Georgia Grille closes after 30 years in Atlanta

Photos courtesy of The Reynolds Group.  Chef Karen Hilliard, owner of the Georgia Grille restaurant in Buckhead, has been serving Southwestern fare to Atlantans for 20 years.
Photos courtesy of The Reynolds Group. Chef Karen Hilliard, owner of the Georgia Grille restaurant in Buckhead, has been serving Southwestern fare to Atlantans for 20 years.

After 30 years, Georgia Grille is closing its doors, owner Karen Hilliard announced on the restaurant's Facebook page.

“It is time to say goodbye,” she wrote Monday, adding she was grateful for the customers, employees and vendors of the Buckhead restaurant. “Grateful for everyone that joined with us to create a special place for the community to come together and celebrate life.”

Hilliard announced the closure as several restaurants across metro Atlanta reopened their dining rooms after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to offer only take-out meals.

It is not clear if loss of business during the pandemic led the eatery to close.

Inspired by the famous Southwestern painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, the restaurant combines Southwestern food with Southern hospitality.


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Founded in 1990, the eatery is known for Hilliard’s lobster enchiladas and its margaritas.

The restaurant’s vintage décor is just as memorable as the food and is being sold during a memorabilia sale, Hilliard said.

A painting of Georgia O’Keefe and husband Alfred Stiegletz by artist Steve Penley is selling for $15,000 and the restaurant's antique Coca-Cola cooler is going for $3,500. The reception writing desk the old Mexican cantina bar and other items are selling for $250 each.


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The popular metro Atlanta chain is implementing extra safety measures as they reopen.