About -
da Via is a fast casual Italian eatery that brings the tastes and traditions of Italian street food to consumers. Focused menu offerings include piadas (Italian street wraps), pastas and salads. All entrées are made-to-order with a choice of grilled protein such as chicken, lean steak, meatballs or fresh salmon. 

Next, diners can choose one of a variety of homemade sauces including spicy Napoletana, Bolognese and a creamy Rosa. The creations are then finished with a wide array of market fresh ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, a variety of peppers, fresh mozzarella
and more. Entrées can be accompanied by piada sticks, side salads or soups. Presented in a distinct modern meets Italian market vibe, the décor features an open kitchen, and a interior dining area of warm wood coupled with raw concrete, painted brick walls and exposed steel.

Menu Pricing – Entrees run from $7 to $9
Address –

Perimeter Place Shopping Center
4511 Olde Perimeter Way Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone Number – (470) 235-6130

Hours: 11:00AM – 10:00PM Daily
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Heyward Wescott for Dunwoody City Council

I reside in District 1, but keep informed of things in all parts of Dunwoody.  This November there are three separate races for city council spots.  DunwoodyTalk will once again post results live on election night.  We'll have folks checking all the precincts bringing you the most accurate results as soon as they are posted at the polling sights.

For District 2 I support Heyward Wescott.  I've known Heyward and his wife and kids for about ten years.  This endorsement is after careful consideration.  Heyward has a positive message, one I am confident he will back up once elected.  I may not agree with 100% of the things Heyward says, but I do agree with him most of the time (and I'm quite sure Heyward does not agree with some of the content here on the blog). He has proven to be a dedicated guy, always available to help out when you need an extra volunteer.  If you reside in District 2 consider contacting Heyward for a yard sign or hosting a meet & greet with some friends and neighbors.

Soon we'll post about the  District 3 race and a District 1 issue brewing under the radar. 

Dog Park Activist from Sandy Springs Wants to Dictate Policy in Dunwoody

An interesting article/letter over at the Patch website.  It's a letter written to Dunwoody's mayor and council.  The author is Alison Harris, an activist and resident of Sandy Springs.

Here's an article over at The sandy Springs Reporter quoting Activist Alison Harris.  Here's a quote from Alison, lecturing Sandy Springs council on a proposal to lure a technical college to the COSS.

“I felt compelled to come here tonight to ask you to be less concerned with your personal agendas and your desire for political expediency and to stop turning a deaf ear to the voices of the taxpayers for whom you work. Before you pursue this rushed, ill-advised wooing of Gwinnett Tech with my money, you must perform the proper due diligence on this specific project and make that information available to those of us who foot the bills.”

Alison seems to very passionate about dog parks.  Here is an article going back to 2007 and a discussion on dog parks in Sandy Springs.

Here is the letter (from Patch)

Dear Mayor and Dunwoody City Council members, 

I spend hundreds of dollars every year in Dunwoody as I travel to and from the dog park

I buy gas, coffee, fast food, groceries and much more from Dunwoody merchants --- even though I live and pay taxes in Sandy Springs. And I've talked to scores of dog park visitors who are just like me. 
Some of you have made it known that you feel non-residents using the Dunwoody dog park should be discouraged. If you close the excellent dog park so many now enjoy, I can guarantee that my travels through Dunwoody - and my frequent patronage of the city's businesses - will cease.  

Brook Run Dog Park is widely considered the best dog park in metro Atlanta and attracts hundreds of visitors to the City of Dunwoody every month. Please consider the fact that non-taxpayers are valuable consumers who will go elsewhere if the large, shady dog park we love closes.

Respectfully, Alison Harris

First, thank you Alison for buying coffee, gas, fast food, groceries, and much more in Dunwoody.  Those pennies really add up.  But that gas tax really doesn't do us much good here in da 'wood; it goes to the State then we have to beg for it or heaven forbid, apply for a grant to get your pennies back in the form of asphalt.  The grocery tax doesn't do much good for us either.  Of course the fast food workers you help employ thank you.  But many of our fast food workers probably live in Sandy Springs or Chamblee, so that doesn't really help us.  

Unless you have a bike with a basket like that girl who was swept off to Oz, you are driving through Dunwoody to get from Sandy Springs to the dog park.  Our Red Shirts may resent you for driving on Mt Vernon Road as that road is reserved for bikes and only those elderly residents living in log cabins, and those residing along the crucial  intersections.

In reading your statement made to your own city council regarding G-Tech, it seems to mirror my opinion on the dog park.  As one who partially 'foots the bill' for the dog park you so enjoy, I hope my mayor and council will ' perform the proper due diligence on this specific project'.  I ask of you " to be less concerned with your personal agendas" here in Dunwoody regarding the Dunwoody park.

Many of us here in Dunwoody envy you and your neighbors over in Sandy Springs.  You have many great baseball fields, softball fields, great playgrounds, a synthetic turf field at Hammond, basketball courts, a gymnastics center, etc.  Your city inherited a decent park system and your mayor and council used great wisdom in building amenities for the active adults and the youth of Sandy Springs.  Your parks are packed with kids and adults having fun outdoors.  You (Sandy Springs) and Brookhaven have what many here want.  We drive our children (sorry about that Mt Vernon reference, I guess the road goes both ways) to Sandy Springs five days a week for sports.  Of course we pay to play in Sandy Springs.  

And what do you want to jam down our throats?  A dog park.  Really?  Why no advocate for a better dog park in Sandy Springs?  Why not advocate for Dunwoody to build its own sports fields?  

The truth is many here in Dunwoody don't like the fact that we are spending money on a dog park (to attract you and hundreds of others from metro Atlanta) while our children are neglected.  Sure, we get a drizzle of water through the fake creek at Brook Run for Food Truck Thursdays and new surveillance cameras at Brook Run, but no talk of much else.  Alsion, consider yourself lucky to live in a city that has spent some money for active adults and children.  I'm sorry if the Sandy Springs dog park does not meet your standards, but please allow us to reserve the limited green space we have for something better than a dog park full of canine pee and poop.

Sorry if this seems harsh.  It's just that we have exceeded our limit here in Dunwoody for activists telling us how to spend/not spend our money. 

New City of Dunwoody Logo Leaked

In a move to please has-been Tech geeks and IPO underwriters, the City of Dunwoody's new logo aims to capture the hype of 2009 by replacing the famed Wal-Mart asterisk with the Twitter hashtag.  "As a follower in all things related to social media, we believe this is the right step in the wrong direction for our wonderful city," proclaimed city spokesperson Benjamin Buttons.  "The hashtag is/was the symbol of showing your techieness.  We have instant street-cred in Silicon Valley, Bombay, Delhi, and Smyrna with this move" he added.

Adam Osborne, city Technology Officer, offered his opinion as well.  "This hashtag sets us apart, no doubt.  This is another tool in our economic toolbox, right up there with our new Netscape web browsers on our Tandy (TRS 80) computers and our implementation of Microsoft Silverlight as the sole-source software for viewing council meetings."  

Economic Director Norman Smith could barely contain himself at the logo unveil.  "We have been contacted already by a potential new business wanting to set up shop in the PCID, a 3rd World manufacturer of transistors.  They actually used the hashtag, and the name of our city, when they updated their MySpace page. This is awesome!"

But not all residents are happy.  Local activist and Coffee Party member Jeannette Smathers complained about yet another keyboard character being used.  "All the hieroglyphics out there and all those Greek letters and such, and we grab another random character from a computer keyboard?  They must have had some special federal grant forcing us to get that hash thing."

The new logo was leaked Dunwoody Talk's cub reporter Chip Snowden and will not be officially unveiled until later this year.  The logo party is rumored to coincide with either the opening of the new sports field dog park or the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Austin Elementary school to be built on Ashford Dunwoody Road.  The new Austin location was announced after city council failed to take action on a land swap with DeKalb County.  "We can't displace those 15 kids from Dunwoody who play baseball in that league.  They deserve all those acres at Dunwoody Park for themselves, about one acre per 12 year-old.  I'm not concerned about the benefit to thousands of residents of Austin staying in the neighborhood as much as I am about keeping a baseball field there.  And besides, we have a deal in place," added a council member.