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CowboyKerouac

Towns gonna be nothing but burger chains and targets soon


gaporkbbq

Don’t forget burritos and pizza. Athens is full of variety if you love pizza, burgers, and pizza.


d33zMuFKNnutz

And wings. And…football.


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WeedsInMyMind

The strippers leave a bit to be desired.


wellingtonsamy

With blackjack and hookers


lala__

Mediocre pizza*


WillingnessOk3081

lol


WillingnessOk3081

In other words a nothing burger


BreakfastInBedlam

In a town that couldn't support either Hooters or Zoe's Kitchen, you may be right limiting it to burgers.


Much-Ad3008

The Grit, Dinner Party, now Heirloom. What is happening? Edit to add: I meant to post the rest of the scream shots. They are closing Dec 18th. They say they are closing to spend more time with family.


TPAMMT

Partially natural cycle of small businesses, partially pandemic woes, partially owners that kinda drive the business to the ground (lookin at you grit)


d33zMuFKNnutz

I think you have to mention greedy commercial landlords.


TPAMMT

I'm still salty about Two Story being replaced with the expat


meatsntreats

Two Story had a business model that wasn’t sustainable in that location. Due to limited parking they had very little to go business and had essentially become a study hall where a customer would spend $2-4 and occupy a seat for hours. That’s never going to pay the rent in an area like 5 Points.


Son_ofwalt

Two story didn’t pay their rent for months


mister_brown

Their poor landlord, they might've had to have gotten a real job and become an actual benefit to society.


Son_ofwalt

Lol. If the vast majority of small business owners had to purchase real estate on top funding a new business we would have a significantly less amount of people opening up small businesses. What a dumb thing to say.


sgt_pantz

I would argue against that. At least when you buy the property you have that asset as collateral. When you rent a space any improvement you make to it is at your expense and can't be seen as improving the space since you don't own it. Funding a small business is hard bc you basically need all the money up front or investors, bank loans just aren't realistic. What a dumb thing to say.


Son_ofwalt

Well you’d be wrong. The down payment on the property would eat up money that could otherwise go to growing your business and you wouldn’t have any collateral to borrow against in the beginning. And you just admitted bank loans are hard to come by but you want to pile up more debt on a startup? Brilliant You do realize most major corporations rent their real estate because they are smart and don’t want their money tied up in real estate, they want the capital for their business. Good try though kiddo


Kalepopsicle

That’s absolutely not true. Commercial buildout allowances are pretty standard- the landlord pays for the improvements/renovations as part of the leasing agreement.


Son_ofwalt

Yup, the people that clearly know nothing out themselves pretty quickly on here don’t they


raininswarez

They own the space if I'm not mistaken.


d33zMuFKNnutz

Well, it seems possible that they are transitioning from restauranteurs to landlords. Unless they’re cashing out, which seems unlikely but what do I know.


CowboyKerouac

Still mad the pandemic took Go Bar from me


meatsntreats

Go Bar closed before the pandemic. They were tired of running a bar.


CowboyKerouac

Oh that’s good to know. Still a bummer.


meatsntreats

Yeah. It was a frequent haunt of mine when I lived in town. They were going to open a restaurant in the space but the pandemic put a stop to that.


CowboyKerouac

It looks like some restaurant is about to open there actually! Whole tables set up and saw someone working inside.


meatsntreats

Taco place from the Grit/Ted’s folks, from what I understand.


WillingnessOk3081

truth. it closed literally the month before covid starting making news.


gaporkbbq

Can you explain the grit owner driving the business into the ground?


ptmmac

It is also the really tight labor market plus inflation. You are not wrong about the issues that you listed but the tight labor market is a pain that all businesses are feeling. Employees feel it too. When we can’t get a full staff every one suffers. Customers, remaining employee’s, owners, and management all struggle to make it work. This is causing more places to close more quickly then they would have and it discourages new places from opening. The end result is longer lines at the remaining businesses and higher stress on every one.


nerveclinic

Yeah the Grit was only open 35 years...


WillingnessOk3081

won’t miss Dinner Party at all when there’s New Red Bowl


dstrya111

do you know if it’s kid friendly


WillingnessOk3081

its bring your dog so yes


vibegrrl

Unfavorable opinion: Dinner Party wasn’t that good.


lala__

Oh man. Dinner Party was actually good.


twinkyishere

Progress. Tale as old as time. Welcome the new franchise Overlords, I guess.


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tmcornelia

Ugh. Literally all in my top 5 😞 Miss Dinner Party so much


RFA3III

Bruh Athens food scene is in an absolute nose dive.


d33zMuFKNnutz

It ain’t just the food scene imo.


RFA3III

Right?


morbiustv

Chick-fil-A on every corner until every town looks exactly the same. Corporate America with the friendly reminder that safety and comfort comes from familiarity and conformity. 😂


provenhollow

also the kerning on that instagram post. my gawd. haha.


WillingnessOk3081

honestly


DrStrangeloveGA

Not necessarily talking about this restaurant but prices in general are becoming unsustainable with what rent and everything else costs in Athens/the world today. $20 weekday lunches and $60 diner entrees? Per person? A friend and I were excited about the new Juicy Crab location and snow crab legs are $16.99 per half crab? We bought 7 half crabs at the grocery store for $50.00 and ate at home. I get why restaurants have to charge more but my check isn't going up and everything else is. $20 for a workday lunch with tip means I bring my lunch most days. I go out for lunch a couple of times a month and I pick where I go based on value. $150ish (two entrees, bottle of wine or drinks) for a regular night out means we cook at home. It's kinda more fun. Athens is not Atlanta. The income base here doesn't exist to support as many $150-$200 couples dinners kind of places that Atlanta can. I'm sorry local places are closing but I'm not paying what these places want anymore. It's a matter of value and my wages aren't going up and prices are, I have to save where I can.


katarh

Eating out **every day** shouldn't be someone's food plan. It certainly wasn't when I was a kid growing up in Augusta - fast food was a treat, and eating out at a nice restaurant was for birthdays or extremely special events only. Sometime in the last 20 years it seems to have become the norm that *every* weekend is a special event. Or every day is take out day. That model is unsustainable for society *and* our waistlines. In other parts of the world it's a more common model because the apartment won't have a real kitchen, but even our efficiency apartments have a bare bones kit with a fridge and a microwave, and usually a full stove with counter space for prep. We've got the equipment to cook. Grocery stores will prepare a whole week's worth of food for someone for a quick pick up for a nominal charge, for those who don't have time for grocery shopping. And I agree, cooking at home is more fun.


wahoo20

My favorite part about eating there was honestly the staff. We had only been a handful of times but somehow had this one guy that was kindof like a young Jeff Goldblum. Very funny and incredible service. I know it’s kindof an Athens thing to have these restaurants wax and wane but it seems like chains are the only thing that can float well. That and the random college bar that seems sketch as hell.


thatcreepierfigguy

Sad to see. I only went a few times, and I was always a bit underwhelmed for the price, if I'm being honest. I'm still sad to see them go. Local flavor is important. Athens still has a terrific food scene, but every chip/dent in it brings it down a little.


EfficientSpaceCowboy

So bummed, I love Heirloom


HumptyDumptyWasPushd

This one is odd.


LouLaRey

Damn, not Heirloom!


Djvariant

I had actually known this was coming for a while. Sad to see as I have friends working there.


warnelldawg

Why are they closing? Seemed to always be pretty busy


meatsntreats

From their post, it’s to spend more time with their family instead of feeding other families, which I completely understand. Running a restaurant hands on like Heirloom is an all encompassing task. I imagine there are financial reasons, too. Costs continue to rise on almost everything and there is only so much a restaurateur can raise prices before losing customers. Customers are also spending less per visit than in the past. A recent report I read found that independent restaurants with gross receipts of @$1,000,000/year found that their average net profit fell from 10% to 1% since March 2020. There comes a point when, while a business may be making money, it may not be making enough money to justify the effort that goes in to it.


Djvariant

I can't give my reasons without compromising my source which I will not do. Sorry.


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Djvariant

To affirm that this wasn't a quick decision that came out of nowhere. Another commenter on the thread summed it up very well though.


That70sdawg

Not great quality the last 2 times we went (for the price), oh Well.


provenhollow

late to the party on this thread but the one time i ate there it was the most pathetic over priced meal i’ve ever had in athens. and that’s really saying a lot. i have been surprised for years that it was still in business. and i can’t imagine the rat problem they probably had to deal with on that intersection.


ValVenis69

All the nice local spots are leaving town. Gotta put up more unaffordable housing and no parking and ignore the real issues. Oh yeah, more chain stores and chain restaurants. Yuck.


katarh

What a shame. Had some great dinners there.


Tigeroflove

This makes me sad. I had some nice dinners and brunches there.


jemping98

Never been. Heard it was mid by everybody I know though


oddosm

This makes me so sad for Jessica 🥹


ferris_strangelove

Very sad. They will be missed.


LittleBillTheFarmer

We ate there probably a dozen times and only enjoyed the food twice. The two couple of times it was good, it was FANTASTIC. We have lived on Hiawassee for a decade and never go there anymore because the kitchen is constantly inconsistent. We were once served a cinnamon roll with warm cream cheese frosting that tasted like spoiled milk. That was the final straw for me. I have missed the fresh squeezed oj mimosas tho. One less restaurant in town to sell my foraged mushrooms.


friendly_stranger_69

A big LOL to the people that think Athens isn’t changing for the worst. We’re losing all our culture. It’s now a suburb of Atlanta.


Which_Strawberry_676

Their food=crappy, sorry to say.


friendly_stranger_69

Lmao what do you consider good food? Sounds like no one should trust your taste. I’m going to assume you’ve waited in the Raising Canes line within the last month.


petrovichpetrovna

Good riddance! Get these over-priced, over-hyped restaurants outta here.