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8 Arm is closing for good on October 8, 2022, Owners Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht announced on social media and the restaurant’s website Monday.
Ahead of closing this fall, 8 Arm will transition to a pop-up format starting July 2, 2022, playing host to a series of local chefs.
8 Arm is pulling the plug on its Atlanta BeltLine-adjacent space following Cartel Properties acquiring its building earlier this month. Plans for the property are under review, according to further reporting by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
“When we opened 8ARM six years ago with our late Chef, Angus Brown, we set out to make thoughtful food, while playing by our own rules,” Le and Engelbrecht wrote in Monday’s announcement. “When Angus left us, we were forced to reinvent ourselves, and in some ways reinvention itself became our beacon. Over the years we’ve embraced the change and diversity of the chefs that helmed our kitchen. While challenging, it has at times also been beautiful and inspiring. Once again, we find ourselves at a point of reinvention.”
8 Arm’s pop-up series will feature “a variety of up-and-coming and established chefs” with service running each week from Thursday to Saturday. Chefs will include the likes of Maricela Vega of Chico, Duy Huynh of Yee’s Vietnamese, Cleophus Heathington from Ebi Chop Bar, Molli Voraotsady from SoSoFed, Mike and Shyretha Sheats from Plate Sale, and more.
During the pop-ups, 8 Arm will keep its bar open. “In the spirit of that ephemerality, this format will guide us through to October 8th, when we will close the doors to 8ARM for good,” according to the announcement.
“As most know, the building next to us that housed the old Paris on Ponce space caught fire in late-2019,” Le and Engelbrecht wrote. “When their landlord declined to rebuild, the building was subsequently put on the market and billed as space for a new development. We knew that our building was a likely target for any sale or redevelopment of the overall space, despite having different owners, because of the prime Ponce-facing location, and because we would never be able to match a big-monied offer from a developer. Unfortunately, we were recently notified that our building was sold. We’re not certain what the long-term future holds for our adorable little building, but it will not include 8ARM.”