Illegal Food Team Splits from Mouth of the South Cabbagetown

A difference in vision sparked the departure.

After the sudden closure of their Illegal Food concept in Virginia-Highland (slated to be replaced by Tiki Iniki), owners Steven Lingenfelter and Laurie Dominguez announced plans for Mouth of the South in Cabbagetown.

The husband and wife team are no longer involved in the project, slated to replace Cabbage Pie, at 186 Carroll Street.

An official announcement detailing the departure expected to hit social media later today was provided in advance to What Now Atlanta.

“Effective immediately the creative team behind Illegal Food and the Mouth of the South pop-up have made the decision to terminate our relationship with the Mouth Of The South brick and mortar restaurant that is scheduled to open on Carroll Street in Cabbagetown,” according to the announcement.

Instead, the couple will focus on “several new projects rolling out soon.”

“As consultants to the group of owners, we tried our best to bring the commitment to quality ingredients, and original menu items that our customers expect from our Illegal Food and the Mouth of the South pop-up concepts.”

Lingenfelter and Dominguez cited a difference in vision for the separation from Mouth of The South.

“Unfortunately, the owners decided to rely on their own vision for this restaurant and we can not in good conscience lead our loyal customers to believe that you will be getting the delicious menu items or product quality that you came to love from us in the past.”

Here’s the rest of the statement:

“To avoid any confusion by our loyal customers we wanted to state clearly that Illegal Food will not have any pop-ups or involvement with Mouth of the South located in Cabbagetown or its owners. Furthermore, Illegal food in no way endorses Mouth of the South in Cabbagetown or any of its food and beverages. Fear not, we at Illegal Food are working hard to find a good fit for food where we will not have to compromise our integrity or be bound in our creativity.”


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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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  1. Also, in the rest of their statement, “it’s owners” should be “its owners”… please proofread if you’d like to be taken seriously!

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