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Front Burner: Zaza Pachulia closes second restaurant in Peachtree Street space

slzaza0326-01Apparently casual didn’t work either.

The Atlanta Hawks Forward-Center Zaza Pachulia (left) has decided to shutter Midtown’s Fifth Street Cafe only after about three months in operation, according to reporting on the website What Now, Atlanta. Co-owner A.D. Allushi told the website, “We were losing a tremendous amount of money” at the Peachtree Street eatery,  and that “projected revenues were nowhere near our actual sales.”

Pachulia and company had tried to make a go of the space as Eno by Zaza, a revamping of the longtime former tenant, Eno Restaurant.

Allushi, Pachulia and their third partner, chef Ian Winslade, still operate Buckhead Bottle Bar.

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Debbie

October 28th, 2010
11:45 am

that guy needs to stick with basketball and stay away from Atlanta restaurants. he ruined a great restaurant when he bought ENO.

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Andrew H

October 28th, 2010
12:55 pm

agreed Debbie. BBB is lame also.

N

October 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

Wow — It wasn’t opened that long under the new name…may have been casual but it was still not in the lower price range that often times gets high traffic. As a resident in the area I would have visited if it had casual prices.

Wah

October 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

Eno was excellent. So sad to see it run into the ground and end up just another empty restaurant space.

Mike

October 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

Am I the only one who saw the name “Zaza” on a restaurant in Midtown and thought of La Cage aux Folles?

Chuck Sheen

October 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

He sucks at basketball too. Next to Kyle Korver he is by far the biggest joke in the NBA

conyerskevin

October 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

^ Chuck – go look at his numbers for the Hawks last night.

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Donkey200

October 28th, 2010
4:40 pm

Not a “too bad” from this kid. I wouldn’t have wasted my time or $ on any bar/restaurant with a sports player attached to it. Plus – the prices – ooohhlalaa! Who do they think they’re kidding???

Chuck Sheen

October 29th, 2010
11:54 am

Conyers- go check out his performance in the playoffs last year. Also, check his defensive stats vs. top centers in the league. Also, watch film on his inability to take the ball to the basket. He scored garbage points last night (7 free throws) vs. one of the worst teams in the league. Martin Gortat dominates him on a regular basis. He can’t even quickly dunk on anyone. Chris Kamen is a real center (LA Clips). Never judge someone by one performance kevin. Perhaps that’s why you live in conyers. Good Day.

willie

October 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

He has earned over $20 mill as an NBA player. What have you made? He is a solid role player. Lay off, Chuck

atlanta_viewer

October 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

LOL @ Chuck Sheen… | Dang, Chuck what you got against Zaza? You are really going in on him. I ate at the Buckhead Bottle Bar and the burgers were over cooked. How do you mess up a hamburger? No, I didn’t order them Well-Done either. Chuck’s comments gave me a much needed laugh for the day.

kc

October 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

Dang Chuck-be sure and kick the dog when you get home tonight. Geez.

Sadie

October 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

This makes Pachulia a loser in running a business as well as playing basketball.

A total loser.

john

October 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

Lots of haters today. Plenty of restaurants go under for different reasons. I happen to like the restaurant in Buckhead.

Go Hawks! Btw…Zaza played very well against Memphis the other night

Bill Braskie

October 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

Listen here Chuckster, this dude is in the N-B-A…these are the best athletes in the world. They are professional lifelong athletes who made it to the highest level of competition (unlike yourself). When compared to the average joe (Chuckster) none of the NBA players suck!

gem dawg

October 29th, 2010
1:32 pm

Saw where Kevin Garnett didn’t like the atmosphere around Zaza’s either. He may not be the most talented but he’ll always be one of my favorites for that chin to chin dance with KG.

Section 303

October 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

Sad to here this. My wife and I have been Hawks season ticket holders for years. We were planning on stopping into Zaza’s resturant. Guess we should have made it a more urgent plan.

Sorry for Zaza. He seemed (from what I read/heard) to really like running the place.

Tracy

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Thank you, Debbie. Totally agree. ENO was a great restaurant. One of my favorites. Wonderful fine dining and a great bar and bar menu. When it was ENO, the service was also excellent.

I was also a member of their wine shop’s club, and no one even notified me that the business had changed hands. They continued to charge me for the wine, but when I went to pick it up, the inventory was gone. They did give me replacements, but they were not the quality I had paid for. I cancelled my membership, and the next thing I knew they were closed for remodeling. Now they are gone for good. Obviously poorly managed, as it is a great location.

Diego

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Perhaps Zaza should lay off on his restaurant ventures, but give him a break re. his basketball skills, haters.

The guy started playing in the NBA (Orlando) when he was only 18 years old (he is only 26 now) and played pro bowl in Eastern Europe several years before that. He is a solid 2nd string center and has made millions of $ playing a sport folks around the world love. (And the NBA season is only 6 months or so long, so he has free time the rest of the year that we working shmoes can only dream of.) Plus he is a pretty nice guy.

Turtleman

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Tracy’s comments are right on the money!