Here to Serve Shutters All Ten of Its Atlanta Restaurants

Restaurant group closed for "reorganization" last night with no reopening dates set.

Restaurant group closed for “reorganization” last night with no reopening dates set.

Ten restaurants in the Atlanta area will not open today after restaurant group Here to Serve closed for reorganization yesterday, according to a statement on the company’s website.

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“We apologize for the inconvenience, we are working on reorganization. We hope to be here to serve you again soon,” the front page of the website reads.

Here to Serve owns Prime, Strip, Noche, Twist, Smash Kitchen, Coast Seafood, Shucks Oyster, and Wine Bar. Aja, the ownership group’s asian eatery in Buckhead, closed abruptly last month.

Part of the problems could be due to payroll and tax issues, according to an email obtained by 11 Alive. The report also states that some employees have not been paid for weeks of work.

Here to Serve has not yet said how long the restaurants will be closed or if the closures will be permanent.

Representatives of the restaurant group did not immediately respond to inquires seeking comment. We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Developing…

Update – October 8, 3:01pm: The Giving Kitchen has set up a fund to help provide emergency grants to those affected by the Here to Serve closings. Read more about how the money will help and donate here

Update – October 9, 4:05pm: Leigh Catherall, owner of Here To Serve Restaurants, says all of her restaurants will remain closed in an interview with 11 Alive.

What do you make of the closings and which restaurant(s) will you miss most? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Colin Sylvester

Colin has also written for TheWrap, CNN, Bleacher Report, and Today's U. An Atlanta native and USC film school graduate, you'd probably catch him talking all things film, tv, and pop-culture. Oh, and the soon-to-return glory days of Trojan football and Atlanta Braves baseball.
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Richard
Richard
5 years ago

It was expected since Tom left all restaurants to exwife in divorce settlement. Tom is in Florida.

Jason L. Greene
Jason L. Greene
5 years ago

Diner at Atlantic Station is officially closed. Do you know anything about M.Rouge, formerly Cafe Intemezzo. Been close for two months, in our neighborhood.

John Majors
John Majors
5 years ago

“…closures will be perminent.”

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[…] WhatNowAtlanta reports that restaurant group Here To Serve has closed the doors to all of its restaurants. According to the notice on Here To Serve’s website, the restaurant group has closed its 10 Atlanta restaurants for reorganization, though they did not state for how long. An e-mail obtained by 11Alive cites payroll and tax issues, which could be to blame for the closings. Here To Serve owns Prime, Strip, Noche, Twist, Smash Kitchen, Coast Seafood, and Shucks Oyster and Wine Bar. The group also owned Aja in Buckhead, which closed last month. […]

Brandon Elam
Brandon Elam
5 years ago

This has come as a surprise as I was looking to partner with this organization to open my own restaurant. I guess I will look elsewhere. It’s a shame about twist and Strip. I thought Simon wanted Twist out anyway.

TRIP BAUGHMAN
TRIP BAUGHMAN
5 years ago

Leigh Catherall had contacted Philippe Haddad last December to purchase, and she would fiance the sale, of Coast in Buckhead. The closures have been coming since the divorce.

Melissa Beaird
Melissa Beaird
5 years ago

It is a shame I eat at twist last month and I ate at Noche quite frequently I also loved Aja one of my favorite restaurants I am so upset hope they come back.

Fiona
Fiona
5 years ago

Hi Colin –

The Giving Kitchen has set up a fund to help provide emergency grants to those affected. Anyone can donate via there website, and funds will go to help cover things like utilities and rent for those who’s income has disappeared overnight. Please update the post with a link to http://www.thegivingkitchen.org if you would!

Erica Jones
Erica Jones
5 years ago

Hi Colin! Any word as to whether they plan to sell the restaurants or auction the equipment and fixtures?

Erica Jones
Erica Jones
5 years ago

Thank you so much for your reply!

Employee
Employee
5 years ago

Where exactly do people pick up there pay checks? i went to 2137 Manchester St NE at 4:00 pm, but nobody was there. Was i too late or was it the wrong place? nobody is letting anybody know anything.

Former Employee
Former Employee
5 years ago

Apparently, checks will be made available for pick-up again on Thursday, 10/15 at the 2137 Manchester address from 4:00-6:00PM. No word yet on if this will be for the full amount we are owed are not. Communication has been spotty at best…

Jereme Pozin
Jereme Pozin
5 years ago

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center is currently looking for an Assistant Restaurant and Bar Manager. We would love to help anyone who has lost their job due to the closures.

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