Barbecue restaurant and raw bar the Pig and the Pearl is now closed at Atlantic Station in Midtown. A franchise location of Arizona-based Angry Crab Shack is taking over the space later this fall.
According to Tomorrow’s News Today, the Pig and the Pearl closed some time in July, but Yelp and Instagram searches indicate it may have closed in May or early June. No official announcement was made on social media by the restaurant or by Atlantic Station. Google lists the restaurant as “permanently closed” and the Pig and the Pearl website is no longer operational.
Cindy Shera and Todd Martin, formerly of the Shed at Glenwood, and chef Todd Richards opened the Pig and the Pearl together at Atlantic Station in 2014, serving a mix of barbecue plates, smoked oysters, and raw bar dishes.
Richards, who also worked as chef at the Shed, departed both restaurants a year after the opening of the Pig and the Pearl to lead the kitchen at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails in downtown Atlanta. He’s since gone on to open Krog Street Market stall Soul: Food and Culture and East Lake restaurant Lake and Oak Neighborhood BBQ.
The Shed at Glenwood closed in 2020 after 12 years on Bill Kennedy Way due to financial hardships brought on during the early months of the pandemic. Shera now owns mobile bar Tapwagen and is planning to open Dot’s Fine Wine and Craft in Ballground, Georgia. Pizzeria and Italian restaurant Emmy Squared opened in the former Shed space last year.
Over the last five years, several new restaurants have opened at the development, part of a multi-million-dollar overhaul and expansion plan meant to breathe new life into the mixed-use community. These include Azotea Cantina, Toscano Ristorante Italiano, SriThai Kitchen and Sushi, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, NaanStop, bowling alley Bowlero, and Pho 24.
A second location of brunch restaurant Atlanta Breakfast Club and Rose Bistro and Champagne Bar are expected to open in the next few months at Atlantic Station.
Updated, August 2, 8:30 a.m.: This story was updated with information on the opening of Angry Crab Shack in the Pig and the Pearl space.