Einstein Bagels is about to open their first Ballantyne location in the former Ikos Aegean Grill site on Conlan Circle behind the City Range Restaurant. Restaurant Traffic knew Ikos was going to have a tough time when all we heard about from customers was they charged 25 cents for a cup of water. When you are known more for that than anything related to your food in your restaurant you are going to have a tough time.
Einstein is a formidable group with over 730 locations. They are the largest operator of bagel bakeries in the world. They are a quick casual concept based in Colorado. They not only feature fresh bagels baked daily but also sandwiches, salads and gourmet coffees. They offer a comfortable environment with Wi-Fi where you can hang out or even have a business meeting. Commercial brokers Bryan Wyker and Malcolm McLean of The Providence Group found the site and negotiated the deal for Einstein.
That is Bryan 4th from the right and Malcolm is to the left of him. We think Einstein is the perfect fit for that location. We always say high end does not work in Ballantyne and all the closed restaurants are a testament to that. If you see the line at Starbucks every day in the center next to Einstein you will know they are on to something.