Bobby G’s owner blames MARTA, parking and Section 8 Housing for shuttering his business

Bobby G's Chicago Eatery ~ what now atlanta

Chicago-style eatery closes at Lindbergh City Center.

Bobby G’s Chicago Eatery has closed in Buckhead.

Glenn Kaas, owner of the Chicago-style quick-serve restaurant, shuttered the Lindbergh franchise Saturday, August 6.

Bobby G’s first opened its Lindbergh City Center location in January, 2010.

Kaas told What Now Atlanta on a trip to the restaurant Saturday he’ll go back to being a pharmacist, the job he held before opening Bobby G’s.

“Owning a restaurant was always my dream,” Kaas said.

A dream with start-up costs totaling around $336,000, according to the franchiser’s website. Monies that are still being paid back in loans, according to Kaas.

As for closing, well it’s mainly MARTA’s fault, he said. MARTA, who owns the complex where Bobby G’s is located, has made parking at the development next to impossible — unless you’re willing to pay for it and most are not.

We experienced it ourselves on a trip Saturday to get this story as Lanier Parking Solutions (hired by MARTA to manage the property) tried to ticket us at an “out of order” meter on the street directly outside the restaurant (good looks and bribes got us out of a ticket).

There are, however, parking decks nearby that allow restaurants to issue patrons validation.

“People don’t like parking decks,” Kaas said. And interestingly enough, Taco Maco, located across the street from Bobby G’s, has been given an extra hour parking for their patrons.

Other issues include apartments that were recently turned into Section 8 Housing, according to Kaas.

“We always received a lot of compliments on our food but most of the new residents can’t afford it.”

These all sound like logical problems, but maybe the food just sucked.

After all, we interviewed Kaas around lunchtime and even on an empty stomach, bolted from there to find something that looked more edible.

It was pretty uncomfortable in the restaurant also, considering the A.C. went out the week before.

“When the air conditioning blew-out, we took that as validation to get the hell out of here.”