Gastropub the Barrelhouse in Old Fourth Ward appears to be closed, at least for now, after only six months at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street.
The restaurant’s phone number says it’s out of service, and owner Jim Brooks has not responded to repeated requests for comment. But a spokesperson for the restaurant told Eater Atlanta over a week ago the Barrelhouse is only “temporarily closed” while Brooks “reexamines the concept.” The Facebook page for the restaurant has since been removed. Eater Atlanta reached back out to the restaurant spokesperson Tuesday to confirm the closure. They have not responded as of publication.
Both Google and Yelp now list the restaurant as “permanently closed”.
Multiple readers told Eater the recently relocated restaurant has been closed for as long as two weeks. According to their reports, an orange sign is taped to the front door from an equipment company asking for the return of their equipment.
Brooks closed his midtown location last June after seven years on 5th Street to move “deeper into town.” The Old Fourth Ward location reopened last September in what many now consider a “cursed” restaurant space. Cast Iron, Last Word, and P’cheen have all closed in last decade there.
The Barrelhouse seemed like a good fit for the neighborhood, a mix of young professionals and families within walking distance of the gastropub. Loyal regulars to the midtown location seemed willing to follow the Barrelhouse to Old Fourth Ward.