Wan Lai Says Goodbye [Dead Pool] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 02, 2010

Sorry folks, I’ve been absolutely swamped with work and such.  Alas, my blogging has been essentially non-existent.  However, I promise to get back on the hobby horse momentarily.  While you were sleeping, I’ve been out and about and taken a couple of trips to Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South.  While y’all wait on that … check out Cliff’s notes!  Now on to the sad but true.

wan lai - meet the garlic fried chicken Wan Lai (4897 Buford Hwy) is apparently the latest BuHi Chinese hot spot to go tits up.  Infused by EatDrinkMan [If you don’t follow him – you are dead to me] and confirmed by DrZachary thru their own website, this place is gone to the Dead Pool.  Take it upon Spark Plug to have the goods as well … her photo is the one above.  

Let’s all mourn for a restaurant that most every foodie in the city hit up more than once.  I’m sure there’s more to the story, but I’m not privy to any of it.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, might I suggest that ignorance is bliss.  If you have a hankering to find out more about that chicken, check out my first impression.

Petition To Save The Varsity Jr. [Dead Pool] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 06, 2010

http://i0.wp.com/www.thevarsity.com/images/store_shots/img/6.jpg After 45-years at the intersection of Lindbergh and Cheshire Bridge, The Varsity Jr. is sailing off into the sunset.  One of six outposts of the institution, the original plan was to rebuild the family-owned location. I first heard about this via a ton of people on twitter and my heart sank as the information was confirmed by 11-Alive just a little bit ago, this thing seems set in stone.  They have all the gritty details, so I won’t bother to give you all the he-said, she-said.  What I will tell you is that this sucks!  The Varsity Jr has been at the same place since before I was born and while I’m a Fenway type of guy, the plan to rebuild it seems reasonable to me. This isn’t right! And while I’m not so bold as to think my word alone carries any weight, but maybe with some help it will.  Thus, I’ve started a petition to save the Varsity JR..  We don’t have much time, but let’s see what a little elbow grease can do!


Bobby & June’s Kountry Kitchen Closing [Dead Pool] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 22, 2010

bobby & june's - street side by foodiebuddha.

After being tipped to this by a very kind reader, it is now confirmed that Bobby & June’s Kountry Kitchen, that Midtown breakfast joint, is closing for good on Friday, April 30th.  In fact, the AJC has just posted on this, with the full on details of the circumstances.  It seems that financial pressures complicated by family circumstances are the impetus to the details.  What a shame, especially considering that I just recently tried them for breakfast.  Regardless, if you have a chance between now and then, go grab some breakfast or a meat and three meal as a farewell.

Bobby & June’s Restaurant Address & Information

375 14th Street Atlanta, GA 30318 // 404.876.3872 // Bobby & June’s facebook

Sayonara Old Spaghetti Factory, Closed For Good [Dead Pool] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 29, 2010


The massive restaurant space at the corner of Ponce De Leon and Penn Ave is now dormant.  Yes, it appears that the Old Spaghetti Factory has closed up shop and moved on to greener pastures.   While the restaurant chain is still alive and kicking outside the state of GA, they finally threw in the towel on January 24th.  While I always considered it one of the worst restaurants in the city, the place seemed to get a pretty good crowd.  So in that respect, I must say that this was a bit of a surprise.  Cheerios y’all!

Lola Bellini Bar Says Buh Bye; Cantina Taqueria Says Hello [Dead Pool] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 09, 2009

total-bastard-airlinesHere To Severe restaurants is continuing on the trend that started with Trois, continued with Cuerno, and even hit StellaKess is reporting that instead of an outright closing of Lola Bellini Bar, Tom Catherall is shuttering the space after New Years with intentions of “re-concepting” the restaurant.

There’s no doubt that traffic for this cougar-iffic hotspot has dwindled significantly in the last few months.  Time will tell if the redeux will fare any better.

[via food and more]

Grant Park’s Stella Shuttered In Favor Of Doc Chey’s [Dead pool] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 02, 2009

Had I written on Stella Trattoria, you would have seen one of the blistering reviews that I’m known for.  To be honest, I thought I had written it.  Only when I heard that the restaurant is off to the land of restaurants past did I notice the oversight.  Regardless, the Grant Park Italian eatery, who shares a father with Osteria 832, never caught my culinary fancy.  Despite a very memorable meal there (because of the tornado – not the food) and the unabashed love by a dear friend (see … even my closest companions don’t always agree with me), the place just never caught on.

The space is scheduled to go through some renovations and open in February as the equally unimpressive Doc Chey’s.

Wolfgang Puck Express In Brookwood Place Closes [Dead pool] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 02, 2009

wolfgang-puck-express-atlanta wolfgang-puck-express-sign

The hits just keep coming.  Though this actually happened a few weeks ago, I somehow managed to miss it.  Wolfgang Puck Express pulled an Emeril’s and said buh-bye to Atlanta.  This leaves the city with one less celebrity chef restaurant and the ground floor of the Brookwood Place complex dangerously close to empty (at least in the south building).  While the signage is gone and a closing note hangs in the window, the interior has remained pretty much intact.  Maybe another restaurant will go in … maybe not … only time will tell.  I have a few snapshots, but they are held hostage on my camera until a little later tonight.  I’ll throw them up when I have the chance.

Sayonara ESPN Zone In Buckhead [Closings] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 01, 2009

According to an article in today’s online edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the ESPN Zone in Buckhead is a thing of the past.  A notice popped up today informing potential patrons that the sports bar was now closed. With the vast number of sports bars between me and the Zone, I can’t say I made it there frequently.  That said, I’m a little surprised to hear about this.  According to the article, all of the 140 employees received a 60-day administrative leave package, so that’s nice to hear.

[via Biz Chronicle]

UPDATE: Since this went up, 11-Alive posted a video that talks about the troubled times for Buckhead and its restaurants.

Rowdy Food Says Goodbye To Arnaud Berthelier And The Dining Room

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 12, 2009

With the days winding down until the October 1 closing of The Dining Room, there is no doubt that a number of people won’t have a chance to get their fix before the Buckhead hallmark says adios.  Luckily, former blogger Rowdy Food took the time to photo-document his recent trip to see Arnaud Berthelier at The Ritz-Carlton.  The pictures from the meal are very well done and the video won’t take much of your time.  If you like what you see (and you should), I suggest you check out Rowdy’s youtube stream.  He’s got quite the collection.

Atlanta Bread Company In Decatur Shuts Down 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 27, 2009

The economy continues to take prisoners at a vicious rate.  Decatur Metro is reporting that the Atlanta Bread Co. location in Decatur is throwing in the towel.  What a bummer!

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