Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Metro Atlanta restaurant security examined in wake of shooting death

On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road.

Beller and other employees were closing the restaurant when three masked men entered. They tied employees up with electrical tape and forced Beller into an upstairs office to open the safe, then shot her in the shoulder. She died of her injuries.

Two suspects have since been taken into custody. As a direct result of the death at Barcelona, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) hosted a Jan. 9 seminar on best practices for restaurant security, employee safety, active shooter preparedness and effective crisis communications.

Some 50 stakeholds attended the event, which was open to restaurant owners and operators.

Read about what restaurant owners and organizations are doing to ensure the safety of their employees at myAJC.com.

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Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.

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