New Year’s Eve in Roswell

New Year’s Eve in Roswell

You don’t have to leave Roswell to find somewhere to ring in the New Year! Lots of establishments are offering fun New Year’s Eve specials, here are just a few:

The Mill Kitchen and Bar Make reservations for dinner, or just stop by for Champagne Bar and DJ starting at 10:30. Click here for details and reservation info.

Pastis on Canton Street is offering a $55 preset menu or $15 bar admission.

Foundation Social Eatery is offering 4 specials in addition to their regular menu for New Year’s Eve. The specials include lump crab-stuffed cherrystone clams, pan roasted sable fish, sherry laquered duck leg confit, and an amazing creme caramel. Space is limited, so call 770.641.8877 to reserve your spot!

Mac McGee Roswell’s first true Irish pub will be featuring live music to ring in 2017. Orange Walls will be playing all night.

If you want to skip the crowded bars and restaurants, head to Andretti’s for a night of gaming and racing or Top Golf for an epic night of glowing fun.


Thrillist names Chef Mel from Foundation Social Eatery one of Atlanta’s Best Chefs of 2016

Thrillist names Chef Mel from Foundation Social Eatery one of Atlanta’s Best Chefs of 2016

From Mike Jordan,

It’s been more than two years since Foundation opened past the perimeter on 400N, but if you were there at the beginning you remembered your meal, and wondered why something so tasty was on the Norcross side of the highway instead of ITP — or at least off Canton St in Roswell’s Downtown district. Well, that’s because Chef Mel has whipped up excellence during stints at Bacchanalia, Woodstock gem Century House Tavern, and places outside the Atlanta area including stints at heralded NYC restaurant Daniel.

Toledo is now an owner of FSE, and he uses Foundation to mix casual flair (don’t be surprised if music from Gorillaz plays while you bite into that crispy octopus appetizer) with high-quality food packing immense flavor. The fact that he can push such consistent delicious meals from his open kitchen while the management and staff of Foundation offer reliably solid service to customers means Roswell residents better cherish this guy.

Photo courtesy of Foundation Social Eatery

Canton Place Calls For Boutique Hotel, Chef Driven Restaurant

Canton Place Calls For Boutique Hotel, Chef Driven Restaurant

A partnership between two Roswell entities, a developer and a bank could soon bring about a change to historic downtown Roswell.

Canton Place Development, designed as an enhancement to the thriving downtown, calls for constructing a 110 to 120-room boutique hotel, 8,000-square-foot special event space, chef-driven restaurant with rooftop dining, a luxury spa, an expansive park-like garden and an underground parking facility.

Hotel Equities, an Atlanta-based company known for its excellence in hospitality, will oversee the hotel’s operations.

“This represents a major game changer for Downtown Roswell,” said Roswell Inc. Executive Director Steve Stroud. “I’m most proud that this entire project was initiated by the passion of Roswell residents – people who live and work here who want to create a catalyst for continuing positive change for our next generation.”

Roswell Inc. promotes economic development through a public-private partnership with the city.

Canton Place will be built at 37 Magnolia Street where Wells Fargo is currently located. Developers note the plans will not interrupt business for local Wells Fargo customers, and a new banking facility will be constructed in phase one of the project.

“We’re always looking for ways to grow and better serve our community,” says Wells Fargo’s Scott Asher. “Canton Place is a great example of what a community can accomplish when we work together.”

With its new dedicated underground parking area, a long-term solution to historic downtown Roswell’s parking challenges was hardwired into Canton Place’s development DNA from the first blueprint.

“As a Roswell native, it is exciting to come up with a long-term solution to serve the needs of our vibrant Downtown,” said Canton Place Development’s Kevin Bryant. “We’re proud of our community, and we want the folks who are here for a wedding or on business to have a world-class reason to stay overnight and explore everything downtown Roswell has to offer.”

In the coming weeks, the team will make additional announcements regarding architects, retail partners, boutique hotel brand, details about the chef-driven restaurant with rooftop dining, garden inspired by the vision for the Roswell City Green, and the free-standing adjacent spa that will pamper brides-to-be and local residents alike.

“This is a vibrant, viable and sustainable blueprint for the next 40 years,” Roswell Downtown Development Authority member Monica Hagewood added. “It’s great to work with a local team that is as committed as we are to our continued growth and success. It’s an exciting time to live in Roswell.”

Courtesy of Kristal Dixon (Patch Staff)

Explore Chattahoochee Nature Center This Weekend

Explore Chattahoochee Nature Center This Weekend

Even though the leaves have fallen and the weather is getting colder, there are still lots of reasons to visit Chattahoochee Nature center!

Sunday, December 11 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm is the sixth annual Reindeer Day! This holiday highlight brings you and your family live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more. Let CNC help you get in the holiday spirit, bring a picnic, and plan to enjoy a full day of fun activities including:

  • Live Reindeer
  • Reindeer Games
  • Storytime with Miss Julia
  • Winter Animal Yoga with Roswell Yoga Life
  • Hot Cocoa with Camp Kingfisher
  • Winter Crafts and Face Painting
  • And more!

Participate in the Winter Outdoor Scavenger Hunt every day through February.  This very popular activity has you searching for the sights and sounds of winter.  Pick up a scavenger hunt list in the Nature Exchange.

Sign up for this year’s Winter Break Camps to keep the kids active while they are out of school for the holidays.  NEW this year for 4th-7th graders, Survival Camp!

The Georgia Nature Photographers Association Exhibit presents this quarter’s gallery that highlights award-winning photography taken throughout the state.

Check out all of this and more at the Chattahoochee Nature Center website.


Christmas Events in Roswell

Christmas Events in Roswell

The city of Roswell will have no shortage of opportunities for you to share the magic of the holiday season with your family and friends.

From cooking classes to help you “wow” your loved ones around the table to family-focused events where you can make holiday memories, there is something to delight and inspire everyone.

Many events require pre-registration and/or have a program fee. Visit and select an event to learn more.

Events that are ongoing through Jan. 1 include holiday decorations at Historic House Museums (“Images of Christmas” at Smith Plantation, “Here Comes Santa Claus” at Barrington Hall and “The Life of President Theodore Roosevelt” at Bulloch Hall).

Other events include:

  • Dec. 1, 6, 8 & 13: Christmas High Tea at Bulloch Hall, 4 p.m. each day
  • Dec. 3: Roswell’s Annual Holiday Celebration on the Square, Historic Town Square, 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: “Holiday Brunch” Cooking Class at Barrington Hall, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 15-17: “Santa’s Missing Mail” Puppet Show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, various times
  • Dec. 22: Mittie and Thee’s 1853 Wedding at Bulloch Hall, various times throughout evening

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