Woodfire Grill, which has served farm-to-table fare in Piedmont Heights for more than a decade, will close next month. The restaurant's final dinner service will be Wednesday, May 20, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Owner Nicolas Quinones told the AJC a lack of patrons has made it impossible for Woodfire Grill to stay in business.
"I'm closing Woodfire Grill because the revenue no longer supports the elevated level of food and service that I'm committed to," Quinones said. "Simply put, my local, sustainable restaurant is not sustainable because I don't have enough guests walking through the door."
The restaurant has been home to a few notable Atlanta chefs, including Kevin Gillespie and Tyler Williams. Matthew Weinstein currently runs the kitchen. Chef Michael Tuohy opened Woodfire Grill in 2002, and Quinones partnered with Bernard Moussa to purchase it in 2008. Moussa left in 2013 and now owns Last Word in Old Fourth Ward.
Quinones expressed gratitude to Woodfire Grill's patrons and staff in a Facebook post Thursday.
I have overwhelming pride for the parade of talent that has cooked in this kitchen and tended this dining room. I wish to thank all of my co-workers who shared in my passion for enlightened hospitality. I wish also to thank all of my farmers and purveyors who supplied me with the noble ingredients that nourished all of us these nearly seven years.
Most importantly, I thank you, my guests. Serving you has brought me grace. This grace will always be with me and I pledge to share it everywhere I go.
Come on in for dinner, there is a pretty good list of wines that I'd like to get into.