He also cited the sudden June 2022 death of his longtime business partner, Melanie Vaughn.
“All of this made operating a profitable business difficult and, at times, impossible,” he wrote.
Chey opened Italian restaurant Stella Neighborhood Trattoria at 563 Memorial Drive SE in 2008, replacing it with Doc Chey’s in 2010.
Charles Wang will take over the space on July 8 “after a quick update to the location,” with many Doc Chey’s employees staying on board. The Chef Wang’s menu includes like egg rolls, lo mein, fried rice, kung pao chicken and beef and broccoli, as well as several Thai dishes including pad Thai and Thai salad.
“I was and continue to be truly appreciative of every guest who walks through our doors because I know you have lots of choices in where to spend your dining dollars and you placed your trust in us,” Chey wrote. “I hope this gratitude was evident whenever we met at the restaurant.”
The Doc Chey’s closure will be the second this year for Chey’s HomeGrown Concepts restaurant group, with Doc Chey’s Noodle Bowl in Emory Village shuttering in February after 25 years.
Chey also owns a Doc Chey’s Noodle House in Morningside, as well as Osteria 832 in Virginia-Highland.
He did not immediately respond to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s request for more information.
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