On the heels of opening an outpost in Brookhaven, Grindhouse Killer Burgers has permanently closed its stall in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. It was the company’s first location and was in business for 11 years.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers announced the news on its Instagram earlier this week. “Bittersweet Moment Alert!,” the restaurant wrote in the post. “Last week we bid farewell to our very first Grindhouse Killer Burgers location at [Sweet Auburn Curb Market]. Reminiscing back on our humble beginnings as a small burger counter, we can’t help but be thankful all to the wonderful vendors, staff, and customers who helped grow us to where we are today 11 years later, now all grown up with seven locations.”
Grindhouse Killer Burgers Founder Alex Brounstein didn’t close the location, however. Rather it was the decision of Tony Accurso, the location’s franchisee of many years.
“[Tony Accurso’s] contract expired last week after five years, and I offered to renew it, but he wanted to open a new concept in that space instead,” Brounstein Friday told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in an email. “I think maybe because, with Grindhouse Grant Park around the corner, I severely restricted his delivery area and ability to cater. So he’s trying something new where he has more freedom to do what he wants with the business.”
It’s unclear what Accurso is planning for the space. The restaurateur on Friday did not immediately respond to WNA’s request for comment.
“I wish him well, and it’s definitely a bit sad,” Brounstein said. “But I haven’t really been involved with the Curb Market location in almost 10 years.”