Number of the Month – Closed Restaurants

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random bit of local trivia.


The number of restaurants I’ve reviewed which have since closed. Poquito’s Cantina closed yesterday, becoming number nine. Is getting reviewed on Roots in Alpharetta a curse, or is this just a reflection of the restaurant industry in general? I’m hoping for the latter. Nevertheless, I’ve reviewed 34 restaurants, most of them new joints, and better than a quarter have closed.

7 Responses to “Number of the Month – Closed Restaurants”

  1. ChefMeinhardt June 1, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    The business is ruthless and unforgiving. A few years ago, people would give a new restaurant time to tweak and improve. Now, its usually one shot and you either hit or miss. If you miss, you’re done. If you hit, you better KEEP hitting or…you’re done. Independents have a huge obstacle that chains have an easier time with: marketing. It takes constant marketing and if you are a small, independent running on a shoestring budget how can you compete with national concepts that can spend thousands on ads and marketing? The bottom line, if you have a GOOD and CONSISTENT concept, people will try you out (usually no matter where your location is-look at Pure, etc.). Then its up to you to keep them coming back. Good reviews certainly help though! :)

  2. A June 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Poquito’s closed? Didn’t they just transform from Tifosi a couple of weeks ago? That sure didn’t last long!

  3. SCSA June 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Sounds like they couldn’t make up their mind on what kind of restaurant they wanted to have. Good grief. No wonder people go to chains rather then good local places. They never stay open long enough!

  4. Paul Schiell June 2, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Great site! Hope you don’t spend too much money eating out. As for me, being new to Georgia/Alpharetta I don’t yet know of many restaurants. Besides, with my sister being such a good cook, we don’t go out much anyway. Be good to yourself and many blessings to you.

  5. Cool Papa Bell June 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Well since you asked… of course I would give an honest answer. I guess I’d have to see the list, but for the most part, you have reviewed mediocre restaurants or runners up on oversaturated cuisines.

    A few by name:

    Tifosi: you are probably Rob Forrest’s biggest fan. I gave him three shots and have been underwhelmed by both Tifosi and Erwood’s, especially Tifosi.

    The Spot and Flippin’ Out: Both good burger places but not nearly as good as superior options that have packed them in for years like Kozmo’s, Oak Street Café, and Crabapple Tavern.

    Dalia’s: not bad, not great. Lakeview Bistro same concept, much better food was the final nail in their coffin.

    The ONLY restaurant in Alpharetta that has closed that is worth mourning would be Anna’s Kitchen.

    So I’d say—pending the complete list of nine—it’s none of the above. It’s a testament to the quality of competition.

    That’s good news for the consumer and bad news for the Rob Forrests of the world who just don’t get it.

  6. Sydney June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Chains tend to succeed more often because they already have an operational model, brand recognition and economies of scale.

    OTOH, independent owners have to bring their own incredibly broad set of skills. Sadly, many don’t know what they don’t know until it’s too late. Real estate, business operations, finance and accounting, hiring and managing, marketing and advertising, interior design, customer service, food service regulations, plus a passion and knowledge of food/cooking. How many people (or even partners) can wear all those hats well, and do it 12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week?

    It makes me all the more eager to support those who try, because I’m in awe of their efforts. But ultimately, they still have to deliver.

  7. Travis Allen June 3, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Did Meyer’s Deli close? or does it just look empty when I drive by at 5 every afternoon?

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