Landlord Sues Grant Park’s The Harp For Back Rent, Lists Restaurant For Lease

Restored Harp Transmission space became publicly available Tuesday after a complaint for damages was filed with Fulton County Superior Court late-March.
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The Harp might be closed for good after only six-ish months in business.

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Owners of the Grant Park eatery are being asked to vacate the space and pay landlord 350 Memorial LLC (a Pellerin Real Estate company) outstanding rents, according to a lawsuit filed with the Fulton County Superior Court in late-March.

What Now Atlanta (WNA) uncovered the 52-page complaint for damages Thursday after investigating a listing that went live on Tuesday putting the 3,130-square-foot space up for lease.

Pellerin Real Estate Owner Philippe Pellerin confirmed with WNA Thursday that the space was available for lease but would not comment on the lawsuit.

Pellerin is the developer of The Beacon Atlanta and is planning a food hall of sorts in the former Graveyard Tavern building.

Jarrett Gray, a co-owner of The Harp, in an email to WNA this week said he and his partners planned on keeping the restaurant open, “seeking a negotiation” with Pellerin “due to the pandemic.”

According to the complaint, Gray and his partners under company The Harp, LLC had not paid rent long before restaurants were ordered to close down in response to the novel coronavirus.

The Harp opened its doors for the first time, at 350 Memorial Dr. SE, in January after nearly two years of construction and various delays.

Harp Transmission originally occupied the standalone, single-story building adjacent The Oakland Cemetery.

At one point Pellerin considered turning the property into a sizeable mixed-use development but those plans got foiled.


Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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2 months ago

The Harp might be closed for good after only six-ish months in business.

Gosh January-March are some tough months for restaurants.
They really haven’t been able to actually be open for six months because of C-19.
It’s a brand new build out– such a shame.
Has anybody been, and how was their business?

Suzanne Weber
2 months ago

I’ve been. We should go and support it!! Its unique to grant park, has a great patio, and the owners were there when I was too and they were nothing but attentive and happy they had customers.

Nathan For You
1 month ago

If you don’t mind me not sugarcoating it — poor, to be honest. Zero decor or thematics inside – no art, plants, atmosphere. Beers were upwards of $11/pint or $12/pint. I don’t mind the upcharge if you’re going to have cool beers available and I can try 5oz of a rare and highly acclaimed IPA, but every keg they tapped was something you’d find at your local Kroger — Han Brolo, Atalanta, Basement, A Night on Ponce, etc.. I think they had 40 taps but half were not connected to a line or were out of service. Can’t comment on… Read more »

Nathan For You
1 month ago
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I would like to add in as well echoing Suzanne is that the owner (owners? I only met one) was extremely nice and pleasant. I am rooting for him to learn from the experience and open a new space with better results in the future.

2 months ago

I can’t imagine anyone leasing that space knowing how unforgiving the landlord is. Hope it’s vacant for years.

2 months ago

I only got to go to the Harp once but the food was great and they had a self-serve beer wall like Pour with a good selection. Was definitely looking forward to going back. Now the building will just sit empty again. What a waste.

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