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Closed or Closing: Dante’s, Sun Dial, Peasant

Dante'sDante’s closing in July

After months of mixed messages, Dante Stephensen announced via Facebook that Dante’s Down the Hatch will close July 31. The iconic restaurant, as beloved for its multilevel shipwrecked atmosphere, as its jazz, fondue and wines, was an Atlanta destination for 43 years. And Stephensen was its master of ceremonies. If you missed it on Sunday, here’s a great story about Stephensen and Dante’s by the AJC’s Bert Roughton Jr.:

Sun Dial set for renovations

The Sun Dial restaurant, which has been revolving atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza for more than 35 years, will be closing for renovations on April 28. According to a press release, it will reopen in August with “a fully refreshed interior, regular special events and a seasonally crafted menu from Chef Jason Starnes with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.

Peasant Bistro closed last week

One of the last vestiges of the original ’70s Pleasant Peasant restaurants, originally owned and operated by Dick Daily and Steve Nygren, the Peasant Bistro near Centennial Olympic Park closed last week. It first opened in 2006, and owners Maureen Kalmanson and Pam Furr have another  Peasant group restaurant, Campagnolo, in Midtown.

Do you have memories of dining at Dante’s, the Sun Dial, or any of the Peasant restaurants?

— Bob Townsend, Food and More blog.

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April 29th, 2013
11:09 am

I really miss all the original Peasant restaurants. The Peasant Bistro was OK, but not a replacement for the original Pleasant Peasant on Peachtree or The Country Place at Colony Square.


April 29th, 2013
11:13 am

I went to Dante’s for my Junior prom and actually got up and sang with the live Jazz band. It was such a great memory! Hate to see them go, especially for a bunch of over priced condos that will be empty and foreclosed a year after they are built.