The first restaurant that opened at Krog Street Market will close its doors at the end of the month. The Luminary, Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein’s French-American brasserie, will go dark following the end of service on March 31. Krog Street Market developer Paces Properties announced the shutter on Monday.
“We are sad to see The Luminary prepare for their last service later this month,” Paces principal Merritt Lancaster said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate their tenancy over the last two-and-a-half years and wish them the best of luck in the future. We look forward to announcing the tenant who will be taking over The Luminary space soon.”
A representative for Paces told Eater Atlanta the developer is “in discussions” with potential replacements. The Luminary debuted in August 2014, three months before Krog Street Market officially opened to the public.
“I am so proud of the staff, purveyors, and partners of The Luminary, and all we have achieved together,” Kirshtein said in a prepared statement. “The dedication, commitment, and effort everyone has put forth over the last two-and-a-half years has been truly humbling, and I couldn't be more appreciative of the community support we have received.
“It's becoming more and more difficult to run a successful restaurant in a city with such a high level of saturation. With costs increasing across the board, the challenges became too great for us.”
Reached for comment, Kirshtein told Eater Atlanta he plans to recharge before pursuing his next venture.
“I plan to sleep for two weeks — that’s my first goal,” the chef said. “I’ve got a couple irons in the fire. We’ll see what shakes loose, but it’s far, far too early to say what I’m going to do. My intention is to stay in the city; that’s what I want to do. I don’t see myself up and leaving.”
Krog Street Market has seen a few big changes in recent months. The Cocktentrice shuttered in October, and that was followed by The Spotted Trotter butcher shop. Both the restaurant and stall spaces will be taken over by the Castellucci Hospitality Group. In January, Craft Izakaya rebooted as a scaled-back sushi bar called Makimono.
In addition to the Castelluccis’ forthcoming Bar Mercado restaurant, Krog Street Market will soon see the opening of a second outpost for Neapolitan pizzeria Varuni Napoli.