American Food and Beverage, which opened in mid-January 2015 in the ritzy Buckhead Atlanta mixed use development , confirmed that it officially closed today.
It was the second location of the Fort Worth, Texas-based restaurant from Raised Palate Restaurants group, which also manages Thirteen Pies locations in Fort Worth and Buckhead Atlanta.
Former AJC dining critic John Kessler ruminated over American Food and Beverage in a May 2015 review , writing that "Chef Jeremy Miller has sneakier ideas about good food than the wording on his bland, something-for-everyone menu suggests. He's also a good technical cook."
American Food and Beverage joins a slew of Atlanta restaurants that closed in 2015. Check the list here .
And the Buckhead Atlanta development has experienced some growing pains during its first year, while other Buckhead Shops have struggled .
UPDATE: Here's a portion of the press release from Shops Buckhead Atlanta on the American Food and Beverage closing:
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta has been advised by Raised Palate Restaurants, operator of restaurant American Food & Beverage, that the restaurant will close its doors effective today, January 14, 2016.
Raised Palate has decided to discontinue the American Food & Beverage brand nationwide. They are, instead, going to concentrate their efforts and geographic focus around their home base of Texas.
“The Shops Buckhead Atlanta are disappointed that Raised Palate is closing American Food & Beverage but understand that a change in corporate strategy is the reason for the decision,” says General Manager Michael Diamantides. Diamantides continues, “The Shops Buckhead Atlanta has received numerous inquiries about available restaurant space in the project, and we do not anticipate difficulty in re-leasing the space to complement the highly productive, specially curated restaurants on property including Le Bilboquet, Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Doraku, Qing Mu, Dolce Italian, Corso Coffee and American Cut Steak - scheduled to open in June 2016.”
Raised Palate echoed Diamantides’ sentiments. "Though we certainly regret the closing of American Food and Beverage, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Oliver McMillan as we plan to focus our combined efforts on a different brand concept in the Texas markets,” says Christine Magrann, Executive Officer – Talent and Operations, Raised Palate Restaurants.
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