KarmaFarm Replaces King Barbecue Inside Buckhead Savi Provisions

Shaun Doty's King Barbecue quietly shuttered in early-2020 after a relo from Alpharetta last year.

KarmaFarm, which deems itself as “America’s first certified, gluten-free, fast-casual restaurant,” has relocated “across the street” from 53 Pharr Road to space formerly housing the quietly shuttered King Barbecue space at Savi Provisions, also on Pharr Road, a Facebook post confirms.

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KarmaFarm’s last day in its original home was Wednesday, March 11.

The restaurant went dark only one day, quickly-reopening in its new Savi Provisions digs, at 308 Pharr Rd NE, Friday, March 13, resuming its regular hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, serving up gluten-free dishes like chickpea smash and cabbage detox soup.

In the new space, gluten-free beer, wine, and cocktails will soon be served, an addition to what was available at the restaurant’s first home which opened in Buckhead in December 2018.

“Thanks for all the [love], support and continued good vibes as we begin a new chapter in bringing beautiful gluten-free, dairy-free, whole nut-free, local, organic and sustainable food to the ATL,” according to the social media post.

Hashtags espousing clean and local eating ensued.

“We’re crazy excited about this partnership with Paul Nair of Savi. It’s a beautiful space,” KarmaFarm owner Scott Wilder shared with What Now Atlanta over email.

“Not only will we be able to be offer a fuller, more comprehensive experience for our “believers” (how we refer to our regulars) with a full bar and hand-crafted cocktails pivoting off of our house made organic juices, but to my knowledge, we’ll be the only drive-thru in Atlanta offering Farm to Table organic, gluten free fare.”

King Barbecue closed in Savi at the end of January after nearly a year in the space, post a relocation from Avalon.

“In light of the current economic environment, we’ll just wait and see,” King Barbecue Owner Shaun Doty, who is also behind Bantam + Biddy, told What Now Atlanta over the phone Friday on any relocation plans for the BBQ eatery.

“Bantam and Biddy is doing really well and we’re focusing on that.”

Bantam + Biddy recently opened a new location on Amelia Island to add to its remaining locations in Concourse C at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport and in Chattanooga.

[Editor’s note: This post was updated on Monday, 3/16 at 9 a.m. with emailed statements from KarmaFarm owner Scott Wilder]

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher.
Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher.