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Everybody’s Pizza to close after 41 years in Emory Village

eb-wideFor generations of Emory University students, faculty and staff, Everybody’s Pizza has been that restaurant. The campus restaurant. Lots of food for a decent price, cheap drinks for those who can show the right I.D. and the kinds of oddball dishes that people cramming for finals learn to crave — such as Thai chicken pizza salad.

But just as the number of food offerings in Emory Village are on the upswing with the recent additions of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Zoës Kitchen, Everybody’s has decided to call it quits. The last day will be March 19. Owner Andy Kurlansky sent this press release:

After 41 great years in Emory Village, we are retiring from the restaurant business.

We are proud to have served some 3 million pizzas to multiple generations of Atlantans since 1971.

Here’s to all who had their first dates at Everybody’s, met their spouse at Everybody’s, or celebrated other of life’s joyous events with us.

Thanks to all in Atlanta who have been loyal fans of our pizza, and who have been guests in our “home.”

But most of all, we thank all of the wonderful folks who have worked with us throughout these 41 years,

for they have been the true heart and soul of the place.

Without their dedication and love, none of it could have happened.

126 comments Add your comment

iRun

March 7th, 2013
11:27 am

Why don’t they just sell it so it can stay open?

beachwriter

March 7th, 2013
12:17 pm

No more chicken and cheese pizza sandwiches….I may not be able to go on. :(

Patrick

March 7th, 2013
12:17 pm

This is horrible news! Everybody’s is one of my favorite places to eat. I was really sad when they closed the Va-Hi location, but could handle it thinking I could always drive over to Emory.

Say it ain’t so, Everybody’s!!

Lochlin Sturrock

March 7th, 2013
12:34 pm

I am truly saddened by this news. I have been going to Everybodies since I was born in 1971…..same year they started. My mom was an Emory Alum and we grew up very close to the campus. I now work at the CDC on the other side of the campus and frequently walk over for a lunch special. I am going miss this iconic institution so very much!

Sad news….

pb

March 7th, 2013
12:40 pm

A truly sad development ! Been going there for over 30 years. Guess things are always changing in the food/restaurant scene. Too bad for us old timers…

stephieZ

March 7th, 2013
12:43 pm

I love their thai pizza salad. I remember coming here as a kid 25 years ago. Very sad:(

Road Scholar

March 7th, 2013
12:50 pm

Been going there since 1972. Best pizza in town. Sandwiches weren’t bad either!The lunch special (personal pizza, side salad and drink for $7.99) was great Say it ain’t so!!!

Heather

March 7th, 2013
12:50 pm

Saddest restaurant news I’ve heard in a while. My husband and I grew up on Everybody’s pizza and salad. The new places don’t have the right feel. Emory Village is losing its soul.

sarah

March 7th, 2013
12:56 pm

Very sad news. I too, grew up eating there and met my husband there 29 years ago. Very sad!

Susan

March 7th, 2013
12:58 pm

This is so sad. My ex and I had our first date there, back in 1973. I still have so many fond memories of Everybody’s, even though I haven’t been there in some time. A real loss for Atlanta.

Les

March 7th, 2013
12:59 pm

Does this mean that both locations of Everybody’s Pizza is closing? Or only one location?

Pete

March 7th, 2013
1:00 pm

This means no more of their sinfully rich bread pudding. Even though I am diabetic, I always took an extra shot so I could enjoy a little of it. The food and the staff will be missed.

xxx

March 7th, 2013
1:03 pm

Ate there once, the pizza was mediocre, at best.

BGOLD

March 7th, 2013
1:15 pm

Worked there in the late 70s; ate there off and on… even drank at the Lullwater when it was opened. Say it ain’t so Kurlansky, Paymer…
(I remember when the Miranda was created.)

I guess it’s so!!!

Bridget

March 7th, 2013
1:17 pm

Thanks for the good times Everybodys!!! You will be missed!

Al

March 7th, 2013
1:21 pm

Great news! This place sold truly awful pizza. I mean, really bad stuff. They should have closed years ago. Good riddance

davy

March 7th, 2013
1:32 pm

I love that people say things like “great news!”. There really is no need for that. A lot of good people lost their jobs. People with mortgages and families. Hope you’re happy with yourself.

Carol M

March 7th, 2013
1:33 pm

Thank you Everybodys! Sure would loooooove the recipe for your salad dressing and pizza sauce!

Otis

March 7th, 2013
1:36 pm

Over rated pizza at best. See ya!

Kat

March 7th, 2013
1:41 pm

Everybody’s should sell their recipes to the general public.

Dave

March 7th, 2013
1:43 pm

“For generations of Emory University students, faculty and staff, Everybody’s Pizza has been that restaurant. The campus restaurant. ”

I’ve never heard that in all of my time at Emory. The place was mediocre at best. Sorry!

Susan

March 7th, 2013
1:43 pm

So happy! Their place was dirty and their food was below average.

JACKBALLJ

March 7th, 2013
1:49 pm

If they changed the name to Wings and Courvoisier they would have made it.

JACKBALLJ

March 7th, 2013
1:51 pm

Hey Dave how can u call a place mediocre if you NEVER WENT THERE.

Julie

March 7th, 2013
1:57 pm

Oh, no! I remember when Everybody’s opened, and I grew up eating there. I got hooked on pizza by eating there and Papa Leone’s and Pizza by Candlelight in the Decatur area. Despite moving to NC in the mid-70s, I still went back there every chance I got when visiting Atlanta. So sorry to see this.

Emory Resident

March 7th, 2013
1:59 pm

The pizza never was that good…Emory residents rarely ever dined here. Customers were often visitors and people from out of town– not sad to see it go. bring in a better restaurant!!!

AC

March 7th, 2013
2:02 pm

uhh jackball, check your reading comprehension, dave was saying he never heard anyone call it “the campus restaurant.”

Beverly Hunter

March 7th, 2013
2:05 pm

I am so sad that you are closing. I have gone there ever since you opened in 1971. Please, if you could, share your recipes, especially for your pizza sauce. I would love to keep enjoying the dishes along with the memories.

Rick Smilow

March 7th, 2013
2:09 pm

First….those 70’s era favorites, JAGGERS and PJ HALEYS….now EVERYBODY’s …..
These institutions should be protected from rising rents and such; like land trusts and historic buildings are protected. Wishing future students fun, Rick

Local Girl

March 7th, 2013
2:14 pm

@BGold, Paymer has been out for several years now. I’m sorry for the employees that were only given two weeks notice by Kurlansky. Love it or hate it, Everybody’s has been an Emory institution for a long time and a lot of people will miss it, even just for nostalgia’s sake.

)_)

March 7th, 2013
2:20 pm

everybody’s was overpriced and bad.

guy adams

March 7th, 2013
2:24 pm

We use to drive over from Buckhead in ‘73 , spend the evening eating pizza,drinking beer and playing foosball. Will be missed.

'08 Emory Grad

March 7th, 2013
2:28 pm

Everybody’s may have been an Emory mainstay for its first 30 years, but in the last ten that I have been at and around Emory post-graduation, students never went there. It was way too high priced for college kids, and their prices have only gone up in the last 5 years. The same can be said for Romeo’s Pizza though. Pizza that’s average at best with prices that rival Antico. I am welcoming the change for the neighborhood!

chuck

March 7th, 2013
2:51 pm

To the guy who said that Everybody’s is “overpriced and bad”. Are you sure you weren’t referring to nearby Emory University ?

Laura Akerman

March 7th, 2013
2:51 pm

This is really sad. I’ve been eating there since way back, and though Everybody’s has changed a bit (I still miss the eggplant pizza choice), it still retains its originality. I hope this will not result in another “chain” moving into Emory Village… Sorry, but nothing can compare to a good restaurant whose owner puts themselves into it. Thanks Everbody’s, for staying with us…

Charles Forrest

March 7th, 2013
2:52 pm

Sorry to see the passing of another “institution”. Congratulations of 41 years in a business where so many others come and go after a few seasons. I’ll miss the chicken and broccoli pizza…

Nurse

March 7th, 2013
2:53 pm

I remember sending a ward clerk to Everybody’s for dinner for the nurses in our unit. We had to send urine containers to put the salad in because they didn’t have take-out boxes for salad!

Ashutosh (09 Emory grad)

March 7th, 2013
2:54 pm

This is really sad. Everybody’s was a fixture during the 5 years when I was in graduate school and I can’t remember the number of times I hung out here with friends and had a good time. Even after leaving school I used to visit with friends whenever I was in town, most recently in December 2012. Will definitely miss it.

Mel

March 7th, 2013
2:58 pm

Wils

March 7th, 2013
3:00 pm

OH NO! Where ever shall I go for expensive yet mediocre pizza now?

Emory Student

March 7th, 2013
3:01 pm

Great,more wasted space in pitiable emory village. As if the decrepit, run-down gas station, huge lots that remain empty by stores that were not appropriate for a college community, and sparse variation in food options were not reason enough to avoid dining in Emory village. This college “village” is a joke, definitely one of the most pathetic of its kind.

Neal Schwartz

March 7th, 2013
3:12 pm

OMG, what is my old buddy Ken, the manager going to do?

Steve

March 7th, 2013
3:21 pm

meh – it was average pizza at best

Steve

March 7th, 2013
3:23 pm

Sounds like all the people who “loved this institution” didn’t really give it the support it needed.

clem

March 7th, 2013
3:30 pm

hope someone fills the void; in my mind jaggers had better pizza but guess that is an individual preference. thank you everybody’s.

Grasshopper

March 7th, 2013
3:31 pm

I guess ‘everybody’ will have to go to the General Muir now for a $20 pastrami sandwich and some $5 pickles.

Al

March 7th, 2013
3:41 pm

food for thought: if the management actually cared about the ‘good people’ who worked there, then maybe they should have started selling edible food.

only a handful of Emory students ever went here. the majority were out-of-towners and/or people who didn’t know any better. it was a poorly managed restaurant with mediocre food. quality and taste were bad.

simple and cheap changes, if implemented years ago, could have saved this place. as i said before, good riddance.

on a side note, emory village is a sad place in need of a major face lift. the abandoned gas station, prevalence of awful taco joint(s), awful pizza joint(s), etc. is really getting old

NJDramaGuy

March 7th, 2013
3:45 pm

I lived in Atlanta for TN most of my life, but I have to agree….Everybody’s Pizza $ucked….Everyone seems to forget that there was a rumor for years that they were responsible for the fire that destroyed the Emory Movie Theatre, just so they could get it cheap for parking….which they did and towed off any who parked there just to walk around. My cousin from TN had his car towed away just for running across the street to get an apple from Kroger…..the pizza at Rocky’s Pizza was the best in town!

Will

March 7th, 2013
3:54 pm

Their Thai Chicken Salad pizza went from superb to average to bad over the last two years. It’s a shame that it had to follow in the footsteps of Jagger’s demise. Both establishments were great in their prime.

I’ve missed them both for some time now… (Jagger’s came back from the dead for a couple of years, but that didn’t last. The pizza was pretty close to the original, but the salads wouldn’t last 24 hours in the fridge…)

Native Gurl

March 7th, 2013
3:57 pm

This was the very first place I had pizza growing up in Decatur. Haven’t been in years …… but loved their pizza’s back in the day!