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Published on October 7th, 2015 |

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Cacao seeks license to pair wines with chocolates at Buckhead shop

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co., the premiere chocolate boutique that earlier this year opened next to Shake Shack at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, is adding wine sales and wine tastings to its

This photo shows the interior of the Cacoa store at Buckhead Atlanta.

This photo shows the interior of the Cacoa store at Buckhead Atlanta.

business model—promoting the pairing of wines with chocolates.

Caline Jarudi, chief of operations and partner with Cacao founder Kristen Hard, explained the new business model to the Public Safety Committee of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B Tuesday night, Oct. 6, in seeking approval of a wine and beer license for the store at 3035 Peachtree Road.

Jarudi told committee members that wines and chocolates make perfect pairings and Cacao plans to use the back portion of the 600-square-foot store for tastings of specialty wines with the company’s chocolates at a table that seats eight people.

Jarudi said Cacao also will hold classes on pairing wines and chocolates in the same area and plans to market both the wine tastings and classes using their customer list and social media.

She said the manager of the Buckhead Atlanta store has experience with wines and the company has relationships with wine experts and wineries in California. The Buckhead store is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The Cacao application was approved unanimously by both the Public Safety Committee and by the full NPU-B board at the two meetings Tuesday night.

Also approved by the NPU-B committee and full board Tuesday night was an application for a full liquor license for Chef William Ford Fry’s new Superica Buckhead restaurant at the former Outback Steakhouse location, 3850 Roswell Road.

The TexMex restaurant, which is the same format as Fry’s Superica that opened this year in Krog Street Market, will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and is planned to have an outdoor

Chef Ford Fry at work in the kitchen.

Chef Ford Fry at work in the kitchen.

patio for dining and music.

The Piedmont at Buckhead senior housing facility at 650 Phipps Boulevard also was approved for a full liquor license for its existing full-service in-house restaurant. Amanda Hamilton told the NPU-B committee that it would only serve residents and their guests.

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