Business Boom

John McHenryTucker is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising business destinations in the Metro Atlanta area.  Each month, the Business Boom will seek to show different examples of how Tucker’s business scene is flourishing.

PREP-AtlantaThe City of Tucker will soon see a range of new cooking and restaurant options as cuisine returns to the Lakeside Center complex off Northlake Parkway.

PREP Atlanta, which provides dedicated commercial kitchens to expanding restaurants, food producers, and food trucks, has acquired over 60,000 SF of space at this location. They are proud to announce that one of the first new tenants will be the Shular Institute, which can take advantage of a space already built out for catering. This community-based school will offer a range of food service, cooking, a workforce development program, advanced culinary diploma classes, as well as a restaurant that will be staffed by the students and industry professionals.

Sean Rush is the Director of Operations and comes to the project with plenty of experience. He previously worked at the Le Cordon Bleu Institute and says he’s excited about returning to the community in a new capacity, rolling out a new restaurant that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We are very familiar with the Tucker market and its continued rise as a destination,” Rush said. “We believe that our restaurant offering will be a most welcome addition as it will have a high level of fine cuisine while still at an affordable price.”

Chef Daryl Shular, who served as Executive Chef at the Atlanta Athletic Club and is a Certified Master Chef, will be overseeing the restaurant and the professional development and education programs. The restaurant is slated for opening this summer.

For PREP Atlanta owner Mitch Jaffe, this is just the start of creating more opportunities for culinary entrepreneurs and building on the success of PREP’s 200 Member-Businesses at the Presidential Parkway location, including popular eateries Little Farmhouse Café, Let’s Taco Bout It, Meatballerz and South of Philly.

“Tucker is on the rise,” Jaffe said. “It can’t be ignored and we want to be a part of that story by providing for increased entrepreneurial activity and, just as importantly, great food.”

Look for PREP Atlanta, the Shular Institute and that new restaurant option to open later this year.

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