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In addition to our normal news coverage, What Now Atlanta is tracking ways Atlanta’s businesses are adapting to the novel coronavirus and the challenges it brings to brick-and-mortars.
Pita Grille has permanently closed its Buckhead doors near Chastain Park, Owner Roi Levi Wednesday confirmed with What Now Atlanta (WNA) in a telephone interview. Signage recently went up at the kosher Mediterranean eatery announcing the news.
“COIVD-19 really put us in a tough spot,” Levi said. “Sales have been down 90 percent over the last four months and I had to decide between selling my house or closing the restaurant.”
Levi is now studying to be an appliance technician and doesn’t think he’ll be getting back into the restaurant business anytime soon. “It’s time to do other things in life.”
“It was a very hard decision to make,” Levi said. “Our customers are like my family. I saw the faces of people when they found out we were closing and they would cry. It was warming but it was not enough to keep Pita Grille open.”
Pita Grille, situated in the Fresh Market-anchored Roswell Wieuca Shopping Center, at 4630 Wieuca Rd NE, was founded in 2013 by David Bloom, the co-founder of Silverpop. Bloom eventually sold the eatery to Levi.
Click here to see WNA’s running list of Atlanta-area restaurants and retailers that cite the novel coronavirus as the reason for permanently closing.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]