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.
Over the years, the Shed became known for its wine dinners and whiskey classes, Sunday brunches and suppers, and events like its popular holiday pajama brunch buffet.
Chef and author Todd Richards took over the kitchen at the Shed in 2012, and remained there until his departure in 2015. Richards has since gone on to write an award-winning cookbook delving into the history and nuances of Soul food and just opened his latest restaurant venture, Lake & Oak Barbecue in East Lake.
Restaurant equipment from the Shed goes up for auction online by Bell Auctioneers on Tuesday, October 6.
Several Atlanta restaurants have permanently closed during the pandemic, following a devastating loss of revenue caused by dining room shutdowns and lack of rent relief.
Earlier in September, beloved coffee shop Octane closed after nearly 17 years at its original location on Marietta Street. The Atlanta coffee brand was acquired by Revelator Coffee Company from founders Tony and Diane Riffel four years ago. Revelator also closed its two Buckhead cafes, Coffee and Ice Cream at Lenox Square Mall and Sweet Tooth Cafe at Phipps Plaza. Underground music and dance venue The Music Room and its barbecue restaurant Bone Lick Southern Kitchen also closed this month after eight years on Edgewood Avenue.