Eater Atlanta has learned the closure of Across the Street is indeed permanent. A source close to the restaurant did not disclose the reason for the sudden shutter. However, they seemed to indicate the Market Wild and Banks own next door to Across the Street could remain open. Eater Atlanta is working to confirm.
Last week’s closure came as a shock to many of the restaurant’s regulars who took to social media to express their sadness over the loss of this popular lunch and weekend brunch spot. The pet-friendly covered patio was a frequent stop for area dog owners as well as those walking along the Freedom Park trail with their pups.
Longtime Mexican spot Across the Street and its adjacent neighborhood market located steps from the Freedom Park trail in the Old Fourth Ward have apparently closed, according to a report by What Now Atlanta.
The restaurant, owned by Ali Wild and her partner Lana Banks, opened in 2007 on Highland Avenue and was known for its strong margaritas, quirky decor, and riffs on Mexican fare. Many dishes on the menu were deemed gluten free or vegetarian.
Across the Street, along with Highland Bakery, were some of the first restaurants to anchor the area’s forthcoming redevelopment boom. During the January 2014 snowstorm which crippled much of Atlanta for days and left people stranded around the city, Across the Street opened its kitchen to provide meals for those stranded or without power.
Eater Atlanta has learned from neighboring restaurants, the closure may be permanent and confirmed the reporting that staff members were seen removing items from the restaurant.
Eater Atlanta has reached out to Wild and Banks for comment. The pair also own another restaurant called The Standard in Wild’s hometown of New Orleans.