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Avra Greek Tavern closes


AJC Staff

After so many weeks when I was reporting nothing but restaurant openings, now it seems that I’m only hearing about closings.

Avra Greek Tavern — the little sister to Taverna Plaka — has indeed gone out of business. The Midtown restaurant was the latest occupant of a seemingly snakebit restaurant space on Juniper Street that has been home to several failed restaurants. Avra did hang on the longest, for more than four years. It closed after New Year’s Eve.

I’ve got a question, and it comes with a prize. What restaurant was in the space before Avra. The first person to answer this correctly will win a $10 gift card to Denny’s.

I know…the mind boggles…

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January 27th, 2010
4:53 pm


January 27th, 2010
4:56 pm

Salt. Prior to Salt it was Cavu.

John Kessler

January 27th, 2010
5:18 pm

Jimmy — That Denny’s card is gonna come in handy on your weekly drive to Columbia. Mark my words. Hit me up with your address…


January 27th, 2010
6:39 pm

What was it you said in an oh-so-recent post? “I wanted to like it more”? We enjoyed our early visits, but the later ones, not so much. I think the last visit was a year ago. Maybe it’s not that the building is snakebit as much as it is plagued by residents with bad karma and a loss of focus….. There’s still a market for good food and a nice dinner out, but not mediocre $16 lunches and restaurants that forget why they’re here.


January 27th, 2010
6:39 pm

Don’t know if the restaurant was good or not so can’t say if I’m sorry to hear of its closing. Obviously sucks for the staff and chefs especially in this economic climate. But if they were indeed good, they’ll find work again and hopefully soon.

But as for the @sshole doctor that owns / owned the place, HAHAHAHAHA. Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. I hope you lost your shirt in that deal.


January 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

Hopeless with all this change is what we are getting in 2010. Obamanomics = FAIL.

Only the best (Watershed) or consistently good at a low / fair price (Pastries a Go-Go type place or Tacqueria) will survive this economy.


January 27th, 2010
8:45 pm

I never went to Avra, but I did go to Taverna one night with a few friends. It was a little too wild for my tastes, though the Taverna food was tasty. I think I’ll always be a bit prejudiced against Taverna because of the fantastic Italian restaurant that occupied the space before it (San Genaro’s). Oh well.

As for Avra; I remember passing it on my way to school during college while driving down Juniper. I always thought it was doing well, judging by the fact that it hung on in an area that can’t seem to keep restaurants that long, but I guess I was wrong. I wish the staff and chefs the best and I hope they can find some good placements in these tough economic times.

JIMBOB (aka James Robert)

January 28th, 2010
8:34 am

Haven’t been there. But I try to get over to Nick’s Grecian Gyro in Tucker every so often.


January 28th, 2010
10:45 am

Never went to Avra but I’ve been to Taverna Plaka and the service was horrendous. When you’re serving small plates, your customers need their server to stop by more than once before they bring you the check.

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January 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

Where the heck is a Denny’s in Atlanta? Believe me, I would LOVE to know! Moons over My Hammy is the best.


January 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

The only thing that place had going for it were the valets parkers. Nice guys and I hope they don’t lose their jobs because of the screwed up people who ran that place.


January 28th, 2010
6:06 pm

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January 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

Early days were great…later ones vile!! As somewhat regulars there, we spole to the manager and were totally rebuffed. With that attitude, they did not deserve to get Atlanta’s business.


January 29th, 2010
5:37 pm

Place sucked…we got oysters there once and half the oysters weren’t even opened….

I can’t remember when it was Cavu (i think when I first moved to ATL in 99) . But at any rate at that period it was really quite good food…I remember bumping into Ben stein there…