It’s never easy for a restaurant or bar owner to decide to close their business. Rising rents, overzealous developers, poor location, and lack of solid funding often factor into this decision. However, the extraordinary hardships, labor shortages, and financial impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to leave many restaurant and bar owners with little choice but to close their establishments permanently.
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Brush Sushi is closing October 9 in Decatur ahead of a relocation to Buckhead. Its replacement in Decatur is casual omakase restaurant Cuddlefish.
Refuge Coffee closes its Sweet Auburn location on September 23.
A Street Restaurant on Atlanta Street in downtown Roswell is now closed.
Red Sky Tapas is now closed after 14 years in Marietta.
Zesto on Piedmont Road is now closed after over 50 years there.
Slabtown Public House, owned by Kevin Gillespie, closes on the Eastside Beltline September 24.
Lake and Oak Neighborhood Barbecue is now closed in East Lake.
Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand on Marietta Street near Georgia Tech is closing September 4.
8ARM is now closed on Ponce, six weeks prior to its planned October 8 closure date.
The Rusty Nail closed August 20 after 44 years on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
Plant Based Pizzeria on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs appears closed, albeit it’s unclear if this is temporary, as suggested by its website and Instagram account, or permanent. Eater reached out for status confirmation.
Baffi on Brady Avenue is listed on Yelp and on Instagram as temporarily closed. Yelp suggests the restaurant could reopen September 17. However, Google lists the restaurant as permanently closed. Eater reached out multiple times to confirm the status of the restaurant and whether plans to reopen September 17 are still in the works.
Scalini’s Italian Restaurant closed after 42 years on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna. The restaurant was best known for its eggplant parmesan, which was said to help induce labor.
Rico Rico Latin Kitchen closed after two years next door to the Zone 3 Car Wash on Metropolitan. Rico Rico continues to do pop-up around Atlanta.
Goldbergs Fine Foods closed July 31 after eight years at Avalon in Alpharetta.
Hammocks Trading Company closed July 31 after a decade on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
Ra Sushi Bar closed on 12th Street in Midtown at the 1010 Midtown complex. The restaurant is no longer listed on Ra Sushi’s website and it’s listed as permanently closed by Google.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse’s location at One Moreland is now closed.
Flip Burger closed its longtime Howell Mill Road location. Owner Joseph Hsiao is currently seeking a new location for the restaurant in Midtown.
Publico closed its Atlanta location on Crescent Avenue in Midtown after four years. My Sister’s Room (MSR) relocated to the space in early July.,
The Highlander closed at Midtown Promenade after 30 years there.
Yen Jing Chinese Restaurant is closing June 30 after 31 years in business at the Korean Town complex on Buford Highway.
Yeah Burger closed after 12 years at Westside Provisions District, with rumors of another Shake Shack taking over the space.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit closed after nearly seven years at the corner of Virginia and North Highland amid rising costs and rents.
Where’s the Scoop on Monroe Drive in Midtown is now closed. The ice cream shop was replaced by Highland Dreamery, which serves ice cream, bubble tea, desserts, and coffee.
Papi Ali’s Plant Based Kitchen closed May 15, less than a year after opening on Main Street in Tucker. Owner Mikail Ali recently replaced the vegan restaurant with For Better or Wurst serving hot dogs and sausages.
Babette’s Cafe, a longtime French restaurant in Poncey-Highland, closes after 30 years on May 8.
Mount Royal, backed by chef Hugh Acheson, is now closed at the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Buckhead. Three Arches Mediterranean restaurant is now open in its place.
Avellino’s pizzeria closed on West College Avenue in Decatur. The Brookhaven location remains open.
Root Baking Co. closes April 3 after three years at the central food hall of Ponce City Market and seven years in business.
Green Sprout Vegetarian is now closed on Piedmont Avenue, on the edge of Piedmont Park.
Java Cats Cafe coffee shop closed in Grant Park, with the Marietta location closing in June.
Sweet Melissa’s closed after 32 years on Decatur Square. Owners Glen and Liz Gurevitch are retiring.
Marrakesh Market and Batter Cookie Dough close at Ponce City Market.
Atmosphere Bistro closed March 10 after 20 years on Piedmont Avenue.
Moe’s Original BBQ closes Monday, February 28, on 14th Street next door to robatayaki and sake restaurant Chirori.
Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits is closing after nearly four years at Krog Street Market on February 27.
Co noodle restaurant appears to be on the market and closing on North Highland in Poncey-Highland, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
The Local Coco, a vegan food stall serving tacos and other Mexican street eats, closes February 26 at Sweet Auburn Curb Market (Municipal Market). Will continue as a pop-up.
Loca Luna’s lease was terminated following a shooting January 23 and two other shootings in 2021 in the parking lot of the restaurant at Amsterdam Walk.
Nam Oy Cafe is now closed on Morrow Road in Forest Park, but could reopen in a new location.
Karma Farm closes January 31 at the Aramore Condo complex on Peachtree Street, but is relocating to Powers Ferry Square on Roswell Road in Buckhead.
Field Day, the neighborhood bar and restaurant owned by Rob Bouton of Charleston’s Queen Street Grocery, closed on Highland in the Old Fourth Ward.
Cold Beer closes January 29 on the Eastside trail in the Old Fourth Ward, but it’s being replaced by a new restaurant from Kevin Gillespie.
Diesel Filling Station closed after 13 years in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.
The Abby Singer closes at Pratt Pullman District, but plans are in the works to reopen the restaurant elsewhere.
Annie’s Thai Castle closed after 28 years in business on Roswell Road in Buckhead.
Bennett’s Market and Deli closed at SPX Alley along the Eastside Beltline. The Grant Park location remains open.
Graffiti Breakfast closed on January 7 inside Chattahoochee Food Works. However, the Wallers plan to continue offering catering and tell Eater they are moving Graffiti Breakfast to a new location.
Rhodes Bakery on Cheshire Bridge Road closes December 24 after 68 years.
Zesto in Little Five Points is closed permanently after 58 years. A tree fell on the restaurant in May 2021, seriously damaging the roof.
Proof Bakeshop and its cafe close December 26 after six years in Inman Park.
JCT Kitchen and Bar closes December 31 after 15 years at Westside Provisions District. Chef Ford Fry plans to replace it with a yet-named restaurant in 2022.
Bottega Benne, an antipasti charcuterie and cheese spread business owned by Blaire Dorin, is now closed in the back of Irwin Street Market.