Restaurants across Georgia are allowed to resume dine-in service as long as they follow a list of 39 “minimum basic operations” guidelines set forth by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Those measures include: screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms, requiring employees to wear masks, staggering shifts, and limiting the number of people inside the dining room by spacing out seating. Restaurants are limited to ten diners per 500 square feet inside the dining room and bar area.
Atlanta restaurant owners were quick to react to the controversial news, with some calling Gov. Kemp’s decision “irresponsible,” “unsafe,” and “unfathomable.” Despite the ability to resume dine-in service, there’s a long and growing list of restaurants choosing not to reopen dining rooms right now, and it reads like a who’s who of Atlanta’s most notable chefs, biggest restaurant groups, and beloved neighborhood establishments.
Most restaurant owners cite the health and safety of employees and patrons as the biggest factor for holding off on reopening dining rooms, along with needing adequate time to put further health and safety measures into practice.
Below is a list of restaurants holding off on reopening for dine-in service, but will continue takeout and delivery until further notice. Follow individual restaurants on social media for additional reopening plans.
5Church (reopening for takeout/delivery only 4/28)
Atlanta Chinatown (food court reopens for takeout only April 27; no dine-in service)
B-Side Cafe/The Deer and the Dove
Biltong Bar (Buckhead & Ponce City Market)
Bread and Butterfly (takeout starts soon)
Castellucci Hospitality Group: Bar Mercado, Cooks & Soldiers, The Iberian Pig, Recess, Double Zero, Sugo
Concentrics Restaurants: TWO Urban Licks, Parish, Bully Boy
Ford Fry’s restaurants: Superica, no. 246, Little Rey, JCT Kitchen, the Optimist, BeetleCat, King and Duke, St. Cecilia, Marcel
Forza Storico (tentative reopening May 11)
Freshii (reopening for takeout only)
Hopkins and Company: Holeman and Finch, H&F Burger, Hop’s Chicken, C. Ellet’s
Hotto Hotto Ramen & Teppanyaki
JenChan’s Restaurant and Supper Club
Krog Street Market (curbside and takeout from stalls only; no on-site dining)
Pisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
Red Beard Restaurants: Gunshow, Revival, Cold Beer
Refuge Coffee (check out the story on the shop’s neighborhood coffee deliveries)
RO Hospitality: Table & Main, Osteria Mattone, Coalition Food & Beverage (through at least May 11)
Rye Restaurants: The General Muir, Yalla, Fred’s Meat and Bread, West Egg Cafe
Schlotzksy’s Deli (Georgia locations)
South City Kitchen Midtown/Vinings
Spiller Park Coffee-Toco Hills (reopening curbside takeout only May 1)
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante (tentative reopening May 11)
Sweet Auburn BBQ (check out the food truck traveling to neighborhoods)
Tamarind Restaurant Group: Nan Thai Fine Dining Tuk Tuk Thai Food, Chai Yo Thai
The Varsity (drive-in/walk-up only)
THERE Bar (possible reopening in 3 weeks)
Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Unsukay Restaurants: Muss and Turners, MTH Pizza, Local Three, Eleanor’s
Varuni Napoli (Midtown/Krog Street Market)
Victory Brands: Victory Sandwich Bar, LLoyd’s, Little Trouble, S.O.S Tiki Bar
We Suki Suki: the Global Grub Collective
Word of Mouth Restaurants: Arnette’s Chop Shop, Haven, Velenza, Vero
Stay home if sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for guidance and twice-daily updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases.