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Michelin-Starred Restaurant Lazy Betty Has Closed, But Will Relocate to Midtown Later This Year

A running list of Atlanta restaurants and bars that closed for good in 2023 and 2024

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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FEBRUARY 2024

D.B.A. Barbecue will close its original location at 1190 North Highland Ave. after 15 years. Their final day of operations is Sunday, February 25. Co-owner Matt Coggin is shifting his focus to the D.B.A. location on Roswell Rd. and another in Clarkston, which is slated to open in April.

Highland Bakery closed its original location at 655 Highland Ave. NE on January 31. Their catering and custom cake business, as well as their sister location, Press & Grind, will remain open.

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub in Brookhaven will close its location on Dresden Drive after 14 years.

Lazy Betty has closed its Candler Park location, according to Rough Draft ATL. The Michelin-starred restaurant plans to open in the former Empire State South space in Midtown later this year.

Savannah’s Back in the Day Bakery closed after a 22-year run, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

JANUARY 2024

Bocado in Alpharetta closed January 2 after ten years at Avalon, but plans to reopen in Sandy Springs.

Farm Burger’s Grant Park outpost closed after six years in business, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. Steve Josovitz of Shumacher Group sold the location, which will reopen as a Korean fried chicken restaurant.

10 Degrees South, the South African restaurant in Buckhead owned by Justin Anthony and his family, has closed after 25 years. The space was sold to Faven Ressom and Mable Abraham hospitality business, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

DECEMBER 2023

Lean Draft House closed after seven years in West End on December 31. A source with knowledge of the situation says the lease is not being renewed and the owners could be looking to reopen the bar and restaurant elsewhere in the future.

LT’s Wings, the Southwest Atlanta chicken wing institution at Cascade and Fairburn Roads, closed on December 23 after nearly three decades. Owners Doris and George Jeters tell the AJC that “increased competition, changing demographics and health issues” factored into the decision to close the restaurant.

LaGarde American Eatery is now closed in Milton, but has been replaced by French restaurant L’Antoinette by the same owners.

Biggerstaff Brewing Company is now closed on Edgewood Avenue, two years after opening next door to Staplehouse.

Biltong Bar closes at Ponce City Market on December 31 and El Super Pan chef Hector Santiago is eyeing the space for a new restaurant.

Casa Robles tapas restaurant closes December 23 after less than two years in Roswell.

The Wurst Beer Hall is closed on Ponce after just nine months. Owner Shaun Doty’s Best Sandwich Shop remains open next door and the chef is considering replacing the Wurst with another restaurant in the coming months.

Ammazza pizzeria closed December 31 after almost 12 years in the Old Fourth Ward.

Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar, the sibling of Merchant’s Walk restaurants Seed Kitchen and Bar and Stem Wine Bar, closed December 30 after seven years at Avenue East Cobb.

Restaurant Holmes, backed by chef Taylor Neary, closed at Alpharetta City Center after five years in the historic Jones house. Hen Mother Cookhouse is set to replace it next spring.

Hodgepodge Coffeehouse closed December 31 after 12 years on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta.

Gilly Brew Bar temporarily closed its location in Stone Mountain for renovations on Christmas Eve. Check their website for updates.

NOVEMBER 2023

Lady Ha Vietnamese restaurant is now closed at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce, but it’s been 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, closed 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.

OCTOBER 2023

Pontoon Brewing closed 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.

Farm Burger closed after 12 years at Tower Place on Piedmont Road, and it’s being replaced by another local restaurant chain: Rreal Tacos. The latter should open in Buckhead by next spring.

The Original Pancake House is now closed on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It’s unclear just when the restaurant actually closed.

Butter and Cream closed October 9 five years after opening at SPX Alley in the Old Fourth Ward.

The Glenwood sports bar and pub closed after nearly two decades in the heart of East Atlanta Village.

SEPTEMBER 2023

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.

Saito Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails closes September 2 to make way for an expansion of Amalfi Cucina & Mercato. Both restaurants are owned by Red Phone Booth Hospitality Group.

AUGUST 2023

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.

JULY 2023

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.

JUNE 2023

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.

MAY 2023

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.

APRIL 2023

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.

MARCH 2023

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.

Henri’s Bakery closed its outpost at Marietta Square Market food hall after just two years there

Marguerite’s Jerk Bistro, Parkside Kitchen and Cocktails (formerly Zoo Bar), and bakery cafe Baker Dude are now closed at the Beacon in Grant Park, according to the AJC.

FEBRUARY 2023

Paces and Vine closed February 28 and is being replaced by another location of Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern 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.

Dash and Chutney, the vegan Indian food stall at Chattahoochee Food Works owned by celebrity chef Palak Patel, is now closed. Palak closed the food stall to work on her first cookbook.

Woodward and Park closed after three years at Larkin on Memorial. The closure of Woodward and Park follows the closure of neighboring restaurant Full Commission in January.

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.

Nani’s Piri Piri Chicken closes at Ponce City Market February 28, a little over a year after opening at the central food hall.

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.

JANUARY 2023

10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown closed and are combining into one restaurant soon called Casa Almenara: Tulum Cuisine and Craft Bar.

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.

Bar Mercado closed after five years at Krog Street Market.

La Fonda Latina is now permanently closed on Howell Mill Road ahead of its relocation to East Lake this spring.

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.

Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern

1551 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 968-2288 Visit Website

Hello Chicken

5295 Buford Highway Northeast, , GA 30340 (770) 797-5153 Visit Website

Full Commission

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 941-9102 Visit Website

Zesto

2469 Piedmont Road Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 237-8689 Visit Website

Field Day

668 Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 941-7079 Visit Website

Redbird

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

The Local Coco

209 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30303 (470) 236-9895 Visit Website

Parkside Kitchen and Cocktails

1039 Grant Street Southeast, , GA 30315 (404) 549-2362

Orpheus Brewing

1440 Dutch Valley Place Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 347-1777 Visit Website

Paces and Vine

4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 (404) 205-8255

The Regent Cocktail Club

3035 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30305 (770) 415-9961 Visit Website

Old 4th Distillery

487 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (844) 653-3687

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

Spring

90 Marietta Station Walk NE, Marietta, Marietta, GA 3006GA 30060 (678) 540-2777 Visit Website

Marietta Square Market

68 North Marietta Parkway Northwest, , GA 30060 (770) 992-1464 Visit Website

Cold Beer

670 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 254-1032 Visit Website

Revival

129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Guac y Margys

661 Auburn Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 343-4691 Visit Website

Norcross

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The Abby Singer

225 Rogers Street Northeast, , GA 30317 Visit Website

Scoville Hot Chicken

3420 Piedmont Road Northeast, , GA 30305 (470) 548-9891 Visit Website

Juniper Cafe

2260 Marietta Boulevard Northwest, , GA 30318 (470) 427-3057 Visit Website

The Original El Taco

1186 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 873-4656 Visit Website

American Cut

3035 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 140, Atlanta, GA 30305 Visit Website

Marguerite’s Jerk Bistro

1039 Grant Street Southeast, , GA 30315 (404) 941-9733 Visit Website

Proof Bakeshop

100 Hurt Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 705-3905 Visit Website

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 480-4866 Visit Website

Diesel Filling Station

870 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 815-1820 Visit Website

Biltong Bar

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (678) 515-0620 Visit Website

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Serenidad

2317 Cascade Road, , GA 30311 (404) 343-1342 Visit Website

Casa Almenara

991 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 602-5510 Visit Website

The Lawrence

905 Juniper Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 961-7178 Visit Website

Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 541-1105 Visit Website

La Fonda Latina

923 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 607-0665 Visit Website

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