Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Villains Closing Saturday; will become diner concept in early 2015

According to a press release, Midtown Atlanta sandwich shop and bar Villains will close its doors at the end of service on Saturday, December 20, and undergo a conversion before opening as a new concept, Hi-Five Diner, in early 2015.

Here's more from the release:

Hi-Five Diner will serve all day breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, blue plates and brunch specials on the weekends. It will continue to operate with a full bar, featuring craft beer and classic cocktails, and will also add a take-out coffee and espresso bar with grab and go sandwiches and salads. Hi-Five Diner’s anticipated opening is mid-January 2015. Hi-Five Diner will also continue to serve some of Villains’ greatest hits, including the “Odd Job” Korean fried chicken sandwich and the “Hail Nero” Asian kale Caesar salad.

Villains opened in 2013 by Alex Brounstein, owner of Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and the kitchen team of Jason McClure and Jared Lee Pyles, both formerly of Flip Burger Boutique. Hi-Five Diner is a new concept developed by Brounstein, who will remain the sole operator. McClure has left to pursue various restaurant ventures closer to his home in Smyrna, Ga, and Pyles is managing the kitchen operations for King of Pops.

"We are tremendously appreciative of all the support and patronage from our Villains fans and family and are proud of the product and experience we provided to our customers,” said Brounstein. “Unfortunately, not enough of our loyal fans live or work in Midtown, and this proved to be too much of a challenge for us. We plan to take Villains to a new location in a neighborhood closer to our core audience in the near future."


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