Co-Founder Leigh Catherall set to helm restaurant group. Change could mean eviction for Twist and Prime.
Shout, one of Here To Serve’s (H2SR) flagship restaurants, is closing its doors on Dec. 23 after nine years.
News of the restaurant’s forthcoming closure in Colony Square at the corner of 14th and Peachtree in Midtown came shortly after H2SR announced in a press release Friday Leigh Catherall, co-founder of the restaurant group, is now full owner and CEO.
Tom Catherall, Leigh’s husband and business partner, has retired, according to the release.
“As co-founder of Here To Serve Restaurants, I’m excited to take the helm of a company I helped build from its inception,” Leigh Catherall said in the release.
“Our restaurants will continue to serve Atlanta’s dining needs and be a growing part of the ever-changing restaurant landscape in Atlanta. The Here To Serve Family wishes Tom the best in his retirement.”
H2SR, founded in 1996 will have nine concepts and 13 remaining locations across the Atlanta area after Shout closes next week: Prime, Noche, Goldfish, Twist, Strip, Aja, Coast Seafood and Raw Bar, Shucks, and Smash.
That is unless Simon Property Group wins its recent eviction lawsuit against H2SR. The real estate developer is looking to evict Twist at Phipps Plaza and Prime at Lenox Square after learning about the change in officers at the restuarant group.
Here’s a statement from H2SR on the matter:
Here To Serve CEO and co-founder Leigh Catherall and her attorneys maintain that landlord consent for the assignment of leases at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square concerning Here To Serve restaurants, Twist and Prime, is not required. Here To Serve will continue to operate Twist and Prime, working diligently with Simon Properties to resolve any misunderstanding that may have occurred. Twist and Prime have been successful tenants for Simon Properties, and Here To Serve Restaurants looks forward to continue that prosperous and beneficial relationship in 2015 and beyond.
Leigh Catherall became full owner of H2SR on Dec. 5, and will helm the company with over 1,000 employees.