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Stella to close

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AJC Staff

Owner Rick Chey sent a note to patrons today to let them know he would turn his pizza/pasta joint into another branch of Doc Chey’s by year’s end:

I want to be the first to personally tell you that Stella will be closing at the end of the year. Although we are sad about this news, we are excited to  tell you that Doc Chey’s Noodle House will open in its place.

We’re sending this announcement in advance to give you a chance to get your

Stella fix a few more times before the doors are officially closed on December 30, 2009 at 10 p.m. The location will be closed for renovations for a short time (about a month) before opening as Doc Chey’s sometime in February.

No need to say goodbye to your friends at Stella; Doc Chey’s Grant Park will be run by the same friendly crew that you’ve grown to love at Stella. The restaurant will continue to operate on the same principle of serving made-from-scratch food at affordable prices & fostering good karma by playing a proactive role in the neighborhood.

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Quiche Lorrianne

November 3rd, 2009
3:47 pm

This is a much better fit. Went to Stella once and it was pretty vile.

Grant Park resident

November 3rd, 2009
3:54 pm

We will welcome Doc Chey’s! To my knowledge, there’s no other Asian-inspired restaurant in the neighborhood, so this will be a nice new option. We never went to Stella’s because we could go to Fritti for better quality at the same price, or Little Azio’s for similar quality at a better price.

Italian American

November 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Just to set the record straight, IMHO Stella is much better than Little Azio’s and much cheaper than Fritti.


November 3rd, 2009
4:01 pm

LOVED Stella, but welcome another Doc Chey’s. The Homegrown restaurant group never fails to please!


November 3rd, 2009
4:09 pm

I enjoyed Stella, but I really love Doc Chey’s. Great staff, great food at the Emory location and I hope this will not change.


November 3rd, 2009
4:16 pm

We liked Stella, but not enough to patronize it regularly. However I’m VERY excited about Doc Chey’s!!!! Grant Park has really needed something like this for a long time. My husband will be in ecstasy! Now if only we could get a Real Chow Baby over here I would never have to leave the hood ;-)


November 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Stella’s is ok, been a few times. menu wise i found other places had more items to my liking so would frequent them more
love doc chey’s and will look forward to that.


November 3rd, 2009
4:27 pm

I agree with you Italian American, Stella is 1000 x better than Little Azio. The food at Stella has always been really good when I have been there. Also much better than Fritti. Very sad its going to be a Doc Chey’s.


November 3rd, 2009
4:42 pm

We go to Stella’s regularly and we love it! It is right around the corner from our house so it’s convenient. The food as been consistently good and the wait staff always super pleasant. We are very sad to see Stella’s leaving us. I have heard that Doc Chey;s is great, but it wont be the same.


November 3rd, 2009
4:48 pm


November 3rd, 2009
4:49 pm

This is great news! Doc Chey’s is my favorite restaurant & affordable prices so we don’t feel guilty eating there often. I loved Stella too, but it’s not a far drive to go 5 minute drive to Osteria 832 in Highlands (same owner), which is pretty much the same menu.


November 3rd, 2009
4:51 pm

Aw, that’s sad. I don’t know what I’m going to do without my occasional Stella fix. If I lived closer to the area I would’ve gone more often. Best of luck with Doc Cheys! We’ll be there to see you, Zach!


November 3rd, 2009
5:00 pm

I’m so excited about Doc Chey’s opening in Grant Park. I work at Turner Field a lot during the summer and will be able to pick up dinner to go! Yay!

downtown eater

November 3rd, 2009
5:13 pm

I hate to see Stella go!!! Say it ain’t so. I know that the restaurant business is always tough and must be really hard right now. However, I LOVE STELLA!!!! I wish I could eat there every night!

Nocola Hemphill

November 3rd, 2009
5:17 pm

I’m sad to hear this…I recently relocated to Charlotte, NC but Stella has a special place in my heart. It’s where we launched our non-profit organization SheEO Professional Women’s Alliance. Their support for us and participation inspired me forward. It was during the climax of the downward spiral of the economy during the summer of 2008, and after relentless calling to several restaurants, Stella was GRACIOUS–more than gracious to open their doors and hearts to us during such tough times. They gave us a very memorable evening of complementary appetizers and hospitality at it’s greatest–and the pizza was AMAZING! I will call them to wish them well during their next endeavor!


November 3rd, 2009
5:18 pm

We will miss Stella–and “quiche lorraine”……well, your name speaks for itself!! Blecchhhhhh!!


November 3rd, 2009
5:21 pm

Oh NO! This is one of my partner and I favorite spots. We are very, very sad to see it close. We just introduced a friend of our to Stella’s and he loved it too.


November 3rd, 2009
5:47 pm

I really liked Stella – the food, the atmosphere, the easy parking. It is one of those places where the group often meets because there is something for everyone, and it is easy to get in and out. Osteria in Virginia-Highland is not the same at all. I’ve never taken a shine to Doc Chey’s and it’s definitely not a place that encourages lingering with friends over a bottle of wine.


November 3rd, 2009
6:05 pm

It’s cool that they’re keeping the staff. I’m pretty sure that I’ll patronize them more often as a Doc Chey’s, too.


November 3rd, 2009
7:12 pm

I’m sorry to see Stella go. I could write practically the same comment as MarrG, so I’ll just add that as I’ve had no inspiration to regularly patronize the original Doc Chey’s which is closer to me than Stella, I’m fairly certain I won’t be visiting the new one.


November 4th, 2009
10:49 am

I live in Grant Park but have never been to Stella’s. Based on all the positive comments, wondering why it is closing?


November 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

LOVED Stella! Went there several times and it never disappointed. I recommended to many. I’m really sad to see it go, but always have room in my heart (and stomach) for Doc Chey’s. Thank you, Rich, for wonderful, affordable concepts as well as your charitable contributions.


November 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

Loved Stella everytime we went there. Much better atmosphere than Osteria. Sorry to see it go.

Tech Guy

November 4th, 2009
3:24 pm

It is Obama’s fault.

Andy the Architect

November 5th, 2009
1:30 am

Sorry to lose the good dishes from Stella, though it went head-to-head against our excellent & fresh Grant Central, if a bit more formal. However, I love Doc Chey’s, as do my kids! We’ll eat there often when y’all open. Thanks for all your support for the community; glad you’re continuing a presence here.

Dining vs. Fast Food

November 5th, 2009
8:07 am

This is a serious disappointment. As a Stella regular (at least once a week), there’s virtually no appeal of a Doc Chey’s in comparison to the reasons I like Stella. The amazing, local, seasonal food has pleased even my pickiest fellow diners. And, the price for food and wine with friends was incredibly reasonable for the quality, the service staff, and the atmosphere.

I agree w/other posters, the existing Doc Chey’s are just as close to me as Stella. And, I agree that keeping the excellent staff is important to me.

Tech Guy

November 5th, 2009
10:10 am

Obama made them close.

GP resident

November 5th, 2009
12:55 pm

we tried to like stella-great location, nice folks and a big patio, but the food was bland and unexciting. plus, the vibe was a little too low rent for the prices they were charging. It just never caught on with anyone I know in the neighborhood. Grant Central is much superior and right down the block–hopefully, they’ll get a boost from Stella’s closing. I am glad the space will not remain empty, though, and welcome Doc Chey’s to the neighborhood.


November 5th, 2009
4:06 pm

my wife and i visited nearly a dozen times several times with friends and we always felt we were getting away with something…like they forgot to charge us full price.

stella never disappointed (except for that silly $2 beer special) and usually exceeded expectations.

we’ll miss it


November 5th, 2009
6:30 pm

Stella was exceptional and will be dearly missed – I live so close to Little Azio I could walk there in 5 minutes, but I never do because Stella was so much better. Now no need to go to Doc Chey’s because (listen up Grant Parkers) Spoon is in East Atlanta and far superior to Doc Chey’s food.