It seems the Graveyard Tavern is closing later this month after 15 years in East Atlanta Village. The tavern’s employees were apparently notified of the impending closure earlier this week, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
The longtime Glenwood Avenue bar, marked by its conspicuous black Cadillac hearse parked out front and now owned by Dustin Saboorian and Rogue Restaurant Group, likely closes on Saturday, February 22. However, the Basement bar and live music venue beneath the tavern is supposedly not affected by Graveyard’s closure.
Eater Atlanta reached out to Saboorian Wednesday afternoon for confirmation and to inquire about reopening elsewhere and to Pellerin Real Estate (the company behind the Beacon complex in Grant Park) who reportedly purchased the building in which Graveyard resides. Rumors as to what the building could become range from a mixed use development to a food hall.
Saboorian and Pellerin have yet to respond to Eater’s requests for comment.
In a text sent to What Now Atlanta when asked to confirm Graveyard’s closure, Saboorian says his “focus” has been on “investing in and growing Graveyard, the Basement, and Freshii’s concepts” and he has “no further comments at this time.”
Eater continues to follow developments in this story. Check back for updates.
Saboorian opened soup and salad restaurant Freshii at Midtown’s Colony Square in November. The Canadian-based chain, located in Building 100 at the complex, serves grain bowls, salads, wraps, and fresh-pressed juices.
Graveyard marks the second iconic Atlanta bar to close this year. Divey music institution the Star Bar closed after 28 years in Little Five Points on New Year’s Day. However, it’s likely to reopen soon under new ownership and retain the name.
1245 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta. graveyardtavern.com.