After some back and forth on the official end date, chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le closed up shop at Lusca for the last time on Sunday. The Brookwood Hills restaurant opened in less than two years ago, but last November Brown and Le announced plans to walk away and open a new eatery in Virginia-Highland.
The original announcement called for Lusca to close early this year, but then the date was pushed back to June. Brown and Le locked down the February 14 shutter earlier this month.
Shortly after it opened in April 2014, Brown said he hoped Lusca would be a game-changer for the neighborhood: "I think a lot of restaurants in Atlanta are like that, where you get one certain crowd, especially here in this neighborhood, Buckhead, at some of these restaurants across the street. We want to have the kind of place where everybody's there," Brown told Eater Atlanta in May 2014. "We see everybody here, and it's not just the people in this neighborhood, and that was important to us. When we came over here, that was something that we wanted, something we were definitely hoping would happen."
But, that goal may have been more difficult than anticipated. When he announced the closure, Brown told Atlanta Magazine, "We had hoped that we'd have people coming from other parts of town, and we're seeing that people are still stuck in their neighborhoods."
Now, Brown and Le are working on two new projects. They'll open Ama, a small, wood-grilled seafood restaurant, in the Paris on Ponce space in the coming months. And a couple of weeks ago the duo revealed plans to launch an adjacent coffee shop called 8 Arm.