Retail/Restaurants Aja 4

Published on September 9th, 2015 |

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Here to Serve Restaurants has closed Aja at One Alliance Center

Here to Serve Restaurants (H2S), which has gone through some major changes in the past year, on Sept. 5 closed Aja, its 9,024-square-foot Asian restaurant and bar located in the lobby level of Aja 3Buckhead’s One Alliance Center office building on Lenox Road.

This news comes on the heels of news that fellow Buckhead restaurant Ocean Prime is scheduled to close on Saturday Sept. 12 after about four years in business. Both announcements were made by Tomorrow’s News Today Atlanta new service.

Part of the interior of the Aja restaurant, which was closed by Here to Serve Restaurants on Sept. 5.

Part of the interior of the Aja restaurant, which was closed by Here to Serve Restaurants Sept. 5.

Aja opened in October 2008 replacing Emeril’s, which had closed in April of the same year after about five years in business in the same space.

Aja is only the latest H2S restaurant closure. Late last year, the group closed Shout restaurant at Colony Square in Midtown. This past May, H2S closed Goldfish, its seafood eatery at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Then, earlier this month, the group converted its Noche restaurant in Johns Creek to its Coast seafood concept.

Going forward, the group will continue to operate Noche (three units), Prime, Twist, Coast (two units), Smash, Strip and Shucks, according to the TNT Atlanta report. H2S has a Coast restaurant on West Paces Ferry Road at East Andrews Drive in Buckhead.

TNT Atlanta reported that “Aja seemed to go through a number of identity crises: it was not sure if it was a lounge, a bar, a restaurant, a club, or some

A sampling of Aja's Asian cuisine.

A sampling of Aja’s Asian cuisine.

combination of them all.” The restaurant featured Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine.

A well-placed source with knowledge of the situation told TNT Atlanta, “We (H2S) just couldn’t make the space work no matter what we tried.”

The building’s landlord, Highwoods Properties, was reportedly very understanding and let the group out of their lease, according to TNT Atlanta. As of now, there is reportedly no immediate replacement tenant lined up.

Three Alliance Center, the final phase of Tishman Speyer’s Alliance Center development, is currently under construction next to One Alliance Center. The 30-story office building will contain 500,000 square feet of office space and is slated for completion in late 2016.

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