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Pratt Pullman’s First Restaurant Closes After Less Than a Year in Kirkwood

The Abby Singer closes at the Kirkwood development, but the owner plans to reopen the restaurant elsewhere

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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.

The Abby Singer, the first restaurant to open at the emerging Pratt Pullman District development (Pullman Yards) in Kirkwood, closed after less than a year there. However, it appears owner Mike Horn plans to reopen the Abby Singer elsewhere, according to the announcement on Instagram

“In the spirit of fresh starts in the New Year, we are excited to join a new venture and will share details and that new location soon,” the statement reads, in part. “Stay tuned to this page for updates on the big announcement, community news, and more as we transition into our new space.”

While a reason for the closure isn’t provided in the social media announcement, there are claims circulating of a breakdown in the relationship between the restaurant and development’s landlord.

Pratt Pullman District developer and Atomic Entertainment co-owner Adam Rosenfelt tells Eater in an email a new tenant has “already been identified” and will be announced soon.

“We are proud that over the first six months of the site’s opening we have welcomed over 450 thousand visitors. We believe this created a fertile environment for a new restaurant, especially for first time restaurant owners,” Rosenfelt says. “Ultimately, however, a shared commitment and vision is paramount to success.”

Horn, who worked in film and television prior to his career in restaurants, moved to Atlanta from Minneapolis. He opened the gastropub last May at Pratt Pullman where it became known for its cheese curds and take on the famed Minneapolis cheeseburger burger “Jucy Lucy” featuring two patties stuffed with hot melted cheese. The restaurant’s name refers to the penultimate shot of the day during on-location filming, and is a nod to the late film production manager Abby Singer.

Horn has yet to return Eater’s request for comment on the closure of the Abby Singer at Pratt Pullman District and his plans for its reopening.

In December, Rosenfelt announced a restaurant incubator featuring pop-up chefs would open this spring in the Rogers Street space previously slated for Bellsmouth Cafe. Temporarily named Chefs Market or Chefs Market at Building 7, the restaurant incubator is inspired by the outdoor pop-up chefs market at the development.

Bellsmouth Cafe and coffee roastery 3 Heart Coffee, owned by chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht of 8ARM and artist George Long, were to reside in a building along Rogers Street on the property. The deal was struck just three months prior to the start of the pandemic and leases were never signed. Rosenfelt described the split as “amicable”.

“In the early part of this year, the site will open more fully across the 27 acres with numerous dining establishments, multiple world class exhibits, national touring concerts and hundreds of residential tenants,” Rosenfelt says.

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