Bogartz Food Artz closes in Sandy Springs

Restaurant for sale, could reopen with same concept
Bogartz Food Artz chef Bruce Bogartz. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Credit: Mia Yakel

Credit: Mia Yakel

Bogartz Food Artz chef Bruce Bogartz. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Bogartz Food Artz has closed its Sandy Springs restaurant after less than two years.

The Schumacher Group listed the eatery, located in the City Walk shopping development at 227 Sandy Springs Place NE, for sale, with the option for a buyer to keep the restaurant or convert to a new concept.

The restaurant also addressed the closure on its website:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Bogartz Food Artz has ceased operations effective immediately. We have enjoyed being part of the Sandy Springs community over these past years, and we appreciate the support and friendship you have provided. The restaurant is for sale. If we find a purchaser who is interested in buying and continuing to operate the actual concept, we will work actively towards the goal of sustaining the great food, drinks, and customer service which have been our pleasure to offer you. If the new owners choose to pursue a new concept, we are confident you will show them the same warm welcome you have shown us. Regardless we look forward to the process of the Phoenix rising for us and for everyone who has been affected by the pandemic. Stay safe, be healthy, and eat well. With our warmest regards,The Bogartz Food Artz team.

Bogartz Food Artz Hot Smoked Salmon with sweet and savory dry rub, goat cheese potato latke and sweet and sour slaw. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

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Chef Bruce Bogart moved to the area in 2018 from Knoxville, Tennessee to open Bogartz Food Artz with his brother, Scott. The concept began as a food truck that the siblings had launched a few years earlier in Knoxville.

The restaurant, which took the space formerly housed by Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar, offered a menu of Southern fare with Creole and Jewish deli influences. Lunch and dinner dishes included jerk smoked wings, brie beignets and options for meat-and-two.

“We opened November of 2018. We were very much in the just trying to get profitable stages,” said Scott Bogartz. “February was our best month by 8-10% in terms of sales volume and operational efficiency. We did $90K in sales.”

Despite pivoting to takeout and delivery in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, then reopening the patio and later the dining room, the restaurant never recovered. It faced an additional setback in early July when it temporarily closed because an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m a one-guy sole investor,” said Scott Bogartz. “If we had two more months like February under our belt, we could have ridden this out until the end of the year. I hope that someone will buy the concept and keep the brand going. There are a lot of our customers we think would love it.”

Bogartz Food Artz is the latest food and beverage concept casualty due to the coronavirus economic impact. Other recent closures include the Virginia-Highland location of Yeah Burger, Cardinal in Grant Park and Gio’s Chicken at The Battery Atlanta.

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