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The Olive Bistro in Midtown Place Closes, Will Reopen Nearby As Expanded Concept

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The Olive Bistro in Midtown Place Closes, Will Reopen Nearby As Expanded Concept

The Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar set to debut in 1075 Peachtree (anchored by Loews Hotel) late-October.

UPDATE (November 8, 2018): Massive Sidewalk Hole Pushes Olive Bistro's Opening In Midtown

As one door closes for The Olive Bistro, another one opens.

The Mediterranean eatery in the Midtown Place shopping center, at 650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, quietly shuttered on the last day of August.

Owners Kay and Sari Masri decided not to renew their lease.

Instead, the couple will focus on The Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar which is slated to open later this month on the street-level of 1075 Peachtree (anchored by Loews Hotel) in Suite 4 (entrance on Juniper across from Joe's on Juniper.)

"The parking at Midtown Place was a disaster and the landlord did not enforce parking control or provide proper security with regards to the entrance of the center," Kay Masri in an email Thursday told What Now Atlanta on her decision to close.

"We lost an entrance at the left turn lane on Ponce creating gridlock. So, when our renewal was up, we passed."

On the contrary, the forthcoming location on Juniper "is an amazing location with two hours of free parking, great security, and foot traffic in an upscale neighborhood community."

In its new and expanded home, The Olive Bistro will offer additional menu items "expanding our Middle Eastern offerings along with incredible wines."

A location of The Olive Bistro in Vinings remains in business and will soon undergo menu upgrades of its own.

"We have not scratched the surface in Vinings."

Olive Bistro Midtown Place Photo Joe Morris
Olive Bistro Midtown Place | Photo: Joe Morris
Olive Bistro Midtown
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Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

2 responses to “The Olive Bistro in Midtown Place Closes, Will Reopen Nearby As Expanded Concept

  1. That's BS!!! If someone who frequent did the clothes location and work in that shopping center can tell you right off that the complex boots cars constantly for parking where they're not supposed to. And the insurance they're talking about wasnever an actual entrance into that complex they just made it to people wouldn't illegally turn into the complex there. We were told by the owners when we asked why they were closing straight out it was because the complex has raised the rent to the point where it was unaffordable for them to be there. The same thing happened to the tanning place next door to them and a shop and the upstairs location. The owners did the same thing to Smoothie King and a laundry that have been there for many many years before the Wells Fargo in it. There are also other small businesses and the two-story section that I've already told us that the rents are going up to a point where they don't know if they'll be able to stay in there.

    1. You mean "closed" location? Also, not sure who you are so mad at... Olive Bistro for their misleading reasoning for leaving or the landlord for raising rent?

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