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These Atlanta Restaurants Have Chosen to Close Following Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

A running list of Atlanta-area restaurants shutting down, testing employees for COVID-19, receiving a thorough cleaning, and reopening for business

As COVID-19 cases continue rising in Georgia, several Atlanta-area restaurants are choosing to temporarily close after learning employees have tested positive for the virus. Georgia restaurants and businesses are not bound by law to disclose to the public when a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19 and are not mandated by the state or Georgia Department of Health to close. Closing is voluntary.

While providing this information to the public and opting to close for any length of time is a difficult decision for restaurant owners, Atlanta diners seem appreciative of the transparency.

Eater Atlanta is keeping a running list of known restaurants and bars choosing to close temporarily due to COVID-19, including establishments that have tested employees, sanitized, and since reopened for business. Know of a restaurant not currently listed here? Send details to atlanta@eater.com.

AUGUST

REOPENED

Ammazza in Old Fourth Ward — Closed August 7 after an employee tested positive.

Zeigler’s BBQ and Catering in Acworth — Closed August 10 as a precaution after an employee was “potentially exposed.”

Wade’s in Smyrna — Closing the weekend of August 1 as a precaution after learning an employee may have been exposed.

El Super Pan at Ponce City Market — Closed August 2 after an employee tested positive.

Little Spirit in Inman Park — Closed August 3 after an employee tested positive.


JULY

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Ansley Golf Club and its restaurant — Closed July 15 after 67 employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to the AJC. The club is testing an additional 40 employees. No reopening date given.

ASW Distillery on Armour Drive and West End — Tasting rooms have been closed since March but the distillery is halting to-go sales July 6 after an employee tested positive. All employees will be tested and to-go sales will resume soon.

REOPENED

Minero at Ponce City Market — Closed July 16 after an employee tested positive.

Ecco in Midtown — Closed July 22 after an employee tested positive.

Six Feet Under in Grant Park — Closed July 22 after an employee tested positive.

Paces & Vine in Buckhead — A representative tells Eater Atlanta the restaurant closed July 15 after an employee tested positive.

97 Estoria in Cabbagetown — Closing due to a rise in cases and an employee testing positive. Employees continue to be regularly tested.

Pure Taqueria in Inman Park — Closed July 25 after two employees tested positive.

Poor Hendrix in East Lake — Closed July 22 after an employee tested positive.

Le Petit Marche in Kirkwood - Closed July 18 after an employee tested positive.

Superica at Avalon in Alpharetta — Closed July 17 after an employee tested positive. Employees are being asked to isolate and get tested and the restaurant will be sanitized. Reopening planned for July 27.

Tomo in Buckhead — Closed July 16 after an employee presented with symptoms.

Ginya Izakaya in Berkeley Park — Closed around July 17 after an employee tested positive.

Corner Tavern in Hapeville — Closed July 16 after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Little Farmhouse Cafe in Atlanta — Closed July 2 and reopening within a week after an employee appeared symptomatic and tested positive.

Clermont Lounge in Poncey-Highland — Closed July 7 after an employee tested positive. Reopens July 23.

ROXX Tavern on Cheshire Bridge — Closed July 20 for a deep cleaning as a precaution.

Botiwalla at Ponce City Market — Closed July 8 after an employee tested positive.

The Whelan in Blandtown — Closed July 6 after an employee tested positive. For now, the Whelan will be takeout only with patio seating. No dine-in service.

Elmyr in Little Five Points — Closed July 14 after an employee tested positive.

Sweetwater Brewing Co. in Amour — Closed July 10 after an employee tested positive.

Guac y Margys in Old Fourth Ward — Closed July 14 after a few employees called out sick. No one has tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant closed as precaution for a deep clean.

Atkins Park in Smyrna — Closed July 7 after an employee tested positive.

Keegan’s Irish Pub in Vinings — Closed July 7 after a staff member tested positive.

Souper Jenny in Brookhaven — Closed July 7 after a kitchen employee tested positive.

Big Softie in Summerhill — Closed July 7 after an employee tested positive. All employees were tested.

The Vortex in Little Five Points - Closed July 7 after a potential COVID-19 exposure. Employees were tested and the restaurant sanitized.

Empire State South in Midtown — Closed July 9 after employee tested positive. All employees were tested.

Raging Burrito in Decatur — Closed July 10 after an employee tested positive.

Argosy in East Atlanta Village — Closed July 8 after an employee appeared symptomatic. All employees will be tested. Reopening July 10.

The Varsity in Midtown — Closed July 9 after an employee tested positive. Restaurant reopens for dine-in service July 10, but the drive-in will remain closed for the remainder of the pandemic.

The Glenwood in East Atlanta Village — Closed July 3 after an employee tested positive. Employees were tested and the restaurant sanitized.

Gracious Plenty Bakery in Roswell — Closed July 2 after learning an individual who had been inside the cafe and bakery was exposed to the virus. As a precaution, Gracious Plenty closed until July 9 to thoroughly sanitize and get employees tested.

Bread & Butterfly in Inman Park — Closed July 2. Plans to reopen July 9. While no employees have tested positive, a relative of an employee did test positive. As a precaution, the restaurant closed, employees were tested, and the restaurant thoroughly sanitized.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Memorial Drive — Closed July 1 after one employee tested positive. Takeout only for now.

Buttermilk Kitchen in Buckhead — An employee is symptomatic and the restaurant closed July 1 as a precaution and reopened July 8.

Anchor Bar in Kennesaw — Closed July 4 after an employee tested positive. Employees were tested and the restaurant sanitized. Reopening for takeout July 6 and resuming dine-in service July 8.

Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park — Closed July 5 after a staff member tested positive. The restaurant was being sanitized and employees tested. Reopening July 7.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Piedmont Avenue — Closed July 1 after an employee tested positive. Reopened July 3 for takeout. The Memorial Drive location should reopened the week of July 6.


JUNE

REOPENED

Verde Taqueria in Brookhaven — Closed June 29 after one employee tested positive.

Joe’s on Juniper in Midtown — Closed June 29 after two employees tested positive.

Elmyriachi in Kirkwood — Closed June 28 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested. Reopened July 9.

Pure Taqueria in Woodstock — Closed June 29 after two employees tested positive. The entire staff is being tested. This is the second closure for the Atlanta-based restaurant chain. The Brookhaven restaurant just reopened June 24 after two employees tested positive there. Some customers voiced concern over employees improperly wearing masks or not wearing masks.

Kitchen Six in Decatur — Closed June 19 after a staff member tested positive. Reopened July 8.

Marcel in Westside— Closed June 27 after one employee tested positive. The employee last worked on June 26. The entire staff self-isolated.

Spiller Park Coffee at Ponce City Market — The coffee kiosk at the market closed June 27 after one employee tested positive.

Redbird at Westside Provisions District — The restaurant closed June 23 after learning an employee tested positive. All employees were tested and the restaurant thoroughly sanitized.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth — Closed June 27 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested.

Century House in Woodstock — Closed June 28 after one employee tested positive. All staff were tested. Reopened July 6.

Woody’s Cheesesteak in Midtown — Closed on June 29 after an employee tested positive.

The Butcher The Baker in Marietta — Closed on June 27 due to an employee possibly exposed to COVID-19. The entire staff was tested.

New Realm Brewing in Poncey Highland — The Eastside Beltline brewery closed June 26 after one employee tested positive for COVID-19. All employees were tested and the brewery and restaurant thoroughly cleaned.

Whitehall Tavern in Buckhead — Closed June 27 after learning an employee tested positive. All employees were tested. Reopened July 2 for takeout through July 5. Check Facebook for updates.

Two Urban Licks in Old Fourth Ward — One employee tested positive and the restaurant closed June 25. Each employee was tested and the restaurant thoroughly cleaned. Reopened July 3.

Six Feet Under in Westside — Closed June 20 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested, the restaurant cleaned, and reopened July 2. Takeout only for now. Rooftop seating open.

Best End Brewing in West End — Closed June 29 after one employee tested positive. The patio reopened July 3 after all employees tested negative and the brewery and restaurant thoroughly cleaned.

Tiny Lou’s in Poncey-Highland — Closed June 27 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested. Check The Rooftop bar at Hotel Clermont reopened July 1 and the restaurant reopens July 3.

BoccaLupo in Inman Park — Closed June 29 after a kitchen employee tested positive. All employees tested negative and the restaurant thoroughly cleaned. Reopened July 2.

Bell Street Burritos in Tucker — Closed June 29 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested. Although there were no positive cases at the Krog Street Market and Peachtree Street locations, those restaurants closed for a thorough cleaning as a precaution and also reopened July 2.

The Brasserie and Estrella at Bazati in Poncey Highland — The French restaurant and rooftop bar and restaurant at Bazati closed June 26 after one employee tested positive for COVID-19. Downstairs patio opens July 1. Estrella reopens July 3.

Velvet Taco in Buckhead — A representative for the restaurant tells Eater Atlanta that Velvet Taco closed June 12 after an employee tested positive. Employees were offered testing paid for by Velvet Taco. All tests came back negative.

Little Rey in Piedmont Heights — Second closure. Most recent closure occurred June 18 after more than one employee tested positive. Little Rey closed on May 7 after one employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant reopened May 15, following “two deep sanitations” and testing each member of staff for the virus.

Sugo in Johns Creek — Closed June 23 until June 26 after one employee tested positive. All employees were tested and the restaurant thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Employees are not allowed to return until presenting a negative test result.

Cafe Intermezzo in Midtown — One employee tested positive and the Peachtree Street restaurant is closed until Friday, June 26, to test all employees and thoroughly clean.

Pure Taqueria in Brookhaven — Closed June 16 and reopened June 24 after two employees tested positive. Each employee has now been tested and those who tested negative can return to work. The restaurant also addressed patrons’ concerns over employees improperly wearing their mask or not wearing masks and will now conduct pre-shift temperature checks.

Gusto at Chastain and in Chamblee — Closed June 23 and reopened June 25. Second closure for Chamblee restaurant. Unclear how many employees tested positive at the Chastain and Chamblee locations. Gusto tested employees and thoroughly sanitized the restaurants. The Chamblee restaurant closed in late May after an employee tested positive. The restaurant reopened a few days later. Follow on Instagram for updates.

Firepit Pizza Tavern in Grant Park — Closed June 18 after one employee tested positive. All other employees tested negative. Restaurant reopened June 22.

Dixie Q in Brookhaven — Closed on June 12 after an employees tested positive. Restaurant reopened June 14.

Farm Burger in Dunwoody — The Dunwoody restaurant temporarily closed in early June after an employee in the kitchen tested positive.

Forza Storico at Westside Provisions District — Closed on June 3 after an employee tested positive. All other employees tested negative, the restaurant was thoroughly cleaned, and it reopened on June 9.

57th Fighter Group Restaurant in Chamblee — Closed June 8 after one employee tested positive. The restaurant was thoroughly cleaned and has since reopened.


MAY

REOPENED

Gusto — The Chamblee restaurant closed in late May after an employee tested positive. The restaurant reopened a few days later.

Farm Burger in Decatur — The Atlanta-based burger chain closed its Decatur restaurant in late May after a kitchen employee tested positive. All staff were tested for COVID-19 and the restaurant was fully sanitized and reopened June 2. Farm Burger continues to remain closed for dine-in service, but is open for takeout and delivery.


APRIL

REOPENED

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Little Five Points — The restaurant closed in late April for a little over a week after a cook tested positive. The restaurant remains closed for dine-in service, but the patio is open for self-service and takeout, according to the website.


Stay home if sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for guidance and updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases.

Forza Storico

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 464-8096 Visit Website

Firepit Pizza Tavern

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 495-4777 Visit Website

Farm Burger

882 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, , CA 94960 (415) 785-4802 Visit Website

Dixie Q

2524 Caldwell Road Northeast, , GA 30319 (404) 228-1502 Visit Website

Westside Provisions District

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (678) 974-1940 Visit Website

Little Rey

1878 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, , GA 30324 (770) 796-0207 Visit Website

Redbird

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 900-5172 Visit Website

Kitchen Six

2751 Lavista Road, , GA 30033 (404) 330-8336 Visit Website
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