Lusca staying open until June 2016

Less than two months after announcing his celebrated Buckhead restaurant Lusca would be closing in January 2016 , chef Angus Brown, along with partner Nhan Le, has now extended the closing until June.

"We wanted to open Ama as soon as possible," Brown said of the restaurant he and Le plan to open this spring in Paris on Ponce along the Atlanta Beltline. "But now that we're getting into it, we're realizing it's going to take a little more time, and we want to take the time to do it right."

Because Ama's opening was delayed, Brown said he and Le decided to keep Lusca open a bit longer, which will keep his staff employed until Ama makes its debut.

Lusca, which opened in April 2014, was named a 2015 James Beard Awards semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, and landed on the GQ list of 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015 . Brown and Le plan to turn Lusca into a catering facility, and are also set to launch a mobile oyster bar housed in a 1950s stainless steel truck for use at weddings and other events.

Read more on the Lusca closing and plans for Ama here.

Read about the restaurants opening in metro Atlanta in 2016 here.

Read a review of Lusca here.

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