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Watershed Restaurant to close Decatur location, reopen another

courtesy of WatershedRestaurant.com

courtesy of WatershedRestaurant.com

Watershed Restaurant announced today that it will be closing its current location after dinner next Saturday, Aug. 6th. The restaurant is relocating to an undisclosed location but the email sent to customers makes it sound as though it will no longer be in Decatur. It seems that Watershed is trying to reinvent itself, even using the phrase “the ‘new’ Watershed” in the announcement. The new location is slated to open by the end of the year.

Here are excerpts from the email announcement:

The new location (to be announced) will combine a fine dining experience with a casual and comfortable atmosphere. The “new” Watershed will continue to serve the outstanding southern-inspired cuisine it has become famous for, including the award winning Southern Fried Chicken and Sunday Brunch. The restaurant design will offer guests a vibrant bar, spacious dining room, large outdoor patio, and ample parking. It will also include a private dining room where neighborhood residents, businesses and other community groups will be able to entertain, conduct business meetings, or celebrate special occasions. Owner Emily Saliers commented, “While it was not an easy decision to leave Decatur, we are unable to offer our guests these added amenities in our current location. We are deeply grateful to the Decatur community for 13 years of support.” Watershed’s Decatur location will be closing after dinner on Saturday evening August 6th so that the owners can begin working on the new restaurant which they anticipate opening by the end of the year.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

65 comments Add your comment

SAWB

August 1st, 2011
7:10 pm

Well, I said Watershed will probably relocate to North Fulton not sure why that was considered an attack on the quality of restaurants in Decatur. I live nearby and eat in Decatur almost weekly, so no hatin goin on here.

FryThyBrain

August 1st, 2011
8:35 pm

Good riddance. What a waste they were to prime real-estate space!!

Firefly

August 1st, 2011
8:58 pm

Wow. I can only hope that the owners and staff do not read this ignorant and irrelevant banter!! Watershed is and will continue to be a wonderful restaurant! I, for one, will go wherever they go! I have only had wonderful experiences, of which, I have chosen to share with my family and friends time and time again for special occasions and casual nights out!! Seriously, people, if you want crunchy and cheap fried chicken, go to KFC! Good luck Watershed! See you soon!

Rhonda

August 1st, 2011
9:25 pm

To frythybrain…really? Hateful, hateful people should be banne to Ruby Tuesdays!! We love Watershed!!! Can’t wait to see where you go!!

Jenny Turknett

August 1st, 2011
9:54 pm

While I do think that there were some service and pricing issues, Watershed was an asset to our restaurant landscape. And, I think Joe Truex was never really given the chance to show his stuff. How hard must it be to come into an iconic restaurant like Watershed and have to make dishes created by the legendary Scott Peacock? When Truex was given a little freedom to make his own dishes, he had more success. I think this is a great time for Watershed to reevaluate and I hope they do reinvent themselves and reopen as indicated.

Decatur Resident

August 2nd, 2011
9:36 am

I for one am not sorry to see it go. Regarding whether or not the property owner did not renew the lease, I’m not sure if that is true or not. However, if it is true, you have to ask yourself why. Could it be the “no one’s better than me” attitude of Watershed. I’ve never been there, but have heard LOTS about it. And after seeing the menu and the prices, I can tell you that I would have been at Cafe Lily, Cafe Alsace, Iberian Pig and others LONG before I would go to “what’s its name? Watershed”. Also, Watershed was NOT the one that defined Fine Dining in Decatur. Cafe Lily was!!

oz pizza

August 2nd, 2011
9:40 am

still not over OZ pizza leaving they in my mind have the best Pizza in Atlanta

reebok

August 2nd, 2011
9:45 am

to each his own…but if Watershed is not the most overrated restaurant in Atlanta, it’s only because Atlanta is a pretty big place.

Know A Good Restaurant When I Dine There!

August 4th, 2011
2:22 pm

@ Firefly: I also hope that Watershed’s owners do not come across this blog. While I only dined there once and did not enjoy it, I do not want the owners’ to read this blog and feel beaten up over some of the unnecessarily harsh, destructive criticism. On to bigger and better, I say!

Know A Good Restaurant When I Dine There!

August 4th, 2011
2:22 pm

pinkbunny

August 4th, 2011
3:40 pm

I am sorry–and astounded–to hear that so many people had issues with Watershed. It has been one of my favorite restaurants in the Atlanta area for years, consistently excellent in quality. The fried chicken is close to perfect, the shrimp grits heady and fragrant, and the vegetable plates are standouts regardless of the time of year they are ordered. I have always been delighted with the service, I have never had to wait for a table, and I always felt I got my money’s worth. I’m sorry it will be gone for so long, but I do hope it reopens somewhere not TOO far away. There are those of us who consider it one of our favorites.

mUFFIN

August 4th, 2011
4:00 pm

I never even went there. I perused their menu online a couple of years ago and saw the prices and said “eh, forget it.”. if i’m going to spend that much money on a dinner out, i want more than the standard southern fare that i grew up on. i’ll go to my mom’s for the best fried chicken and pimiento cheese!

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Leelee

August 5th, 2011
11:14 am

My sympathies go to the staff – many long timers — who were shafted by five days notice who can hardly afford to wait for a reincarnation months later. I hope they all find good jobs elsewhere, but know it will be a challenge. That said, I did enjoy the food through the many early years of Watershed, but the price points did become a turn off to me. (I will never forgive them for that $12 bowl of mussels with something like 6 or 8 mussels in it; the cheapest ingredient you can find — compared to the wonderful big bowlfuls at same or lesser prices at Brasserie Le Coze or later FAB). In recent times, parking had become nightmarish for what to me evolved into a boring menu of things that I could make as well or find elsewhere for less money and hassle. Still, it is sad to see one of the Decatur pioneers disappear, making more room for the sea of mediocrity that is most of Decatur’s dining.

nique

August 5th, 2011
1:27 pm

Heard it was pretty good, hoping it moves to Midtown so I can get to it a bit easier. Any rumors on what part of town it might be moving to?