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The Fates of Two Longtime Midtown Restaurants Are Unclear

The owner of Joe’s on Juniper and Einstein’s signs a contract to sell the Juniper Street properties. Plus, Red Pepper Taqueria is opening at the Perimeter and ASW Distillery opens this month at Battery Atlanta

Joe’s on Juniper Yelp/Carl C.
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Joe’s on Juniper and Einstein’s set to close by early June in Midtown

Longtime Midtown restaurants Joe’s on Juniper and Einstein’s close on Juniper Street by early June due to the sale of the properties on which both reside. It’s unclear if the restaurants will eventually reopen in some form at the present locations or reopen elsewhere in Atlanta.

“Metrotainment Cafes Restaurant Group has signed a contract for the sale of the Einsteins and Joe’s on Juniper real estate in Midtown. At present, the intent is to continue serving our guests until early June. Metrotainment Cafes has no further information at this time,” a statement sent to Eater reads.

A representative for Metrotainment declined to elaborate further on the details of the sale or the fates of the restaurants, but it appears a developer is eyeing the properties to build two multi-story buildings. Both buildings would offer street-level retail space. Metrotainment closed its popular Midtown honky tonk and steak house Cowtippers Steaks and Spirits in 2018 after 25 years on Piedmont Avenue. The restaurant group also owns six Hudson Grille locations throughout Atlanta and metro Atlanta. [Official]

A fourth Red Pepper Taqueria is opening at Perimeter Center

A fourth Atlanta-area location of Red Pepper Taqueria is opening on Ashford Dunwoody Road at Perimeter Center, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. The popular taqueria takes over the former Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, which closed there last June. Red Pepper Taqueria includes locations in Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Decatur. Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, a former partner in Red Pepper Taqueria, recently opened his new Mexican restaurant Botica in the former Watershed space on Peachtree Road. The chef melds some of the more savory dishes he created for the menu at Red Pepper Taqueria with flavors and ingredients in dishes reminiscent of those he grew up eating while living in Lebanon, Italy, and Spain. [ABC/EATL]

ASW Distillery opens this month at Battery Atlanta

ASW Distillery opens its third location this month at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, the home of Braves baseball. The new 3,500-square-foot operation, located at the corner of Legends Place and Battery Avenue, includes a tasting room, patio, and still house production facility. ASW also begins distilling gin and its Bustletown vodka this spring from the Battery location. ASW plans to hold a ticketed grand opening event on Saturday, March 27, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. ASW Distillery currently produces a selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and a single malt from its flagship Armour Drive facility, run by master distiller Justin Manglitz. Owners Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson opened ASW Whiskey Exchange in 2019 at the Lee and White complex in the West End neighborhood. That location functions mainly as a tasting room and an unconditioned rickhouse (whiskey storage, aging warehouse). [Official/EATL]

ASW Distillery

199 Armour Drive Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 590-2279 Visit Website


1820 Peachtree Road Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 228-6358 Visit Website

The Battery

1100 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339

Hudson Grille

4046 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30319 (404) 233-0313 Visit Website


2502 East Camelback Road, , AZ 85016 (602) 424-9500 Visit Website

Red Pepper Taqueria

3135 Piedmont Road Northeast, , GA 30305 (404) 869-2773 Visit Website


1820 Peachtree Road, , GA 30309 (404) 809-3561 Visit Website