Published on January 14th, 2016 |1
American Food & Beverage restaurant closes at Buckhead Atlanta
OliverMcMillan, developer and marketer of Buckhead Atlanta, was advised Raised Palate has decided to discontinue the American Food & Beverage brand nationwide. They are, instead, going to concentrate their efforts and geographic focus around their home base of Texas. It was the second location for this brand of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Raised Palate Restaurants group.
American Food & Beverage is the first restaurant in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta to close since the development opened in September of 2014. Raised Palate Restaurants also owns and operates the Thirteen Pies restaurant in The Shops of Buckhead, just a few doors away from the American Food & Beverage location on Buckhead Avenue. There was no indication in the press release that Thirteen Pies also might be closing.
“The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is disappointed that Raised Palate is closing American Food & Beverage but understand that a change in corporate strategy is the reason for the decision,” said OM’s Buckhead Atlanta General Manager Michael Diamantides.
“The Shops Buckhead Atlanta has received numerous inquiries about available restaurant space in the project, and we do not anticipate difficulty in re-leasing the space to complement the highly productive, specially curated restaurants on property,” said Diamantides, referencing Le Bilboquet, Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Doraku, Qing Mu, Dolce Italian, Corso Coffee and American Cut Steak (scheduled to open in June 2016).
“Though we certainly regret the closing of American Food and Beverage, we look forward to continuing our relationship with OliverMcMillan as we plan to focus our combined efforts on a different brand concept in the Texas markets,” said Christine Magrann, executive officer for talent and operations, Raised Palate Restaurants.
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta’s collection of premier restaurants and stores expanded in 2015 with the most recent additions of Denim & Soul, Billy Reid, Dolce Italian, Davidoff of Geneva and Planet Blue.
Twelve additional stores and restaurants are leased and/or are under construction to open in 2016 including Tom Ford, Dior, COS, NARS, Lindbergh, Kit & Ace, Flywheel, and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery. For more information, visit www.theshopsbuckheadatlanta.com.
American Food & Beverage is certainly not the only Buckhead restaurant to close shop since the beginning of 2015. Here is a list of some of the others:
Czar Ice Bar was to have closed at the end of December along with the other restaurants and bars in The Andrews Entertainment Complex. The others included East Andrews, Stout Irish Sports Pub, Cellar 56, Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine, Burn Social Club, Prohibition and Sal’s Pizzeria.
Others that have closed are: La Fonda Latina (closed temporarily in November for remodeling) Taka Sushi and Passion will reopen in Sandy Springs in 2016, R. Thomas Grill closed due to fire and will reopen in 2016, Don Antonio, and Ocean Prime, which closed after three years in business.
And finally, Prime, Coast and Aja all closed as part of the total shutdown of the Here to Serve restaurant group by Leigh-Ann Catherall, following her divorce from Tom Catherall.