Tipple and Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary closes Sunday, December 8, after four years in Virginia-Highland. Owners singer-songwriter Doria Roberts and chef Calavino Donati plan to move to New Jersey in the coming months and reopen the shop there, according to Facebook. The post does not specify the exact location in New Jersey due to continuing negotiations on the property.
Roberts and Donati have been “scouting spaces and having meetings” in their “new town” and now “feel comfortable” enough to “move forward” with relocating the business.
The couple, who also own market and deli Urban Cannibals and Latin American-Southern restaurant Madre and Mason on 5th Street in Midtown, say the move to New Jersey is mostly personal. Roberts’ mother has been ill for some time, and traveling back and forth between Atlanta and New Jersey became difficult to sustain. They considered keeping the shop open in Atlanta and running the business from afar, but cited cost as a deciding factor to ultimately relocate the tea parlor.
An “extensive online portal” is in the works where people can order Tipple and Rose teas and other apothecary items. “Our social media will stay active and we’ll be updating our progress on the new space(s) as they come into focus,” Roberts tells Eater Atlanta.
As for Urban Cannibals and Madre and Mason, Roberts says both will remain open and be employee run. The couple relocated Madre and Mason from Morningside to Midtown in 2017. Jai Ho Indian Kitchen took over the Dutch Valley Road space less than two months later.
Tipple and Rose opened on North Highland Avenue in 2015. The tea shop and parlor is known for its extensive loose leaf tea selection and hosting elaborately themed high teas like Harry Potter and Alice and Wonderland. The teas often include freshly baked macarons and scones and decadent finger sandwiches such as duck salad and mini lobster rolls.
Donati first opened Roman Lily Cafe on North Highland in 1997. She closed the restaurant in 2006. One year later, Across the Street Mexican restaurant opened in the space. It closed last February after 11 years. The space is now set to become Field Day Cafe from the owner of Charleston’s cafe and market Queen Street Grocery.
Update, December 2, 2:00 p.m.: This story has been updated with new information on the status of Urban Cannibals and Madre and Mason.