Abattoir, the Southern/meat-centric Westside restaurant from James Beard Award winner Anne Quatrano will permanently shutter at the end of dinner service on March 28. Quatrano alluded to upcoming endeavors as reasons for the move.
"We have loved our seven-year run with our great team at Abattoir," Quatrano said in a prepared statement. "We have been proud to present great food, a fabulous atmosphere and the talents of several notable chefs. It's time we let another concept take over this awesome space as we work on the opening of our Fish Camp at Ponce City Market this spring."
In addition to the Ponce City Market restaurant, Quatrano and husband/business partner Clifford Harrison are working on "a little restaurant downstairs at [sister restaurant] Bacchanalia." Many Abattoir staff members will take roles in the new restaurants.
Hector Santiago, who had served as executive chef at the restaurant since July 2013, left last fall to pursue his own projects, including a Ponce City Market restaurant. Santiago was replaced by Joe Schafer, who moved over from Ford Fry's King + Duke.
VITAL UPDATE: Local empire builder Ford Fry is taking over the Abattoir space.
CRUCIAL UPDATE: Quatrano shares details on Abattoir's closing and her forthcoming ventures in an interview with Eater Atlanta.