Chef Linton Hopkins and Gina Hopkins say they no longer plan to open Eugene and Elizabeth’s in the former Restaurant Eugene space in Buckhead and the restaurant is on hold until further notice. A press release indicates the space “no longer aligns with the overall vision for Eugene and Elizabeth’s.”
It’s unclear why the Peachtree Road space is now considered unsuitable, but a spokesperson for Hopkins and Company tells Eater Atlanta the couple is looking for a new location and “envision a charming [75-seat] space with a patio and trees that is walkable from surrounding neighborhoods.” The current location lacks solid foot traffic and street visibility along car-choked Peachtree Road.
The Hopkins announced the closure of Restaurant Eugene last summer after 15 years on Peachtree Road with the intention of replacing the fine dining institution with a “more approachable,” neighborhood restaurant. The menu for Eugene and Elizabeth’s appears to be a mix of Restaurant Eugene and neighboring Holeman and Finch Public House, which relocates two miles south to Colony Square in July.
As for Holeman and Finch and its move to Midtown, the larger Colony Square space provides the restaurant room for a patio and a larger bar and dining room, seating over 125 people. Its coveted cheeseburger became a late night dining sensation. Only 24 burgers were available each evening. The burger is now a permanent fixture on the Holeman and Finch menu. The bar also became the birthplace of Atlanta’s craft cocktail scene, lead by bartenders like Andy Minchow (Ration and Dram) and Greg Best and Regan Smith (Ticonderoga Club).