‘Tis the season for restaurant closures

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

It’s difficult, as a writer, to report on restaurant closures. For one, it’s hard to learn of them without physically seeing the restaurant. I often rely on my readers and Twitter friends for some extra eyes on the street. But even so, I want to be absolutely sure before announcing a restaurant closed. Publishing factually incorrect information that could harm a business is tortious.

ChepesBut more so than that, I just hate to see businesses close, even ones I don’t care for (like Chepe’s). It means someone’s dream is smashed and thousands of dollars down the drain. They may still have huge debts satisfy. And it means employees are out of work.

But closures are a fact of life. And the number of closures always seems to spike around the new year. Here’s a few we’ve been able to verify.

Jersey Boyz Pizza – Both the Johns Creek and south Forsyth locations have closed. As of last week the Johns Creek location had an interesting message on their voice mail lamenting the closure. They also had some rather frank comments on the Jersey Boyz franchisor. Guess it’s safe to say that disagreements here 86′d this store. But the owner suggested a possibly re-opening as an independent shop.

Chepe’s Mexican Grill – At one point these guys won the AJC’s best taco in Atlanta award. They rapidly expanded from their origins in Cobb County, opening two Forsyth stores and one in Johns Creek. They seemed to be pretty popular restaurants, even though the food never stood out to me.

The first of the Chepe’s in south Forsyth closed earlier this fall. But in December the chain closed entirely, including their Johns Creek and Marietta locations.

El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant – I’m fairly certain a poor location did these guys in. This shopping center in Milton is hidden in a curve of the road and isn’t easy to turn into. Even so I doubt the space will remain vacant long. This is a Penn Hodge property and his stuff isn’t staying empty very long these days.

Borocco – Restaurant broker Shumacher Group reports they have sold Borocco Restaurant near the Roswell Mill. They will close to make way for Moxie Burger. This will be a second location for the East Cobb burger flippers.

6 Responses to “‘Tis the season for restaurant closures”

  1. David January 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Any word on the Fish House, in Boga Taqueria’s old spot? We drove by 7pm on a Friday night and the lights were out. That can’t be good.

  2. Scsa31274 January 4, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    The Fish House is closed. Not a big surprise.

  3. J January 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Surprised about El Molcajete. It was always good and busy when we went for dinner.

  4. A January 6, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Good riddance to Chepe’s. We went to the JC location once. Service was terrible, food mediocre and we left there with our clothes smelling of grease. Needless to say we never returned, and it looks like they didn’t do enough business to stay afloat. Never tried the other places on the closed list.

  5. Dan January 22, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    Any word on Nagoya in Roswell? They had a sign that said only “Renovation” on their door but they look very closed. One of my favorite hibachi and sushi places in town.

  6. Darren January 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Blue Agave azul on old Milton is closed. They are re opening under a partial tapas theme with Indian spice.


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