Published on December 23rd, 2015 |0
Buckhead’s Cafe Jonah closing in February; property may be sold
Cafe Jonah, which Levison opened as “an ode” to her son Jonah, serves a variety of breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch creations as well as assorted juices and coffees. “The Magical Attic” upstairs has been used for special events as well as psychic readings.
The 3,800-square-foot Cafe Jonah facility, originally built in 1940, sits on roughly a third of an acre and limited parking on site has consistently been a challenge.
In her email to customers, Levison wrote: “Our landlord is not renewing our lease and intends to sell the property. I have been searching for the past year for a comparable space that we could call home, but have not found anything that holds the special quality that we have had here.”
The pending sale of the property suggests it could be part of a larger land assemblage of surrounding properties.
This past July, BuckheadView and the Atlanta Business Chronicle announced that 3 acres of low-rise commercial buildings in the Buckhead West Village area had been put up for sale by a group of German investors and could bring more than $25 million for redevelopment as a hotel or condo project. This property is adjacent to the Café Jonah location.
The German investor group, known as Eight Hundred Corp., had hired commercial real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield to market the 3-acre site,,
which stands across West Paces Ferry Road from the St. Regis Atlanta hotel and just west of the Buckhead Whole Foods Market.
It was anticipated that apartment, office and retail developers might also take a run at the site, which is known as 99 West Paces. It fronts West Paces Ferry Road but also has access to the boutiques and other shops that line Paces Ferry Place near Irby Street including Café Jonah.
The parcel is also across West Paces Ferry Road from a 4-acre site where the Business Chronicle and BuckheadView reported earlier this year developer Terwilliger Papas is considering building a new project.
Planet Jenny, the umbrella company over all of Levison’s businesses, has grown steadily over the past few years. What started as a single location of Souper Jenny in Buckhead has since grown to a total of four locations including Brookhaven, Decatur and Westside. The company also includes Juicy Jenny adjacent to the original Souper Jenny, as well as Cafe Jonah.
Plans call for Souper Jenny and Juicy Jenny to close March 26, 2016, and to reopen as a single operation in the newly renovated Atlanta History Center. When the relocation was recently announced, Levison indicated she planned to have the new location open April 2nd, 2016.
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