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. For some owners, it’s simply time to retire and move on to new adventures. However, high food prices, labor issues, and financial troubles stemming from the pandemic continue to impact the industry in major ways, leaving many restaurant and bar owners with little choice but to close their establishments permanently.
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10 Degrees South, the South African restaurant in Buckhead owned by Justin Anthony and his family, is closing after 26 years. The restaurant is currently listed for sale, but a closure date has yet to be determined.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse is closing December 31 after 12 years on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta.
Lady Ha Vietnamese restaurant is now closed at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce, but is being replaced by Dos Burros, backed by Hopstix and Lady Ha owner Andy Tan and Fishmonger owners Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht.
Henry’s, a popular restaurant and bar along 10th Street in the heart of Midtown, is closing November 30.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina closed after 14 years on Memorial Drive in Grant Park.
Buzz Coffee and Wine closed on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta.
Hippin Hops Brewery is now closed at Hosea and 2nd in East Lake. Clarence and Donnica Boston plan to open a Hippin Hops location in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Taverna Plaka, the longtime Greek restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Road, closes November 4 after more than 20 years in Atlanta.
Pontoon Brewing is closing in Tucker and Sandy Springs due to one of the brewery’s main distributors not paying for product produced. Owners Sean O’Keefe and Marcus Powers hope the brewery will reopen under new ownership or with a new partner involved in the business.
VG Bistro is now closed after six years in Roswell, citing the residual effects of the pandemic as the reason for the closure.
Burger Win, a popular local spot at a Citgo gas station in East Atlanta for burgers, wings, and Chinese food, is shutting down operations under its current name and ownership October 28. The restaurant has been purchased by a family friend and will be renamed, but should continue with a similar menu.
Noni’s bar and restaurant will close October 28 after 15 years on Edgewood Avenue. Noni’s was known for its pasta and hoagies, strong cocktails, and late-night dance parties and anchored the entertainment district that now features multiple bars and restaurants along Edgewood.
The Original Pancake House is now closed on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It’s unclear just when the restaurant actually closed.
The Glenwood sports bar and pub closed after nearly two decades in the heart of East Atlanta Village.
Taco Mac closed suddenly this week after 22 years on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in downtown Decatur.
The Rusty Nail, with its giant smoker shaped like a gun out front, closed after nearly 50 years on Buford Highway.
Del Frisco’s Grille steakhouse closed after more than a decade on Peachtree Road.
Kirkyard Public House closed after nearly a decade on Hosea L. Williams Drive in the heart of the Kirkwood neighborhood.
BBQ Cafe, the takeout barbecue joint across from Kimball House, is now closed on East Howard Avenue in Decatur.
Houck’s Grill in Roswell closed after 35 years and will be replaced by Coastal Bar Grill and Chill this fall.
Little Trouble cocktail bar closed August 19 after eight years at Westside Provisions District.
Cuddlefish, the sushi restaurant from Momonoki and Brush Sushi owners chef Jason Liang and John Chen, closes July 23 and will become a spot for chef pop-ups starting in August.
Carson Kitchen closed in Alpharetta three years after opening in the city’s town center. Roswell restaurant Standard is opening a location in the former Carson Kitchen space.
The Hall at Ashford Lane is permanently closed just two months after opening in Dunwoody, and now some former employees are accusing owner Jamal Malek Wilson of not paying wages owed them and hiring undocumented workers to keep the food hall afloat, according to further reporting from Rough Draft.
Salaryman closed after four years at the Hosea and 2nd development in East Lake.
Doc Chey’s Noodle House closed on Memorial Drive after 15 years in Grant Park. The space transforms into American-Chinese restaurant Chef Wang’s the week of July 8.
Georgia Beer Garden closed after nearly seven years on Edgewood Avenue in the historic Sweet Auburn District. But the space may not stay empty for long.
Second Self Beer Co. closed after nine years on Logan Circle in Underwood Hills.
Storico Vino after two years at Buckhead Village and is being replacing by Mexican restaurant Pachengo’s at the end of July.
Cold Brew Coffee Bar closed June 15 at Atlanta Dairies in Reynoldstown.
King and Duke, the wood-fired dishes restaurant from Ford Fry after ten years at One Buckhead Plaza on Peachtree Road.
Pin and Proper, the bowling-football hybrid bar at the Beacon, is now closed after five years in Grant Park.
Tupelo Honey Cafe closed at the Chastain Market complex (formerly Gateway Chastain) on Roswell Road. The restaurant is relocating more than 50 miles north to Gainesville, Georgia, where it will reopen in 2024.
Feedel Bistro, which served Ethiopian and Eritrean vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian dishes, closed on Briarcliff Road. However, owners and siblings Tamar Telahun and Simon Gebru may reopen another restaurant in the space.
Dorian Gray, the Buckhead restaurant named for the hedonistic main character from Oscar Wilde’s novel “A Picture of Dorian Gray”, suddenly closed last week after just five months.
Chick-fil-A at Greenbriar Mall closed after nearly 56 years there. It was the first official location of Chick-fil-A, which opened at Greenbriar Mall in 1967.
Gyro Gyro is now closed at Southern Feed Store food hall in East Atlanta Village and will be replaced with a location of Butaco this spring. Gyro Gyro is currently located on Winters Chapel Road in Dunwoody.
Scoville Hot Chicken on Shallowford Road in Marietta is now closed. All other locations around Atlanta remain open.
Orpheus Brewing and its taproom closed on Dutch Valley Road in Midtown. The brewery should eventually relocate to a smaller space in Atlanta. A partnership with beverage maker Bevana will continue brewing and distributing Orpheus’ beers.
Hot Chickpeas, a Middle Eastern restaurant at Prep Kitchen on Presidential Parkway, is temporarily closed ahead of a relocation.
Empire State South, owned by Top Chef Hugh Acheson, is now closed in Midtown after 13 years there.
Grand Lux Cafe, the restaurant backed by Cheesecake Factory, is now closed at Phipps Plaza.
The Original El Taco closed in Virginia-Highland but is set to be replaced by a brand new restaurant from Fifth Group Restaurants this summer.
Old 4th Distillery was sold to Norcross-based Shortbarrel Bourbon and the Edgewood Avenue tasting room is now closed, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Serenidad, the Latin soul food restaurant from chef Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours), closed just shy of five months after opening in Cascade Heights. But VanTrece, who owns Oreatha’s at the Point nearby, plans to replace it with a new restaurant she will lead later this spring.
Revival, the Southern restaurant owned by Kevin Gillespie, closed after eight years on Church Street in Decatur. But Gillespie hopes to reopen the restaurant in a new location some time in the next year.
Redbird, the restaurant from chef Zeb Stevenson where vegetables take center stage, close after three years at the Howell Mill Road complex.
Full Commission closed for good over the weekend after four years on Memorial Drive, leaving five pop-ups in residence looking for new restaurant space.
The Lawrence closes Monday, January 30, after nearly 11 years on Juniper Street in Midtown. However, owners Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins plan to replace it with a new restaurant later this year.
Guac y Margys closed earlier this week in Midtown, a little over a year after opening at the Amsterdam Walk complex on the edge of Piedmont Park.
Juniper Cafe closed at Westside Village, but chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips plan to eventually relocate the Vietnamese restaurant and bakery further into in-town Atlanta.
Ann’s Snack Bar, home to the “world famous Ghetto Burger”, is now permanently closed in Kirkwood.
Hello Chicken, the popular Korean fried chicken restaurant next to Mozart Bakery on Buford Highway, closed January 2 after five years there.
The Greater Good Barbecue closed on Roswell Road in Buckhead.