Marc Taft, who opened Brine Seafood Shack last year at the Avalon in Alpharetta, said the metro area is oversaturated with restaurants. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Brine Seafood Shack shutters at Avalon in Alpharetta

Seafood restaurant had been open since 2017

Brine Seafood Shack closed its doors yesterday at Alpharetta mixed-use development Avalon.

Chef Marc Taft, who opened Brine in 2017, decided to close the restaurant as part of a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing after the December 2018 closure of its sister restaurant, Feed Fried Chicken and Such, at The Battery at SunTrust Park, according to a press release.

Both restaurants were owned by the same parent company, MTF Restaurant Group.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I have made the decision to close Brine,” said Taft in a prepared statement. “I’m grateful for the support of the Avalon community and its management company, North American Properties. As we regroup and explore new avenues of growth, we’ll be applying a more informed criteria based on what our employees and partners need to grow and prosper.”

Taft said he is “making it a priority to find employment opportunities for the restaurant’s staff” through his other projects. 

He is moving forward with previously planned projects including the opening of Feed Fried Chicken and Such and Best Burger at Halcyon Forsyth in Forsyth County and eateries at the CityCentre and at MidCity developments in Huntsville, Alabama. He also owns Chicken and the Egg in Marietta. 

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