Cold Beer To Close, Red Beard Restaurants To Open New Concept in Its Place

Last service for the nearly three-year-old restaurant will be Saturday, January 29, 2022.
Cold Beer To Close, Red Beard Restaurants To Open New Concept in Its Place
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Cold Beer is closing its doors after nearly three years, parent company Red Beard Restaurants announced Friday. The restaurant’s last service will be Saturday, January 29, 2022.

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“It’s been nearly three years since we opened Cold Beer and, in that time, we have seen the world evolve around us in ways we never could have imagined,” Kevin Gillespie and Marco Shaw, owners of Red Beard Restaurants, said in a prepared statement. “This journey, although challenging, has afforded us the opportunity to reevaluate ourselves and our priorities. We have had to come to terms with the fact that the Cold Beer concept we began dreaming up in 2017 no longer makes sense, and moreover is not what the community as a whole needed it to be. With clarity, we have recognized that more than anything we want to build a restaurant that reflects the personality of the neighborhood it serves, while directly giving back to that community as well. This way of thinking has driven us to the tough decision to close Cold Beer at the end of this month.”

Cold Beer’s closure is not permanent, according to Gillespie and Shaw, who said they are “working hard to create a new concept that better serves both our neighbors and our Red Beard Restaurants staff, while also providing us a permanent home for the Defend Southern Food Foundation, a non-profit we founded in 2020 to help provide nourishing meals to the families of East Atlanta, Grant Park, and the Old Fourth Ward.”

Details surrounding the new concept including a timeline for the transition remain unclear as reps for the hospitality company did not comment further.

“We are committed to creating a new restaurant whose focus is not only great food and drinks, but also about providing help and hospitality to those who need it most. Thank you all for the support and encouragement we have felt these last few years, and we look forward to bringing you something even better very soon!”

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc. Check out our publications in your city: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa.

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