Owner of Cuts, Truva To Open New Concept in J&J Bourbon Bar & Grill Space

Muzo Saritas is still developing the concept, will 'gut' the restaurant to 'see what we're working with.'

The recently-shuttered J&J Bourbon Bar & Grill in Virginia-Highland won’t sit dark for long.

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Muzo Saritas, the restauranteur behind concepts like Cuts Steakhouse, Truva Turkish Kitchen, Metro Diner, and the newish-owner of neighboring American Roadhouse, has acquired the space.

Saritas is developing a new concept for the prime corner spot on North Highland Avenue, the restauranteur Thursday told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in a telephone interview.

“I’m going to first gut that space to see what we’re working with,” Saritas said.

Demolition could start as early as February pending the permitting process with the City of Atlanta.

“We don’t know what’s waiting for us until we start demolition.”

There’s no timeline for when the yet-to-be-disclosed concept will open but when it does, “it’s going to be beautiful.”

Saritas is also the owner of two Metro Diner Cafes.


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J&J Bourbon Bar closed in October 2017 | Photo: Henri Hollis for What Now Atlanta.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta, What Now Los Angeles, What Now San Diego, and What Now Las Vegas.
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John Wolfinger
3 years ago

Hope that the ugly storefront disappears with this change – but also hope that the remains of the vintage Coca-Cola mural on the St. Charles Avenue side of the building can be retained.

richard bunn
3 years ago

Please let them know that it would be wonderful if they would reinstate the complete Fleeman’s Pharmacy sign on the side of the building. That is the only way that I would go there.

3 years ago

Demolition??? Why on earth can they not just re-vamp the space. Demolition in such a historic part of town seems completely uncalled for and unnecessary. I hope the City thinks twice about permitting that.

3 years ago

Glad others have commented on the Coca-Cola mural. I hate that it was partly destroyed when Belly went in but it was my understanding that windows were originally there and Belly just opened them back up. The Coca-Cola mural was commissioned by Jack Fleeman in the 80s when it was Fleeman’s Pharmacy. It was one of the last – if not the last per some reports – hand painted Coca-Cola murals. Jack loved the Coca-Cola company and the original soda fountain (no longer there) was a great hangout. They served celery-flavored Coca-Cola (doesn’t sound great) along with the many flavored… Read more »

Charlie Lefort
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Please, please do something with the horrid facade on the front.

3 years ago

Very excited about a new concept coming to this space in VaHi!! Living down the street, it will nice to start filling the empty storefronts!

3 years ago

Gah, I hope this is good! J&J was a nightmare, and I miss Belly. I miss Nelly so much!

2 years ago

Any updates on the progress of this project? I walk by it all the time and nothing has been done in the last few months since this story came out.

2 years ago
Reply to  David

Still not a single bit of progress from the outside on this site. Any updates would be appreciated. With the closure of Hand in Hand, this corner is looking bleak.

Fern Hallman
1 year ago
Reply to  David

And now, a year later there is a For Lease sign in the window And have never seen anyone at Truva.

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