Shanna Mayo, who has served as managing partner at Amer since its opening in March, is no longer with the Inman Park cocktail bar. Mayo hinted at artistic differences as reason for her departure.
"I feel as if the overall vision and direction isn't the path I wish to stay on," Mayo said in an email to Eater Atlanta. "I am deeply appreciative to the staff for all the hard work they put in for us as well as what we achieved in such a short period of time, but at this point, I feel it would be better suited for me to move on."
Mayo was announced as managing partner a few days before Amer opened at the Inman Quarter mixed-use development. She replaced Bocado beverage director David Durnell, who was a partner in the venture before his death in February. Prior to her time at Amer, Mayo's local experience included stints at The Luminary, The SOS Tiki Bar, Victory Sandwich Bar, and Leon's Full Service.
Next on the agenda, Mayo plans to take her "first vacation in three years." As for the future beyond some time off, she isn't making any firm plans yet: "In the longterm, I look forward to being an active member of the Atlanta bartending community."
A representative for Amer told Eater Atlanta head bartender Matt Welch is moving into the managing operator role. Welch was recently announced as one of 20 young culinary professionals from across the country to be inducted in Eater's Young Guns class of 2016.