Over the past few months, rumors have been swirling about downtown’s French American Brasserie. The rumor mill suggested that it was closing in order to open a new restaurant in Buckhead. And, indeed, owners Fabrice Vergez and Cindy Brown will open a new restaurant concept called F&B at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.
At the time of the F&B announcement, however, F.A.B. representatives insisted that it would remain open and that the new restaurant would not be a replacement. However, as What Now Atlanta reported, yesterday F.A.B. posted a notice of closure on its Facebook page and today the phones remain unanswered. The Facebook post reads:
We want all of our loyal fans and patrons to be the first to know that as of last night, we have closed our doors downtown. Thank you to our incredible staff and all of those who have supported us over the years. With the current economic climate, we felt it best to focus all of our attention and efforts on the new location. We are very excited to return to Buckhead and look forward to a new beginning in the Ritz Carlton Residences in the Spring of 2012.
As John Kessler reported back in August, shortly after F&B’s announcement, F.A.B. unveiled a lower-priced menu with “brasserie bites” and an updated and more casual interior in an attempt to appeal to a broader market. At the time, Vergez said, “This economy isn’t going to change, so we’ve got to adjust.”
F.A.B. was originally known as Brasserie Le Coze and was located at Lenox Square Mall. When Neiman Marcus expanded in 2006, the restaurant relocated to its current downtown spot in the Southern Company building, near the Georgia Aquarium.
F.A.B.’s sister restaurant, the new F&B in Buckhead, will be a neighborhood bistro featuring French and Mediterranean flavors using a farm-to-table approach. It will join Tomo Japanese Restaurant and To-Go Bistro at its new 3630 Peachtree address.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog