Villains, the Midtown restaurant from Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers, is closing soon and will re-open as Hi-Five Diner. The restaurant's final dinner service is set for December 20, and the new concept should open in mid-January.
A simple lack of business appears to be the reason for the change, according to a release. Brounstein plans to re-open Villains in a new location.
"We are tremendously appreciative of all the support and patronage from our Villains fans and family and are proud of the product and experience we provided to our customers," Brounstein said in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, not enough of our loyal fans live or work in Midtown, and this proved to be too much of a challenge for us.
"We plan to take Villains to a new location in a neighborhood closer to our core audience in the near future."
Brounstein opened Villains opened in 2013, along with the kitchen team of Jason McClure and Jared Lee Pyles, both formerly of Flip Burger Boutique. Brounstein is the sole operator of Hi-Five Diner. McClure has left to pursue various restaurant ventures closer to his home in Smyrna, and Pyles is managing the kitchen operations for popsicle purveyor King of Pops.
More details on the Hi-Five Diner should be available soon.