Ownership changes at Common Quarter restaurant in Marietta

Common Quarter has announced a change in ownership. Chris Talley, one of the restaurant’s four operating partners who also serves as its general manager, is separating from the partnership with plans to seek a career outside the restaurant industry.

The other Common Quarter partners are Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner, also founders of Unsukay restaurant group that includes Local Three, Muss & Turner’s and Eleanor’s.

“Common Quarter has been an intimate part of my life for the last three years, but after much internal soul searching I’ve decided to step away from the restaurant industry to pursue a career that is more conducive to the lifestyle I desire,” Talley said. “While this decision was a difficult one to make, I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the last three years and where the restaurant is heading.”

Talley’s final day with the company is still to be determined. He will remain with the group during the search for a new general manager, assisting with the hiring process as well as the training and onboarding of his replacement.

“We’re deeply thankful for Chris’s commitment in building the foundation of Common Quarter and respect his courage in being true to himself. We wish him nothing but the best in this next phase of his life,” Mussman said. “While folks can certainly expect to see a lot more of our faces at the restaurant in the following months, we are excited to collaborate more closely with the veteran team that’s been a part of Common Quarter throughout the last several years.”

Other key individuals at the East Cobb eatery remain in place, with Jeffrey Gardner as chef de cuisine and Lindsay Ferdinand as assistant general manager and beverage director.

“It’s never easy seeing a partner go, but at the same time, we’re happy for Chris and eager for the three of us to take this opportunity to expand upon the foundation that he built,” said Hall.

Turner said that guests at the neighborhood restaurant can “still expect to enjoy all of their favorite things they love about Common Quarter, but also to anticipate some cool new additions to the mix.”

Watch Talley and the other Common Quarter partners discuss his departure:

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