Something new is on the way for Poncey-Highland. After a tipster told Eater Atlanta the building that housed Top Chef lifer and Atlanta expat Richard Blais' North Highland Avenue location for Flip Burger was up for sale, representatives for the restaurant have confirmed its shutter. Ownership indicated the outpost was too close to other Atlanta Flip Burgers.
"After careful consideration we have made the decision to close the Flip Burger Poncey-Highland location due to its close proximity to our successful Howell Mill and Buckhead locations," reads a statement provided to Eater Atlanta. "We thank our loyal fans from the neighborhood and appreciate the support they have shown us over the years. We also thank our wonderful team in the restaurant who gave excellent service to all of our guests. We are working on transferring as many of those employees to our Howell Mill and Buckhead locations and encourage our loyal fans to visit us at those locations. Flip looks forward to introducing guests to new menu items, exciting events, and more in 2016."
The North Highland Avenue building previously was home to HD1, Blais' upscale hot dog venture. The chef shuttered that concept in August 2013 and eventually reopened as another location for his burger empire. The restaurant added al fresco dining in March 2014, getting in on Atlanta's rooftop patio craze. In addition restaurants in Buckhead and Westside, Blais' burger empire extends to Birmingham and Nashville.
With a new owner in possession of the building, a fresh dining concept is expected to take up space at 664 North Highland Avenue.