Well, that didn’t take long.
Word went out on Friday that Joël Brasserie had closed suddenly. On Saturday Ryan Turner — half of Smyrna’s Muss & Turner’s team — sent out an email announcing that he and partners Todd Mussman and chef Chris Hall would take over the space and open a restaurant called Local Three.
“After 2.5 years of trying to find a home, it is with great excitement to announce that the opening of our new restaurant with Chef Chris Hall is near. Local Three will be located in the in the Piazza at Paces development on Northside Parkway in the former space of Joel Brasserie. We are embracing a unique opportunity to utilize one of the best kitchens in the country to introduce a new neighborhood gathering spot rooted in the same DNA and philosophy of Muss & Turner’s . We look forward to engaging the community with a come-as-you-are atmosphere and “foie gras in your flip flops” ambiance with the seasonal, high quality cuisine at affordable prices alongside value driven wines, craft beers and artisan spirits. Our partner Chef Chris Hall will man the helm at Local Three returning to the neighborhood where he was raised – around the corner on Peachtree Battle Avenue. Formerly Chef de Cuisine at Canoe and most recently helping Jay Swift open 4th & Swift two years ago.”
Speaking of Joël Brasserie, its closing got quite the conversation going on this blog. Many former fans and a few detractors chimed in to argue the merits of this unique restaurant and the meaning of its closure. One poster, identified only as LC, wrote a post that read, in part:
“A as a part of management at the restaurant I want you all to know that we have enjoyed having you as our guests and we certainly wish all of you the best of life. For almost 10 years “Joel” and “Joel Brasserie” attempted and succeeded in producing fine dining cuisine and we had some of the most talented people in the culinary arena. Many of them that came through Joel are now at other establishments through out the world and they would acknowledge that their time at Joel helped them in attaining their future goals. So while the doors may be closed, the kitchen silent and the dishes and wine glasses stored away, a little part of Joel will go forward with all of us, Again, I thank each and every one of you for helping us achieve wonderful things over the past 10 years, I consider you all as family and not just a customer.”