Conyers-based Folks restaurant chain files for bankruptcy protection

The coronavirus pandemic has slammed metro Atlanta restaurants amid a prohibition against in-dining. Restaurants are trying to adjust by focusing on takeout and delivery, like Sandy Springs Italian restaurant Cibo E Beve. But others have shuttered completely. LIGAYA FIGUERAS/LIGAYA.FIGUERAS@AJC.COM

Folks Southern Kitchen, a restaurant chain with three locations in metro Atlanta, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Conyers-based company reported liabilities of between $500,000 and $1 million, and less than $50,000 in assets. Its creditors include American Express, Georgia Power and US Foods.

Folks did not disclose a reason for its bankruptcy in documents filed on Monday in federal court in Atlanta. Scores of restaurants across metro Atlanta have closed and furloughed employees because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Folks operates three restaurants in the Atlanta area, in Hiram, Tucker and Woodstock. Calls made to all three locations on Tuesday afternoon were not answered. Folks closed its Cobb County location in December.

Folks is the successor company of Po’ Folks, a restaurant founded in the 1970s that featured Southern fare with a whimsical, hillbilly motif.

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