Ri Ra Irish Pub Permanently Shutters, a Decision That Came ‘Prior’ To COVID-19 Outbreak

Midtown restaurant was in business for ten years.
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Ri Ra Irish Pub has permanently closed its Midtown doors, Eater Atlanta Thursday first reported.

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The restaurant announced the decision to close—which was made “prior” to the COVID-19 outbreak—on social media.

“Our landlord has been supportive in our attempts to find a path forward over many months of discussions but, unfortunately, we both agree that at this stage we have no option but to close our pub,” according to the post.

“Although COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the industry throughout the City of Atlanta our decision to close came prior to the outbreak. That said, we would have much preferred to give the pub and all our staff and guests a well-deserved send-off, but unfortunately, that was not to be.”

In late-2019 it was believed that neighboring Ra Sushi might close its doors after leasing materials surfaced showing the space available for rent.

Turns out it was an “administrative error” and the Ri Ra space is the one that should have instead been marked as “coming available.”

Ri Ra, at 1080 Peachtree St NE #1, was in business ten years.

The sprawling Irish pub is the second well-established Atlanta eatery this week to announce it was planning on closing this year despite the novel coronavirus.

Rathbun’s and Krog Bar have also permanently shuttered, a decision Owner Kevin Rathbun said was because he couldn’t reach terms with Landlord Asana Partners.

Asana Partners is building a $2.5 million breezeway and new tenant spaces through the 17-year-old restaurant and wine bar.

  • My partner and his Irish buddy used to enjoy going here.
    Ri Ra in Irish means chaos, or general disorder.
    And the acronym RIRA stands for the Real Irish Republican Army (Real IRA).

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