Andy Badgett, chef/owner at Relish in Roswell, announced yesterday that he plans to close the restaurant after New Year’s Eve.
“We’ve had a notable few years here at Relish,” Badgett said in a prepared statement. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished and the reputation we’ve built. However, we see trends changing in suburban dining and we want to be ahead of the curve.”
Badgett and his partners in the Condiment Group will keep the space and transform into a Mexican restaurant to be called Pico Auténtico. Look for a late January opening.
Badgett must surely have eyed the runaway success of Inc. Street Food nearby — another venue for stylish, inexpensive Mexican fare. He is also a restaurateur who knows when to swap out concepts, having previously transformed the high-end Asher into its current incarnation as the Fickle Pickle Café.
Still, I’ve heard from a number of Northsiders who will miss Relish’s updated Southern cooking, such as the signature pimento cheese fritters (left).
They might want to make reservations quickly.