Restaurants throughout Atlanta have pivoted to takeout and delivery, become makeshift neighborhood markets, and even started to reopen for limited dine-in service in order to stay afloat during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But for some Atlanta restaurant and bar owners, the 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 have left them no choice but to close their businesses permanently.
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Red Snapper Seafood closed in early December after three decades on Cheshire Bridge Road.
The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish closed permanently earlier this month after over a decade in Inman Park. The restaurant’s last day of service was Sunday, January 3.
Diner Bakery Company in Kennesaw closed in mid-December due to the financial crisis and lack of business caused by the pandemic.
Foundation Social Eatery, owned by chef Mel Toledo, closes December 31 after six years in east Roswell. Toledo hopes to reopen the restaurant and continues to search for a new location closer to Atlanta.
Kouzina Christos closed in Marietta after more than 40 years. The family-run Greek restaurant was owned by Christos Giannes.
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.
Tea House Formosa in Doraville closed after four years on Buford Highway. Tea House Formosa, located in the same complex as Yen Jing Chinese Restaurant, served pots of loose leaf teas and butter and milk teas, along with desserts like matcha cheesecake.
Humpty Dumpty’s Indian restaurant in Norcross announced its closure on November 1 after opening at Global Mall on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in June 2019. The restaurant’s menu centered around vegetarian egg dishes. The owners hope to reopen elsewhere after the pandemic.
Rise-n-Dine closes after 13 years on North Decatur Road in Decatur, citing the devastating financial losses stemming from the pandemic and how the health crisis has been handled by the Trump administration.
Queen of Cream closes after one year at Plaza on Ponce in Poncey-Highland, citing “the devastating effects of Covid-19” on the retail side of the Atlanta-based ice cream company’s business.
Donetto, the Tuscan-Italian restaurant from Indigo Road Hospitality group, has closed on Brady Avenue. It will be replaced by chef Jonathan Waxman’s Italian restaurant Brezza Cucina, which closed at Ponce City Market in June.
Ammazza Decatur closed on East Howard Avenue, across from Kimball House. The Neapolitan-style pizzeria had only been open there for two years. Ammazza is still open at its original location on Edgewood Avenue.
The Tavern at Phipps Plaza closed after 30 years at the luxury mall on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The Tavern at Phipps has remained closed since the health crisis began in mid-March. However, there is a possibility CentraArchy may reopen the Tavern elsewhere in Atlanta some time over the next two years.
Farm Burger permanently closed its Peachtree Corners location. According to co-owner George Frangos, the closure is due to the “effects of COVID.” The restaurant opened in the Gwinnett County city 23 miles north of Atlanta last spring.
Amsterdam Cafe closed after 15 years in the Amsterdam Walk, just off of Piedmont Park. The owners decided not to renew the lease on the restaurant and bar.
The Shed at Glenwood closed after 12 years in the Glenwood Park neighborhood. According to a statement provided by owner Rich Spillane, the Shed has remained closed since late March over safety concerns resulting from the health crisis. “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we could not responsibly and safely stay open,” Spillane said.
The Music Room, a popular underground music and dance venue on Edgewood Avenue, closed, and so have its hidden bar Edgewood Speakeasy and barbecue joint Bone Lick Southern Kitchen next door. The latter is run by chef Mike LaSage (P’cheen), who began popping up at the former Pizzeria Vesuvius (part of the Music Room complex) in 2015.
Octane coffee shop closed after nearly 17 years at its original location on Marietta Street. The beloved Atlanta coffee brand was acquired by Revelator Coffee Company from founders Tony and Diane Riffel four years ago. In addition to Octane, Revelator closed its two recently opened Buckhead cafes, Coffee and Ice Cream at Lenox Square Mall and Sweet Tooth Cafe at Phipps Plaza.
Hazel Jane’s wine bar and bottle shop closes Saturday, September 5, after less than a year. Hazel Jane’s closed for dine-in and patio service in late March and has been operating as takeout only alongside its small wine shop.
Taqueria Tsunami, described as an “Asian fusion” restaurant, is now closed on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Owner Scott Kinsey indicated the closure was due to financial losses stemming from the ongoing health crisis.
Bogartz Food Artz, owned by Knoxville chef Bruce Bogartz and his brother, Scott, closed this week after less than two years at the City Walk center in Sandy Springs.
Sweet Auburn Seafood is closing at the end of August. According to WSB-TV, the Southern-style seafood restaurant and lounge on Auburn Avenue officially closes August 31 due to financial strain caused by the ongoing health crisis and recent “violence in the area.”
Third Street Goods and adjoining cocktail bar Cardinal are closing at the Beacon complex in Grant Park. Owner and bartender Kathryn DiMenichi says the market’s last day will likely be Saturday, August 15. Cardinal never reopened after closing in mid-March due to the pandemic
Anna Lee’s, a popular lunch cafe on Market Place in Roswell, closes after 36 years due to financial uncertainty and safety concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic.
Pita Grille is closed in Buckhead. The kosher Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant closed permanently after six years on Wieuca Road.
Gio’s Chicken Siciliana closes at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. Owner Giovanni Di Palma cites the “uncertainty and delay of baseball,” coupled with the dining restrictions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Genki Noodles & Sushi in Virginia-Highland is now closed after nearly a decade in the neighborhood.
City Tap closed after a little over a year in Midtown.
The Federal, owned by chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, closes after four years on Crescent Avenue in Midtown.
Noble Fin seafood restaurant closes permanently on June 27 after four years in Peachtree Corners on Peachtree Parkway.
Amelie’s French Bakery and Cafe closed after seven years on the corner of Marietta Street and Northside Drive, near the Georgia Tech campus.
Dantanna’s Downtown is now permanently closed after more than a decade inside the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.
Mother Bar and Kitchen closed permanently after eight years on Edgewood Avenue. The bar, which has been closed since late-March, could not overcome the crippling financial effects caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Zinburger wine and burger chain is closing a majority of its restaurant locations, including two Atlanta outposts at Lenox Square and Perimeter malls, amid the ongoing pandemic.
Tap and Six, a craft beer bar and market located on Oak Street in Roswell, closes Sunday, June 14, after a little over two years in business.
Anne and Bill’s meat-and-three restaurant in Forest Park, south of Atlanta, closes after 46 years. [AJC]
Big Pie in the Sky pizzeria in Roswell is closed. The Kennesaw location remains open.
Blaxican closed after four years in Peachtree Corners. The catering business and food truck remain in operation.
Cacao Cafe chocolate and dessert shop, owned by Kristen Hard and Caline Jarudi, is now closed in Virginia-Highland. The shop continues to sell its chocolates online.
Cafe Sunflower is closing its Sandy Springs location. The Buckhead restaurant remains open for takeout.
Chef’d Up closed after only a year amid a pandemic-related rental dispute with Perennial Properties, the owner of Highland Walk Apartments.
C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar closes in Roswell.
Donquixote Korean restaurant, owned by Atlanta chef Allen Suh, is closed on Buford Highway.
Duke’s Bar and Grill in the Crabapple area of north Fulton County is closed.
Ebrik Coffee Room closes after six years in downtown Atlanta due to financial hardships stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s shifting gears to become a full-service roastery and online retail operation in neighboring Castleberry Hill.
Lucky’s Burger and Brew in Emory Village is closed.
Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine, co-owned by chef Khurshid Alam and Mirza Chowdhury, closed after 20 years on Buford Highway.
Public School 404 closes on Howell Mill Road after three years on Atlanta’s west side.
Simon’s closes after three years in Midtown blaming COVID-19’s “lasting impact” on the dining experience.
The Canteen food hall in Midtown closes on Fifth Street due to lack of rent relief and devastating revenue loss since its closure in March.
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