Illegal Food 'Forced' To Close In Virginia-Highland

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Illegal Food 'Forced' To Close In Virginia-Highland

High rents might be the culprit.

UPDATE (August 10, 2017): Illegal Food Owners Set The Record Straight on Sudden Closure

Illegal Food Monday was "forced" to close its Virginia-Highland doors after just two and a half years in business.

The restaurant late-Wednesday announced the news on its Facebook page.

"There is no easy way to say this, but after 2.5 years of blood, sweat and tears, Illegal Food was forced to unexpectedly close our restaurant on Monday," according to the social media post.

"Trust us when we tell you that this was just as much a shock to us as to you. However, it is only a temporary setback and we are already planning our next move into a space and location that better fits our original vision of serving the highest quality food in unique and delicious ways."

Illegal Food did not specify how the restaurant was "forced" to close but when asked in the comments section if "rents exploded," owner Steven Lingenfelter chimed in saying, "over $7,000 per month."

Lingenfelter did not immediately return What Now Atlanta's request for comment.

Details on where Illegal Food – which first opened in 2015 replacing Pozole – might reopen as they're available.


Illegal Food Atlanta

Illegal Food

1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Caleb J. Spivak
Caleb 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.

2 responses to “Illegal Food 'Forced' To Close In Virginia-Highland

  1. Biggest problem in VaHI is greedy property owners who can't seem to get it through their heads that sustainable neighborhoods will bring them more money than short term gouging.

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