Tony Chebib says , to Decatur will give him a chance "to update myself."
But he said fans of Lawrence's Cafe can expect to see many of the dishes the restaurant served during its 22 years at 2888 Buford Highway.
Chebib said he needs a few permits from the City of Decatur before he can begin operating at 910 W. College Ave. in the building also occupied by Revolution Donuts, Ale Yeah! and Avelino's.
He's moving because surveys showed 75 percent of his customers come from the Atlanta and Decatur areas, he said. The old location is about eight miles away.
Chebib said he needs to open soon because the Buford Highway location has already closed.
Right now the Decatur space, previously occupied by Isabella's Cafe, is filled with coolers and other large pieces of kitchen equipment. The windows are papered over but a sign says "Lawrence's Cafe."