Mother Bar + Kitchen closes for good in Old Fourth Ward

The exterior of Mother Bar + Kitchen.
The exterior of Mother Bar + Kitchen.

A popular Old Fourth Ward bar announced it is closing for good, a victim of the economic fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mother, located at 447 Edgewood Ave. SE, initially closed in mid-March after the pandemic took hold in the U.S.

The decision not to reopen was announced on its Facebook page:

It is with great reluctance that we announce that we will be closing Mother for good.

Like many other bars, restaurants, and clubs, we’ve been waiting patiently the last few months and have been weighing our options for how and when to reopen. Considering the multi-use nature of Mother, we knew there would be many logistical issues of how to make things work financially while keeping our customers and our staff safe and healthy. The bottom line though is that our business really needs a large group of people in a tight space to be profitable, and even a scaled back operation would still be very difficult and potentially dangerous given our narrow space. While we’re optimistic that this pandemic will end in the coming year (fingers crossed!), unfortunately we just don’t have that much time or resources to wait.

For the past eight years we’ve been very proud and privileged to operate our bar and restaurant on Edgewood Avenue. We have never felt more connected to our city and it’s cultural and historic roots as we have while operating Mother. We’ve worked with hundreds of staff members from DJs to bartenders to cooks to security and even the worst ones have a special place in our hearts (the good ones even more so!) These people have put in a lot of time at 447 Edgewood and have collectively set the mood of what Mother was all about. Our bar is surrounded by a number of amazing businesses owned by some of our best friends. They’ve all been very supportive and helpful over the years and we hope that all of y’all continue to frequent the Edgewood Corridor and it’s businesses. We’ve also worked with a ton of local breweries, non-profits, performers, musicians, artists, etc all of whom have made us immensely proud to have hosted their talents.

Lastly, we’ve met a lot of great people who’ve patronized our bar, from the 5pm teleworkers to the Tuesday night karaoke junkies to the “too cool for the line” weekend warriors. People often share hazy stories about good times they’ve had at Mother in all kinds of nights and scenarios and it always makes us proud.

We’d like to again thank all of our awesome employees and of course all of you who’ve walked through our doors and patronized our establishment these past eight years. We literally could not have done it without you and it has been an immense pleasure. Thanks.

Best,
Mother

Mother was one of more than 30 Old Fourth Ward businesses that signed a pledge to follow 64 safety guidelines when they reopen, 25 more than the state-issued guidelines for restaurant and retail openings.

The bar offered a variety of cocktails, beers and bar food, and hosted events including dance parties and art installations.

Mother is the latest food and beverage concept casualty due to the coronavirus economic impact. Other recent closures include Ebrik Coffee Room in downtown Atlanta, The Canteen and Simon's in Midtown, and Big Ketch in Roswell.

A Mother representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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