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“Top Chef” host Tom Colicchio to close Craft Atlanta and Craftbar [UPDATED]

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio plans to close his two Atlanta restaurants, Craft Atlanta and the more casual Craftbar, in early 2011, according to a written statement issued by his restaurant group’s publicists. Both restaurants are located in the same freestanding structure that faces the Mansion on Peachtree hotel in Buckhead, and has been a part of the hotel complex since the hotel opened under different ownership. but they’ve been unable to reach an agreement with the new owners, according to the press release:

“The restaurant’s agreement with the original owners of The Mansion on Peachtree, Mansion Centre Development LLC, was not assigned to the property’s new owners, 3376 Peachtree Rd – Atlanta LLC, when they took possession of the property in February 2010.

While efforts have been made by both parties to negotiate a new agreement, unfortunately, Craft and 3376 Peachtree Rd – Atlanta LLC could not agree on terms. The restaurant’s chef/owner Tom Colicchio is disappointed to be closing the doors and remains extremely proud of the Craft Atlanta team and all they have accomplished..”

The restaurant holds a four-star rating from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and has been widely considered one of the city’s best.  Colicchio runs three other Craft restaurants — the New York flagship as well as outposts in Dallas and Los Angeles. In addition, there are two Craftbars in New York and Los Angeles.

UPDATE:  The tentative closing date is February 14, according to the restaurants’ publicist.

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David

December 20th, 2010
4:14 pm

Lots of good and bad here, Sophie’s Choice was best of the bunch however in her assessment of Lobsterfest. Get your upper east side head out of your arse Lobersterfest..and pay attention to what the hottest restaurants in NYC are these days, Minetta Tavern, DBGB, The Breslin, Prune,The Spotted Pig, just to name a few…..all of these owned by world class chefs with exquisite pedigrees and partners in the NYC dining scene for years, but even they figured out the value equation.They can do their fine dining Michelin star gig, but if they want to survive and build their so called NYC empires, they better figure out how to be diverse and provide value down the food chain far from their established white table cloth venues. April Bloomfield experienced it first hand with her John Dory restaurant going belly up within 6 months..(sorry no takers for $100 dover sole) and now she’s taking another swing at it, but doing it at a better value to price menu.Give people good food and value for that food and they will come and keep coming in Droves. Unfortunately Tom just wasn’t doing that through Craft Atlanta. These are outpost joints that succeed in Vegas and allow for the masses to have access to this type of quality and celebrity cuisine. Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Jean George, Ducasse, are going to have their clientele like yourself, but your about to be all alone in your 3 start dining room sir, as the crowds have dwindled everywhere for this style of dining. Even the so called greatest restaurant on the planet closed this year. I’m sure not for the same reasons as Craft, but things are changing in the global food scene and the best chefs recognize this. Watch the 100 show episode of Bourdain and you’ll see how scared Michelin star chef Eric Ripert is about the coming wave of new casual style chefs coming from Paris. This is your problem and lack of intelligence on the subject in that you use your bias and blind archaic judgement to attack Atlanta, when its happening even in the epicenters of fine dining and world class chefs…Paris & NYC. And lastly, let’s be honest folks, Craft went into that building right as the real estate market and cratered and the economy tanked, the building went into receivership due to lack of occupancy and he kept his prices where he started them, and what remains of Buckhead is a soulless shell of what it was. Who wants to go to a mall or hotel for a meal with character? Nuff said….update yourself Lobsterboy!