Restaurateurs cook up local following

In the late 1970s, a developer invited businessman Doug McKendrick to help open a restaurant in an area just outside of the city of Atlanta. There wasn’t much out there at the time – the new retail area was surrounded by farmland, McKendrick recalls.

Today, that area is known to most as the Perimeter, and it has come a long way since the ‘70s. It’s now a bustling commercial center with a large, upscale shopping mall, hotels and one of the largest office districts in the Southeast.

It’s been through several incarnations, but since 1995, that first restaurant space has been home to McKendrick’s Steakhouse, which now is regarded as one of the top steakhouses in Atlanta.

The Perimeter, and in the larger sense the communities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven which touch it, are a prime spot for restaurateurs, too.

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