Ah-Ma’s Taiwanese Kitchen, located in the Midtown Promenade shopping complex on Monroe Drive, closes Monday, December 21. The family-owned and operated restaurant opened six years ago and serves a menu filled with classic and traditional Taiwanese dishes and baos paired with a tight list of boutique and natural wines.
Owners Andy Chef, Shane Chen, and chef Alex Chen announced the closure on Instagram stating they would not renew the lease on the restaurant due to the “overall uncertainty of the times.” Ah-Ma’s pivoted its operation to takeout-only in April and May during the height of the pandemic in Georgia, before opening up for limited dine-in service in June.
Eater reached out for comment on the closure decision.
Ah-Ma’s joins a growing list of Atlanta restaurants closing due to the crippling financial crisis caused by the ongoing health crisis. A devastating loss of revenue over the last few months, lack of real rent relief or support from landlords, and inability to secure substantial emergency funding from Congress has left many restaurant owners no choice but to close their businesses permanently.
Bipartisan support for a new stimulus bill that would pump more than $900 billion into the economy finally came earlier this week. However, the majority of the money will be directed to industries other than hospitality. And while it does infuse an additional $300 billion into the PPP, the proposed bill falls short in addressing the needs of the floundering restaurant industry.