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Shaun’s to close

Shaun Doty (AJC staff)

Shaun Doty (AJC staff)

The Atlanta Magazine dining blog, Covered Dish, is reporting that chef  Shaun Doty (left) will close his eponymous Inman Park restaurant after dinner December 18.

Doty, who trained under chef Guenter Seeger and was chef at Mumbo Jumbo, MidCity Cuisine and Table 1280 — opened Shaun’s four years ago in the space that was the longtime home of Deacon Burton’s – a soul food favorite.

Shaun’s was highly acclaimed, and it carried a four-star rating from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“This was a hard decision in many ways,” Doty said in a prepared statement.  “But I believe it is better to focus my energy right now.”

That focus would be on Yeah! Burger — the upscale burger bar that is going gangbusters in its original Westside location. Doty and partner Erik Maier plan to open a second location in Virginia Highland this fall.

Look for Jon Watson’s review of Yeah! Burger next Friday.

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October 21st, 2010
10:39 am

Fries cooked in duck fat are so overrated.

John D

October 21st, 2010
11:10 am

Shaun’s duck-fat fries are fantastic. Have you actually tried them, RK?
Sorry he’s closing; still missing the old Joel, too.


October 21st, 2010
11:15 am

Rick, if you want really good Shrimp ‘n’ Grits take trip down to Savannah and go to Lady and Sons. It’s awesome low country cuisine and the Shrimp ‘n’ Grits is one of their specialties.


October 21st, 2010
12:37 pm

i am not surprised it was never any good


October 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

We ate there last night, just after returning from summer in France. Nice to come back to chef-driven restaurants like Shaun’s Ordered the chicken livers (of course), shared. Then heritage pork cutlet like you wish your mother used to make; and fresh salmon sauteed crisp outside, melting inside. Fine ingredients, cooked simply but with respect.


October 21st, 2010
2:27 pm

Nope, I’ve had fries cooked in duck fat in a few places…nothing extraordinary about them.


October 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

A sad day. We love Shaun’s and were just there on Sunday — it’s our go-to place when we want a great night out. Steak tartare, chopped liver (leftovers for lunch today!), pork schnitzel, fries in duck fat, we love it all. I’ve loved Shaun’s food since Mumbo Jumbo and, while I enjoy Yeah! Burger, it’s no substitute for a great bistro meal. Sad sad sad.


October 21st, 2010
3:42 pm

These comments only proves why Atlanta has no identity in the culinary scene (its a shame this is the majority voice of the population). It’s a burger, show me a menu in Atlanta that doesn’t have one. As a chef, there’s really not any incentive to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into a place with innovative food in a city that will not support it.

People say they will miss Shaun’s but how many of you really support local restaurants on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Going there on a special occasion once a year doesn’t help pay the bills. And don’t bring up the economy this and that and you don’t have any money. I spent over $16,500 (which is not a lot) so far this year just eating out and supporting local businesses and only local businesses. While most of you are going to franchises and chains because it’s cheap and safe.

What have you done on your part to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for global cuisine?


October 21st, 2010
3:51 pm

It sounds like Frank will be dining on high horse tonight. Local, of course.

You are probably barking up the wrong tree with the posters here.


October 21st, 2010
5:31 pm

Frank, your definition of “not a lot” is just mind boggling.

Bride of Puerquito

October 21st, 2010
5:39 pm

wether you like it or not, Frank is right.


October 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

Sorry to hear Shaun’s will close. We just tried Yeah Burger last night for the first time, and although my partner enjoyed his lamb burger my beef burger reminded me of a Steak n Shake double steak burger that can be had for $4! I was looking forward to the chipotle mayo (Yeah sauce) but I couldn’t even taste it. As one other comment stated, I much prefer Flip down the street.


October 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

The burger at Yeah! is dry, salty and overcooked. If you think a grass fed burger has to be cooked in that fashion, then you all need to visit Farmburger in Decatur. Practically the same concept and by far the best burger in the ATL, cooked to order (med rare if desired) and better priced. Not to mention his sides including the sweet potato fries and garlic parm fries are excellent. Yeah! Burger’s fries were soggy and the onion rings tasted like the onions were an afterthought from the salty batter. Additionally, there are some great burgers in the VA HI including Highland Tap and Georges and no need for an additional below average burger in the mix.

Shaun’s was one of our fave restaurants for the first 3 years of existence and it did start to go downhill in the last 6-9 months. Our last meal there on July 2nd was less then favorable and the restaurant was empty. Great space and great chef – really wish Shaun had stayed with Shaun’s and worked to improve it there – maybe enter some lower priced items and not move forward with the Yeah! concept. BTW, his burger at Shaun’s is far better then Yeah!.