It appears the original location of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand closed on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta due to the sale of the property, a representative for the restaurant tells Eater. Owner Delia Champion plans to retire “after a lifetime in the restaurant business,” the representative goes on to say.
According to a longtime customer and a November 20 post to an area neighborhood Facebook group, employees were apparently informed the Moreland Avenue location would close as of Tuesday, November 22.
Gayot, Google, and Yelp list the Moreland Avenue location as “permanently closed” and the Instagram and Twitter accounts as well as Delia’s restaurant website page are no longer active. The link to the official Facebook account is also deleted and calls to the restaurant go unanswered.
Champion has yet to return Eater’s requests for comment.
Earlier this fall, Champion closed the Marietta Street location of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand near Georgia Tech due to the sale of that property. She first opened her popular chicken sausage stand over a decade ago in East Atlanta. Its success, along with a thriving wholesale business, led to the opening of a second location in 2014 at the corner of Marietta Street and Northside Drive. This larger restaurant featured more indoor seating and a rooftop deck fashioned out of a shipping container.
Outposts of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand continue to remain open inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and people can still purchase Delia’s Chicken Sausage links and patties at Publix, Kroger, Food Depot, and at markets throughout Atlanta.
In 1993, Champion opened the first Flying Biscuit Cafe in Candler Park, followed by a second location in 2000 on 10th Street in Midtown. Champion signed a deal to franchise Flying Biscuit in 2006. The Candler Park and Midtown locations of the popular breakfast restaurant are now owned by Joseph and Matthew Hsiao.
Update, November 28, 9:55 a.m.: This story was updated to reflect comments from a representative for Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand regarding the sale of the Moreland Avenue property and Delia Champion’s plans to retire.