Henry’s, a popular restaurant and bar along 10th Street in the heart of Midtown, is closing at the end of the month. And the failure to reach an agreement with the landlord on a lease renewal is to blame.
First reported by Tomorrow’s News Today, owner Maureen Kalmanson posted a statement to the restaurant’s website indicating the lease had expired and she was unable to reach an agreement with the landlord, which is apparently Dewberry Capital Group. Henry’s closes at the corner of 10th and Juniper Thursday, November 30, after ten years in Midtown
Kalmanson also owns Campagnolo Italian restaurant a block away on Piedmont Avenue.
“It is with great sadness and disappointment that I announce HENRY’S closing. Our lease expired and tried as I might, I was not able to come to an agreement with the landlord that would allow us to continue,” the statement from Kalmanson reads. “I am proud of how Henry’s provided a safe and fun place for the LGBT+ community over the years and I will miss connecting with you. I hope to continue to share good times with you at our sister restaurant Campagnolo or wherever we meet.”
Earlier this fall, real estate developer Dewberry filed permits with the city to demolish a partially constructed building just west of Henry’s on the corner of 10th Street and Peachtree. The building was to include a rooftop restaurant. According to Urbanize Atlanta, Dewberry owns an entire block that spans four acres in Midtown and apparently includes the property on which Henry’s currently resides. It’s unclear what Dewberry has planned for the properties.
Henry’s opened on 10th Street in 2013 serving everything from wings, burgers, and ahi tuna “pizza” to sandwiches and entrees of meatloaf and roast chicken dinners. The restaurant’s tree-covered, dog-friendly patio has long been a popular hangout for visitors and residents alike in Midtown, and often serves as a year-round gathering spot for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.
This is the second rent-related Atlanta restaurant closure announced over the past week. Krystle Rodriguez is preparing to close Hodgepodge Coffeehouse after 12 years in East Atlanta due to a “significant rent hike” accompanying a lease renewal on the building. The last day for the beloved coffee shop is Sunday, December 31.