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Cuerno to close

 

Riccardo Ullio. Credit: AJC Staff

Riccardo Ullio. Credit: AJC Staff

Riccardo Ullio has decided to close his contemporary Spanish restaurant, Cuerno. Sunday will be its last day of operation.

The Midtown restaurant has been open since January 2008, but it never achieved the sales figures Ullio needed to keep it afloat. 

“Between the economy going to tank and the location being a little iffy, and Atlantans not being too familar with Spanish food, it just never worked out,” said Ullio. 

Since the restaurant’s debut, Ullio had hoped to bring a Spanish chef to Atlanta to oversee the menu of paellas, tapas and Spanish entrees. “Without a Spanish chef, it can be difficult to make the product,” he conceded. “Still, I’m pretty proud of what we’ve done.”

Beleza, the Brazilian cocktail lounge-ish place next door, is currently breaking even and will remain open.

10 comments Add your comment

Darin

May 29th, 2009
5:18 pm

Sad to see this happening. My main concern, though, among the Ullio places is Fritti — Dear Jeebus, don’t let anything happen to my precious Fritti! My wife and I love that place.

I wonder what the problem is with this area that makes it ‘iffy’ for a restaurant like this? It seems like a pretty cool spot to me with a lot of residents packed in near by.

MJ

May 29th, 2009
5:36 pm

It was a cool spot, but parking was a pain. I love Chocolate Pink, too, but feel the same way. Do I really want to deal with all the driving/parking drama for a chichi cocktail and some tapas, or a fancy cupcake?

Sorry, it’s not worth the effort.

jay

May 29th, 2009
7:00 pm

Very depressing. I don’t see anything wrong with the location either, except the parking was a little ambiguous. Good looking place too. Atlantans need to get out and support their favorite places soon or there won’t be any. Local restaurateurs are already calling this summer the “summer of death”!

Marcia

May 30th, 2009
11:57 pm

Parking??? I don’t get it. You mean if there isn’t a sea of empty spaces in front of the Wal-Mart, there is no sense in going? It’s frigging Atlanta. How hard is it to find a free parking space!

stranger

May 31st, 2009
7:45 pm

The parking is too much trouble, and nobody wants to pay for valet. I saw on the schumaucher group that chocolate pink is up for sale.

That area is just not a food distination. More and more people are heading over to highlands or inman park.

John Kessler

June 1st, 2009
11:23 am

That corner has weird traffic karma, with the one-way street heading downtown and the parking lot in a place where you have to cross two streets. Cuerno would have worked much better on Crescent Ave., which is really coming into its own with the new roster of 1010 Midtown restaurants — Noon, RA Sushi, Ri Ra — opening.
Darin, when I spoke with Riccardo, he very clearly said that Fritti was going great guns and having one of its best years even. Long live the pie.

RK

June 1st, 2009
3:19 pm

I went during restaurant week. I don’t want to drop $120 for 2 people on tapas. I’ve lived in Spain, and the beauty of dining there was that you could get a little of this and a little of that, some wine, and not feel like you’ve spent a lot. A good tapas restaurant would be better as a small, local joint, not somewhere where you feel you need to have a full dinner. Perhaps with a bigger, informal bar area with high tables.

Oh, and parking was simple — wasn’t it in a garage across the street, “free”?

David

June 1st, 2009
3:54 pm

Went for the closing last night. Very sad to see this restaurant go. I was wondering last night if Atlanta has embraced true Spanish food, or something that is “very close” to spanish food. As Ricardo stated, it is hard to duplicate the food without a true Spanish chef. I loved the place however, and it had a lot to add to the city as far as cuisine goes.

The place was packed last night, and the food was tops as usual. I think the restaurant was small enough to mirror a Spanish tapas bar, but would agree more small plates would be desirable.

Melissa

June 18th, 2009
3:16 pm

My boyfriend took me on a date here one evening. I lived behind the restaurant on Piedmont and there was always plenty of parking in the garage, which is free. No need to valet or park across the street…not sure why people couldn’t figure that out. The food was terrible, the service subpar and the place was nearly empty all evening. The food was overpriced and certainly not Spanish tapas. The dishes were too large in portion size for tapas but not large enough for a dinner entree. Nothing against the restaurant, but we never went back, even though I lived on the same block. The pulled cutains always made it appear as though the place was closed. Although, I did love interior the bull was a bit much.

Peter

August 17th, 2009
6:20 pm

Dear John Kessler, Is Atlanta trully ready for true Spanish Tapas? A tapas Bar is to be livly, fun none stop. Not to purtentious. Almost a Constant happy hour until wee hours of the morning. What do you think is better the Traditional Tapas or the new style Molecular Ferran Adria, Sergi Arola Type? More Fun and Inovative, but true to the roots.?