LAS VEGAS—“Foodie culture has completely changed the way brokers think about leasing restaurants, and, especially in urban centers like Downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center, has caused a restaurant revolution.” That is according to Amy Fingerhut, a VP at CBRE in Atlanta.

Fingerhut, who specializes in street retail and restaurant selection, and has worked on revitalizing the restaurant culture in Atlanta’s blossoming intown neighborhoods like Downtown and the Westside, tells that “Instead of typical chains, we’re now talking to local, regional and first-to-market concepts that will excite the market and draw in those foodie crowds looking for something new, whether its brunch menus, craft beer, modern Asian or chef-driven fast casual.”

She also points out that Millennials are overtaking the work force, and they want a better eating experience, even if they’re just grabbing takeout for lunch. “They want to know where their food comes from and they want to be able to Instagram it.”

Tom Wilder, a principal at the Wilder Cos., who is working on the Arsenal Yards redevelopment in Watertown, MA, tells that over the next several years, he expects to see the lines between work, live, shop, eat, and play continue to blur through the introduction of more community focused living.

When addressing the Millennial, he says that Millennial consumers are looking to live in close proximity to lively social hubs and have the convenience of all retail stores in one location, from grocery and home furnishing to apparel and sporting goods. “These new communities will create a sense of place.”

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