Watch Dante Stephensen talk about how he feels about having to close Dante's Down the Hatch, which will shutter by the spring to make way for high-rise apartments. Spoiler Alert: He does not feel good. In this slightly dark and very sad first installment of a Buckhead Patch interview, the restaurant owner talks about how older men usually die six months after retiring out of sheer loneliness and his post-Dante's worries.
My biggest problem is, how do I go from working the floor seven nights a week to— I'm not going to do nothing, I have lots of hobbies, but my family structure is this place. This place is my wife; the staff are my children— that's the role. I already feel the loneliness. I break into tears periodically, because the thought of closing..
Still no word on what's going to happen to the crocodiles.
· Dante's Owner Opens Up About Closing the Beloved Restaurant [Patch]
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Dante Stephensen. [Photo: Doug Monroe/Creative Loafing]