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Painted Table Cafe closes

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Painted Table Cafe — the brightly colored and cheerful Grant Park eatery has closed after only a few months in operation.

Chef/owner Omega Angell announced the closure on Facebook:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, Painted Table Cafe is no longer in operation. We would like to extend our deepest thanks all of our incredible Grant Park regulars for making it an absolute joy to serve you the past several months. This decision was agonizing for us, as our heart and soul was poured in to everything we accomplished at the Cafe.”

I never went, but it seemed like the restaurant had overcome a difficult opening and was starting to attract a regular clientele. Grant Parkers: Will you miss it?

43 comments Add your comment

Mollie Camp

February 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

Yes!!! What happened???
We loved it and with Solstice gone we will miss it even more.
Best of luck to the staff. You were fantastic, and I hope you find something soon.

Ga Peach

February 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

We went several times. The food was a good value, and had great flavor and quality. Portions were surprisingly ample. On the downside- menu too ambitious and unfocused, and the service was terrible to the point of having to get up and serve yourself, or flail about waiting for diningware, napkins, the check (no, we didn’t get our own check). Learned to never go if we needed to be out in an hour. Takeout was always efficient, however.

We kept hoping that they would get it together, whittle down the menu and focus, but sadly not. Sorry to see them go, they had great potential.

kopp

February 24th, 2010
8:02 am

I’d agree (somewhat) with the Peach – a lotta food on the plate for the money, but the flavors weren’t really there most times. Way too much on the menu – it would have been far better to have a shorter menu and a few specials, a la Ria’s. The service was all over the place, and some of the staff really didn’t want to be there, unfortunately. Still, I hate to see it and Solstice go – the ‘hood needs more dining options.

If only the Brickstore folks could finally close on the Bright Beginnings property…but I’m pretty sure that the deal is dead.

Edgewood Adam

February 24th, 2010
9:32 am

What is the matter with Grant Park? Why can’t they sustain any sort of bar or eatery? It makes no sense. It is one of the nicer areas in the city.

Thatguy

February 24th, 2010
9:46 am

Edgewood Adam, I’d wager that much of the sustainability of restaurants and bars in the area has to do with the rents being charged…nice areas tend to have nice, for the landlords, rents…

Rishi

February 24th, 2010
9:49 am

We actually stopped by last night. The place was a great addition to our regular dining outings. The food was creative and well priced. This was a great addition to the neighborhood and I am sorry we couldn’t provide enough revenue for this business to survive. Edgewood is right. What the hell is wrong with us that we can’t keep a quality small restaurant open with only a staff of two. Come on Grant Park. Get drunk(the Standard) and start eating.

Isabella

February 24th, 2010
9:51 am

Living in the Grant Park area, and being a vegetarian, I will really miss this place. I was a regular. I had some really great meals there, but more importantly I was always made to feel welcome by the staff. Grant Park is a tough sell for restaurants. I was worried for them from day one. I made a point to introduce as many of my friends as possible to the place, but Boulevard is not an attractive address for many people.

Ormewood

February 24th, 2010
10:02 am

Bummer. I thought the place was a nice addition to the neighborhood. The portions were substantial. Food was for the most part, tasty. I agree with previous comments that the menu may have been too substantial for the minimal kitchen/dining room space. I only went on a few Sundays, but there was always a good crowd. I suppose they struggled on other days. Also, I don’t think they ever got their liquor license. That couldn’t have helped.

Angus

February 24th, 2010
10:16 am

Grant Park does support good ideas – Six Feet, Dakota Blue, Stone Soup, Grant Central, Mi Barrio (my favorite of the bunch), Ria’s.

I think the Painted Table location could work, but think simple. The Solstice spot – I don’t know…the noise from Boulevard is a lot to overcome right there.

Bring on the Brickstore offspring. Judging from the Brickstore and Leon’s, these guys know what they’re doing. Look at a map – it’s smack in the middle of a grossly under-served population with a large condo/apartment complex 2 blocks away. I think it could do well.

CameronST

February 24th, 2010
10:20 am

I live within walking distance and never went. I assumed this place would not be open long. The concept of an upscale brunch place is nice…the problem being that the immediate area is already saturated with places doing the same thing (ria’s, stone soup kitchen, solstice & dakota blue all come to mind for me). At least that’s the impression I had. Cheap & fast & kid friendly & different would thrive there … like the recently opened Doc Chey’s probably will. We need a Burrito place! Or the brick store pub idea!

Dan Marino

February 24th, 2010
10:28 am

Never made it in there, but the rents at that shopping center must be absurd. Seems like nothing stays there too long. A lot of the problem with restaurants on Boulevards is simply that it is pretty damned dangerous to turn into them.

The interchanges at Blvd and Moreland and I-20 need serious overhauling, and hopefully with more affluent people displacing the poor in these areas, and screaming about problems, they will get fixed, but as always in Atlanta, change is very, very, very slow.

Solstice had no parking, and they have the ghetto dry-cleaners next door. Pretty unappealing to try and eat your crusty bread with a toothless, homeless guy standing a 100 feet from you staring lustily at your crumbs.

If the Brick Store folks would get off their asses and open the old Bright Beginnings place, it would be phenomenal. It is on a side street, so parking would not be as much an issue as it is on Boulevard. That side of the neighborhood is desperate for an enclave like over at Grant Central and Stella Blue. There are a lot of us over here really hoping that something happens with that building.

Grant Park Alum

February 24th, 2010
10:38 am

The rosemary in the hashbrowns spelled trouble for this place from Day 1. You can’t mess with hashbrowns and expect to survive – make them as close to Waffle House style and move on.

Tiddly McWinks

February 24th, 2010
10:50 am

Hi Dan Marino, I recommend East Cobb as an area where you might find more restaurants more to your liking. Restaurants there tend to have plenty of convenient surface parking right in front of the entrances and, compared to eastern ATL, you’ll find very few poor people to inconvenience your dining experiences. In the area around Grant Park, you’re more likely to find an economically mixed group that includes a range from affluence to poverty to homelessness. You’re also more apt to find snarky liberal jerks like me who actually care more about the everyday needs of poor people than the parking needs of cars.

Tiddly Winks is Naive

February 24th, 2010
10:56 am

Grant Park and the entire City of Atlanta have a massive crime problem that needs to be fixed quickly. Until then, businesses will suffer, home values will decline and the affluent people we rely on to turn the neighborhoods around will leave.

East Cobb...don't think so

February 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Tiddly Winks is crazy if they think there are a plethora of decent restuarants in East Cobb. I have yet to locate even 1!

GP Resident

February 24th, 2010
11:10 am

Yes, there is crime in Grant Park, but that doesn’t stop us from dining out and leading a normal life. I’ll take the crime over the suburbs anyday!

Angus

February 24th, 2010
11:14 am

Oh boy – a naivete competition – how exciting.

My money’s on TWIN @ 10:56.

Justin in Grant Park

February 24th, 2010
11:17 am

Went to Painted Table and loved the food but have to agree with other comments; only go if you have at least an hour to spare (kind of like Dakota Blue – good food; SLOW service). First Solstice and now Painted Table – I hate to see small business fail but I will miss Solstice more.

GP Resident

February 24th, 2010
11:21 am

I agree with Angus. TWIN @ 10:56 probably lives in Powder Springs or some other place where Jesus lost his shoes. Affluent people are not leaving the city, and home prices will go back up (regardless of crime). Grant Park and its surrounding neighborhoods have an edge that keeps out the frat boys and the gel heads. That’s why we live here.

Isabella

February 24th, 2010
11:27 am

If you are not used to the crime and homelessness in Grant Park, as an outsider it can be unsettling. Is it enough to make people not want to visit restaurants along Boulevard? I don’t know, could be. I was in PT once when a homeless man came in asking a server for some coffee and everyone in there became obviously uncomfortable.

I liked Solstice, and it sucked to lose that place. I will patronize whatever opens there next, and hope it has a fighting chance.

Jarrod

February 24th, 2010
12:07 pm

This was my daughter’s FAVORITE restuarant (we both LOVE their frosted flake covered french toast!!!). She is always asking me to take her there to eat. She will be very disappointed that they have closed, as am I. And as for the crime and homeless people in Grant Park, this restuarant was not IN the park – it was next to the fire house on Boulevard near I-20.

Regardless of opinions on inner city life, it is very sad to know this place is no more.

Mark C.

February 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

Wow–over-emphasize the crime stats much? Recent stats (Jan-Feb) showed a decrease in crime in Grant Park and a much lower rate than the immediately-surrounding (albeit rougher) neighborhoods.

We’ve lived in GP for 12.5 years and haven’t had an issue since the first month when someone broke into our crawl space and stole some tools. Yes, the shooting at the Standard was horrible and there have been well-publicized thefts of large-screen TVs, but the former was an isolated incident and the latter is happening all over the ATL.

Part of the problem with establishing businesses in GP goes back to the rezoning that occurred in the 70’s (I believe)–any existing business spaces were rezoned residential unless appealed. There are tons of former corner stores and restaurants that are now homes. I think that as the businesses disappeared and weren’t replaced, residents came to expect to leave the ‘hood for anything.

Personally, I’d love to have more here. I live 2 blocks from the Brick Store-owned space at Confederate and Ormewood and would kill to have one of their locales near me. The Grant Park Coffeehouse just opened on Cherokee (former Hank’s/Foodz2Go/etc. space) and I need to get off my ass and support that place, too.

Tiddly Winks is Naive

February 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

Just to clarify, I am a Grant Park resident. I have patronized Painted Table and Solstice (was a Saturday regular) and am sad to see them go. But let’s not bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the crime is not an issue. We don’t need to put on a happy face so the neighborhood doesn’t get bad press (as some in the area have encouraged us to do). Let’s be open and honest and get the place cleaned up.

EAC

February 24th, 2010
3:39 pm

I get soooo tired of all of the people who move into inner city neighborhoods and then proceed to complain about all of the “undesireables” who haven’t yet been run out. You know, the ones who make it difficult to enjoy your “crusty bread”.

Isabella

February 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

EAC- I don’t see it so much as complaining about “undesirables” in the neighborhood, rather as discussing a valid issue and concern for restaurants and businesses. As sad and shortsighted as it is, it remains a reason why some people shy away from these locations. I have friends who live near Piedmont Park who didn’t want to venture to “scary Boulevard” to brunch there with me, and that’s saying alot. I’m pretty certain this restaurant would have fared better in a different location.

iron_eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:02 pm

i am sorry to hear this
really liked the place and the food.

i think it was several things that caused the closing, certainly closing early on and changing hours didnt help them. we tried numerous times to go but they would be closed…

i never had a problem with the folks begging there, the BP across the street however is a different story…. some i know by name and they just go from place to place until someone says yes..when they get aggressive though thats another story…

parking wsa an issue …just as much as trying to get out of the parking lot… taking a left was nearly impossible at times…

just my two cents

KG

February 24th, 2010
7:12 pm

Painted Table shutting down was not about crime or parking. I only managed to find it open once (it was very good). Their facebook page was constantly posted that they were closing for the day for one reason or another You have to have regular consistent hours to run a business. You can’t just open when you feel like it. You also have to have a business plan and capital to get you through the first few months. Zocalo was doing well but I talked to them just before they shut down – they lost their liquor license due to serving under age and shut down because of that.

Solstice and Standard are well patronized and are rumored to be shut down TEMPORARILY for remodeling.

Six Feet Under, Agave, Mi Barrio, Shed, Vickerys…..all great examples of what our neighborhood supports and even draw from outside the ‘hood.

KG

February 24th, 2010
7:13 pm

PS. I have only encountered begging across the street at CVS and BP where it’s RELENTLESS and ANNOYING. They both somehow seem to keep their parking lot pretty full.

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Josh

February 24th, 2010
7:34 pm

I will definately miss this place. Omega was great and his food was amazing. His Fried Green Tomatoes were so good that even my wife that hates tomatoes loved them and ate them everytime we where there.

Isabella

February 24th, 2010
8:32 pm

The owner of Solstice closed the business. It is being reopened by new owners under a new name and a new concept. It is going to be a more upscale wine bar. I can’t wait to see the revamped interior!

Matty Light

February 24th, 2010
9:25 pm

As a recent transplant to GP from Virginia Highland, I think it is worth pointing out that there is crime everywhere. People were constantly being mugged and worse less than 1 block off of Highland Avenue every week would startle most people except for the residents of VaHi. My wife and I were hassled more when we lived on Frederica than we are here in the heart of GP.

Also, everyone who is so excited about the Bight Beginnings building should realize that a new liquor license should be pretty tough for a bar that is located 50 feet from residential homes, 50 feet from a church and less than 100 yards from an elementary school. Those of us who live less than 2 blocks from the site will fight the variance.

I am looking forward to Libertine and whatever they are going to call the new Solstice.

McDizzle

February 25th, 2010
6:30 am

Too many people forget that a restaurant is a business and you have to know how to run a business to survive. Running a business means being open when your sign says your are open. Over the last few months I tried to go to Painted Table 5 times during published business hours. 5 times they were closed, twice during brunch, their purported specialty.

The guy that ran Solstice asked a friend to invest some money, my friend asked “What does your P&L look like?” The owner of Solstice asked what a P&L was….

The ones that survive know how to drive people to their door, make money and deliver a consistent experience that matches the neighborhood.

Agave, 6FU, Stone Soup, Dakota Blue, Grant Central Pizza, Mi Barrio, The Standard, The Shed, Carrol Street Cafe…. All examples of winning formulas that are well supported not just by GP, but by surrounding neighborhoods and customers from all over the city.

Do your homework before you open your doors. Deliver on your promise. Manage your cash.

Bring on the folks from Brick Store. They can’t imagine how well received they will be.

Another GP Rez

February 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

I tried to get dinner from PT recently, and they were closed early. Maybe that’s why they didn’t make it.

Isabella

February 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Maybe the decision to close was already made by that point. I know Solstice did the same thing a couple of weeks before they closed (closed early some nights, no lunches on some days). I love Grant Park, and I love eating in my hood, so I’m hoping we get some other great restaurants here soon. In the meantime, I’ll miss the food at PT.

Yet Another GP Resident

February 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

The neighborhood will support restaurants that are run professionally and have a good business model. I live within 2 blocks of Solstice and Painted Cafe and it was very obvious they were not being run well.

Painted Cafe kept changing it’s concept and hours and closing early every other day which gave it the air of not knowing what they were doing and that was only a matter of time before they close. Once people get a whiff of that they stop coming. They also did not have enough staff and an over-ambitious menu but I will say the portions and the taste wasn’t bad.

Solstice appears to have hired its staff based on appearance primarily and they became completely flummoxed by any type of normal request. People were not treated well who came in only to order a coffee drink during the day even when no one was there – I tried that a couple of times and it would take 10 minutes to get a latte and I always felt like I was intruding. $5 coffee drinks are a valuable revenue stream.

The area is not the problem! People that live in SE Atlanta expect quality and good service like people in any other area of the metro area.

ziza

February 25th, 2010
5:01 pm

i live in sylvan hills and lord knows theres no decent places to eat brunch nearby except thumbs up in east point. so several times i traveled to PT as it was only 10 mins away and was happy each time. i stuck with basics eggs n toast lol so had no complaints. sat at the bar so had no complaints with service either. i am sorry to see them go.

LizR

February 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

I agree with the folks who are pointing out that the locations are not so much the problem. I, too, live about a block from Solstice and a couple of blocks from PT.I am sure that the owners of both places are nice people. However we had a few less-than-stellar experiences at both places (in terms of food quality, inconsistent hours, and awful service). After a while, anytime we’d consider them, we would inevitably end up going somewhere else not in walking distance. Which is sad, because I’d love to walk out the door and down the street to a great place I’m happy to support. I am cautiously optomistic about the Solstice re-do. And there hasn’t been a laundry next door for some time.

Matty Light – what is “libertine”? Can’t find much of anything on Google except for a LFP soap shop.

Non Grant Park Resident

February 26th, 2010
6:53 am

Wow, some of you “Grant Park Residents” are like a pack of wolves swarming to pick at the bones of the latest Grant Park Restaurant Road Kill. I don’t see anything on their closing statement that mentions the location being a problem, but you people are ready to kick them in the ass on their way out the door. Says alot about Grant Park hospitality. I came from EAV to eat there, and I’ll stay in EAV to eat from now on.

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Save Grant Park

March 1st, 2010
10:53 am

Grant Park was built on charm and revived on the backs of the artists, punks and gays that found beauty where others saw crime.

This closing’s sad because the food and service was incredible at Painted Table. With the arrival of gastro-pubs and chain restaurants like Doc Cheys and Tin-Lizzys we can say goodbye to the community we loved. It’s going to be the overcrowded, stuffy Highlands not too long from now.

Ed H.

March 1st, 2010
8:25 pm

The problem with Grant Park is that it is isolated. There is bad areas and poor people all around it. And then you have the ghetto highway (20) thay you are forced to take to get anywhere. Therfore no matter how much you polish it up it will never be safe or desirable. That is why the house prices haven’t gone up. To have the ghetto in one driection of your neighborhood is bad enough but to have it in EVERY direction is a lost cause. Sell if you can and move to poncey highland or candler/inman park for just a little more $$

The Bob Man

March 3rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Hey Ed H…. I live in Grant Park and my wife wants to take your advice to sell if we can and move to VA Highlands and or Candler/ Inman. I on the other hand disagree because it is not just a little more $$, it is an ass load more money.
I lived on St.Charles in VA-HI when I moved here in 1998 and dealt with twice as many bums,nuts,homeless people and prostitutes than here in Grant Park.Long story short, I think the hoods you mentioned are over rated and over priced.