Kirkwood Bar and Grill has 'officially' closed

It's curtains for the Kirkwood restaurant after more than two years of drama.

Kirkwood Bar & Grill is "officially" closed, according to East Atlanta Patch.

The restaurant, at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE. (formerly Kirkwood Public House), shuttered sometime around June 2, according to Patch.

This isn't the first time Kirkwood Bar and Grill has closed its doors.

Since David Johnson took over the space in March 2011, the restaurant created enough drama to star in an Off Broadway play.


  1. Johnson took over the shuttered Kirkwood Public House in March 2011.
  2. The neighborhood freaked out when they found out Kirkwood Public House would reopen as “VIP Sports Bar and Lounge,” as reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC).
  3. Johnson blamed one the ABC’s longtime journalists for fabricating his new restaurant’s name.
  4. Johnson renamed his new concept Kirkwood Bar and Grill before it opened.
  5. Residents tried to shutter Kirkwood Bar and Grill; Johnson tweeted they’re racist.
  6. Mayor Kasim Reed denied Kirkwood Bar and Grill’s liquor license application.
  7. Georgia Superior Court Judge overtuners Reed's denial of a liquor license to Johnson.

After parting ways with Johnson, site owners John Turpin and business partner Ian Smith Jr. of Southeast Holdings LLC, are using Facebook to market the property.


Click here to read the rest of East Atlanta Patch's thoughtful report.