Longtime Roswell staples of Southern comfort food and barbecue Greenwoods on Green Street and Swallow at the Hollow both closed on New Year’s Eve, according to the AJC.
Greenwoods announced the closure in a pre-recorded phone message that stated, “Effective December 31 of 2017, we have permanently closed both establishments [restaurant and catering business The Yellow House]. We want to thank all of the patrons who have come to us over the years.”
A pre-recorded message at sister business Swallow at the Hollow bears the same message.
Bill Greenwood opened Greenwoods on Green Street just east of Canton Street in 1986. The restaurant was known for its homestyle, Southern comfort food, including fried chicken and pies. Greenwoods was a permanent fixture on Eater Atlanta’s fried chicken map. He opened his barbecue joint Swallow at the Hollow in 1999.
Eater Atlanta spoke to Canton Street restaurateur Ryan Pernice (Table & Main and Osteria Mattone) Tuesday afternoon regarding the sudden closures. He says he owes much to the man behind Greenwoods and alluded to Mr. Greenwood simply wanting to retire after over 30 years in the restaurant business.
“I imagine selling the land is his retirement plan,” Pernice says. “The real story here is that of Bill Greenwood, who is a CHARACTER, and put Roswell on the map for dining before anyone else did. He’s the reason Canton Street is where it is now.”
Eater Atlanta has reached out to both restaurants for further comment and will update the story when more information becomes available.