1Kept closes in Buckhead after more than six years

Grilled Spanish octopus, Sea Island red peas, mint oil, chili-garlic purée, cilantro, $14 gf at 1KEPT
Grilled Spanish octopus, Sea Island red peas, mint oil, chili-garlic purée, cilantro, $14 gf at 1KEPT

South Buckhead restaurant 1Kept quietly closed its doors in the past week.

A listing from real estate and leasing firm The Shumacher Group said the restaurant, located at 2293 Peachtree Road NE, closed “due to owner relocation.”

Owner Thaddeus Keefe, who had a hand in opening Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in Buckhead and Rose + Rye in Midtown, opened 1Kept in May 2013 in place of French bistro Toulouse, which had operated in the space for 16 years. He has taken a job with a hospitality group out of state, according to a Shumacher representative.

The 4,800 square-foot space features restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor seating, prep-kitchen and open exhibition kitchen areas, while the 2,600 square-foot first floor includes store-rooms, walk-in boxes, delivery entrances, bathrooms, offices and a semi-finished apartment.

A table built from reclaimed wood at 1Kept.
A table built from reclaimed wood at 1Kept.

The space is being leased for $10,000 per month.

1Kept, which dubbed itself “Atlanta’s New South eatery,” served dishes including pork meatballs with calabrese chilis, arrabbiata-goat cheese sauce and grilled bread and grilled Spanish octopus with Sea Island red peas, mint oil, chili-garlic purée and cilantro.

Former AJC food critic John Kessler gave the restaurant a mostly favorable review in 2014, writing that customers would likely "have many more meals here for years to come."

The AJC has reached out to 1Kept ownership for more information.

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