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 that decision. However, the extraordinary hardships and financial devastation brought on by the pandemic left many owners with little choice but to close their establishments permanently in 2021.
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Grant Park Coffeehouse closes Tuesday, September 28, on Cherokee Avenue, but plans to relocate September 29 to downtown Atlanta and open a second location in Grant Park next year.
Lawrence’s Cafe closed after more than 30 years serving Lebanese dishes from owner Tony Chebib.
Baraonda, an Italian and wood-fire pizza restaurant, closed after 21 years at the corner of Peachtree and 3rd streets in Midtown. The owners plan to relocate to Sandy Springs.
Buckhead Diner closed after 34 years on Piedmont Road. The closure of the iconic diner follows the $6 million purchase of the property on which the restaurant resides.
Wade’s, owned by Jason McClure, closed along Concord Road in Smyrna.
Ba Bellies, an “Asian gastropub” with a focus on Vietnamese dishes, closed after five years in Peachtree Corners. The owners hope to relocate.
Taco Mac, adjacent to the Lindbergh MARTA station in Buckhead, permanently closed after 15 years there.
Serpas True Food closed after 12 years on the edge of Auburn Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, unable to reach a lease agreement with the landlord.
Lazy Llama Cantina closed after just over a year at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive in the Morningside neighborhood. The pandemic was partially to blame.
Einstein’s closed after 30 years on Juniper Street in Midtown, with neighboring restaurant Joe’s on Juniper set to close by October. The site is being redeveloped.
Golden Eagle closed a little over three years after it opened on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. Neighboring Muchacho is expanding into the space.
Agatha’s a Taste of Mystery closed after over 30 years in downtown Atlanta, citing funding issues after owners Ricky Warren and Cat Angerami closed the venue last April at the start of the pandemic.
Il Localino abruptly closed after more than 20 years on North Highland Avenue due to “extraordinary circumstances.” The owners have since reopened in the space with a new restaurant.
Le Petit Marche closed after 13 years in the heart of the Kirkwood neighborhood, but reopens under new ownership this summer.
One Eared Stag closed after 10 years on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park. Owners chef Robert Phalen and Frank Bailey decided not to renew the lease on the restaurant. Sales were down at the restaurant 30 percent since the beginning of the pandemic.
Bocado closed after 12 years at the corner of Howell Mill Road and 8th Street, but there are plans to relocate the restaurant elsewhere in Atlanta.
Botanico Kitchen and Bar in Buckhead closed after one year above Savi Provisions on Pharr Road citing a recent uptick in crime in the area.
Escorpión closed after 10 years on Peachtree Street in Midtown, failing to come to terms with the landlord on the lease.
Good Karma Coffee House closed after nearly nine years in Avondale Estates. The closure is due in large part to a significant increase in rent on the shop and a shift in business since the pandemic.
Red Snapper Seafood closed after more than three decades on Cheshire Bridge Road, possibly due to financial fallout brought on by the pandemic.
Frogs Cantina closed after 15 years at the Midtown Promenade shopping complex. Ah-Ma’s Taiwanese Kitchen closed there after six years there on December 21. Owners Andy Chef, Shane Chen, and chef Alex Chen did not renew the lease on the restaurant due to the “overall uncertainty of the times.”