Now serving Suwanee: First restaurants open in city's Town Center

SUWANEE - In Suwanee's newly transformed Town Center, people can already live, work and play. Now people can eat there, too.

The first full-service restaurants are opening at the center, which boasts a large park and amphitheater, condos, lofts and businesses.

"We're thrilled to have residents and full-service restaurants moving into Town Center," Mayor Nick Masino said. "These additions help fulfill our vision for Town Center as a vibrant community focal point, not only for fabulous community events, but year-round as an attractive, energetic place where people can play, shop, work, live and now eat well. The new restaurants offer another great reason to come to Suwanee Town Center."

On Saturday, Ippolito's opened its doors to patrons, and this week Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries will start to serve. A third restaurant, Old Town Tavern and Grille, will open in the coming weeks.

"I think Suwanee's a fantastic place," said Dick Cunningham, a partner at Ippolito's, which moved from a location farther south along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. "They've done a unique job of planning."

Cunningham said the location is ideal because of the upscale surrounding communities and the buzz created by the park and fountain.

"The (foot) traffic with the little shops is pretty positive," he said.

Kevin Nelson said he's been anxiously awaiting the opening of the first Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries in Gwinnett.

"This baby is a sweetheart for us," he said. "All the city development they are promising is starting to come to fruition. ... It's an absolutely gorgeous area."