Phalen said he and Bailey might partner on a new restaurant in the future. He previously owned Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters in East Lake, which closed in 2019 after about a year.
One Eared Stag received much critical praise since its 2011 opening. Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution food critic John Kessler awarded the restaurant three stars in a 2011 review, writing that it was “often a terrific place to eat and a true destination.”
The restaurant’s Meat Stick, a grass-fed double smoky cheeseburger with bits of bacon ground into the meat, often made lists of Atlanta’s best burgers.
A representative for One Eared Stag was not immediately available for comment.
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