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Bad News From Heirloom Market BBQ

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This message was posted on the Heirloom Market BBQ Facebook page a few minutes ago:

We have some bad news happening at Heirloom Market BBQ: Starting Tuesday we will no longer have in house dining. We will become to-go and catering only. Cobb County and the DOT have decided that in the near future no on can park in any form of unpaved surface around the area. That includes our employees that park on our private property. So be careful in the future if you park on the side. They are threatening to enforce with tickets. We are also no longer aloud to have people stand and eat on the patio….thus limiting our seating and forcing us to move in this direction. All the parking spots in the front row facing the building will now be 10-15 minute parking including those in front of next door. I guess all the tax dollars we generate are not good enough and they are forcing this small business into a corner. Come tonight and tomorrow as it will be the last chance to stand or sit and eat at Heirloom.

Who’s heading there tonight?

2243 Akers Mill Rd., 770-612-2502, www.heirloommarketbbq.com.

— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More.

31 comments Add your comment

Wood

June 28th, 2013
4:47 pm

Well, that stinks.

Colly

June 28th, 2013
4:51 pm

I JUST went there yesterday for the first time ever and of course loved it. This is absurd! Come to Dekalb County, Heirloom – Cobb doesn’t deserve you.

Eric

June 28th, 2013
5:00 pm

The Sonny’s on Spring Road is still vacant, they can move in that building.

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FM Fats

June 28th, 2013
6:23 pm

The Heirloom truck has been parked by the former Kitsch’n 155/Athens Pizza Express/Arby’s space on Clairmont near the VA Hospital. Rumor has it the Heirloom folks are opening up a new place, different concept.

Brett

June 28th, 2013
7:35 pm

This is excellent, they’ve needed to move to a larger place for sometime. Parking is such a hassle, arguably dangerous, eating there is not comfortable or pleasant. I don’t really understand why they didn’t voluntarily recognize that their customers are greatly inconvenienced by their set up and move to a larger place, at least with available parking, in order to accommodate and serve their customers.

Bruce

June 28th, 2013
9:08 pm

Why don’t they find a different location/bigger place.

Amy

June 29th, 2013
9:37 am

Love how Cobb County is going after a small business owner but refuses to do anything about the jerks who park in the handicap spots right down the road at LA Fitness.

rebelliousrose

June 29th, 2013
10:54 am

OH NO COBB COUNTY DID NOT!!! This is my absolute favorite place to eat, and I will continue to support them. I love the hole-in-the-wall aspect, and I hope they don’t have to move- and if they do, that they stay in the area!

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The Real Foodie

June 29th, 2013
2:35 pm

People like Brent don’t deserve good Que!

jj bbq

June 29th, 2013
4:04 pm

the owner needs to move

Edward

June 29th, 2013
5:16 pm

Maybe they’ll move in town where they will be appreciated. O4W, West Midtown, Midtown, Brookwood… all would be instantly popular.

Diego

June 29th, 2013
5:35 pm

Please, please do move inside 285!!!!!

AJ

June 29th, 2013
6:49 pm

Diego – They are ITP. As for those of you who tell him to move – sometimes that is easier said than done. It isn’t like renting an apartment, it’s tough to just pack up and go – not to mention expensive.

PapaDoc

June 29th, 2013
10:01 pm

Cobb County should have given them some time to make changes. If they lose this tax revenue, they are idiots. Cody and Jiyeon are the best. Made history in Atlanta. Great way to reward them.

Greg

June 29th, 2013
11:53 pm

I agree with Brett, and I’ve been wondering how long it was going to be until the county finally came down on them for the parking thing. I’ve eaten there a few times and it is good, for certain, but not worth the trouble… lousy parking, long lines, minimal seating. I’ve been hoping that Heirloom would move to a place better for all involved, business and customers alike, for a long time now. Hopefully, this will force their hand. The situation as it has existed for a while now is just plain dangerous.

AtlantaMarietta

June 30th, 2013
1:38 am

Vacant places all over town so not sure what they are complaining about other than they might have to pay more rent. Less likely to worry about their liability insurance going up though. They are lucky nobody got hurt trying to get in and out of of such a dangerous location. They didn’t have the space or parking to start with for a restaurant. Too bad they couldn’t figure this out on their own without being forced by DOT and Cobb County.

Beau1500

June 30th, 2013
12:26 pm

My experience has been that good small restaurants who move to a “bigger space” are usually out of business within a year due to the “bigger expense”. I would Brett and Greg to go soon.

Ned Ludd

June 30th, 2013
2:58 pm

Speaking of Bar-B-Que—someone needs to give a shout out to PBS—Next Thursday (4th) they are showing ‘Kist By Fire’ —a showcase and visit to many Atlanta barbequeries–new and old. Hope Jim Stacy is involved–he is a great American and credit to local food and overalls in general.

Lanier Spots

June 30th, 2013
10:25 pm

Heirloom is my favorite, I certainly hope they stay close to the Powers Ferry/Cumberland area!

The Spicy Korean Pork Sandwich is my food jam!

Meat Week

June 30th, 2013
10:47 pm

I hate you Cobb County DOT for ruining the “dive” experience at the best BBQ restaurant in all of ATL!

Cody – I hope you move out of Cobb Co just to stick it to the Cobb County Government dimwits as they will those thousands upon thousands of tax dollars.

Where you go I’ll go, were you stay I’ll stay, where you move, I’ll move. I will follow you!

Heirloom &gt Cobb County DOT

Goldenrod

June 30th, 2013
10:59 pm

Yall please move near the Georgia Tech campus and I’ll visit you every Monday and Thursday (and on Saturdays when the Jackets are kicking the leghumpers arse in football).

I tried Sonny’s and then Heirloom and to me Heirloom was tastier. Also beats McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich with BBQ sauce.

DawgsOnTop

July 1st, 2013
8:49 am

First of all, Heirloom BBQ rocks! Love that new Short Rib sandwich and wish you guys well wherever you move.

Secondly, responding to that idiotic post from Ga Tech fan Goldenrod above a few points:
1. Heirloom is not open on Mondays
2. We pray they have no plans of moving all the way down by the Ga Tech campus
3. The Dawgs Run This State and have defeated GT 11 out of 12 in football
4. You shouldn’t even begin to attempt to compare Heirloom with Sonny’s – that’s like comparing steaks from Chops against Waffle House’s!

Good luck Heirloom and Go Dawgs!

Veggie

July 1st, 2013
11:06 am

I think the writer meant to write we are no longer “allowed”, not “aloud.” Just saying…

AzCat

July 1st, 2013
11:13 am

What Brett and Greg said. Edward, they are greatly appreciated where they’re at, might I even venture to say loved. But the physical location/situation was and is dangerous. There are several empty places fairly close by that would seem to serve every one’s purposes.

Some Guy

July 1st, 2013
11:26 am

They shouldn’t have lied about their insurance claims history.

OTP with ITP Appetite

July 1st, 2013
12:14 pm

Out of adversity will come great things. HMBBQ has had amazing success in a short time due to their hard work, innovative and delicious food, reasonable prices for carefully sourced meats, and for just being nice folks with a passion (hint: eat pastured meats). The parking is a nightmare, so I have hoped that they would move soon. I hope they don’t move far. It is the local support that is the backbone of their success. I love you, Heirloom Market!

Doug Whiner

July 1st, 2013
1:57 pm

Yeah, those meanies at Cobb County. I set up my fruit stand in the middle of the intersection of Highway 41 and Windy Hill Road…and THEY MADE ME MOVE!!! Can you believe it?

FoodPlease

July 1st, 2013
2:00 pm

Edward – they are appreciated where they are at – obviously.

The Sonny’s comparison was cringeful but then – “Also beats McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich with BBQ sauce.” I seriously hope you were trying to make a funny there. Because…no sh*t.

Mr. C

July 5th, 2013
4:17 pm

The food is great, but I have told management over and over that the parking situation was unsafe and untenable. It also shows a lack of consideration for the customers. I still go there for dinner (when it’s less crowded), but I stopped going there for lunch because I was unwilling to park 100+ yards down Akers Mill Road. I urged them to moved to a larger location, of which there are several good options not far away. I was told they were looking into it, but nothing ever happened. I hope this gets resolved though.