We are starting to see the fallout from Covid in the restaurant world. While many restaurant casualties are coming from underperforming concepts that the pandemic exposed, others are using the crisis as the reason for not renewing unfavorable leases. Others still find themselves in the heart-wrenching scenarios where their models (such as buffets) are not going to be around until Covid is officially a thing of the past. Here is a list of the permanent closures thus far culled from several sources:
Romano's Macaroni Grill has permanently closed its restaurants on
Windward Parkway in Alpharetta and on Dallas Highway in West Cobb.
PF Changs "Perimeter" in Dunwoody quietly closed in April for good.
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, located at 1105 Canton Street in downtown Roswell, opened in October 2015 and will not reopen, according to multiple employees of the Buckhead location. The Roswell location has also been removed from the Big Ketch website.
The Canteen has permanently shuttered after the restaurant's ownership was threatened with a lawsuit by its landlord for $20,000 in back rent
Simon's Restaurant in midtown has permanently closed
Beni's Cubano, located within
"The Hub" at Peachtree Center, opened in late
November 2017, and has closed for good.
Tin Lizzy's Cantina, Southern Proper's
flagship brand closed its outpost at The Point along Clifton Road across the
street from the CDC.
Public School 404 has permanently closed its West Midtown doors after roughly three years in business.
Anne and Bill's meat-and-three restaurant in Forest Park, south of Atlanta, close after 46 years. [AJC]
Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria in Roswell is closed. The Kennesaw location remains open.
Blaxican closed after four years in Peachtree Corners. The catering business and food truck remain in operation.
Cacao Cafe chocolate and dessert shop, owned by Kristen Hard and Caline Jarudi, is now closed in Virginia-Highland. The shop continues to sell its chocolates online.
Cafe Sunflower is closing its Sandy Springs location. The Buckhead restaurant remains open for takeout.
C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar closes in Roswell--still opening up in Sandy Springs later in 2020
Chuy's Tex-Mex in Alpharetta near Avalon is not coming back. This Texas-based concept has struggled in the Atlanta Metro.
Donquixote Korean restaurant, owned by Atlanta chef Allen Suh, is closed on Buford Highway.
Duke's Bar and Grill in the Crabapple area of north Fulton County is closed.
Lucky's Burger and Brew in Emory Village is closed.
Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine, co-owned by chef Khurshid Alam and Mirza Chowdhury, closed after 20 years on Buford Highway.
Ri Ra Irish Pub in midtown (claimed closing was imminent before Covid)