LA-Based Loteria Grill Reportedly Pulls Out of Georgia

Taco stands inside the Buckhead and Decatur 365 by Whole Foods Markets have closed.
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Los Angeles-based Loteria Grill has quietly shuttered both of its Georgia restaurants.

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Owner Chef Jimmy Shaw debuted the west coast eatery locally as part of the newish 365 by Whole Foods Markets in Buckhead and Decatur.

It was the first foray for the company outside of California since launching in 2002.

The taco stands opened as part of the Friends of Whole Foods Market Program which brought in outside chefs and lifestyle brands to “enhance the customer’s cuisine selection and shopping experience,” according to a press statement.

Loteria offered Mexican cuisine with all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer, wine, and spirits.

“They will not be reopening,” a management associate for Whole Foods Market 365 in Decatur told What Now Atlanta Friday.

“As far as I know they’re done with Georgia.”

Both stores indicate that there are no known immediate plans for replacement tenants.

In LA, Loteria Grill has just one remaining location, on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. 

Loteria Grill Restaurant Group’s original outpost, in The Original Farmers Market on West 3rd Street adjacent to The Grove, closed October 2019 after a 16-year run. 

Shaw closed a separate location in Santa Monica in late-2016.  

Shaw did not immediately respond to WNA’s requests for comment.

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker

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