Simon's opened in late 2017 at 793 Juniper St. in a space previously occupied by Spice restaurant and rapper Ludacris' eatery Straits, which then became Time Restaurant & Lounge.
The restaurant was a self-described homage to "the New York dining experience, with a stroll to your neighborhood eatery where everybody knows your name."
The menu offered Southern takes on American dishes.
The 4,500 square-foot space boasted a 69-seat main dining room in addition to a bar and lounge on the first floor, with an additional 50-seat dining room and a 14-seat private dining room on the second floor.
Guobadia, the restaurant’s namesake, operated Time and the popular Buckhead Bottle Bar, which closed in 2014, and helped open American Cut in Shops Buckhead Atlanta in 2016.
“We would not have enjoyed years of success without the loyal patrons and community, many of whom are now friends,” said Guobadia in an email to the AJC. “I had great hope when I opened Simon’s Restaurant 3 years ago, so much so I named the restaurant after myself as a sign of pride and a sense of purpose. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cut short this dream of providing great food, employing great people and contributing to the Atlanta business community at large. I look forward to starting another concept and serving Atlanta again in the very near future.”
Simon's is the latest in a growing list of food and beverage establishments to close their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Other recent closures include Public School 404 in West Midtown, the Roswell location of C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar, and Ri Ra Irish pub in Midtown.