We are starting to see the fallout from COVID in the restaurant world. While many restaurant casualties stem from underperforming concepts that the pandemic exposed, others are using the crisis to downsize their chains or break unfavorable leases. And others just realize now that 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:
The Decatur location of Highland Bakery has shuttered.
Shaun Doty says au revoir The Federal in Midtown, the longtime Atlanta chef and restauranteur reported to What Now Atlanta.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has closed its location in East Cobb in
Zoës Kitchen has permanently closed five Atlanta area locations (Decatur, East Cobb, West Cobb, Emory, Sandy Springs, and Athens) and a total of six locations in Georgia.
At the Battery conflicting reports say thatGio's Chicken
Siciliana from Antico Pizza's Giovani Di Palma has closed
permanently (Gio tells me he's not sure yet), while C. Ellet's Steakhouse, where a reported $5 million+ was
spent on the original build-out, is now apparently using the Covid-19 reset to retool another concept.
TJ's Sports Bar and Grill closed in Roswell after 30 years, the AJC reports. The longtime Holcomb Bridge Road sports bar and restaurant is co-owned by Mark Ecclestone and his father, Timothy Ecclestone, who was a forward for the former Atlanta Flames hockey team.
The Pinewood in Decatur along with its side-kick coffee concept Bar Crema have permanently closed.
Citing a decision not to renew its current lease, Wing Factory is no longer open for business in Chamblee's Peachtree Dekalb Plaza.
GENKI Noodles and Sushi has permanently shuttered its Virginia-Highland restaurant remarking that "It's astonishing how one selfish landlord can punish so many." The location in the Prado is still open.
Seafood restaurant Noble Fin on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners is closing permanently citing the COVID-19 pandemic
Amelie's French Bakery at 840 Marietta St. NW, sai au revoir thanks to COVID
Carrabba's Italian Grill in Dunwoody in the Perimeter Place shopping center has permanently closed.
Dantanna's at the CNN Center permanently closed "Due to the societal changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to close our downtown location in CNN Center," Co-Owners David Clapp and Jay Kazlow wrote on the social media site.
The Vista Room at Napoleon's Grill, the Decatur music venue and events space that debuted in 2016, has permanently shuttered, the company Sunday announced on its Facebook page. The restaurant is still open (for now).
Celebrity Chef Jonathan Waxman has closed Brezza Cucina inside of Ponce City Market after 5 years.
Uncle Julio's Mexican has now confirmed that its two previously "temporarily closed" Atlanta area restaurants are in fact closed permanently on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead and on Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs.
Ted's Montana Grill has permanently closed the Cumberland Mall and Decatur locations.
All Atlanta-area Zinburger restaurants are now closed (just one in NJ still open).
Tap & Six, a Roswell craft beer bar that in Dec. 2019 celebrated two years in business, is closing down for good after service June 14, 2020. Tap & Six announced the decision on its Facebook page earlier this week after the owners "consulted our Magic 8 Ball" amid the "devastating economic effects" of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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)