The Select restaurant, the last of the seven retail/restaurant tenants at Sandy Springs' City Springs complex still under construction, March 22 announced it will open in late April at a date to be determined.

Owned by Dave Green and David Lester, the same team behind the Vinings restaurant Paces and Vine, The Select is a contemporary American comfort food eatery with a French twist, according to its website and a news release. It gets its name from Le Select, a restaurant in Paris where expatriates, including Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, met while living in Paris between World Wars I and II, according to its website.

Executive Chef Matt Rainey is in charge of the kitchen. The Georgia native previously served as executive chef at both Rococo Steak and Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, and worked at award-winning restaurants in Washington and Florida's Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa before returning to his home state. Mentored early on by Buckhead Life Restaurant Group co-founder Pano Karatassos, Rainey is eager to bring his unique culinary concept to The Select.

At The Select, he will serve daily dinner and late-night small plates that blur the lines of culinary traditions across Continental Europe and America. Upon opening, the restaurant will host live music nights (The Select Nights) starting at the end of dinner hour into the late evening. The restaurant will expand its hours to weekend brunch and lunch at a later date.

City Springs' other retail/restaurant tenants opened starting in the fall.

Turn Studio, also known as Turn Indoor Cycling + Strength, officially opened in September. The studio’s complete class schedule includes BPM45 cycling sessions and sweat-inducing strength sessions in a dedicated space, The Mez.

“We are so excited to open our doors after months and months of hard work. We’re bringing empowering, uplifting fitness classes to Sandy Springs and can’t wait to get started,” founder and owner Ashley Francis said in a news release.

Flower Child, a Phoenix-based, health-minded restaurant chain focused on serving seasonally driven, nourishing and soul-satisfying fare, opened in October . It is the company’s second Georgia location and joins Flower Child’s Buckhead location, which debuted at Shops Around Lenox last summer.

“We’re so honored to have received such an outpouring of support from the metro Atlanta community since opening Flower Child Buckhead,” Sam Fox, founder of Flower Child’s parent company, Fox Restaurant Concepts, said in a news release. “With our new location in Sandy Springs, we’re excited to continue our mission of sharing good vibes and delicious food with our growing community of friends and neighbors.”

Vida-Flo, an Atlanta-based hydration-therapy concept established in 2012 and the first of its kind in the United States, opened at City Springs in October. The Sandy Springs location was its fourth one, following those in Buckhead, Virginia-Highland and Brookhaven, and since then another opened in Johns Creek.

The IV lounge is managed by a team of medical professionals and caters to clients for all ages and backgrounds – far beyond simply the stereotypical “hangover cure.” The Sandy Springs location will feature similar elements as the recently opened Virginia-Highland clinic, such as oxygen therapy, customized vitamin blends, injectable and targeted hydrotherapy options – including the VidaGlo Transcendent Gain.

“IV therapy has been used in medical settings for over 100 years. Vida-Flo brings this life-changing opportunity in a retail spa environment, to professional and amateur athletes, workout enthusiasts, socialites, health fanatics, expectant mothers, individuals with specific medical conditions and more,” Shawn Fobas, president of Vida-Flo Atlanta, said in a news release.

But in February, Vida-Flo's Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Virginia-Highland locations had to change their names to Hydralife due to those franchises being terminated, according to a letter from Vida-Flo founder and CEO Keith McDermott.

SculptHouse, a fitness studio and luxury activewear boutique, opened in November and features new elements including a personal training studio, “shoe wall” installation and custom light shows during classes. Known for its signature Megaformer-meets-treadmill workout and highly curated athletic fashion boutique, it is Sculpthouse's second Atlanta location, with the first one in Buckhead.

"We are so excited about the successful launch our second Atlanta location," Sculpthouse CEO Katherine Mason said. "It is always somewhat of a risk bringing a totally new concept to a community, but Sandy Springs has given us such a warm welcome and we can't wait to see this location grow further."

Café Vendôme, a French pastry bakery cafe, opened in January. It is Café Vendôme's second location, with the first also in Sandy Springs. With pastries and baguettes baked fresh each day, the restaurant brings a taste of Paris to metro Atlanta, according to its website.

Nam Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in authentic yet elegant Vietnamese dishes, according to its website, opened in December. Owned by Alex Kinjo of MF Sushi in Virginia-Highland, it is led by executive chef Thuy Bich, who is using recipes from her mother, Ahn Hoang, of Nam Midtown, according to a news release.

"From talking with folks, they're very excited," Nam Kitchen General Manager Sa Nguyen said of its customers. "The community is really excited with what is happening with regards to the city center and the new developments happening throughout the area. I think they (the city) welcomed us here because they want diversity in the local dining scene. People don't want to go far away to eat at a restaurant such as this one.

"I just want to say we want to be a part of the community and we are still learning. We're very young (as a restaurant) and welcome feedback. We want the full support of the neighborhood."


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