Joey Riley
Joey Riley

Yoforia Brookhaven is opening in Village Place Brookhaven just as Buckhead Diner chef Joey Riley announced he is preparing to open a new restaurant in the same shopping center.

Riley said his new restaurant, named Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, will open in October in the mixed-use development at 1430 Dresden Drive.

“I have been living in Brookhaven for more than a decade and while passing Village Place Brookhaven on my way to work, it became obvious that this mixed-use development would be the perfect spot for me to open my own restaurant,” Riley said.

Riley and his business partner Doug Gross, who also lives within walking distance of Village Place Brookhaven, intend to bring a neighborhood restaurant and pub to the location, “one that we can all call home,” Riley said. The new restaurant, he said, will offer “comfort food from all over the world.

“Kaleidoscope at Village Place Brookhaven will be perfect for family dinners, first dates and significant anniversaries,” Riley said.

Riley, who worked for Tom Catherall at his Atlanta restaurants for 10 years, has been with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group at the Buckhead Diner for the past six years. He expects to continue working at the Buckhead Diner until early fall.

Riley was born in Florida, went to the Culinary Institute of America in New York and spent time in Thailand. Since coming to Atlanta in 1989, he has worked as chef in nearly a dozen restaurants including TomTom, Goldfish and Nan’s Thai Fine Dining.

Yoforia Brookhaven, which recently opened after months of construction, is the company’s fifth location in the metro Atlanta area. It features Yoforia’s newest “twist”—self-serve yogurt machines and a topping station that enables customers to create a personalized yogurt experience.

Yoforia offers up to 12 flavors in its self-serve lineup. Toppings include seasonal fruit, granola, breakfast cereal favorites and popular cookies and candies.

Jun Kim, director of store operations for Yoforia, said, “Brookhaven is growing with new residents and retailers, and we’re pleased to be a part of that growth right here in Village Place Brookhaven.”