Cakes + Ale pairs artichokes with nardellos, a sweet Italian pepper, as well as roasted tomato and green harrissa. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Saying goodbye to more than 20 longtime Atlanta restaurants

Several restaurants that were open for a decade or more closed their doors in 2018. Here’s a look at some of them: 

Across the Street. The Mexican restaurant opened on Highland Avenue in Old Fourth Ward in 2007, and closed along with the adjoining Market Across the Street. The space is now home to the recently-opened Everyday Market and the forthcoming Field Day

Bagel Palace. The deli closed in Toco Hill after 25 years, with a post on its Facebook page saying it was “impossible to stay.”

Bankhead Seafood. The eatery, located off of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, closed after 50 years due to the declining health of owner Helen Brown Harden.

Cakes + Ale. The acclaimed Decatur restaurant closed after 10 years, in part so owner Billy Allin could focus on his other eateries. 

Cafe Posh. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant closed its Sandy Springs location after 17 years but is working on reopening in a new location.

Chef Liu. The Chinese restaurant was a Buford Highway mainstay for more than a decade. Hot Melody, another Chinese restaurant, has moved into the space.

Colossus Pizza, Stone Mountain. The pizzeria closed its Stone Mountain location after 35 years, with a Tucker location still open. 

The Counter. The only Georgia location of the California-based chain closed in Roswell after 10 years.

Cowtippers. The Ansley Park bar announced it would close in January, then decided to stay open, but announced earlier this month that it will close on Dec. 27. 

Flip Flops. Midtown bar Flip Flops closed on Crescent Avenue after 10 years.

Hand in Hand. The Virginia-Highland bar on North Highland Avenue closed after 19 years. Owner Steven Welch confirmed the closure via email, saying “the changing complexion of the intown retail environment made for challenging business conditions no longer sustainable.” The Hand in Hand space was taken over by neighboring Neighbor’s Pub

Houston’s, Lenox Road. The chain closed its first Atlanta location, which was open since 1977. Two locations remain open in Buckhead and the West Paces area.

Legal Sea Food. The Boston-based chain closed its only Atlanta location this month. It had been open since 2008. 

Mittie’s Cafe. The restaurant, known for its chicken salad, soups, salads, quiches and crepes, opened in Alpharetta in 2003. A Roswell location that opened nearly three decades ago has been closed for several years.

One Midtown Kitchen. The Concentrics restaurant, which opened in 2002, served New American cuisine with dishes including pan seared scallops served with saffron and crab risotto and wood-roasted chicken leg with smoked gouda grits, Brussles sprouts and roasted parsnip, as well as custom cocktails. 

Our Way Cafe. The Avondale Estates meat-and-three was open for 30 years before its closure this year.

Piccadilly, Howell Mill Road. The cafeteria, with its comforting homestyle entrees and desserts, opened in 1988. 

The closure left eight Georgia Piccadilly restaurant locations in Atlanta, College Park, Decatur, Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Tucker, Marietta and Conyers.

Radial Cafe. Long known as a “green” restaurant, the Candler Park spot closed after 19 years, along with a newer College Park location.

S&S Cafeteria. The last Atlanta location of the cafeteria closed this year after 50 years. Locations remain in Augusta, Macon, Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee.

TAP Gastropub. The Peachtree Street eatery closed after 10 years, though a location at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains open.

Thumbs Up Diner, Decatur. The local breakfast restaurant closed after 10 years and posted a sign on its door urging customers to ‘use their voices to protest rising rents in the area.’ There are remaining Thumb Up locations in Old Fourth Ward, East Point, Douglasville, West Midtown and Roswell. 

Tijuana Garage. The Mexican restaurant closed abruptly right before Christmas after 15 years in Little Five Points. 

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